Hotels in Istanbul & Turkey

Last Updated on February 5, 2024

If you’re searching for a hotel in Istanbul, or throughout Turkey, you’ll find a full range of options, from luxury palace hotels to charming, historic inns to simple but clean pensions/hostels and even rental villas and flats/apartments. Check with our top agents to get the best prices.

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It’s helpful to book in advance, at least for the first night, and reservations are encouraged during the tourist season in the summer.  Most Turkish hotels offer rooms with private bathrooms and include breakfast in the rates. Read the hotel guide to learn more about some differences you might encounter.  Below are descriptions of the ratings by the national Ministry of Tourism, and some rough price estimates for double (two-person) rooms

Cost of Accommodations

The cost of hotels and other accommodations varies greatly depending on the quality, location, and season.  Read more about the costs of accommodations and other travel expenses in Turkey.

Special-Class Hotels & Inns

Luckily for visitors, Turkey has hundreds of special places to stay that don’t fit easily into the star categories: Ottoman mansion inns, historic houses, boutique hotels, Cappadocian cave dwellings, etc. These often have lots of character, at least some modern comforts (and sometimes all comforts) and are priced accordingly. 

Members of the Turkish Small Hotels Association are the best boutique hotels throughout Turkey, dedicated to maintaining high standards of quality, hospitality, comfort and value-for-money.  

Sirkeci Mansion HotelIstanbul—superb 5-star boutique-hotel hospitality in the most convenient location.

Conrad Istanbul Hotel, Turkey—superb 5-star 590-room on a hillside overlooking the Bosphorus

5-Star Hotels

Expected luxury and all services. Worldwide chains (Hilton, Kempinski, Marriott, Ritz Carlton, Sheraton, etc) tend to be smoother but substantially more expensive than the local Turkish chains (Dedeman, Divan, Merit, etc), which offer a bit less class but better value. Breakfast is not always included in the normal rates (although it may be in package deals).

Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet

Perhaps the top hotel in the entire city, it has the most convenient location for sightseeing, and a staff of 200 to serve 130 guests in 65 guest rooms. It is usually fully booked, so reserve earlyRead More...

"A Secret heaven in the heart of old city. Lovely garden accompanying you whilst you enjoy your coffee. Professional staff, absolutely a perfect service" Read More...

Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus

The first 5-star luxury hotel built in Istanbul, Hilton chose the prime location, with spacious grounds, fine outdoor swimming pool, and spectacular panoramic views, yet you can walk in minutes to Taksim Square and the delights and activities of Beyoğlu and the upscale boutiques of NişantaşıRead More...

"A fantastic hotel with super enthusiastic stuff members. They are energetic, helpful and courteous. The view from the hotel is" Read More...

Pera Palace Hotel

Built to receive the pampered passengers arriving on the Orient Express, the Pera Palace has been completely renovated, its systems modernized, yet its 19th-century Ottoman Orientalist charm preserved. Managed by Jumeirah, it offers a premium nostalgic experience in the heart of BeyoğluRead More...

"A truly beautiful hotel that is perfectly maintained and retains a lot of charm and a lovely ambience. A lot of history associated with this lovely property." Read More...

4-Star Hotels

Very comfortable local hotels, independent or small Turkish chains, with multilingual staff, nice restaurant and bar, air conditioning, and good breakfast, etc.

Niles Hotel

Family-run with super-friendly staff, beautifully renovated guest rooms, sea and city views from the modern roof terrace (where a fine buffet breakfast is served), the Niles is only a few minutes' stroll from the Grand Bazaar, and about 10 minutes' walk (and less by tram) along historic Divan Yolu from the HippodromeRead More...

"The staff were really friendly, especially the manager Mr. Kemal was super caring, helpful, and had great patience. Breakfast with great variety and was delicious. You could see the sea from the hotel terrace." Read More...

Blue House (Mavi Ev) Hotel

Those wanting to be at the center of sightseeing can do no better: the Sultanahmet (Blue) Mosque is literally right across the street. Dine in the rooftop restaurant and you'll feel you can almost touch it (look at these photos!) Very friendly, efficient staff and service add to its appeal. Read More...

"The location is excellent.. Everything is with in walking distance .. Staff are very friendly and helpful.. The room was clean. It was a bit..." Read More...

3-Star Hotels

Comfortable, with satellite TV, minibars, perhaps even a swimming pool or nightclub in smaller cities and resorts.

Sultan's Inn

Good location a short walk from the Sultanahmet (Blue) Mosque, friendly staff, old-time Ottoman atmosphere and comfortable facilities at value-for-money rates, the Sultan's Inn is part of Fatih Seyahat, the same company that operates the excellent airport transfer serviceRead More...

"Love it so much, good location, friendly staff"

Deniz Houses

Another Fatih Seyahat hotel near the aforementioned Sultan's Inn, Deniz Houses is in two buildings on a quiet, little-trafficked street, with comfortable rooms, roof terraces with good sea views, welcoming, informative staff, and particularly advantageous ratesRead More...

"We stayed there for 4 days and were very happy with the service. The hotel provides you with all the basics you might need." Read More...

Naz Wooden House Inn

Would you believe me if I said that you could sleep right in the walls of old Byzantium? Here you can! This tiny place is built right into the city walls in a quiet, real Istanbulneighborhood not far from the Hippodrome and the Blue Mosque. Small, friendly, comfy, it really does feel like Your House in Istanbul. Read More...

"The hotel was in an excellent location, close by to restaurants and less than 5 minutes walk away from the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia." Read More...

Terrace Guesthouse 

A small, super-friendly hotel with spectacular views of Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, the Bosphorus, and the Sea of Marmara, at some of the best rates in Istanbul? That would be the Terrace Guesthouse, right across the street from the renowned Four Seasons Hotel, but with far better views than at that ultra-deluxe 5-star.  Read More...

"The Terrace Guest House is a welcoming and wonderful place to stay in Istanbul. The location is ideal for sightseeing, shopping and taking in the old city charms. " Read More...

2-Star Hotels

Good value! May have TVs in rooms, decent breakfast.

Yunus Emre Hotel & Hostel 

Two minutes' stroll from the Hippodrome (if you're a slow walker), this friendly, family-run hotel has comfortable hotel rooms with all services, a super-thrifty hostel section with tidy dorms, and a comfortable roof terrace with good views. Best rates in town! Read More...

"We had a room with attached bathroom. Room in itself was ok, had air conditioning, window, TV, cupboard with hangers, bed with side tables." Read More...

1-Star Hotels

Great value for the budget-minded; simple, homey, often like a European pension. Not a lot of services, though usually Wifi Internet, TV in the lounge, clean rooms with (tiny) private shower, and usually a simple breakfast.

No-Star Hotels

The smallest, cheapest local hotels, hostels and pensions may be rated by the municipal authorities. These spartan places in out-of-the-way, off-the-beaten-track small towns and eastern cities often have rooms with only beds and a light bulb; a communal cold-water sink and shower are down the hall; a hot shower (if available) may cost extra. Breakfast usually not available, or is extra. If you’re traveling on a starvation budget, they’re good. No-star places in a city may be grim; in seaside resorts they’re often friendly and convenient.


Turkey has numerous excellent travelers’ hostels of the new type: not the spartan, puritan youth and hikers’ barracks of the past but comfortable, congenial, low-cost, high-enjoyment lodgings targeted at adventurous travelers of all ages, but primarily younger ones. The many services usually include Wifi Internet access, bars and lounges, travel-booking services, and may include private rooms with bath.  

Villas & Flats/Apartments

Perhaps the fastest-growing lodging possibility, villas are springing up all along the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts, and flats/apartments are being refurbished in the major cities for families, small groups, and those coming for visits longer than the normal few days. 

Organic Farm Stays

For those interested in voluntourism/WWOOF, you can spend part of your holiday/vacation on an organic farm in Turkey.  


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