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Vault Karakoy,The House Hotel - Special Class

Vault Karakoy,The House Hotel - Special Class

Emek yemez mh. Bankalar cd. No 5, Istanbul 34421

5.0 out of 5.0
4.8 out of 5 (353 reviews)

Located in Beyoglu, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of SALT Galata and Galata Tower. Grand Bazaar and Spice Bazaa …

£53
Fairmont Quasar Istanbul

Fairmont Quasar Istanbul

Buyukdere Caddesi, 76, Istanbul 34394

5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Sisli, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Trump Towers Istanbul and Istanbul Cevahir Shopping and …

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Corinne Art & Boutique Hotel

Corinne Art & Boutique Hotel

Turnacibasi Cad. Ayhan Isik Sok. No: 41, Istanbul 34433

4.0 out of 5.0
4.8 out of 5 (134 reviews)

Located in Beyoglu, this historic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Madame Tussauds Istanbul and Taksim Square. Dot and …

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Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet

Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet

Tevkifhane Sokak No. 1, Istanbul 34110

5.0 out of 5.0
4.9 out of 5 (245 reviews)

Located in Old City, this luxury hotel is steps from Sultanahmet Square and Hagia Sophia. Basilica Cistern and Blue Mosque ar …

£229
Hagia Sophia Hotel Istanbul Old City

Hagia Sophia Hotel Istanbul Old City

Alemdar Mah. Yerebatan Cad.No 13, Istanbul 34122

4.6 out of 5 (248 reviews)

Located in Old City, this hotel is steps from Basilica Cistern and Hagia Sophia. Hippodrome and Blue Mosque are also within 1 …

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En Suites Hotel Taksim

En Suites Hotel Taksim

Kocatepe Mah., Asiklar Sk., No.5, Istanbul 34437

5 out of 5 (1 reviews)

Located in Beyoglu, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Dot and Taksim Square. Dolmabahce Palace and Galata Tower are …

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Pera Palace Hotel, Jumeirah - Special Class

Pera Palace Hotel, Jumeirah - Special Class

Mesrutiyet Cad. No. 52, Istanbul 34430

5.0 out of 5.0
4.7 out of 5 (327 reviews)

This family-friendly Istanbul hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Pera Museum and Galat …

£119
Hotel Amira Istanbul

Hotel Amira Istanbul

Kucuk Ayasofya Mahallesi Mustafa, Istanbul 34122

4.8 out of 5 (882 reviews)

Located in Old City, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Hippodrome, Basilica Cistern, and Hagia Sophia. Blue …

£72
Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul

Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul

Visnezade Mah. Acisu Sok. NO. 19, Istanbul 34357

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4.5 out of 5 (577 reviews)

Located on the banks of the Bosphorus river, this Istanbul hotel is set in its own 65-acre park in the city centre with shops …

£184
Niles Hotel Istanbul - Special Class

Niles Hotel Istanbul - Special Class

Ordu Caddesi Dibekli Cami Sokak No: 13, Istanbul 34130

4.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (1,265 reviews)

Niles Hotel Istanbul - Special Class is a 7-minute walk from the Grand Bazaar, and 10 minutes from Sultan Ahmed Mosque, …

£46

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Pocket Guide: Hotels in Istanbul

Hotels in Istanbul

Istanbul is the only metropolis in the world that lies on two continents. With one foot in Europe and the other in Asia, it's no wonder the city is so cosmopolitan and culturally diverse. As the former capital of the Roman, Byzantine, Latin, and Ottoman Empires, Istanbul has an expansive history that spans many centuries. Throughout its different incarnations, Istanbul has been called both Byzantium and Constantinople. Whichever name you know it by, Istanbul is simply incredible.

While many of the most visited sightseeing attractions reside on the European side of Istanbul, including the Blue Mosque, Aya Sofya, and Topkapi Palace, the more residential Asian (or Anatolian) side also has its own unique charms. Be sure to explore the beauty of both sides to make your trip to Istanbul complete.

From the Blue Mosque to the Grand Bazaar

One of Istanbul's nicknames is the 'the city on seven hills.' Like Rome, the Istanbul of antiquity was built on seven hills, each with religious monuments, in both the Byzantine and Ottoman periods.

Today you will still find many stunning sights on these hills. Topkapi Palace was the former royal residence of the Ottoman sultans. Set by the sea and overlooking the Golden Horn, today's Topkapi Palace is open to the public as a museum, with four primary courtyards and a wealth of treasures. Wander through leafy gardens and airy libraries, an imperial harem, and impressive gilded pavilions.

Head for another hill and the Grand Bazaar awaits you. One of the largest covered markets in the world, featuring more than 6,000 stalls, the Grand Bazaar is a mecca for shoppers. Jewellery, spices, carpets, and pottery combine to create a seemingly endless range of tempting items. Test your bargaining skills or just enjoy a stroll around the structure itself, which seems almost like a palace.

Side by side are two other must-see Istanbul sights. The beautiful mosaics and massive dome of the 1400-year old Aya Sofya leave visitors mesmerized. Equally extravagant is the working Blue Mosque whose six slender minarets are one of the most famous components of Istanbul's skyline.

Illuminated Istanbul

Istanbul is one of the oldest cities in the world and with such a long and rich legacy it would be easy to tour only the city's historical wonders. However, present-day Istanbul is one of the most vibrant, sophisticated, and cosmopolitan places on earth and no visit would be complete without experiencing what the modern city has to offer. An evening out could include cuisine from all corners of the world (though be sure to try the sumptuous mezzes and kebabs), cocktails at an elegant bar on the Bosphorus, and clubbing until dawn. Istanbul at night is a beautiful sight.

Take some time for leisure, too, like a traditional Turkish bath or a cruise down the Bosphorus Strait. One visit to Istanbul could never suffice and how could it? There are two continents to explore! So slow down and sip some fragrant mint tea, while you plan your return visit.

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