Eminönü/Hobyar Hotels, Istanbul

Eminönü‘s Hobyar district is the market-and-business area at the southern end of the Galata Bridge in Old Istanbul (map). Its ferry dockstram line and city bus stops make it a major transfer point in the city’stransport system.

The Egyptian (Spice) Bazaar and New Mosque (Yeni Cami) are major tourist attractions.

Eminönü/Hobyar is not a major hotel area, but one or two hotels here are convenient if you have business with, say, the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce.

Legacy Ottoman Hotel

This grand old Ottomabuilding has been fully renovated into a luxury hotel aimed mostly at business travelers. Besides luxury accommodations, upscale boutiques and plenty of meeting space, it has a super-central locationconvenient to about 80% of everything a visitor to Istanbul may want to see and do: Old Istanbul’s sightsmarkets and transport. The banking and shipping center of Karaköy is just across the Galata Bridge, and access toIstiklal Caddesi and Beyoğlu is easy via Tüneltram and taxiMore…

To get to the hotel, it’s easy to reserve a value-pricedprivate 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 trustworthyMore…

—by Tom Brosnahan


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