Between Sultanahmet (the
center of Old Istanbul)
Railway Station is
a neighborhood on both sides of Muradiye-Hüdavendigâr Caddesi (map) with at least 100
hotels, several dozen restaurants,
center where you can see dervishes
whirl, several laundries, and even a Turkish
bath—all at prices lower than nearby Sultanahmet.
you may pay 20% to 35% less for a comfortable
hotel room than
in other hotel
areas near Sultanahmet,
yet Sirkeci is only a 10-minute
walk downhill from
Mosque, Ayasofya and
even less far from Istanbul's
Museums and Topkapı
shorten the walk to and from Sultanahmet by
All in all, this is the best-value
area near Sultanahmet.
here are newly-built or -restored.
Many have some Ottoman-style
decor, some have restaurants and/or
bars, a few have views from a few rooms, and perhaps from rooftop terraces or restaurants
The hotel star in this neighborhood is:
Formerly called the Sirkeci Konak, this is the flagship of the group, a 5-star
right up against the walls of Gülhane,
the Topkapı Palace park. More...
Opened in August 2015 in a beautifully-restored Ottoman-era building just around the corner from the Sirkeci Mansion Hotel, the Lalahan is the latest jewel in the crown of the Boyacı hotel family. More...
Istanbul on a budget? Not only possible,
but a pleasure at the comfortable
but low-priced İlkay. More...
Those above are my favorites—and the favorites of many others—so if they're fully booked when you want to visit, there are plenty of other hotels nearby. More...
There are some quite nice Sirkeci restaurants in and right next to some of these
hotels, and many simpler ones clustered
near the Hocapaşa Camii (mosque)
just two or three blocks from the
restaurants are lower-priced, patronized mostly by locals,
but being discovered by foreign travelers
Want to see what the Sirkeci neighborhood
looks like? Here are views, street
—by Tom Brosnahan