The Harbiye district
on Cumhuriyet Caddesi to the north
Square and Beyoğlu (map),
is an upscale district named for the
imperial Ottoman military
college that is now Turkey's outstanding Military
For decades Harbiye was the center
of foreign tourism in Istanbul as travelers
came to stay at the city's first—and
for awhile only—5-star hotel,
prominent travel agencies and tour
companies still have their offices
here, and some traditional dinner-and-a-show
nightclubs still cater to foreign visitors.
The posh boutique,
shopping, dining and residential district of Nişantaşı is just east of Harbiye.
Nearest Metro stops
are Taksim and Osmanbey.
You can walk from Harbiye to Taksim
Square in 10 to 15 minutes.
The Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus was the first
deluxe hotel built in the city
Being first, it had the
pick of the best sites, which
is why it has 13 acres (over 5 hectares)
of gardens, with tennis
courts and swimming
club, and superb views over Dolmabahçe
Palace to the Bosphorus beyond. More...
Other luxury hotels are nearby, and
even a bit closer to Taksim
hotels and Taksim
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