With 2000+ hotels, apartments/flats, pensions, and hostels, how do you find the Istanbul lodgings you want?
Here's the short list of my favorites, the ones I've inspected, stayed in, and have thought offer the best value for money in excellent locations, with friendly management and good services in all price ranges.
Istanbul offers hostel dorm beds for as little as €20 per person, decent air-conditioned double rooms with private bath from €50 to €500 a night, and excellent values in short-term rental apartments/flats to let (for as few as two nights). What type of lodging would be best for you?
Purpose of Your Visit
What you want to do during your visit can determine where you stay:
—If it's your first visit to Istanbul and you want to see the major sights such as Topkapı Palace, Hagia Sophia, and the Sultanahmet (Blue) Mosque, then you should probably stay in Old Istanbul, the historic district that has been the city center for more than 2000 years. You can walk to most of the sights, and transport is easy for others.
—If you've come more for art museums and galleries, cool cafés and bars, a variety of restaurants, music clubs, browsing in trendy stores and antique shops, then you may prefer to stay in Beyoğlu, the district north of the Golden Horn developed during the 19th century.
—If you want 5-star luxury and fine views of the Bosphorus you can stay north of the city along its shores, but transport may be a challenge.
—by Tom Brosnahan