Hotels in Cankurtaran, Istanbul

Istanbul‘s Cankurtaran district, just down the hill to the southeast from the Blue Mosque and the Hippodrome(map), has all sorts of hotels, including Ottoman-style inns, backpackers’ hostels and small modern hotels, and also some laundries.

Cankurtaran (JAHN-koor-tah-rahn, “life-saver”) is a popular tourist district, with many sidewalk restaurants and cafes, shops, boutiques and travel agencies. Most of its hotels are only a 5- or 10-minute walk from the Hippodrome up a gradual hill.

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Terrace Guesthouse

Only 8 simple, cheerful rooms, super-friendly host, good location on Kutlugün Sokak right across the street from the posh Four Seasons Hotel, great Bosphorus viewsfrom the rooftop breakfast room, terrace, and some guest rooms. More…

Naz Wooden House

This tiny (7-room) inn was built right up against a stretch of Byzantine wall, so ancient stonework is part of the hotel decor. On a quiet street in a real Istanbul neighborhood, it’s only a 10-minute walk from the major sights. More…

Sarı Konak Hotel

The only problem with this fine family-run inn is getting a reservation. They’re often fully booked because they offer a warm family welcome, 4-star comforts, moderate prices and an excellent quiet location on Mimar Mehmet Ağa Caddesi (No. 42) only a few minutes’ walk from SultanahmetMore…

The district includes the streets named Adliye SokakAkbıyık CaddesiAmiral Tafdil SokakBayram Fırını Sokakİshak Pasa CaddesiKutlugün SokakMimar Mehmet Ağa CaddesiTerbıyık Çıkmazı, Yeni Saraçhane Sokak, and several smaller streets.

—by Tom Brosnahan


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