The Harbiye district of Istanbul, on Cumhuriyet Caddesi to the north of Taksim Square and Beyoğlu (map), is an upscale district named for the imperial Ottoman military college that is now Turkey’s outstanding Military Museum.
Many airlines, 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 Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus was the first deluxe hotel built in the city (1954).
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…
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…
—by Tom Brosnahan