Here's how to choose the best hotel location for what you want to do.
Consider a 4-Star if you...
—Enjoy modern comforts in rooms of quite adequate size.
—Don't need luxury services such as large meeting rooms, swimming pools, shopping arcades, and a variety of in-hotel restaurants.
Most of Istanbul's 4-Stars are modern (built in the last 15 years or less) and many are conveniently located near tourist attractions and main squares. Some, though modern buildings with all modern services, have Ottoman-style decor to help you feel you're really in Istanbul.
For your convenience, I've included in this group some hotels classed as "Special" by the Turkish Ministry of Tourism, often Ottoman-style inns that have most—but not all—of the comforts and conveniences required to be officially classed as 4-Star.
The Sirkeci district, just down the hill from Sultanahmet, nearer to Sirkeci Station and the Eminönü ferry docks in Old Istanbul, has dozens of hotels and Hocapaşa restaurants. Convenient location! Great value! More...
Only steps from the Grand Bazaar and Istanbul University, a 10-minute walk from the great Süleymaniye Mosque and not even 15 minutes' walk from Sultanahmet(even quicker by tram), the Beyazit Square area offers comfort, convenience, and great value for money. More...
Beyoğlu and Taksim have lots of restaurants, shops, cafes, airline offices, nightclubs, and the Atatürk Cultural Center (opera, ballet, concerts, drama, conventions) and the main pedestrian-only avenue of İstiklal Caddesi. The Taksim area also has most of Istanbul's 5-Star luxury hotels, so you'll be in nearly the same location as the Hilton and Hyatt, but at half or a third of the price.
—by Tom Brosnahan