Hotels in Istanbul offer some of the best Middle East accommodations in a locale nicknamed The City on Seven Hills. Known for its squares, its bazaars, its boutiques, its mosques, its museums and its palaces, Istanbul was known also historically as Byzantium and Constantinople. While Ankara officially is Turkey’s capital, Istanbul is considered the country’s cultural, economic and historical epicenter. With an exciting mix of Asian, Middle Eastern and European culture, its easy to see why Istanbul is one of the most traveled destinations in the world. When traveling to Istanbul, its best to stay away from street meats and partake more so in restaurants such as the ones found below. Also, keep in mind that females must cover their hair if visiting a mosque. Truly, The City on Seven Hills can be an exciting place for which to plan a trip. Before we get to hotels in Istanbul, let’s take a look at some more background information on the area to help you along the way.
Renamed Constantinople in 330 AD by one of the greatest Roman military rulers, Constantine the Great, eventual Istanbul remained the capital of the eastern Roman Empire for more than a thousand years. In 1453, the city fell to Sultan Mehmed II “the Conqueror” and the Ottoman Empire. Strategically situated between the Black and Mediterranean seas, Istanbul was a prominent trade center on the historic Silk Road trade route. The city controlled rail networks to Europe and to the Middle East. Long-standing, historical culture-clashes can be evidenced to this day, in buildings such as the Hagia Sophia. Built as a Greek Orthodox church in 537 AD, and then captured and turned into an imperial Ottoman mosque in 1453, the Hagia Sophia has since operated as a museum, in which are displayed various potteries and mosaics, with the intention of returning the building back into a mosque. Probably the greatest cause for Istanbul’s metropolitanism stems from the 1970s, when migrants found employment in the many new factories surrounding the city.
Dating back to the 7th century BC, Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey, with a population estimated at around 15 million people. Historically also known as Byzantium and Constantinople, Istanbul today hosts nearly 13 million tourists each year, mostly on the city’s European side, where 90 percent of its hotels are located. Travelers enjoy Istanbul’s museums, bazaars, shopping districts, nightlife, sports and climate. Summer high temperatures average around 80 degrees Fahrenheit, while winter average highs stay at around 43 degrees. One of the world’s oldest and largest covered markets, the Grand Bazaar occupies over 7.5 square acres of the city and attracts up to 400,000 visitors per day. Istanbul’s major spice market since 1660, the Egyptian Bazaar is the place for spices, as well as things like Turkish delight, dried fruit, souvenirs and more. Some of Turkey’s oldest sports clubs, such as Beşiktaş JK, are based in the city. Other major points of interest include Beyoğlu, İstanbul Modern, Pera Museum, Sakıp Sabancı Museum, SantralIstanbul, Istanbul Archaeology Museums, Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum, Yıldız Palace, İstiklal Avenue, Mahmutpasha Bazaar, Galleria Ataköy, Akmerkez, Istanbul Cevahir, Kumkapı, İstiklal Avenue, Çiçek Pasajı, Nişantaşı, Ortaköy, Bebek, Kadıköy, Atatürk Olympic Stadium, Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium, Türk Telekom Arena, Ali Sami Yen Stadium, Vodafone Arena and Sinan Erdem Dome. Istanbul’s cuisine is largely seafood based, as evidenced in places such as Kumkapı, where around fifty seafood restaurants are located, and Princes’ Islands, located 9 miles off the coast from city center. Traditional food items include Meze, which are types of appetizers, Kebabs, Manti, a type of dumpling, Menemen, a scrambled egg dish and Kanafeh, which is a noodle-like pastry dessert. One of the most popular alcoholic drinks is called Rakı, a potent, sweetened, anise-flavored spirit made from grape pomace, while a non-alcoholic, refreshing drink is called Ayran, made using yogurt. With a little background information on the city, we are now ready to explore some of the best hotels in Istanbul.
Swissotel The Bosphorus boasts a rooftop pool, an award-winning spa, a tennis court, Bosphorus views, tasteful decor, state-of-the-art technology, exclusive amenities, free WiFi, working desks, seating areas, mini-bars, walk-in showers, stylish restaurants and weekend brunches. Near here you may find Van Cleef & Arpels (jewelry store), Chalet (restaurant), Bvlgari (jewelry store), Dolmabahçe Palace, İsmet İnönü Parkı (park), ShapeUp Istanbul (sports club), Sofa Poets Park, Craft Beer Lab (gastropub), Moose Chocolatier (chocolate shop), Ataturk House Museum, Sushi Lab Akaretler (sushi restaurant), Vogue Restaurant & Bar, Minoa Akaretler (cafe), Lokmata (dessert shop), B.BLOK Bakery (bakery), Blum Coffee House, La Vie Praline Akaretler (chocolate shop), Monster Teashop (bubble tea store), Artam Antik A.Ş. Müzayede (auction house), Maçka Democracy Park, Kucukciftlik Park (live music venue) and more.
This location is 0.2 miles from Vodafone Park, Dolmabahce Clock Tower and Dolmabahce Palace, 0.4 miles from Besiktas Fish Market, 0.5 miles from Besiktas Square and Princes’ Islands Ferry Port, 0.7 miles from Taksim Square, 0.8 miles from Istiklal Street, 1.4 miles from Maiden’s Towers, 1.6 miles from Galata Tower, 1.9 miles from 15 July Martyrs Bridge, 2.2 miles from Spice Bazaar, 2.4 miles from Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern and Suleymaniye Mosque, 2.6 miles from Column of Constantine and 19 miles from Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport.
Approximate cost per night (presidential suite – three bedroom): $7,588
Cost per person (six people): $1,264
Offering swimming pools, a terrace, free WiFi, a spa, a sauna, a steam room, a Turkish bath, a hairdresser, a 24-hour fitness center, balconies, air conditioning, flat-screen TVs, electric kettles, dining areas, coffee machines, hairdryers, iPads, mini-bars, multiple dining options, a 24-hour front desk, concierge services, airport transfers and free private parking, Raffles Istanbul is near Fendi, Prada, Louis Vuitton Istanbul Zorlu Center, Tiffany&Co, Burberry, DOLCE & GABBANA, Balenciaga, VALENTINO, Bottega Veneta Istanbul Beymen, MORINI (restaurant), Sand&Blue (swimwear store), Zorlu Performing Arts Center and more are in the area.
You may find Zorlu Center within feet, Zorlu Performing Arts Center 0.1 miles, Istanbul Hair Center 0.5 miles, Megan Hairtrans, Memorial Etiler Medical Centre, Liv Hospital, Metrocity Shopping Mall and Ozdilek Park Istanbul 0.7 miles, Dentistanbul Levent Academy 0.8 miles, Istanbul Sapphire 1.4 miles, 15 July Martyrs Bridge 1.6 miles, Dolmabahce Palace 2.1 miles, Dolmabahce Clock Tower 2.3 miles, Taksim Metro Station 2.6 miles, Taksim Square 2.7 miles, Istiklal Street 2.8 miles and Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport 19 miles from this locale.
Approximate cost per night (continents suite): $7,898
Cost per person (four people): $1,974
Cagaloglu Turkish Bath
With a restaurant, a bar, a lounge, elegant furnishings, wall-mounted flat-screen TVs, balconies and airport transfer, White House Hotel is close to Saltanat Fish & Kebab House, Red Line Fitness Sultanahme (gym), İstanbul Enjoyer Cafe & Restaurant, Deraliye (Turkish restaurant), Deraliye Terrace (restaurant), Bosphorus Cruise Tours Istanbul, Vamos Estambul Restaurant & Cafe, Harab’be Cafe, Lekker (restaurant), Miran Nargile (cafe), Cigdem Patisserie, Las Tapas Restaurant and more.
From this hotel you will find Cagaloglu Turkish Bath and Basilica Cistern 0.1 miles, German Fountain, Istanbul Provincial Directorate of National Education, Hippodrome of Constantinople, TGC Press Media Museum, Theodosius Cistern, Hagia Sophia, Cemberlitas Turkish Bath and Column of Constantine 0.2 miles, Spice Bazaar 0.6 miles, Suleymaniye Mosque 0.8 miles, Taksim Square and Taksim Metro Station 2 miles, Dolmabahce Clock Tower 2.3 miles, Dolmabahce Palace 2.4 miles and Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport 19.1 miles.
Approximate cost per night: $201
Museum of Innocence
Witt Istanbul Suites offers a penthouse apartment. The hotel has a terrace garden, free parking nearby, open-plan rooms with retro-modern interiors, parquet floors, organic wooden furniture, free WiFi, flat-screen TVs with DVD players, kitchenettes and Nespresso machines. It’s found near Vintage Istanbul (clothing store), Balya Organik Health Food Store, Ark Kultur (point of interest), Ana Sayfa (breakfast restaurant), Antakya Kahvaltisi (restaurant), Not Just Coffee (cafe), Turquoise Shoes and more.
Museum of Innocence, Istanbul Modern, French Street and Cezayir Sokağı are 0.2 miles, Galatasaray Turkish Bath and Cihangir Square are 0.3 miles, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University and St. Anthony of Padua Church are 0.4 miles, Galata Tower and Istiklal Street are 0.5 miles and Istanbul Airport is 20.2 miles from this location.
Approximate cost per night (penthouse): $428
Great Palace Mosaic Museum
Offering a penthouse suite, Dersaadet Hotel Istanbul is located in the heart of Old Istanbul in a 19th century Ottoman House. The hotel has air-conditioning, free WiFi, flat-screen TVs, mini-bars, electric kettles and is found near ISMEK Sanat Sokagi (shopping mall), Oscar 65 (leather goods and fur store), La Romantica Turkish Kitchen, Turkish Street Cafe, Mevlana Bazaar, Sur Balik Restaurant, Semaver Cafe, Kobakko Deri (leather goods store), Nakkas (carpet store), Serbethane Cafe, Jennifer’s Hamam (linens store) and more.
From here you’ll find Great Palace Mosaic Museum and Blue Mosque 0.1 miles, Obelisk of Theodosius, Arasta Bazaar, Roman Hippodrome and German Fountain 0.2 miles, Bath House of Haseki Hurrem Sultan 0.3 miles, Basilica Cistern, Hagia Sophia and Column of Constantine 0.4 miles, Spice Bazaar 0.9 miles, Taksim Square 2.4 miles and Istanbul Airport 21.4 miles.
Approximate cost per night: $209
Fraser Place Anthill Istanbul offers a four-bedroom penthouse apartment with sea views. Apartments include modern furniture, oak wood flooring, floor-to ceiling windows, flat-screen TVs and are found close to Emre Kepap Lahmacin (kebab shop), Adem (health and beauty store), Ada Kuafor (hair salon), Glories (chocolate shop), Cukur Cigerci (restaurant), Syblu Kahve (cafe), Antepli Lahmacun (restaurant), Ikram Cigkofte (fine dining restaurant) and more.
This location is 0.3 miles from Bomontiada Istanbul, 0.5 miles from Addressistanbul, 1.5 miles from Taksim Square and Istiklal Street, 1.7 miles Dolmabahce Clock Tower, 1.8 miles from Dolmabahce Palace, 2.2 miles from Galata Tower, 2.5 miles from Istanbul Sapphire, 2.8 miles from Spice Bazaar, 2.9 miles from Maiden’s Towers and 18.5 miles from Istanbul Airport.
Approximate cost per night (penthouse): $550
Cost per person (seven people): $78
Galata Tower Istanbul
The House Hotel Karakoy offers a penthouse suite with a terrace. Breakfast is served buffet-style at this 5-star hotel. Nearby you’ll find: Kasa Lokantasi (rooftop restaurant and lounge), Kasa (art gallery), Park Bufe (buffet restaurant), Tershane Restaurant Karakoy, Galata Sofrasi (restaurant) and more.
Galata Tower Istanbul is 0.1 miles, Aşkenazi Synagogue, Neve Shalom Synagogue and Karakoy Ferry Port are 0.2 miles, Galata Bridge, Rustem Pasa Mosque and Tunnel Square are 0.3 miles, Spice Bazaar is 0.5 miles, Istiklal Street is 1 mile, Column of Constantine, Taksim Square, Basilica Cistern and Hagia Sophia are 1.1 miles, Dolmabahce Clock Tower and Maiden’s Towers are 1.6 miles and Istanbul Airport is 20.2 miles from this hotel.
Approximate cost per night (penthouse suite): $218
The Stay Bosphorus features 19th-century architecture with a contemporary design. With two different penthouse offerings, this 5-star hotel is close to Golden Box Restaurant, Ortakoy Square, Tarihi Cesme, Starbucks, Vera Dolce (restaurant), Konyali Ahmet Usta (restaurant) and more.
From here you’ll find Galatasaray University 0.3 miles, Istanbul Golf Club 0.4 miles, Yildiz Palace 0.7 miles, Beylerbeyi Palace 0.9 miles, Besiktas Square 1 mile, Galatasaray Island 1.1 miles, Dolmabahce Palace 1.4 miles, Dolmabahce Clock Tower 1.6 miles, Spice Bazaar and Hagia Sophia 3.6 miles and Istanbul Airport 20.7 miles.
Approximate cost per night (penthouse suite): $927
Galata Bridge Istanbul
With free WiFi, air conditioning, a garden, a terrace, 24-hour front desk and concierge service, coffee machines, private bathrooms with free toiletries, hairdryers, desks and electric teapots, The Wings Hotel Istanbul offers a penthouse suite with a sea view and is found close to Karakoy Gulluoglu (dessert shop), Cerkezkoy Delicatessen (breakfast restaurant), Koska Helvacisi (restaurant), Karakoy Salad, Ozkanoglu Kebap, Koskeroglu Restaurant, Balikci Tufan (restaurant), Gedikli Kofte-Grill, Karakoy Lokantasi (Turkish restaurant), Alright (restaurant), Saray Cafe Restaurant and more.
Karakoy Ferry Port is 0.1 miles, Fish Market is 0.2 miles, Galata Tower and Galata Bridge Istanbul are 0.3 miles, Istanbul Modern and Tunnel Square are 0.4 miles, Spice Bazaar is 0.6 miles, Istiklal Street, Basilica Cistern, Hagia Sophia and Column of Constantine are 1 mile, Taksim Square is 1.1 miles, Maiden’s Towers is 1.4 miles, Dolmabahce Clock Tower is 1.5 miles and Istanbul Airport is 20.4 miles from this hotel.
Approximate cost per night (penthouse suite): $2,550
Ashkenazi Synagogue of Istanbul
10 Karakoy Istanbul has modern furnishings, high ceilings, city views, a gym, free WiFi, air conditioning, flat-screen televisions, mini-bars, hair dryers, bidets and iPod docks. It offers a penthouse suite and is located near Karakoy Biga Halk Koftecisi (restaurant), Konak Cafe, Galata Konak Cafe, F&B Culture (restaurant), PARISTEXAS (clothing store), Schneidertempel Sanat Merkezi (art gallery), ANNA LAUDEL (art gallery), Contemporary Istanbul (art center), SALT (art gallery), neolokal (fine dining restaurant), YUZU Karakoy (vegan restaurant), LIT (cafe), dem (tea house) and more.
From here you’ll find Karakoy Ferry Port 0.1 miles, Neve Shalom Synagogue, Tunnel Square and Sishane Metro Station 0.3 miles, Taksim Metro Station 1 mile, Hagia Sophia 1.1 miles and Istanbul Airport 20.3 miles.
Approximate cost per night (penthouse suite): $601
This condo hotel features free WiFi, air conditioning, seating and dining areas, fully-equipped kitchens with dishwashers and ovens and private bathrooms with bathrobes, slippers and free toiletries. With several multi-bedroom apartment options as well as a three-bedroom penthouse, this location is close to NutShop (dessert shop), Askana Manti (restaurant), 13doner (restaurant), Hemsin Sofrasi (chophouse restaurant), Migros Sanal Market (supermarket), Kar-Kar Market (supermarket) and more.
UNIQ Istanbul and Volkswagen Arena Istanbul are 0.7 miles, Istanbul Technical University and Istinye Park Shopping Center are 1.2 miles, Galatasaray Turk Telekom Arena is 1.5 miles, Istanbul Sapphire is 2.3 miles, Bosphorus Bridge is 5.1 miles, Dolmabahce Palace is 5.5 miles, Dolmabahce Clock Tower is 5.6 miles, Taksim Square is 5.8 miles, Istiklal Street is 5.9 miles and Istanbul Airport is 17.1 miles from this location.
Approximate cost per night (three bedroom): $324
Cost per person (six people): $54
Taksim Square Istanbul
Offering a penthouse, this 5-star hotel has an exclusive restaurant and bar, a Turkish bath and a sauna, Fully-equipped rooms with panoramic views, soundproof suites with modern style, living rooms with LCD TVs and DVD players and private bathrooms with Pure Herbs amenities. Nearby you’ll find Ottoman Cafe, Anadolu Kofte (restaurant), Labor Pastry Shop, Majestik Bar, Akcaniar Ocakbasi (kebab shop), Enistenin Yeri (restaurant), Tunclar Lokantasi (restaurant) and more.
From here Taksim Square Istanbul is 0.3 miles, Istiklal Street and Ataturk Cultural Center are 0.4 miles, Demiroren Shopping Mall is 0.5 miles, Dolmabahce Clock Tower is 0.7 miles, Dolmabahce Palace is 0.9 miles, Galata Tower is 1.2 miles, Maiden’s Towers is 1.8 miles, Spice Bazaar is 1.9 miles, Bosphorus Bridge is 2.6 miles and Istanbul Airport is 19.6 miles.
Approximate cost per night (grand suite): $608
Cost per person (six people): $102
Galata Chic Penthouse has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a bidet, free WiFi, air conditioning, sea views, a balcony, a flat-screen TV, a fully-equipped kitchen, a washing machine and a terrace, Galata Penthouse can be found close to Cafe Privato Restaurant, Traditional Turkish Barber (barber shop), Los Banditos Giyim (clothing store), Clandestino (clothing store), Latife Türk Kahvesi Galata (coffee shop), Şirin Fırın (bakery), Galata Tower (historical landmark), Snog Roof Bar, Guney Restaurant, Luxus Galata (hair salon), Old Java Coffee Roasters Galata, Galata Mevlevihanesi Müzesi (museum), Kumbaracı50 (performing arts theater), Leb-i Derya (Turkish restaurant), Aheste (turkish restaurant) and more.
Neve Shalom Synagogue, Galata Tower and Tunnel Square are 0.1 miles, Pera Museum is 0.3 miles, Museum of Innocence is 0.4 miles, Taksim Square is 0.9 miles, Dolmabahce Clock Tower is 1.4 miles and Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport is 19.6 miles from here.
Approximate cost per night: $246
Cost per person (six people): $41
So there they are, hotels in Istanbul that will help provide for an unforgettable experience. We hope you have found this information useful and most of all, that you enjoy your time in Turkey!