by the lofty gates of Istanbul
the minarets of the Beyazıt
mosque, is right
next to the Grand
Bazaar and the Old
Book Bazaar, and only
a 12-15 minute walk, and an even
shorter tram ride,
Yolu from Sultanahmet
to the east (map).
a great place to stay, especially
if you're a shopper.
And, if you are a shopper, you'll like
the fact that hotel rates tend
to be lower here for what
you get than in nearby—but
much better known—Sultanahmet.
Because Beyazıt is
not as well known among tourists.
There are several hotels around Beyazıt
(Hürriyet) Square because
it is a center of Istanbul's
booming apparel commerce,
modern, clean, hospitable hotels
are just now being discovered by
non-business travelers (ie, tourists),
so prices still tend to be lower
for what you get.
On a relatively quiet back street just two short blocks
from the tram stop,
this small, modern family-run hotel rated at 3 stars
has all the conveniences—and simply beautiful new junior
suites—at value-for-money rates. More...
close to the splendid Süleymaniye
mosque, Istanbul's grandest,
with its good Ottoman and
Turkish restaurants and Turkish
bath. It's right behind (north
of) Istanbul University.
—It's only a short walk (downhill)
to the seafood restaurant district
—There are far fewer carpet-shop and tour touts in Beyazıt
than in Sultanahmet because, except
for the Grand
Bazaar, Beyazıt is not
yet a "tourist district."
—It's an authentic Istanbul
small-shop and workshop district making
and selling apparel (fabric and leather),
accessories, footwear, etc. It's
not pretty, but it's lively and friendly,
and I myself find the authenticity
refreshing after the hyper-tourist
atmosphere of Sultanahmet.
—by Tom Brosnahan