Istanbul

Travel Guide
Istanbul featuring heritage architecture, a sunset and mist or fog

Turkey’s largest city is both European and Asian and has been part of many empires. As a result, Istanbul is modern and traditional, familiar and exotic.

It is Istanbul’s unique blend of Western and Eastern heritage and culture that attracts tourists from all over the world. Experience the comforts of modern Turkey in its malls, galleries and clubs, and the delights of traditional Turkish bazaars, palaces, taverns and mosques. Istanbul’s natural beauty, with pleasant Mediterranean climate, completes its glorious appeal.

Located on the Bosphorus Strait, Istanbul has the Sea of Marmara to the south and the Black Sea to the north. Istanbul connects Europe with Asia and this strategic position evoked many power struggles. Under its previous names of Byzantium and Constantinople, Istanbul served as the capital of the Roman, the Byzantine, the Latin and the Ottoman empires and was once also the capital of Islam. The Turks started to call it Istanbul, a name that was made official when the Turkish Republic was proclaimed in 1923.

The Sultanahmet peninsula, which is home to the Old City, reflects Istanbul’s diverse political and religious past, particularly in the architecture. The iconic Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya), for example, was once a Christian cathedral and later a mosque. Visit the nearby Topkapi Palace (Topkapı Sarayı), Hippodrome (Hipodrom) and Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmed Mosque) and save some of your liras for the souvenirs in the Grand Bazaar (Kapalı Çarşı). Get a bird’s-eye view of it all from the top of the 14th-century Galata Tower (Galata Kulesi) or visit nearby Miniatürk to see miniature versions of all these buildings. Cool off in the underground Basilica Cistern.

Cross the Galata Bridge, spanning the Golden Horn, to visit Taksim Square and the New City. Enjoy modern skyscrapers, nightclubs and shopping malls and watch hip youngsters mingle with businessmen.

Buy an Istanbulkart, for easy access to all public transport; the ferry is a good way to see the Beylerbeyi Palace across the strait.

Over 13 million people live in Istanbul, making it Europe’s most populous city, and it’s easy to see what the attraction is. Istanbul’s fusion of East and West, reflected in the culture, architecture, art and cuisine is truly unique.

Where to stay in Istanbul

Hilton Istanbul Bomonti Hotel & Conference Center
Hilton Istanbul Bomonti Hotel & Conference Center
5 out of 5
Silahsor Cad. No: 42 Bomonti Sisli, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is ¥16,288 per night from Jan 3 to Jan 3
Located in Sisli, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bomontiada, City's Nişantaşı Shopping Center, and Istanbul Cevahir Shopping and Entertainment Centre. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (939 reviews)
"The staff was so friendly. Gulsar welcomed us in a unique manner that made us to feel at home"

Reviewed on Nov 26, 2021

Hilton Istanbul Bomonti Hotel & Conference Center
YOTELAIR Istanbul Airport AIRSIDE
YOTELAIR Istanbul Airport AIRSIDE
Tayakadin Mah. Terminal Cad. No.1, Arnavutkoy, Arnavutkoy, Istanbul
The price is ¥19,651 per night from Dec 24 to Dec 24
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 19.9 mi (32 km) from Mall of Istanbul and within 32 mi (52 km) of Grand Bazaar and Blue Mosque. Taksim Square and Galata ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (521 reviews)
"Expensive but useful to avoid long time at the terminal."

Reviewed on Dec 4, 2021

YOTELAIR Istanbul Airport AIRSIDE
Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus
Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus
5 out of 5
Cihannuma Mahallesi, Saray Caddesi No:5, Besiktas, Istanbul, Istanbul
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥17,518 per night from Dec 21 to Dec 21
Located in Besiktas, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Besiktas Pier and Vodafone Arena. Dolmabahce Palace and Zorlu Performing Arts Center are also ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (944 reviews)
"The best part of the trip was this hotel. The service was excellent and it was in excellent condition and really clean. The in room dining was delicious no matter what time you ordered. The restaurant was excellent particularly the buffet breakfast."

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2021

Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Nisantasi Residence
Nisantasi Residence
Mesrutiyet Mh Kevser Sk No39 Sisli, Istanbul
The price is ¥10,916 per night from Dec 8 to Dec 8
Located in Sisli, this residence is within 2 mi (3 km) of American Hospital, Taksim Square, and Trump Towers Istanbul. Istiklal Avenue and Dolmabahce Palace ...
5/5 Exceptional! (3 reviews)
"Владелец квартиры Абдулла - замечательный человек, помогал абсолютно во всех наших вопросах. Квартира маленькая, но уютная и чистая. Район хороший, в пешей доступности магазины и кафе."

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2021

Nisantasi Residence
Somerset Maslak Istanbul
Somerset Maslak Istanbul
Maslak 1453, Maslak District, Sogut Street No:20AA C15, Sariyer
The price is ¥14,707 per night from Dec 28 to Dec 28
Located in Maslak, this aparthotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Belgrad Forest and within 9 mi (15 km) of Bosphorus Bridge and Dolmabahce Palace. Taksim Square and ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (99 reviews)
"The staff need to be trained how to deal with customers ."

Reviewed on Nov 11, 2021

Somerset Maslak Istanbul
G Tower Residences
G Tower Residences
Mimar Sinan Cd 35, Istanbul, Istanbul
Located in Bagcilar, this residence is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from 212 Istanbul Power Outlet and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Acibadem University Atakent Hospital. Mall of ...
3.4/5 Good! (9 reviews)
Amazing!!
"G Tower is one of best solution for residency either for family or business reasons. Well cleaned, furnitures are amazing, everything is available in the kitchen and overall flat. I will be back again to G tower for the next time due to their staff well communicated, attitude and help."

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2021

G Tower Residences
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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