No room has a bad view at the Ceylan InterContinental, Istanbul's 5-star, 390-room asymmetrical skyscraper.
The Ceylan (that's JEY-lahn) InterContinental Hotel Istanbul towers above Taksim Park, with fine views, including of the Bosphorus, from its upper floors (map).
Built in the 1970s as a Sheraton, it has a good Elmadağlocation: Taksim Square is only a few minutes' walk south across shady Taksim Park, and an entrance to the Taksim Square M2 Metro station is only a half-block away.
The Grand Hyatt is right across the street, the Divan Istanbul Hotel almost across the street, and the Istanbul Hilton less than a 10-minute walk away. The Ritz Carltonis inconveniently down the hill toward the Bosphorusshore, about a five-minute walk. More...
It's easy to reserve a value-priced private airport transfer to the hotel in a Mercedes-Benz vehicle that costs only slightly more than a taxi, and significantly less than two taxis (which you'll need if you have 4+ people and/or lots of luggage), and far more pleasant, comfortable and trustworthy. More...
Ceylan InterContinental Hotel Istanbul
Asker Ocağı Caddesi No. 1 (map)
Most guests prefer the Bosphorus views from this asymmetrical skyscraper, but in fact all the views are pretty good.