—Modern, comfortable hotels at good value prices
—Quiet pedestrians streets dotted with sidewalk cafés & restaurants
—Particularly favored by travelers from Islamic countries (some hotels serve halal meats, do not serve alcoholic beverages, and make other provisions for the comfort of Muslim guests)
Talimhane has a street grid dotted with modern 4- and 5-star hotels, sidewalk cafés and restaurants, grocery shops, travel agencies, and currency exchange offices.
Transport to Old Istanbulis not difficult:
—The F1 Füniküker from Taksim Square to Kabataş, then the T1 Bağcılar-Kabataş tram, can take you to Eminönü, Sirkeci, Gülhane, Sultanahmet, Çemberlitaş and Beyazıt/Grand Bazaarcheaply in 20 to 35 minutes.
By the way, a talimhane is a military drill field, where troops practice maneuvers. When present-day Taksim Park was a huge Ottoman army barracks, this large flat area now dotted with hotels was the soldiers' drill field.
—by Tom Brosnahan