Location is probably the most important criterion when chooing your Istanbul hotel, hostel or short-term rental apartment/flat to let, but you should also know about the different kinds and classifications of accommodations, and you should read my Turkish hotel User's Guide.
Character, ambience, every
one unique: Istanbul's delightful inns and boutique
hotels, in all price ranges, are favored choices for many TTP travelers. Those in Old Istanbul tend to have a classic Ottoman
ambience, those in Beyoğlu a 19th-century European style. More...
Luxury, status, ultimate comfort,
all possible facilities, smooth service,
views of the Bosphorus, these Conrad, Four Seasons, Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus, Hyatt, InterContinental, Kempinski, Radisson, Swissôtel and W Hotel are mostly (and inconveniently) along the Bosphorus shores, making transport to the major sights tedious, but some are conveniently in Beyoğlu, and a few are right in Old Istanbul. More...
Offering full comfort at
half the cost of a 5-star, Istanbul's
4-star hotels give you great
value for money: amenities,
class, location.... Why pay for 5-star
services you rarely use? Many are near Taksim Square in Beyoğlu, but there are others in every hotel district. More...
Comfort and convenience anyone can
afford, these are the key to a comfortable
yet thrifty stay in Istanbul. All have air-conditioned guest rooms with private bath, TV and Wifi; good buffet breakfasts, rooftop terraces, and elevators/lifts. Some
have restaurants and other services, and many are only steps from the top sights
in Sultanahmet. More...
Low prices and simple accommodations, but all have Wifi, some have private baths and TV—and breakfast is included! For budget
travelers, many of these places offer
fantastic bargains near everything
Forget the spartan youth hostels
of the last century. Hosteling is hot! These places are friendly, fun, amazingly
low-priced, and open to travelers of
all ages. Choose a dorm bed or private room (some even with private bath), ad enjoy the lounge, bar, perhaps restaurant and other facilities. More...
Home away from home, why not
live like a native in your own short-term rental apartment/flat?
Istanbul has plenty, with more opening all the time, in all areas of the city but especially in Beyoğlu. These places are especially good for
even if you're staying only a few days. More...
—by Tom Brosnahan