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Every city is unique, but there's nowhere akin to Istanbul. Straddling two continents, Istanbul (once Constantinople) 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.
What not to miss
- History presents itself at every turn in Istanbul and the world famous Blue Mosque is a great starting point for exploring this rich heritage.
- The Hagia Sophia is an incredible museum that is a must for anyone interested in the city's history.
- Palaces abound in this incredible city and two of the finest are Topkapi and Dolmabahçe.
- Boasting a wide array of bazaars and markets, the labyrinthine Grand Bazaar encapsulates Istanbul's manic market life. Also look out for the wondrous Spice Bazaar.
- Mosques and churches stand side by side in the city and one of the finest examples of Christian architecture is the Basilica Cistern.
- Istanbul's golden days are certainly not behind it. This city is as lively as ever, packed with great restaurants, forward thinking galleries and 'hip' bars and clubs.
- Istanbul's position, on both sides of the Bosphorus, which is a narrow straight between the Black Sea and the Marmara Sea, can probably be held responsible for the city's importance and wealth, but also its desirability when it came to plunder.
The city's variety is reflected in its range of hotels and our list of the best places to stay in Istanbul range from former palaces to small-scale boutiques.
Historic Sultanahmet District
- Sari Konak offers elegant and great value rooms, including triple suites for groups or families. Plus a roof terrace with fabulous views.
- The Empress Zoe is in an excellent spot, and effortlessly combines period style with modern comforts. There's the added bonus of a pretty garden for relaxing in.
- The Seven Hills Hotel boasts eighteen rooms and suites decorated in Ottoman style. The main draw is the incredible roof top restaurant with breathtaking views and great seafood.
- Çira?an Palace Kempinski has arguably the most stunning pool terrace in town, plus well regarded restaurants and a top notch spa.
- Georges Hotel Galata focuses on elegant simplicity. Mixing high-quality design with laidback glamour, this hotel is a magnificent place to relax. Enjoy fantastic French cuisine and stunning views out over the city.
- Hotel Les Ottomans is a must for those who love over the top luxury. The pool terrace is lavish and the rooms make you feel like a Sultan or Sultana.
For modern chic
- Mama Shelter nails the minimalist chic aesthetic. Offering stylish rooms, a buzzy restaurant and a winning location, this is superb value for money.
- Offering stylish self-contained rooms with kitchenettes, Ansen Suites is a great city centre option. Parquet floors, inventive modern design features and standalone baths all come together to create a edgy modern hotel.
- From the outside a neo-classical 19th century mansion, Galata Antique is a totally different story inside. Dominated by sharp design features and tasteful furnishings, this hotel combines a great location with a great vibe.
- The House Hotel Nisantasi is representative of the sophisticated area that it's found in. The sleek design is superb and creates a luxurious hotel service.
For on the waterfront
- A pearly white mansion on the river, A'jia Hotel exudes class. The elegant rooms offer beautiful views out over the river and the waterside restaurant is a glorious place to spend an afternoon.
- Sumahan on the River offers designer loft-style rooms overlooking the Bosphorus. Set in the charming district of Cengelkoy, this is a great option if your looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city centre.
- There can be few better places to enjoy the magic of the Bosphorus than The House Hotel Bosphorus. The lovely rooms utilitse natural light and offer great views and the hotel's restaurant is a real winner. Set in Ortakoy, a small village outside the city centre, it's a quiet place to retreat to.
For the Business District
- The Hotel Witt Istanbul Suites is a must for the design conscious offering sleek modern lines and minimalist interiors.
- The Ritz Carlton offers top notch facilities aimed at both the business and leisure traveller. Great spa and pool, plus a range of bars and restaurants.
For those on a budget
- HHK boasts a swimming pool & roof top terrace bar with great views over the city. Doubles start from just £75 per night B&B.
- Portus House is a stylish guesthouse close to the Bosphorus. If you don't mind sharing a bathroom, you can pick up a double room for only £49 per night B&B.
For a private apartment or villa
- Explore the options at our online partner Booking.com.
- International flyers want to head for Istanbul Airport.
- Driving around Istanbul is not for the faint-hearted but if your feeling brave, visit our online partner Rentalcars for the best car hire prices
- Istanbul in the summer can be stiflingly hot, so we recommend visiting from April to May or September to November.
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Best Hotels in Istanbul
Hotel Sari Konak Istanbul (Sultanahmet) 23 rooms from £47Value 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
Portus House Istanbul Istanbul (Mumhane Cd No:31) 10 rooms from £51Value chicSights nearby - Within walking distance of both Sultanahmet and TaksimViews - Great views from hotelLocal markets - Good for local colour.Recommended by - Tablet
Karakoy Rooms Istanbul (Kemankeş Caddesi Galata Şarap Iskelesi Sokak) 12 rooms from £60Local exploring - Make the most out of Karakoy Rooms' central location to see all that the city has to offerValue chic - Chic style and a superb location all at an excellent priceSights nearby - Go visit St. Anthony of Padua Church or head to Istiklal StreetGreat walks - Stroll through this historic city to soak in the atmosphereRecommended by - Tablet, I Escape
Mama Shelter, Istanbul Istanbul (Ş. Hüseyin Ay Sk No:50) 81 rooms from £60Groups - Triple rooms.Value chicCity StyleFamiliesRecommended by - CN Traveller
Empress Zoe Istanbul (Akbiyik Caddesi 34110) 26 rooms from £61Hideaway - 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 characterRecommended 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
Ansen Suites Istanbul (Meşrutiyet Cd No:70) 10 rooms from £65City StyleSights nearby - Many sites accessible on foot including the Istanbul Modern Art MuseumLocal markets - A short walk from the Fish MarketRecommended by - I Escape
SuB Karakoy Istanbul (Karaköy) from £68Value 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 IstanbulSights 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
Garden House Hotel Istanbul (Mehmet Pasa Sokak 11/13) 24 rooms from £69Romantic 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
Galata Antique Hotel Istanbul (Tunel) 22 rooms from £85Sights nearby - Centrally located, within walking distance to Galata Tower, Taksim Square, Museum of Modern Arts, Hagia TriadaViews - Great views from hotelLocal 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
Lush Hotel Istanbul (No:12 Taksim) 44 rooms from £86Sights nearby - Including Blue Mosque and Basilica CisternLocal markets - Good for local colour.Great walks - Good for walkers.
HHK Istanbul (Hayriye Hanım Sk,) 21 rooms from £78Views - Many rooms have great Bosphorus viewsValue chicSights nearby - Within walking distance of many attractions including the Grand Bazaar and Galata TowerSwimming Pool - Outdoor rooftop poolRecommended by - Tablet
Seven Hills Hotel Istanbul (Sultanahmet) 18 rooms from £81Value 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.
Ibrahim Pasha Hotel Istanbul (Terzihane Sk No:7) 24 rooms from £86City StyleSights nearby - Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, village of Sanyer.Local markets - Good for local colour.Recommended by - I Escape, Tablet
10 Karakoy Istanbul (Karaköy) 71 rooms from £97City 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.
Hammamhane Istanbul (Beyoglu) 14 rooms from £108Sights nearby - The Museum of Innocence and Istanbul Modern are within a 10 minute walkLocal 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
The House Hotel Galatasaray Istanbul (Bostanbaşı Cd No:19) 20 rooms from £117City StyleLocal markets - Good for local colour.Sights nearby - Well located for major sights.TraditionalRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet, I Escape, CN Traveller
Adahan Istanbul (Mesrutiyet Cad, Asmalimescit, Beyoglu) 40 rooms from £121Restaurant - Breakfast, lunch and dinner in the Cachi Lokanta roof top bar/resturant with a terrace, which serves Turkish cuisineSuites - Sunny light standard rooms and suites with architectural details, frescos, vaulted ceilings and marble bathroomsHistoric - The nighbourhood was once the base for European merchants mainly from Genoa and VeniceViews - 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
Vault Karakoy Istanbul (Beyoglu) 63 rooms from £125Sights nearby - Sultan Ahmed MosqueLocal markets - The Spice MarketViews - Great views from hotelSpaRecommended 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
The Sofa Nisantasi Istanbul (Teşvikiye Fırın Sk No:41) 82 rooms from £130City StyleSpa - Detox and wellness centre offering a wide range of treatmentsSwimming Pool - Indoor/outdoorSights nearby - Well located for major sights.Recommended by - I Escape, Tablet, CN Traveller
The House Hotel Bosphorus Istanbul (Ortaköy) 26 rooms from £130Village - 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
Amira Hotel Istanbul (Mustafa Paşa Sk No:43) 35 rooms from £138FamiliesCity StyleSights nearby - Close to all major attractions including the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi PalaceViews - Great views from hotelRecommended by - Tablet
The House Hotel Nisantasi Istanbul (Abdi İpekçi St No:34) 44 rooms from £138City Style - A sophisticated hotel in an upscale neighbourhood.Sights nearby - Sultanahmet, the historic heart of Old Istanbul.Local markets - Good for local colour.TraditionalRecommended by - Tablet, I Escape, CN Traveller, Mr & Mrs Smith
Tomtom suites Istanbul (Tomtom Kaptan Sk No:18) 20 rooms from £140City StyleDesigner - 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
The Marti Hotel Istanbul (Taksim) 270 rooms from £143Restaurant - Quad Restaurant & Bar serves Middle Easterm staples and Asian fast food and the Brasserie for seafood linguineSuites - Thirty-one suites with Turkish marble steam bathrooms, damask fabrics, velevet throws and gilded cornonetsRoof terrace - Dazzling roof terrace with hot tub, bar and panoramic views of the cityViews - 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
Gezi Hotel Bosphorus Istanbul (No 34 Taksim) from £146Massage - Traditional Turkish massages availableEco - Hotel close to zero emissionsLocal markets - Istanbul bazaarsViews - 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
Hagia Sofia Mansions Istanbul, Curio Collection by Hilton Istanbul (Sultanahmet, Fatih) 64 rooms from £148Local exploring - Located next to the ancient walls of the Hippodome Splendon, it is just a hop and a skip into the Old CityCity Style - Elegant rooms, a chic subterranean spa and grand restaurant, this is a very stylish city baseLocal markets - For a spot of holiday shopping check out the vibrant and colourful Grand BazaarSights nearby - Take a walking tour of the many beautiful Mosques dotted across the cityRecommended 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
W Istanbul Istanbul (Beşiktaş) 134 rooms from £150Lively - The hotel is a nightlife hotspot for some of Istanbul's most glamourous.City StyleSights nearby - Walking distance of Galata Tower and Taksim SquareSpa - W day spaRecommended by - CN Traveller
Sumahan on the Water Istanbul (Kuleli Cd No:51) 24 rooms from £152Views - Wonderful views across the BosphorusOutstanding location - Magical waterfront views.LuxuryCity StyleRecommended 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
Fer Hotel Istanbul 56 rooms from £156Local 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
Hotel Witt Istanbul Suites Istanbul (Cihangir) 18 rooms from £169Hideaway - 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
A'jia Hotel Istanbul 16 rooms from £174LuxuryViews - Great views from hotelRomantic BreakCity StyleRecommended by - Tablet, I Escape, Mr & Mrs Smith, CN Traveller
Pera Palace Hotel Istanbul (Meşrutiyet Cd No:98) 99 rooms from £178Foodies - Excellent selection of restaurants.City StyleSights nearby - Situated in the Beyoglu district, close to many major attractions.Swimming Pool - Jet streamed swimming pool
Çirağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul (Yildiz Mh.) 313 rooms from £191Romantic 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
Georges Hotel Galata Istanbul (Beyoğlu) 20 rooms from £216Views - Great views from hotelLuxuryCity StyleFoodies
Ajwa Hotel Istanbul 61 rooms from £224Local 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
The Ritz-Carlton Istanbul Istanbul (Askerocagi Caddesi 15) 243 rooms from £233Spa 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
Four Seasons Hotel Sultanahmet Istanbul (Sultanahmet-Eminönü) 65 rooms from £274Local 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
Hotel les Ottomans Istanbul (Beşiktaş) 10 rooms from £694City 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