is an area of 5-star hotels a few short
blocks north of Taksim
Square along Cumhuriyet
Caddesi on the way to Harbiye and Nişantaşı (map).
entrance to Metro Line
1 here at the northwestern corner of
Taksim Park. The
Talimhane area of 4- and 5-star
hotels is just to the southwest.
The upscale hotels here are thus within
a 10-minute walk of Taksim
its public transport, Atatürk
Cultural Center, and the northeast
end of İstiklal
Caddesi; the Hilton
Istanbul and its
center; the Lütfi Kırdar Convention
Center; Harbiye and
only a few minutes' more walk to the
upscale boutiques of Nişantaşı.
"The Point" may
take its name from its location: on
a point of land bounded by streets
named Abdülhak Hamit Caddesi and Topçu
Caddesi. With 4 stars, 194 rooms, ultramodern
décor and upscale services, it's a
popular alternative to the nearby large
international chain hotels. More...
For travelers who want to stay in
the posh Elmadağ district, with even
Museum and the Istanbul
Hilton very near, the 4-star, 117-room Hotel
Konak has been the comfortable,
moderate-priced alternative for decades—and
still is. More...
The 5-star, 360-room Grand Hyatt has a convenient location: walk to
Taksim Park, Taksim
Square, the offices
and shops on Cumhuriyet Caddesi. More...
This 5-star, 388-room asymmetrical
tower offers fine views in all directions
from its upper floors and a convenient
location in a corner of Taksim Park. More...
Criticized as imposing its bulk on
the skyline above Dolmabahçe
Ritz-Carlton's upper floors are reserved
for luxury apartments, not hotel rooms.
Though close to Elmadağ, the walk up
the hill from the hill to Cumhuriyet
Caddesi along a traffic canyon
is unpleasant, so it's better to ride.
All the same, the hotel service is
pure Ritz-Carlton. More...
Istanbul's first top-class hotel was entirely rebuilt from the ground up in 2011 and is again one of the best places to stay in the city. Accommodations are luxurious, but it is the tradition of highest-quality serice that is the key to the Divan's popularity. 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
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...
—by Tom Brosnahan