Hotels in Istanbul offer some of the best Middle East accommodations in a destination nicknamed “The City on Seven Hills”. Known for its squares, bazaars, boutiques, mosques, museums and palaces, Istanbul historically was also known as Byzantium and Constantinople. While Ankara is Turkey’s official capital, Istanbul is considered the country’s cultural, economic and historical epicenter. Splashes of Asian, Middle Eastern and European culture help make this major Middle East city one of the most traveled destinations in the world. When traveling to Istanbul, its best to stay away from street meats. Also keep in mind that females must cover their hair when visiting a mosque. The Turkish lira is the official currency and the legal drinking age is 18 years. Big events include Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul International Music Festival, Istanbul Dance Festival, International Istanbul Film Festival, Pub Crawl Istanbul, İstanbul Coffee Festival, Akbank Jazz Festival, Istanbul Jewelry Show, WorldFood Istanbul, Solar IStanbul, Istanbul Puppet Festival and Istanbul Theatre Festival. Istanbul’s professional football clubs are Galatasaray S.K., which plays its games at Nef Stadyumu on the city’s north side, Fenerbahçe S.K., which plays at Ulker Fenerbahce Sukru Saracoglu Stadium on the city’s southeast side, and Beşiktaş J.K., which plays centrally at Vodafone Park Arena. Hotels in Itanbul truly are some of the best in the Middle East. Before we get to hotels in Istanbul, let’s take a look at some background information on the area to help you along the way.
Present-day Istanbul was named Constantinople in 330 AD by the Roman military ruler Constantine the Great. Constantinople 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 that connected Europe and 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, the Hagia Sophia was captured and subsequently turned into an imperial Ottoman mosque in 1453. It has since operated as a museum, in which are displayed various potteries and mosaics, with the intention of its reestablishment 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 to the 7th century BC, Istanbul, with a population estimated at around 15 million people, is the largest city in Turkey. Historically also known as Byzantium and Constantinople, Istanbul today hosts nearly 13 million tourists annually. Tourists travel mostly to the city’s European side, where 90 percent of its hotels are located. Museums, bazaars, shopping districts, nightlife, sports and climate make this a bucket list Middle East destination. Summer high temperatures average around 80 degrees Fahrenheit, while winter averages 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 to go for spices, Turkish delight, dried fruit, souvenirs and more. Princes’ Islands, located 9 miles off the coast of city center, is a peaceful day-trip destination where virtually the only modes of transportation are bicycle and horse and cart. 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. Cuisine is largely seafood based. Kumkapı is home to around fifty seafood restaurants. 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. A popular alcoholic drink is Rakı, which is a potent, sweetened, anise-flavored spirit made from grape pomace. Ayran, a non-alcoholic, refreshing drink, is made using yogurt. Equipped with a little background information on the city, it’s time for hotels in Istanbul that are sure to help make for an outstanding Middle East trip.
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
Providing 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
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport
Kepler Club Sabiha Gökçen Airport has free WiFi, air conditioning, a 24-hour reception, flat-screen TVs, kettles and desks. Sabiha Gokcen International Airport, Sabiha Gökçen Havalimanı Camii (mosque), Hercules Fitness Center (gym), Donuts City (dessert restaurant), Vedat Ustanın Yeri (restaurant), Özgün Kokoreç (restaurant), Beyzade Lokantası (chophouse restaurant), Ce Dondurma (ice cream shop), Adana Zırh Kebap (kebab shop), Ersoy Hospital, Adanalı Kebapçı Sabri Usta (kebab shop), The North Shield Pub Kurtköy (bar) and Cadi (bar) are in the vicinity.
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport is within feet, Viaport Outlet Center is 2.1 miles, Tuzla Shipyard is 4.7 miles, Gebze Organized Industrial Area is 5.7 miles, Intercity İstanbul Park is 6.1 miles, Viaport Marina is 6.2 miles and Yeditepe University is 9.7 miles from this accommodation.
Approximate cost per night (superior king room): $297
Cost per person (four people): $74
Turk Telekom Stadium
With a restaurant, a bar, a fitness center, a spa center, a sauna, a hot tub, a garden, a sun terrace, a 24-hour front desk, airport transportation, room service, free WiFi, air conditioning, desks, electric tea pots, mini-bars, safety deposit boxes, flat-screen TVs, a continental or buffet breakfast, an in-house hammam, a hairdresser and a business center, Radisson Blu Hotel, Vadistanbul can be found close to Macrocenter (supermarket), Brasserie Polonez (restaurant), The GALLIARD (Mediterranean restaurant), Yves Rocher (perfume store), L’Occitane (cosmetics store), Vakko (clothing store), Barrafina Superfoods (lunch restaurant), Polo Garage (clothing store), Timboo Cafe Vadi (restaurant), inari Omakase (sushi restaurant), Grill Polonez (restaurant), Pelit (pastry shop), Mahsus Sahne (live music venue), Eczacibasi Spor Salonu (gym), Falih Rıfkı Atay Nature Park (national park) and more.
You may find Turk Telekom Stadium 0.5 miles, Volkswagen Arena Istanbul and UNIQ Istanbul 1.1 miles, Axis Istanbul 1.6 miles, Istanbul Sapphire 2 miles, Sabanci Center and Istanbul Technical University 2.1 miles, Estethica Levent Hospital 2.3 miles, Dolmabahce Palace and Dolmabahce Clock Tower 4.9 miles, Galata Tower 5.8 miles, Spice Bazaar 6.4 miles and Istanbul Airport 16.4 miles from this spot.
Approximate cost per night (presidential suite): $3,047
Cost per person (four people): $761
Topkapı Palace Harem
Featuring air conditioning, free WiFI, wood furnishings, framed art work, mini-bars, flat-screen TVs, a restaurant, a cafe, a bar, a sauna, a tour desk and car hire, Romance Istanbul Hotel Boutique Class is near Neda Restaurant, Olive (Turkish restaurant), Market İstanbul (general store), Tuncer Gift Shop (store), Karaki Huseyin Celebi Mosque, Constantine’s Ark Restaurant & Cafe (restaurant), Fiyeli Coffee (coffee shop), Red River Pub (restaurant), Resto Han (Turkish restaurant), Last Ottoman Cafe & Restaurant, Mezopotamya Nergile Cafe and Resturant, Roof Mezze 360 (restaurant), Gülhane Park (park), Topkapı Palace Harem (museum), Topkapi Palace Museum, Deavi Kasrı (historical landmark), Tiled Pavilion Museum, Istanbul Archaeological Museum, The Museum of the Ancient Orient and more.
From this hotel Islam Science and Technology Museum is 0.1 miles, Hodjapasha Cultural Centre, Topkapı Palace Harem, Istanbul Archaeological Museum, Cagaloglu Turkish Bath and Gulhane Park are 0.2 miles, Basilica Cistern, Hagia Irene and Hagia Sophia are 0.3 miles, Column of Constantine and Spice Bazaar are 0.5 miles, Suleymaniye Mosque is 0.8 miles, Galata Tower is 0.9 miles, Istiklal Street is 1.6 miles and Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport is 19 miles.
Approximate cost per night (grand suite): $239
Cost per person (four people): $59
Renata Boutique Hotel Sisli offers free WiFi, air conditioning, flat-screen TVs, HDMI ports, seating areas, kettles, bath robes, slippers and a 24-hour front desk. You’ll find Ekinciler Fırın ve Pastanesi Osmanbey şubesi (patisserie), Garden Iskender (restaurant), Esta Pilates (pilates studio), Hümeyra Kuaför (hair salon), Lale Cafe & Restaurant (cafe), Badem (restaurant), Arena Cafe, Kasap Dursun Meat & Meet (restaurant), Akat Pastanesi (pastry shop), Bircan Market Bomonti (general store), BeBaB (restaurant), Atatürk Museum (museum) and more in the area.
Şişli Hamidiye Etfal Eğitim ve Araştırma Hastanesi is 0.3 miles, Bomontiada is 0.4 miles, City’s Nisantasi and American Hospital are 0.5 miles, Addressistanbul, EstePera Hair Transplantation Clinic and Istanbul Cevahir are 0.6 miles, Dora Hospital is 0.8 miles, Taksim Metro Station, Taksim Square, Dolmabahce Clock Tower and Dolmabahce Palace are 1.3 miles, Maiden’s Towers and 15 July Martyrs Bridge are 2.6 miles and Istanbul Airport is 18.9 miles from here.
Approximate cost per night (penthouse suite): $517
Cost per person (three people): $172
Asmali Mescit Street
With express check-in and check-out, allergy-free rooms, a shared lounge, free WiFI, a garden, a 24-hour front desk, a shared kitchen, currency exchange, air conditioning, desks, mini-bars, electric tea pots, bidets, slippers, hairdryers, safety deposit boxes, ironing service and business facilities, World House Boutique Hotel can be found near 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.
From this location Galata Tower, Neve Shalom Synagogue, Ashkenazi Synagogue of Istanbul and Tunnel Square are 0.1 miles, Asmali Mescit Street is 0.3 miles, Pera Museum and Museum of Innocence are 0.4 miles Spice Bazaar is 0.7 miles, Istiklal Street is 0.8 miles, Taksim Square, Suleymaniye Mosque and Taksim Metro Station are 0.9 miles, Basilica Cistern, Column of Constantine and Hagia Sophia are 1.3 miles and Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport is 19.6 miles.
Approximate cost per night: $248
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
The House Hotel Karakoy has 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 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
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
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. It’s near World House Boutique Hotel.
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!