very important when choosing an Istanbul hotel, hostel or apartment/flat. Each hotel
its advantages and disadvantages in terms of noise, transport convenience, price and things to see and do nearby.
Click here for help in deciding on the best location for your hotel stay.
Istanbul's Main Hotel Areas
two main hotel areas, Old
Istanbul and Beyoğlu,
are a 20-minute taxi ride, or a 35-minute tram ride
apart. Hotels on the Asian shore are 20 minutes away by ferry. There are also hotels north
of the city center on the Bosphorus, where transport at rush hours can be long and tedious by any method. Hotels near Atatürk Airport (IST) offer a few advantages under certain circumstances.
If you're coming to Istanbul primarily
for sightseeing, the hotels, inns,
pensions and hostels in the neighborhoods
Square provide easy access to the major
sights in historic Old Istanbul ("Stamboul")
including the Hippodrome, Topkapı
Palace, the Blue
Mosque, Ayasofya and the Grand
are in all price ranges,
hostels to five-star
luxury, with most being charming
mid-range inns. Some of the
best values are in Sirkeci and Beyazıt (see
Right on the north shore at the mouth of the Golden Horn, at the northern end of the Galata Bridge, Karaköy (Galata) is Istanbul's up-and-coming hotel district, with a dozen new, very comfortable hotels from which to choose. Transport to anywhere in the city is easy. More...
The Beyoğlu district
north of the Golden
Horn, formerly called Pera, was the more
modern part of the city a century ago. Most of it
was built during the 19th and 20th centuries around Taksim
Square and İstiklal
Caddesi (the Grande Rue de Péra).
It has more and better cafés, restaurants and
though fewer historic sites. More...
Now that public transport makes the Asian side more quickly and easily accessible from European Istanbul, you may want to consider staying there. More...
Most of these hotels offer magnificent water views
from luxury 5-star rooms facing the Bosphorus
strait, but not all rooms do, and the location
is a bit distant from sightseeing, shopping and nightlife.
You'll be taking lots of taxi rides,
sometimes through dense traffic. More...
There's one right in Atatürk
International Airport, another adjacent to the
airport, and several others only a 10- or 15-minute
taxi ride away, but in fact most travelers will find little advantage staying near Atatürk Airport, although there's an excellent solution at Sabiha Gökçen Airport. More...
Already have the name of a hotel? See if it's included
in my list
of favorite Istanbul hotels in alphabetical order.
—by Tom Brosnahan