Square and İstiklal
Caddesi are where
Istanbullus come to stroll,
shop, drink, dine, have fun, see
and be seen.
The largest number of Beyoğlu
4-Stars is in the
grid of streets called Talimhane (tah-LEEM-hah-neh)
just northwest of Taksim
Square. These hotels are particularly popular with travelers from Arab and Muslim countries. Some adhere to Islamic customs and do not serve alcoholic beverages, others have full beverage services.
It's a neighborhood of relatively quiet
streets (little through traffic) less than 5 minutes' stroll
from the busy square, its Metro station, buses (including
the Havataş airport bus), taxis,
and the northeastern end of İstiklal
premier shopping-and-strolling avenue.
You're also within walking distance
of the Istanbul
Hilton, the Hyatt
Oteli and Ritz-Carlton 5-Star
luxury hotels (5-10 minutes) not
to mention Dolmabahçe
Palace (20 minutes) and the Military
Museum (15 minutes).
These hotels were built with tour
groups in mind, and most
guests come in groups, but they're
also popular with individual
travelers and families. More...
—by Tom Brosnahan