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What travelers to Istanbul are saying

Hotel was convenient to Metro to visit old city center where in a short time the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia can be visited as well as the Grand Bazaar for shopping. Best for someone who is traveling for a short trip (overnight or two nights) as hotel is close to airport, but there are not activities in the immediate area of the hotel. Public transportation is clean and easy to figure out. Suggest that some attention to places of interest is determined prior to travel if English speaker as English is not commonly spoken.
Donnamarie Jun 28, 2015
This was my second trip to Istanbul. It is one of the world's great cities. We stayed mostly in the Sultanamet district, to see the historical sites (Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Cistern, Grand Bazaar, etc.) People are very friendly, and whenever we needed directions, helpful. The food was good. Travelers to Istanbul should be aware that there will be someone at every business doorway, hustling business. They're friendly, but persistent. If you're not interested, firmly say no and they'll move on.
Stephen G. Jul 9, 2015
Istanbul is an exciting blend of old history and modern style. It has everything from ancient Byzantine mosaics to ultra-chic shopping malls. The street life is diverse and a great place to watch people. The old part of the city is well set up for tourists, although there are very long lines for the main attractions even in a slow season. There is a multi-museum 5-day pass you can buy which can help you skip the lines, although it may not pay for itself if you don't go to 4 or more of the main attractions.
Elizabeth M. Apr 14, 2015

Istanbul hotels

On the European side of Istanbul, across from The Golden Horn, visitors will find the old center of the city. Thousands of years of history are situated here in the form of palaces, mosques, and bazaars. Istanbul, a vibrant and modern metropolis, has a distinct mysterious feel to it, and the old center, where all the best sites and hotels in Istanbul are located, is easy to explore on foot. Apart from great cultural experiences, the city offers a wide range of festivals, celebrating music, art, and film.

Istanbul Quick Picks and Tips


Istanbul's location, on the border between east and west, gives the city a fantastic, varied cuisine. The abundance of great restaurants and cafes offers Asian and European food. All over the city you can get Turkish tea and coffee—of course with the option of enjoying a water pipe with it.

Major Point of Interest

The mosques and other religious sites are one of the best parts of Istanbul; Sultanahmet Camii, Chora church and the Ortaköy Mosques are all a must-see for travelers.


Make sure to fill your bags with spices, dried fruits, and Turkish delight from one of the many bazaars. The largest, most-visited one is SaliPazari in Kadikoy, which offers everything from fruits and vegetables to traditional, handmade shoes and jewelry.


There is always something going on in Istanbul. Some of the top event picks include the International Puppet Festival and the International Istanbul Theater Festival.

Religious Celebrations

Going to the various Orthodox celebrations makes for a unique experience. An Easter celebration especially, is sure to be unforgettable.

Recently booked Istanbul hotels

Hotel Last booked Stars Price from
Agan Hotel Istanbul
Old Town
19 minutes ago 3 stars $51
Ilkay Hotel Istanbul
Old Town
2 hours ago 3 stars $62
Levni Hotel & Spa
Old Town
2 hours ago 5 stars $106
Emporium Hotel
Old Town
6 hours ago 4 stars $70
Gulhane Park Hotel Istanbul
Old Town
6 hours ago 4 stars $66
Faros Old City
Old Town
14 hours ago 4 stars $97
Darkhill Hotel Istanbul
Old Town
14 hours ago 4 stars $94
Boutique Saint Sophia Istanbul
Old Town
17 hours ago 4 stars $155
Sultan House Hotel
Old Town
18 hours ago 4 stars $56
Agora Life Hotel
Old Town
23 hours ago 4 stars $92

Recently Rated Istanbul Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Best Western Antea Palace Hotel & Spa
Old Town
3.8 / 5
4 reviews
3 stars $102
Hotel Niles Istanbul
Old Town
4.3 / 5
29 reviews
4 stars $102
Ilkay Hotel Istanbul
Old Town
4.2 / 5
16 reviews
3 stars $62
Best Western Premier The Home Suites and Spa
Old Town
4.1 / 5
18 reviews
4 stars $129
Karakoy Aparts
Taksim-New city center
4.0 / 5
3 stars $86
4.2 / 5
10 reviews
5 stars $85
Taksim-New city center
4.5 / 5
2 reviews
3 stars $42
Agan Hotel Istanbul
Old Town
3.9 / 5
102 reviews
3 stars $51
Lausos Hotel
Old Town
4.4 / 5
11 reviews
4 stars $92
Historia Hotel
Old Town
4.0 / 5
5 reviews
3 stars $73

Activities in Istanbul

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Dolmabahce Palace & Two Continents

Enjoy a half day, afternoon tour to Dolmabahce Palace (royal residence of the Ottoman Sultans)! This tour also gives you the unique opportunity to step from Europe to Asia in 2 minutes as you cross the Bosphorus Bridge connecting Europe and Asia.

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Featured Istanbul Hotels

From $125

1 Aren Suites

4 stars
4.8 / 5 17 reviews

Kkayasofya Caddesi Gelinlik Sokak No.13

Free WiFi - Complementary Cake & Tea

Aren Suites offers a terrace, and modern rooms with free Wi-Fi and a spa bath or rain showers. The elegantly decorated rooms include a LED TV with satellite channels, and free wired or wireless...

Perfect location
My husband and I had only two days to spend Istanbul and wanted to spend that time in the old city. The Aren Suites was the perfect location. All the points of interest were within walking distance...
Aug 27, 2015
From $51

2 Agan Hotel Istanbul

3 stars
3.9 / 5 102 reviews

Ebusuud Caddesi Saffetipapa Sokak 6 Sirkeci Istanbul

Hotel Agan is a warm and friendly small hotel in the Old City. The hotel's focus on guest comfort is apparent inside and out. Agan has large cushions set up outside the building for guests who want...

wish we had been here first. Very comfortable accomidations handed us cold water when we first walked in. answered our questions informatively and best of all let us take a shower after we checked...
Aug 6, 2015
From $94

3 Darkhill Hotel Istanbul

4 stars
3.0 / 5 1 reviews

Koca Ragippasa Cad.No:19 Laleli Sultanahmet

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The Darkhill Hotel is located in Old City Istanbul walking distance to all historical places in Sultanahmet area , making it one of the best hotels to stay at while in town. The Darkhill Hotel...

A very pleasant surprise
We loved the evening meals on the terrace, the swimming facilities and location. Breakfast could be better, tea was a stew and soft drinks rather odd - no fresh orange. However, the staff were...
Aug 25, 2015
From $92

4 Agora Life Hotel

4 stars
4.4 / 5 41 reviews

Cagaloglu Hamam Sok. No 6 Sultanahmet

Free Fruit Plate-Mineral Water

Just a 5-minute walk from Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace, this boutique hotel offers modern accommodation with free wireless internet access. It has a rooftop terrace and offers a buffet...

Great trip
I enjoyed every second ..... Great views on the bosphore area.....
Aug 24, 2015
From $71

5 Gardenhouse Hotel Istanbul

4 stars
4.3 / 5 28 reviews

Kucuk Ayosofya Mahallesi Sehit Mehmet Pasa Sokak 11-13

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The recently remodeled Garden House Hotel is a traditional Ottoman mansion house turned into a unique hotel, providing 24 individual guest accommodations. The hotel is in a tranquil setting yet is...

Awesome Cultural Trip
THE STAFF THERE ARE FANTASTIC! They talk with us about their culture and so willing to provide help when there seems to be any trouble. I don't know if it is this or they are just that...
Dec 16, 2014
From $180

6 Sultanhan Hotel Istanbul

5 stars
4.3 / 5 23 reviews

Piyer Loti Cad No. 15

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Dramatic Seljuk and Ottoman architectural details abound at the centrally located Sultanhan Hotel Istanbul, which is near the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar. A columned lobby -- replete...

Extended stay after cruise holiday
Hotel is in a great location central to all the must do sights in Istanbul. Very good room and away from main road traffic.
May 7, 2015
From $162

7 Sirkeci Mansion Istanbul

4 stars
4.8 / 5 24 reviews

Taya Hatun Cad. n5 Sirkeci

The Sirkeci Konak, one of Old Town's most stylish hotels, elegantly blends the 19th and 21st centuries. Traditional Ottoman patterns pair with contemporary furniture, polished wooden floors, and an...

Amazing hotel
My husband and I just returned from a 6 night stay at the Sirkeci Mansion and we could not have been happier. For starters, the hotel is in the perfect location. It's literally a 30 second walk to...
Jul 21, 2015
From $56

8 Sultan House Hotel

4 stars
4.2 / 5 34 reviews


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Hotel Sultan House is a converted Ottoman House located in Sultanahmet, one of the oldest and most colorful quarters of Istanbul, Sultan house is at the corner of Hippodrome Square. It is located...

Perfect location. Exceptional staff.
Everything generally excellent. I was just slightly caught off guard by the long, steep staircase we had to ascend to reach our 4th floor city view apartment. Staff's hospitality was amazing....
Aug 28, 2015
From $102

9 Hotel Niles Istanbul

4 stars
4.3 / 5 29 reviews

Ordu Caddesi Dibekli Cami Sokak No:19 Beyazit

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Old City's attractions are in easy walking distance from this family-owned hotel. Located across the street from the Beyazit tram stop and a short walk from the Cankurtaran train station, all of...

Excellent location, quiet but close to a lot of history.
The greeting from the hotel reception was the start of a wonderful experience of how things should be and a taste of what was to come from the rest of the hotel staff. A young French lady and her...
Jul 21, 2015
From $92

10 Lausos Hotel

4 stars
4.4 / 5 11 reviews

Klodfarer Caddesi No:33

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Lausos Hotel offers 30 unique guest rooms, 6 suites and 6 deluxe suites. All rooms reflect the Ottoman architectural style with unparalleled views of the Sea of Marmara and Bosphorus, as well as...

Business Travel
Hotel is in a great location, although much dated. The breakfast in the am isnt worth a visit. The staff was all new when I was there so there was slight confusion with checking in etc.
Aug 26, 2015
From $106

11 Levni Hotel & Spa

5 stars
4.4 / 5 18 reviews

31 Ebusuud Cad

Free SPA, WiFi, Water, Concierge

Levni Hotel is a boutique (5 star category) hotel located in Sirkeci Istanbul within 5 min. walking distance to many museums and palaces - Topkapi Palace, Santa Sophia, Blue Mosque, Basilica...

This hotel was excellent value for money. It was probably not 5 star in my opinion but for what we paid it was well above average. It is very well located for the blue mosque and the main square...
Mar 1, 2015
From $66

12 Gulhane Park Hotel Istanbul

4 stars
3.9 / 5 152 reviews

Nobethane Caddessi No. 1 Sirkeci


The Gulhane Park Hotel Istanbul is sited next to the former garden of Topkapi Palace. This historic location is ideal for easy reach to some of the city's most popular tourist attractions. The...

Best place in Turkey
Absolutely loved it in Gulhane park Hotel, if it ever return to Turkey, i will look forward to staying here again. Staff were most friendly and absolutely professional. I have contacted them prior...
Aug 26, 2015
From $179

13 Hotel Ibrahim Pasha

4 stars
3.8 / 5 5 reviews

Terzihane sok. 7, Sultanahmet

The owners of this small designer hotel just off the Hippodrome have managed to straddle the divide between sleek modernist and antique Ottoman with great success. Parquet floors, crisp white...

We spent 4 nights, and really could not flat the hotel at all. The staff were second to none. The hotel is situated right in the middle of the old city only a few minutes walk from the Blue Mosque,...
Nov 1, 2014
From $80

14 Rose Garden Suites

4 stars
4.7 / 5 6 reviews

Kucukayasofya Mah Sehit Mehmet Pasa Sok.

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Rose Garden Suites, are located in Sultanahmet district of Istanbul's which is one of oldest and most precious area. The Rose Garden Suite's have only 13 luxury rooms with a unique design or...

week end away
The rose Garden suite were perfect for our week end away(a Christmas from our son). Location was great as you were five minutes walk from all the must see sites. Staff very helpful and friendly....
Apr 6, 2015
From $155

15 Boutique Saint Sophia Istanbul

4 stars
4.0 / 5 1 reviews

Alemdar Cad. No. 2

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This small Old City hotel gives guests the chance to step back in time. Boutique Saint Sophia Istanbul is housed in a former Ottoman mansion built for Ahmed Pasha in 1845, offers guests an...

Amazing Location!!
Best location for first time visitors to Istanbul. Staff were super friendly and helpful. We had a deluxe room but it was still quite small. Rainfall shower in the bathroom was great but the...
Jun 11, 2015
From $81

16 Dersaadet Hotel

4 stars
4.6 / 5 11 reviews

Kucuk Ayasofya Cad. Kapiagasi Sk. No: 5 34

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Just blocks away from the Sea of Marmara, Dersaadet Hotel provides guests with a back-in-time experience. Fashioned after a 19th century Ottoman mansion, the wood front hotel is one of Istanbul's...

Unexpected gem
Polite and lovely staff, available and helpful but never intrusive. Location is great near so much to see. Terrace balcony a huge plus - all day availability from breakfast till night providing a...
May 6, 2015
From $72

17 Avicenna Hotel

4 stars
3.7 / 5 26 reviews

Mimar Mehmet Aga Cad.Amiral Tafdil Sok No 31-33

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Located in the Sultanahmet district, also known as the Old City, the 48-room New Avicenna Hotel offers breezy, open, Mediterranean-style amenities in Istanbul. The hotel is a three-story complex...

quick stay in the city
Good location, friendly stuff, simple and comfortable stay
Apr 27, 2015
From $159

18 BEST WESTERN PREMIER Acropol Suites and Spa

4 stars
4.6 / 5 9 reviews

AKBIYIK CAD. NO:21 34122

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Housed in a historical structure facing Marmara Sea in downtown Istanbul, Best Western Acropol Hotel helps guests feel as though they have stepped into the 19th century. The building is...

The hotel was nice and centrally located. Staff was very helpful. The breakfast was ok.
Aug 30, 2015
From $129

19 Ambassador Hotel Istanbul

3 stars
4.7 / 5 7 reviews

Ticarethane Sokak No 19 Sultanahmet

The Ambassador is a Boutique style hotel ideally situated in the historic area of Sultanahmet. In less than a 5 minute walk from the hotel you will find yourself at the Blue Mosque, the Hippodrome,...

Awesome Hotel
Great location, great staff, close to all attractions and shopping centers
Jan 19, 2015
From $45

20 Istanbul Holiday Hotel

3 stars
3.5 / 5 2 reviews

Kucuk Ayafosya Cad. No:30 Sultanahmet

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Istanbul Holiday Hotel (4-star), with 6 economic, 15 standard and 3 suite rooms, offers guests accommodation in the very heart of the historic district of Istanbul, the Sultanahmet area, with a...

Would not book there!
Is it close tot he blue mosque, hajisofia, topikopi YES, easy 10 min stroll. But then again so are the 5* hotels that cost a fraction higher in the area! if you were to book and Istanbul Holiday...
Jun 1, 2015