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Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul

Fabulous location

Wonderful stay from start to finish could not speak highly enough about it

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2 months ago


Corinne Art & Boutique Hotel

Great location

2 blocks from Istaklal street, 15 min walk to Taksim square Clean place, just staff is always on the phone and it’s hard to get an answer about anything from them

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2 months ago


Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus

Friendly staffs, very clean and nice facilities

We are a family with two teenagers and one baby, and stayed in 2 bedrooms family room, half board for 5 nights. In the very beginning, we were a little bit disappointed because our room was not ready when we'd like to check in at 3pm. We were exhausted after flight and eager to take a rest. Then we found there was no bathtub in our room. It made it very difficult to wash my 6 month old baby. He could not stand up for shower and the washing basin was too small for him to take a bath. Surprisingly and luckily, two days later we got upgraded to a family room suit, and a bathtub was included. That immediately solved my baby's washing issue and absolutely changed our view toward the hotel. I sincerely suggest the hotel to provide a room with a bathtub for family with little baby. Even a small simple removable baby bathtub would be a great help. In addition, the food in Manzara is ok, but I'd expect to see the change in menu every evening. We did get bored after 5 nights with the same menu with limited choices. Although restaurant staffs were extremely friendly and tried to accommodate our need, we didn't feel comfortable to ask too much or to brother the kitchen. Anyway, all in all, it's a very nice hotel and we had a great familly holiday in Istanbul.

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6 months ago


Lalinn Hotel

Very unprofessional hotel

I was book this hotel 3 months in advanced, and was notified them about my guest to be added to my room with $8 extra per night but at time of checking in they chenagrd their words and ask for $40 per night for that extra guest, also the hotel location is in scary area

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5 months ago

Pro tips from our travel blog: Everything you need to know for a perfectly rewarding trip to Istanbul

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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.