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Where to Stay in Istanbul

One of the world’s great cities with one foot in Asia and the other in Europe, Istanbul is a sprawling city with hotel options on both sides of the Bosphorus.

With a large concentration of historic sites on the European side near Sultanahmet, most visitors opt to to stay in that area, although there are many excellent hotels - both luxurious and budget - spread around the city and along the Bosphorus.

A relatively comfortable public transport network keeps the various parts of the city within easy reach so wherever you stay will not prohibit your access - there is even the option of discovering the other side of the river by boat.

Sultanahmet Hotels

For those looking to soak up the incredible sites of the city without having to travel too far, Sultanahmet is the perfect choice. With major sightseeing attractions such as the Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace, the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque on your doorstep, a hotel in this area means everything on the ‘to do’ list is within walking distance.

1. Ajwa Hotel

An elegant and luxurious hotel choice, the Ajwa is just 1km (0.6 miles) from the Hagia Sophia and a five-minute walk from tram access. The hotel offers plush family rooms and suites close to the historic attractions and a well-appointed restaurant with classic city views.

2. Doubletree by Hilton Istanbul Old Town

This is a modern hotel just ten minutes from the shopping extravaganza that is the Grand Bazaar and less than 2km from the Hagia Sophia. There are stylish rooms and suites with amenities that include a Turkish bath and sauna, fitness facilities and a cool and chic bar in the lobby.

3. Old City Sultanahmet Hotel

Guests staying at this homely and budget hotel can enjoy being able to walk to both the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia within 15 minutes. A buffet breakfast is served in a restaurant that enjoys stunning sea views.

Beyoğlu Hotels

Situated across the Golden Horn from Sultanahmet, Beyoğlu is a popular choice for tourists looking to be near enough to the historic attractions across the bridge but within walking distance of many of the city’s popular shops and nightlife. Among the sites within easy reach when staying in Beyoğlu are the Galata Tower and Istiklal Caddesi, while the metro will take you to nearby shopping malls.

1. The Marmara Taksim

A high-rise and upscale accommodation choice, the hotel is in the busy area of Taksim’s center and is within walking distance of the metro. The hotel also enjoys a modern spa, rooftop pool and a chocolate shop.

2. Georges Hotel Galata

A mid-range option for travellers, the Georges Hotel is in a busy neighbourhood only two minutes by foot from the ancient Galata Tower. As well as a complimentary breakfast, guests can enjoy yoga classes, in-room massages and a French restaurant.

3. Istanbul Golden City Hotel

In the less-expensive price range but in a good location within close proximity of the metro, Galata Tower and the Golden Horn peninsula, the Golden City provides functional rooms with free Wi-Fi, complimentary breakfast and fitness facilities.

To find out more about the wide variety of hotel choices in Istanbul, check out our online filtering system for the Turkish city.

This information is correct as of August 2017