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 think offer the best value for money in excellent locations, with friendly management and good services in all price ranges. More...
In this confusing city of half-land, half-water, with terrible traffic at certain times of day, a good hotel location is critical to your trip to Istanbul.
Here's how to choose a good hotel neighborhood in terms of transport, what to see and do, and the types of hotels, hostels and apartments/flats available. More...
Istanbul offers hostel
dorm beds for as little
as €20 per
decent air-conditioned double
rooms with private bath from €50
and excellent values in short-term
rental apartments/flats to
as few as two nights). What type of lodging would be best for you? More...
Whether you do your own or have it done, here's how to avoid paying more than your clothes are worth to have them washed. More...
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 the others. More...
—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. More...
—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. More...
—You can stay near Atatürk Airport (IST), but you may find little advantage. More...
Use this handy Hotel Search Box to find good hotels and to check room rates, availability, locations and facilities:
—by Tom Brosnahan