Enjoy the magical yet mysterious city of Istanbul! Many of us are crazy for its vast array of beauties but of course, there are specific times to visit depending on the type of trip you’re after; sightseeing, Bosphorus Cruise or shopping. There are popular seasons and low seasons. For sightseeing, spring or autumn is the best time for a visit. For the Bosphorus Cruise, October is best as temperatures are cooler than in the summer. These attractions are in Fatih, Beyoglu, and Nisantasi. The prices for hotels in Istanbul vary from time to time and I’m going to talk about the best hotels in specific districts to suit the purpose of your visit. This is a guide to reasonably priced hotels and elegant yet pricey ones.
First of all, the most popular district, Fatih, is surrounded by all of the historical beauties. This wonderful district is known as the oldest place in Istanbul. Located on the European side this tremendous place whispers the history of the city as it includes Spice Bazaar, Basilica Cistern, Hagia Sophia, Topkapı Palace, etc. all of which represent the historical fabric of this unforgettable city. This part of Istanbul contains spiritual, religious and traditional tunes so you can find out more about the cultural values of Turkey. Hotels in this district:
Holiday Inn Istanbul City
Located at the heart of all of those significant places to visit, this elegant hotel is within walking distance of Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Archeology Museum, the Basilica Cistern, Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar, the Millennium Stone and Byzantine Hippodrome, which are the most touristy and beautiful points of the city.
Budget – €€
Location: Topkapı, Turgut Özal Millet Cd No 189, 34280 Fatih/İstanbul
Phone Number: (0212) 530 99 00
Classy yet budget-friendly! Only 850 metres from the historical attractions of the district. The price per person includes breakfast!
Budget – €
Location: Mimar Hayrettin, Esirci Kemalettin Camii Sokağı No:4, 34126 Fatih/İstanbul
Phone Number: (0212) 517 91 90
Second of all, Istanbul’s pearl Beyoglu! Full of entertainment establishments, this famous tourist attraction hosts Galata Tower, Istiklal Street, Taksim Square and much more. Istiklal Street is made of an old-styled tramway to protect the memories of the Old Istanbul and has many magnificent bohemian shops which lie next to Taksim Square. Recommended hotels are:
This hotel is an infusion of art, history and design! Great customer service will help make your trip extra special. Only 200 metres from the lively shopping and entertainment area Istiklal Avenue, and close to other historical sites in Beyoglu.
Budget – €€
A five-star establishment that provides a splendid Bosphorus view! Close to the Metro station and located in the bustling commercial area just an 11-minute walk from the shopping and nightlife on İstiklal Avenue.
Budget – €€
Location: Gümüşsuyu, Asker Ocağı Cd. No:1, 34437 Beyoğlu/İstanbul
Phone Number: (0212) 368 44 44
DoubleTree by Hilton Piyalepasa
The hotel has 203 rooms and is just 3 km from Taksim Square. Doubletree Piyalepasa has a rooftop restaurant & bar, along with Atrium Restaurant and Atrium Lobby Bar, a 24-hour Business Centre, gym and a health centre called Elysium Spa.
Budget – €
Location: Kaptanpaşa, Piyalepaşa Blv. No:5, 34440 Beyoğlu/İstanbul
Phone Number: (0212) 311 43 11
The last of the districts is Sisli! Close to the Harbiye Museum and most famous fashionable residential area, Nisantasi! Nisantasi is full of worldwide famous brands and is predominantly a commercial area with shopping places. Here are the best hotels:
Molton Monapart Mecidiyekoy
Comfortable and homey is what this hotel does best! You can have fun shopping as Cevahir, Kanyon, Ozdilek, Metrocity, Trump and Profilo Shopping Mall are close by. Or you can enjoy fishing and viewing the breathtaking Bosphorus.
Budget – €
Location: Mecidiyeköy, Mecidiye Kuyu Sk. No:33, 34287 Şişli/İstanbul
Phone Number: (0212) 212 14 14
Fraser Place Anthill Istanbul
This trendy place offers luxurious apartments with a fully equipped kitchen and lovely views of Bosphorus. You’ll feel at home, as it’s just like a home! You can cook for yourself or choose to eat at one of their restaurants. It offers facilities such as an indoor pool, an indoor ski slope, a tennis court, and a wellness centre.