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About Istanbul

Every city is unique, but there's nowhere even akin to Istanbul.  Straddling two continents, Istanbul is historically one of the world’s most important cities, and has always been a place of vibrant fusion between east and west.  The last stronghold of the Roman Empire, the beating heart of the Byzantine Empire and the Ottoman capital, Istanbul's history is one of dramatic sieges and conquests, and of immense trading wealth. Much of Istanbul's glorious past is still visible and visitable. Amongst the famous domes of mosques and graceful Orthodox churches visitors can see the Roman catacombs, Byzantine battlements and Ottoman palaces — many of which have now been converted into some of the best places to stay in Istanbul.

Istanbul spreads out on either side of the Bosphorus river, in both Europe and Asia, and there are important sights, and sites, on both sides of the river.  And Istanbul is big too, it doesn’t just straddle the river it spreads out beyond, into 39 different districts.  Our Gurus have hotels to recommend on both sides of the river, and in several particularly appealing pockets along the Bosphorus and Golden Horn as well.  Because, more so than in some other cities, Istanbul’s districts all have their own characters, as well as their own looks and appeal, so it’s worth trying to base yourself in a part of town which caters to your interests, though of course there’s an extensive public transport system, with buses, trams, trains and ferries.  

Istanbul’s variety is reflected in its huge range of hotels, from simple, traditional guesthouses to grand, converted palaces, and everything in between.  But first you might want to decide which neighbourhood best suits your plans?  

Where to Stay? Which Neighbourhoods?

  • The Sultanahmet district is the historic heart of Istanbul, surrounded by water on all sides but the west, where you’ll find the old city walls.  Inside these confines is a jumble of streets, some narrow and cobbled, crammed with churches, palaces, mosques and historic villas, which range is dates from the Roman period, the Byzantine and the Ottoman.  Amongst the sights are the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia, the Topkapi Palace and Istanbul Archaeology Museum.  Sultanahmet’s nooks and crannies are filled with cafes and eateries.  In fact it’s pretty easy to visit Istanbul, even for an extended period, and never leave Sultanahmet, so it’s a really obvious choice if this is your first trip to Istanbul.  Sultanahmet is also a good choice if your dream of the best place to stay in Istanbul is a converted historic villa, or something similarly memorable.  
  • To the west of the Sultanahmet district, by the city walls, you’ll find the Grand Bazaar and the Spice Bazaar, and the part of town around the bazaar has a distinct character.  It also has thousands of shops.  And several hammams, tea gardens and the Suleymaniye Mosque, which is a particularly magnificent Ottoman era mosque.  There’s not a huge range of accommodation here, but there are still quite a number of hotels we recommend, including some particularly beautiful traditional guesthouses, which might be the best places to stay in Istanbul if you want to spend quite a bit of time in the bazaar.  This is also one of the best places to stay in Istanbul for families.  
  • On the opposite side of the Golden Horn from the Sultanahmet district, Beyoğlu is probably the best place to stay in Istanbul if you’re looking for a hip hotel, or you want to be in the city’s entertainment hub.  Beyoğlu has lots of restaurants, cafes, bars and live music venues, and there’s a real buzz — especially around Istiklal Caddesi, which is a major, pedestrianised centre, and busy day and night.  Though there’s also several cultural highlights, including museums and galleries, and you’ll find some fantastic boutiques here too.  There are a lot of hotels here, including some great value options.  Our Gurus especially like Galata, one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Istanbul, which has cobbled streets and neoclassical architecture.   
  • If you cross the Bosphorus from Sultanahmet you’ll be in Selimiye, Kadıköy and Moda, which are becoming hipper places to live, and also hipper places to stay.  Home to one of Istanbul’s best markets for produce, this is also fast becoming a hub of hip eateries and cafes.  
  •  Karaköy is another recently gentrified option, it’s a relatively small district at the mouth of the Golden Horn, and has gone from being a fairly derelict port to hosting a collection of hip restaurants and boutiques, as well as the historic and cultural appeals it’s always had as one of the city’s historic ports.  
  • If you’ve been to Istanbul before, or you just like the idea of being outside the main tourist hubs, then you might find your idea of the best place to stay in Istanbul along the Bosphorus shores, beyond Beyoğlu, on the European side of the river.  Between Beşiktaş and Ortaköy are a line of beautiful palaces, a couple which have been converted into simply beautiful hotels, and beyond Ortaköy are a line of well-to-do suburbs which were once fishing villages.  

The Best Places to Stay in Istanbul

The Best Hotels in the Historic Sultanahmet District

  • The Four Seasons Hotel Sultanahmet is arguably one of the real gems in the Four Seasons brand.  Its historic location is hard to beat, and from the roof terrace you get incredible views of the spires, domes and minarets of Sultanahmet.  And, this elegant historic building has actually been converted from a prison! but you’d never guess, because each of its 65 rooms and suites have been individually, and warmly, decorated, and its restaurant, in the inner courtyard which was once the exercise yard, offers some of the best modern Turkish food in the world.  
  •  The Seven Hills Hotel is a charming boutique hotel with just 18 rooms and suites, in a fantastic spot which allows for its roof terrace restaurant to overlook the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque and the Topkapi Palace.  The building was built during the Ottoman era, and the decor remembers that.  
  • The Ibrahim Pasha Hotel also offers views from its roof terrace of the Blue Mosque, and other highlights of the Istanbul skyline, and its 24 rooms and suites are chic and comfortable, with a Turkish flavour, large living spaces and outdoor terraces.  

The Most Luxurious Hotels in Istanbul

  • Built for Sultans in the mid-19th century, and briefly the Turkish parliament, the Çirağan Palace Kempinski is about as magnificent and palatial as they come, stretching 300metres along the Bosphorus, part of which is a huge pool and terraces, with views of the Golden Horn too.  The most opulent rooms and suites are in the restored palace, along with the impressive restaurant and reception, and there’s another block housing the simpler of the 313 rooms and the sumptuous spa.  
  • The Ajwa Hotel is a beautiful, five star hotel which really champions the luxury of Ottoman design in its opulence.  Think intricately carved and inlaid furnishings and bathrooms with incredible tiles.  It’s located close to the bazaars, and within a short walk of the main, historic sites of Sultanahmet.  And it has an impressive spa and an Azerbaijani restaurant with a panoramic view.  

The Best City Break Hotels in Istanbul

  • The Fer Hotel is a classic city break hotel: in an ideal location between the Sultanahmet district and the bazaars, and with 65 chic, fairly minimalist rooms and suites, and an architecturally impressive lobby.  The views are great, and so is the restaurant.  
  • If you’re looking for something smaller try the Hotel Witt Istanbul Suites, which has just 18 loft-style suites, each with their own kitchenette, wood floors, and large living spaces with design-lead furnishings.  There’a also a fantastic foot terrace with incredible views.  And you’re in trendy Beyoğlu.  
  • The Tomtom Suites are a collection of 20 rooms, converted from a former convent.  They’re chic and minimal in style, in a central location, just minutes from one of the best shopping streets in Istanbul. Like so many of our recommendations, the Tomtom Suites benefit from a fantastic roof terrace bar and bistro.
  • From the outside, Galata Antique is a neoclassical, 19th century mansion, but it’s a totally story different inside, where this mansion has been converted into a boutique hotel, with 22 rooms and suites, all individually, and tastefully, decorated.  Expect high ceilings, marble bathroom, and well used original features.  
  • SuB Karakoy, in Karaköy, is a hip choice.  This design style hotel has an industrial maritime theme, and a cool cafe and bar.  You’re close to a raft of interesting places to visit, and lots of choice when it comes to restaurants, and you’re still only about 15minutes walk from Sultanahmet.  And they do a full Turkish breakfast to the room as standard. 

Istanbul’s Most Romantic Hotels 

  • The Georges Hotel Galata is small and elegant, with a fantastic French restaurant on a gorgeous roof terrace offering views of the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn.  There are just 20 rooms and suites, which have been simply decorated to show off the original features.  
  • Also in a great spot in the beautiful Galata district, Adahan, is the stylishly converted top floor of an elegant building built in 1874.  Restored to its original, impressive, style, the 40 rooms and suites of this hotel have high ceilings, wooden floors and large windows, and the architect owner has amassed attractive, period furnishing to decorate it.  The rooftop bar and restaurant offers incredible views and Turkish cuisine.  
  • The House Hotel Galatasaray is an elegant and imposing Ottoman townhouse with 20 large rooms and suites, all with high ceilings and huge windows, chandeliers, parquet floors and stylish, cream furnishings.  There’s also a comfortable, and matchingly stylish, restaurant and bar.  
  • Affordable and romantic, HHK is a quiet, 21 room hotel in a traditional Turkish neighbourhood close to the Golden Horn and the bazaars.  The rooms and suites are decorated with gilt mirrors and antique-style furniture, in pastel colours, and there’s a roof terrace with great city views and a swimming pool.  

The Best Family Friendly Hotels in Istanbul

  • The Amira Hotel is a stylish, affordable, 35 room hotel in a fantastic spot in the Sultanahmet district, so you’re within walking distance of many of Istanbul’s main sights.  Their family rooms are a good size, and all of the rooms have contemporary decor, with parquet floors and a plush, cosy feel.  The restaurant and terrace have fantastic views.  

Istanbul’s Best Hotels with a Water View

  • Lots of Istanbul’s hotels have water views, but few are as idyllic as those from the windows and terraces of The House Hotel Bosphorus. This isn’t a city central hotel, it’s in Ortaköy, a fishing village which was long ago absorbed into Istanbul, but the location is quiet and beautiful, and the 26 rooms and suites are spacious and stylish.  This is a good choice for families too.  

Some of the Best Value Places to Stay in Istanbul

  • The Hotel Sari Konak is an elegant Sultanahmet base, with incredible views of the Maramara Sea, the city, and especially of the Blue Mosque, which you can enjoy from the roof terrace.  There are 23 rooms and suites, with large family suites that accommodate up to four people, and offer the hotel’s best views.  The rooms have wood floors, cream furnishings and Turkish artefacts.  
  • The Empress Zoe is also in a great Sultanahmet location, close to the Blue Mosque and the Topkapi Palace, though because it’s been so carefully converted from an Ottoman residence, it feels like something of a hideaway.  There are 26 rooms and suites, furnished with antiques, including Turkish rugs and wall hangings, and Islamic folk art, but they also have all the mod. cons., and it has a roof terrace with a view and pretty garden too.  Plus it’s nextdoor to a 15th century hammam.  
  • If you’re looking for a great value contemporary hotel, Istanbul’s Mama Shelter has really got the chic, white industrial feeling decor down.  There are 81 rooms and suites, including large, well laid out family suites, plus a relaxed restaurant, bar and terrace.  
  • The Ansen Suites are a great little collection of apartments, complete with dining space and kitchenettes, in a bustling part of Istanbul close to the Fish Markets. and the Modern Art Museum.  There are just ten apartments, all laid out differently, but all decorated with contemporary style.  

Prefer an apartment or private villa?

  • If you’d prefer to stay in an apartment or private villa we recommend you visit our online partner, booking.com.

Travel Information

  •  Istanbul has two airports, Istanbul Atatürk Airport, which is on the European side of the city, and the Sabiha Gökçen Airport on the Asian side.  From Atatürk Airport you can catch the Metro to Zeytinburnu, and then change for the trams.  If you plan on using public transport a lot it’s worth buying a Istanbulkart Travel Card, which you can add credit to throughout your visit.  It takes between 40minutes and an hour to get into Sultanahmet.  Sabiha Gökçen is connected by bus, which takes just over an hour to get into Sultanahmet.  Cruise ships dock at Karaköy, which is very central, and while it is still possible to arrive in Istanbul by train, just like in the days of the Orient Express, it’s now quite a marathon journey involving a lot of changes.  
  • If you’re thinking about hiring a car we recommend checking what our online partners, Rentalcars have to offer.  
  • Istanbul is big enough to have several different micro climates, and there are definitely parts of the city that are hotter, more humid, and wetter, at different times of year.  Broadly you could say that it’s warm and fairly dry.  Summers can be stiflingly, with average daily maximums hovering between 28 and 30°C.  But the months before and after summer, April to May and September and October, are very pleasant, with plenty of sunshine.  Winter is cold, so cold that there’s even the possibility of snow come the end of January and February.  

Still not sure which is the best place to stay in Istanbul?

Best Hotels in Istanbul

  • Hotel Sari Konak Istanbul (Sultanahmet) 23 rooms from £47

    Value chic  -  Great value for this chic and central hotel in the historic Sultanahmet district with roofterrace views of the Blue Mosque.
    Families  -  A perfect base for families, the suites can accomodate up to four people and boast wonderful views of the Marmara Sea.
    Local markets  -  Test out your haggling skills in the Grand Bazaar, an ideal spot to pick up presents.
    Sights nearby  -  This central hotel is walking distance from the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia.
    Recommended by  -  Frommers

    An elegant base for exploring the sights of Sultanahmet. Fantastic views over the city and sea from the roof top terrace. Rooms festure parquet floors and cream furnishings dotted with Turkish artifacts. The triple suites are ideal for groups or families. See More

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  • Portus House Istanbul Istanbul (Mumhane Cd No:31) 10 rooms from £51

    Value chic
    Sights nearby  -  Within walking distance of both Sultanahmet and Taksim
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    A small simple guesthouse close to the Bosphorus. Charming contemporary rooms have white walls, exposed brickwork and splashes of colour. A great location and excellent value. See More

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  • Karakoy Rooms Istanbul (Kemankeş Caddesi Galata Şarap Iskelesi Sokak) 12 rooms from £60

    Local exploring  -  Make the most out of Karakoy Rooms' central location to see all that the city has to offer
    Value chic  -  Chic style and a superb location all at an excellent price
    Sights nearby  -  Go visit St. Anthony of Padua Church or head to Istiklal Street
    Great walks  -  Stroll through this historic city to soak in the atmosphere
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, I Escape

    Set in an elegant historic building, Karakoy Rooms is situated right in the heart of Istanbul. Offering extremely spacious light-filled rooms complete with parquet flooring and chic white interiors, some even boasting lovely sea views. See More

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  • Mama Shelter, Istanbul Istanbul (Ş. Hüseyin Ay Sk No:50) 81 rooms from £60

    Groups  -  Triple rooms.
    Value chic
    City Style
    Families
    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller

    A highly modern hotel designed for the 21st century visitor, whether travelling alone, as a couple, in a group or as a family. Chic contemporary white rooms with all the mod cons. Meeting spaces, restaurant, bar and terrace. Excellent value too. See More

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  • Empress Zoe Istanbul (Akbiyik Caddesi 34110) 26 rooms from £61

    Hideaway  -  A quaint hideaway right in the city centre with stylish rooms, a lovely rooftop terrace and a tranquil leafy garden.
    Local markets  -  Explore the warren alleyways of the Grand Bazaar and discover its hidden jems.
    Sights nearby  -  Close to all the main sights including the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace.
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Frommers, Fodors

    Well designed combination of period style and modern facilities in this Ottoman house and adjoining 15th-century Hammam. Attractively furnished rooms with antiques, Turkish rugs, wall-hangings and Islamic folk art. An ‘archaeological garden’ for relaxing in. A tranquil crashpad in central Istanbul. See More

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  • Ansen Suites Istanbul (Meşrutiyet Cd No:70) 10 rooms from £65

    City Style
    Sights nearby  -  Many sites accessible on foot including the Istanbul Modern Art Museum
    Local markets  -  A short walk from the Fish Market
    Recommended by  -  I Escape

    A sophisticated collection of apartments with kitchenettes in a bustling area of Istanbul. Chic contemporary suites have parquet floors, quirky interior design, all the mod cons and stand alone bath tubs. A stylish spot for couples and families. See More

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  • SuB Karakoy Istanbul (Karaköy) from £68

    Value chic  -  Chic accommodation at bargain basement prices with doubles from as little as €78 per night.
    Local exploring  -  A great location for exploring both old and new Istanbul
    Sights nearby  -  Close to Taksim Square and just 15 mins walk from Sultanahmet.
    Quirky  -  Nautical theme.

    Uniquely furnished hotel which combines maritime design with a focus on comfort. Located between the old and new cities of Istanbul, allowing for easy forays into both sides of Turkey's capital. Full Turkish breakfast brought to your room, where anti-stress mattresses and LED TV come as standard. See More

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  • Garden House Hotel Istanbul (Mehmet Pasa Sokak 11/13) 24 rooms from £69

    Romantic Break  -  This 19th century Ottoman Mansion is ideal for a romantic getaway, with luxorious rooms and a charming leafy garden.
    Local markets  -  Get lost in the nearby Grand Bazaar, an ideal spot for picking up bargains to bring home.
    Sights nearby  -  This central hotel is just five minutes from Hagia Sophia and the majestic Blue Mosque.
    Full of character

    A friendly oasis offering four-star comfort in the heart of the old town. Enjoy breakfast in the lovely garden courtyard and al fresco dining in the Turkish restaurant. Elegant rooms feature polished wood floors, kilims and wooden furniture. A real steal in a great location. See More

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  • Galata Antique Hotel Istanbul (Tunel) 22 rooms from £85

    Sights nearby  -  Centrally located, within walking distance to Galata Tower, Taksim Square, Museum of Modern Arts, Hagia Triada
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.

    Luxury hotel in historic 19th century Neo-Renaissance mansion. Elegant rooms have funky individual decor, high ceilings, marble bathrooms and double glazed windows. Centrally located in city, within walking distance of sights including Galata Tower and Taksim Square. Roof terrace with city views. See More

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  • Lush Hotel Istanbul (No:12 Taksim) 44 rooms from £86

    Sights nearby  -  Including Blue Mosque and Basilica Cistern
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.

    Fun hotel in the heart of Taksim in Istanbul. Rooms modern and contemporary, with individual decor, free wifi, air conditioning and private balconies. Centrally located close to bars, restaurants and historical sites. Hip and stylish. Ideal for a city weekend break. See More

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  • HHK Istanbul (Hayriye Hanım Sk,) 21 rooms from £78

    Views  -  Many rooms have great Bosphorus views
    Value chic
    Sights nearby  -  Within walking distance of many attractions including the Grand Bazaar and Galata Tower
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor rooftop pool
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    A quiet hotel in a traditional Turkish neighbourhood. Rooms are elegant with creamy furnishings. Swimming pool, restaurant, and roof top terrace bar. A charming spot and great value too. See More

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  • Seven Hills Hotel Istanbul (Sultanahmet) 18 rooms from £81

    Value chic  -  A charming boutique with elegant suites and a rooftop terrace overlooking the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque.
    Local markets  -  Just a 15 minute walk from the Grand Bazaar where you can pick up any number of things.
    Sights nearby  -  Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia are within walking distance of the hotel.
    Great walks  -  Take a sunset stroll along the coast and admire the fantastic views.

    Boutique hotel located in Sultanahmet, with a spectacular and unique panorama view from its roof top restaurant. Chic rooms in Ottoman style decor and friendly staff ensure great value for money. Ideally situated to explore Istanbul. See More

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  • Ibrahim Pasha Hotel Istanbul (Terzihane Sk No:7) 24 rooms from £86

    City Style
    Sights nearby  -  Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, village of Sanyer.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Tablet

    A chic boutique hotel in the heart of Sultanahmet. Sophisticated rooms in reds and ochres with all the mod cons. Lovely living areas and an outdoor terrace. A stylish city spot for a weekend in Istanbul. See More

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  • 10 Karakoy Istanbul (Karaköy) 71 rooms from £97

    City Style  -  A stylish hotel in the hip district of Karaköy.
    Sights nearby  -  Stand at the top of the Galata Tower and admire the city views.
    Local markets  -  Discover the bustling narrow alleys of the spice market.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.

    An old building boasting chic modern interiors in the trendy district of Karaköy. Sleek rooms feature high ceilings, cool steely grey hues, crisp white linen and fabulous modern bathrooms. Splash out and book the penthouse suite for epic city views. A stylish city base. See More

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  • Hammamhane Istanbul (Beyoglu) 14 rooms from £108

    Sights nearby  -  The Museum of Innocence and Istanbul Modern are within a 10 minute walk
    Local markets  -  The Spice Bazaar and Grand Bazaar are within a few kilometres

    Nestled in Cukurcuma, 'the Soho of Istanbul', Hammamhane is a renovated apartment-hotel. All rooms are uniquely designed with an eye to contrasting traditional and contemporary styles. Exposed brickwork is the backdrop to colourful yet clean furniture. All studio units boast fully equipped kitchens. See More

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  • The House Hotel Galatasaray Istanbul (Bostanbaşı Cd No:19) 20 rooms from £117

    City Style
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Traditional
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet, I Escape, CN Traveller

    A striking Ottoman townhouse with enormous suites. Rooms and suites have high ceilings, chandeliers, floor to ceiling windows, parquet floors and creamy furnishings. Lovely lounge-bar-restaurant. A stylish, romantic, and family friendly spot in the Beyoglu district. See More

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  • Adahan Istanbul (Mesrutiyet Cad, Asmalimescit, Beyoglu) 40 rooms from £121

    Restaurant  -  Breakfast, lunch and dinner in the Cachi Lokanta roof top bar/resturant with a terrace, which serves Turkish cuisine
    Suites  -  Sunny light standard rooms and suites with architectural details, frescos, vaulted ceilings and marble bathrooms
    Historic  -  The nighbourhood was once the base for European merchants mainly from Genoa and Venice
    Views  -  Great views across the city from the rooftop bar restaurant

    Housed on the top floor of a grand 1874 building, with a roof terrace and restaurant with views over the Galata District. This charming hotel has been restored maintaining its high ceilings, wooden floors & attractive period furniture together with the modern necessities to create an excellent hotel See More

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  • Vault Karakoy Istanbul (Beyoglu) 63 rooms from £125

    Sights nearby  -  Sultan Ahmed Mosque
    Local markets  -  The Spice Market
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Spa
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Small Luxury Hotels

    A beautifully restored, luxury hotel with a slick, modern decor inspired by the original bank interior. Bedrooms are elegant with high ceilings and opulent details. The hotel boasts a swanky bar serving refined cocktails, a spa and fitness suite. Great location for exploring the city. See More

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  • The Sofa Nisantasi Istanbul (Teşvikiye Fırın Sk No:41) 82 rooms from £130

    City Style
    Spa  -  Detox and wellness centre offering a wide range of treatments
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Tablet, CN Traveller

    A large and impressive art hotel with cutting edge modern design. Enormous rooms and suites have all the mod cons, contemporary furnishings, balconies, and lots of natural light. Excellent restaurant, spa, and art gallery. Very stylish, very central. See More

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  • The House Hotel Bosphorus Istanbul (Ortaköy) 26 rooms from £130

    Village  -  Ortakoy is an old fishing village outside Istanbul.
    Views  -  Stunning views over the Bosphorous.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Mr & Mrs Smith

    A sophisticated townhouse hotel in a fishing village outside Istanbul. Chic spacious rooms and suites in creams and ochres with stunning views over the Bosphorous. Restaurant, gym, and lots to do. Stylish and family friendly. See More

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  • Amira Hotel Istanbul (Mustafa Paşa Sk No:43) 35 rooms from £138

    Families
    City Style
    Sights nearby  -  Close to all major attractions including the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    A small stylish hotel with an excellent restaurant and spa in the heart of the Sultanahmet. Contemporary rooms and family rooms have parquet floors, plush furnishings, and balconies. An excellent restaurant and terrace with spectacular views. See More

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  • The House Hotel Nisantasi Istanbul (Abdi İpekçi St No:34) 44 rooms from £138

    City Style  -  A sophisticated hotel in an upscale neighbourhood.
    Sights nearby  -  Sultanahmet, the historic heart of Old Istanbul.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Traditional
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, I Escape, CN Traveller, Mr & Mrs Smith

    A super sophisticated hotel in Istanbul's most upmarket neighbourhood. Rooms and suites of epic proportions are sultry and sophisticated. Floor to ceiling windows, neutral tones, fireplaces, all the mod cons. Gym, meeting rooms, massage. Extremely sleek. See More

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  • Tomtom suites Istanbul (Tomtom Kaptan Sk No:18) 20 rooms from £140

    City Style
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, CN Traveller, Small Luxury Hotels

    A superbly renovated former convent with chic, but understated rooms and suites. Contemporary rooms and suites have lots of natural light, subtle tones, parquet floors and all the mod cons. Delightful bistro, roof top terrace, and minutes from the best shopping. Stylish, not pretentious. See More

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  • The Marti Hotel Istanbul (Taksim) 270 rooms from £143

    Restaurant  -  Quad Restaurant & Bar serves Middle Easterm staples and Asian fast food and the Brasserie for seafood linguine
    Suites  -  Thirty-one suites with Turkish marble steam bathrooms, damask fabrics, velevet throws and gilded cornonets
    Roof terrace  -  Dazzling roof terrace with hot tub, bar and panoramic views of the city
    Views  -  Great views from hotel

    Set just back from Taksim Square in the heart of bustling Istanbul, this quiet and cool oasis blends contemporary interiors with understated Ottoman opulence. Welcoming staff and first class service. Magnificent roof terrace with stunning views from the 11th floor. Luxurious spa and two restaurants See More

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  • Gezi Hotel Bosphorus Istanbul (No 34 Taksim) from £146

    Massage  -  Traditional Turkish massages available
    Eco  -  Hotel close to zero emissions
    Local markets  -  Istanbul bazaars
    Views  -  Stunning views of the Bosphorus.

    An area of tranquillity in an otherwise busy part of Istanbul, this hotel offers everything needed for a break from the hectic city. Private garden, gym and traditional massage facilities offer a sense of calm, complimented by the Italian restaurant and bar. The hotel is almost emission free. See More

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  • Hagia Sofia Mansions Istanbul, Curio Collection by Hilton Istanbul (Sultanahmet, Fatih) 64 rooms from £148

    Local exploring  -  Located next to the ancient walls of the Hippodome Splendon, it is just a hop and a skip into the Old City
    City Style  -  Elegant rooms, a chic subterranean spa and grand restaurant, this is a very stylish city base
    Local markets  -  For a spot of holiday shopping check out the vibrant and colourful Grand Bazaar
    Sights nearby  -  Take a walking tour of the many beautiful Mosques dotted across the city
    Recommended by  -  Frommers

    A collection of historic buildings, reminiscent of the city’s Ottoman past, converted to a stylish hotel next door to Aya Sofya. Picturesque painted wooden houses each with spacious rooms decorated in an Ottoman style. The subterranean spa and garden restaurant are a real lure. See More

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  • W Istanbul Istanbul (Beşiktaş) 134 rooms from £150

    Lively  -  The hotel is a nightlife hotspot for some of Istanbul's most glamourous.
    City Style
    Sights nearby  -  Walking distance of Galata Tower and Taksim Square
    Spa  -  W day spa
    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller

    One of Istanbul's more lively and stylish hotels. Chic contemporary design throughout. Rooms and suites some with four poster beds have all the mod cons, hot tubs, balconies. Excellent restaurant, cabana style terrace, and a bar that attracts party goers. See More

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  • Sumahan on the Water Istanbul (Kuleli Cd No:51) 24 rooms from £152

    Views  -  Wonderful views across the Bosphorus
    Outstanding location  -  Magical waterfront views.
    Luxury
    City Style
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, I Escape, CN Traveller

    Designer chic loft suites in a stunning location overlooking the Bosphorus. Loft-style suites have all the mod cons, crisp clean lines, fireplaces, polished wood floors, and kilim rugs. Excellent restaurant, terrace, and lots to do. Luxurious, romantic, and family friendly. See More

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  • Fer Hotel Istanbul 56 rooms from £156

    Local exploring  -  Ideally located in the heart of the city with easy access to all the main attractions.
    Local markets  -  Explore the bustling alleyways of the Grand Bazaar.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the famous Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    A chic contemporary hotel in the heart of the city. Architecturally impressive throughout, especially in the large central lobby. Rooms are smart and minimalist with floor to ceiling windows offering fabulous views. A sleek base to return to after a day spent exploring. See More

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  • Hotel Witt Istanbul Suites Istanbul (Cihangir) 18 rooms from £169

    Hideaway  -  The perfect bolthole in the city, with plenty of space, a well equipped kitchenette and outstanding one to one service.
    City Style  -  A chic designer hotel, dripping style from its avant-garde lofts, in Istanbul's uber trendy artists quarter, Beyoglu.
    Sailing  -  Get a totally new prespective and view the city by boat from the river Bosphorus.
    Local markets  -  Search for deals in the Modern Bazaar, a perfect spot for picking up treasures.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Tablet, Kiwi Collection

    A sophisticated and contemporary hotel in Istanbul's arty Beyoglu district. Loft-style suites with wooden floors and large open spaces - ideal for the design conscious. Each room has a mini kitchen and microwave. Fantastic roof top sunbathing terrace. Well situated for getting around the city. See More

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  • A'jia Hotel Istanbul 16 rooms from £174

    Luxury
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Romantic Break
    City Style
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, I Escape, Mr & Mrs Smith, CN Traveller

    A beautiful white mansion on the water's edge. Sumptuous elegant rooms and suites in creams with all the mod cons and balconies. Wonderful riverside restaurant and bar. Easy access to all attractions. Romantic, gourmet, family friendly. See More

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  • Pera Palace Hotel Istanbul (Meşrutiyet Cd No:98) 99 rooms from £178

    Foodies  -  Excellent selection of restaurants.
    City Style
    Sights nearby  -  Situated in the Beyoglu district, close to many major attractions.
    Swimming Pool  -  Jet streamed swimming pool

    A grand hotel with traditional opulent interiors. Three restaurants to choose from, extensive spa, and gorgeous terraces. A stylish choice filled with historic grandeur. Part of the Jumeirah group of hotels See More

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  • Çirağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul (Yildiz Mh.) 313 rooms from £191

    Romantic Break  -  A truly indulgent stay- palatial suites, sensuous fabrics, award winning cuisine, and spoiling spa treatments.
    Total relaxation  -  Spend days being scrubbed, wrapped and rubbed in the spa or lounging by the pool with a cocktail.
    Sights nearby  -  Dolmabahce Palace is 10 minutes away by car and the Bosphorus Bridge is nearby taking you to the historic part of the city.
    Local markets  -  Make a trip to the Main Bazaar and try out your haggling skills.
    Recommended by  -  Fodors, Frommers, Kiwi Collection

    The Ciragan Palace Kempinski is the grandest hotel in Istanbul, former palace of the sultans, looking out over the Bosphorus to Asia. Sumptuous comfort in a wonderful setting. See More

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  • Georges Hotel Galata Istanbul (Beyoğlu) 20 rooms from £216

    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Luxury
    City Style
    Foodies

    A stunning hotel that combines modern design and timeless glamour. Stylish cosmopolitan rooms have parquet floors, elegant furniture, lots of natural light, marble bathrooms and giant balconies. Fantastic French restaurant and terrace. A very special hotel. See More

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  • Ajwa Hotel Istanbul 61 rooms from £224

    Local exploring  -  A luxury hotel in the heart of the city, an ideal base for city exploring.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the city's major sights: Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, the Basilica Cistern and the Topkapı Palace.
    Sailing  -  Take a Bosphorus tour and admire the city from the sea.
    Local markets  -  Wander through the narrow lanes of the Grand Bazaar.

    A five star hotel, in the heart of the old city, championing classic Ottoman style. Luxurious rooms feature rich hues, dark antique furniture and ornate geometric patterns. Naturally there's all the mod cons too. A panoramic restaurant serves Azerbaijani cuisine and there's a indulgent spa as well. See More

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  • The Ritz-Carlton Istanbul Istanbul (Askerocagi Caddesi 15) 243 rooms from £233

    Spa breaks  -  Nine beautifully designed treatment rooms and a hammam modelled on the 16th Century Turkish baths of Roxelana.
    City Style  -  Ottoman style glamour meets modern luxury in this elegant hotel overlooking the Bosphorus Straits.
    Local markets  -  Search for treasures in the buzzing Grand Bazaar, make sure you bring your bargaining hat!
    Sights nearby  -  The Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, and Topkapi Palace are just across the straits.
    Recommended by  -  Frommers, Kiwi Collection

    An impressive luxury 5* hotel with stunning views of the Bosphorus. Elegant contemporary rooms with large windows, crisp linen, antique furniture and traditional artworks. Enjoy the award-winning spa, rooftop pool and wide selection of bars and restaurants. Ideal for business or pleasure. See More

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  • Four Seasons Hotel Sultanahmet Istanbul (Sultanahmet-Eminönü) 65 rooms from £274

    Local exploring  -  Right in the heart of the most historic part of the city, with views over the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia, both just steps away.
    City Style  -  An elegantly restored neo-classic Turkish prison, boasting a perfect blend of East and West, contemporary and tradition.
    Sailing  -  Discover Istanbul from the waters on a cruise on the Bosphorus, for added romance try a sunset cruise.
    Sights nearby  -  Close to many of the most famous historic sites including the Topkapi Palace and the Blue Mosque.
    Recommended by  -  Fodors, Frommers, Kiwi Collection

    Ottoman style grandeur in this converted prison. Elegant rooms with large windows, soft hues and antique furniture overlook the historic part of the city. A small but indulgent spa. Dine on phenomenal cuisine in the pretty courtyard. A luxurious choice ideally placed to explore the city. See More

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  • Hotel les Ottomans Istanbul (Beşiktaş) 10 rooms from £694

    City Style  -  A opulent hotel oozing elegance in an 18th-century Pasha's mansion- expect intricate ceilings, crown mouldings, and chandeliers.
    Spa breaks  -  Housing the famed Caudalie Vinothérapie Spa with an extensive therapy list, hamman and a number of pools.
    Sights nearby  -  Close to many of Istanbul's most famed sights including the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace.
    Local markets  -  Explore the exciting warren alleyways of the Main Bazaar and haggle for a steal.
    Recommended by  -  Frommers, Kiwi Collection, Small Luxury Hotels

    Pure opulence in this gorgeous riverside property. The ultimate place for romance and indulgence. Rooms feature rich coloured fabrics and walls and mix modern luxuries with traditional artifacts. A world renowned spa, private boats, elegant dining spaces and a glorious pool. A truly spoiling stay. See More

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