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Istanbul is not a city that you see; it’s not even a city that you “do” as you cross items off your itinerary and snap a few pictures. Istanbul is to be savored, like a chilled glass of raki, slowly appreciated and enjoyed with all your senses. Istanbul, Turkey, has been known for generations as “The City of the World’s Desire.” It is a beguiling fairytale setting, a romantic, spice-filled world, a once-ravaged kingdom that has risen from the ashes to become a hub of twenty-first century fashion, finance, and culture.
Once Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires, this intriguing Turkish city has always been an important crossroads for travel and has always been distinctly cosmopolitan. At the confluence of Europe and Asia, Istanbul is in the unique and enviable position of being both a deeply traditional culture and an edgy contemporary city. Today, side-by-side with ancient mosques and palaces stand trendy restaurants, galleries, and boutiques. Visitors can see the history and the promise of an exciting future all at the same time.
Among Istanbul’s many other distinctions, it is the only metropolis in the world that is located on two continents: Asia and Europe. It lies on the banks of the Bosphorus Strait, which separates the city’s European section and its Asia section. It also connects the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara. Its strategic position straddling two continents is conducive to trading and the city acts as a portal into both Europe and Asia. The position itself is also quite advantageous to Istanbul’s cultural depth and diversity. Almost 13 million people live in Istanbul, making it one of the largest cities in the world, and one of the most fascinating.
Istanbul receives millions of visitors each year from all corners of the globe. They come to see the ruins of once-great churches, mosques, and palaces. They come to dine in surprising and eclectic restaurants and cafes, to shop at modern malls, and to experience the city’s famed nightlife. They come to marvel at how Istanbul has managed to sustain its rich heritage while moving forward and embracing new forms of architecture, commerce, and entertainment. While so much has changed within the city and region, one thing that remains the same is Istanbul’s exotic appeal and reputation as a world class city. Here you will have an adventure, not a mere vacation.
Istanbul Population: 12.6 million
Istanbul Area: 1831 square kilometers
Telephone Area Codes: 212 (Thrace, European side); 216 (Anatolia, Asian side); country code 90
Currency: Turkish Lira (TL)
Time Zone: GMT/UTC +2 hours. DST +1
Electricity: 222 volts, 50Hz. Round European-style plugs with two prongs.
A city as large and dense as Istanbul can be bewildering to guests. Visiting the city is like going to a supermarket when you’re hungry and then ending up wandering around, dazed by the endless options. However, if you know what you’re hungry for, it makes it much easier to get around. It is the same with this wonderful city. Its options and attractions are extensive, but if you have an idea of what you want to do and what you want to see, you can navigate much more easily and not become overwhelmed by the richness of the city.
Istanbul Province, of which the city of Istanbul is the major component, is divided into 39 districts. Within the city proper, you will also find many distinct areas and districts. When you are familiar with these, you can plan your travels so you see and experience everything you want and even things you didn’t know you wanted. Whether you want to dig into Istanbul’s full and fascinating past with visits to ancient ruins or delve into the many modern boutiques and malls, you can be assured that you will get a great insight into this fabulous culture where past and present comingle and create a truly unique travel experience. Make sure to visit these wonderful districts during your visit:
Eminönü is the heart of Old Istanbul, the center of the famed Walled City of Constantine where much of the city’s storied history takes place. Within Eminönü lies Sultanahmet, where you will find relics of Istanbul’s rich heritage, such as the Blue Mosque and the city’s principal mosque, Hagia Sophia. Visitors can see the site where charioteers raced at the Hippodrome, and the Topkapi Palace, where Ottoman sultans lived. Mixed among the ancient obelisks and columns are museums, hotels, shops, and restaurants. It’s a beautiful mix of ancient and contemporary.
This beautiful district gets its name from the fantastic sunsets that throw golden light over the estuary separating the new and old sections of European Istanbul. It was an important waterway for Byzantine and Ottoman navies and trading ships. This area, filled with ancient synagogues, churches, and cemeteries is also a holy place for Muslims all over the world as they travel to the Tomb of Eyup and Eyup Camii. Visit one of the lovely parks or stroll through the shops on the shore while you enjoy the view of the beautiful golden water. Golden Horn is peaceful and tranquil with a touch of modern.
The unbelievable scenery of Istanbul will take your breath away. One of the most memorable treats of your visit will surely be a boat ride up the Bosphorus Strait. Have the rare privilege of seeing Europe on one side and Asia on the other. View past and present at the same time as you drift past wooden villas, called yali, or the most modern of hotels. Stone fortresses, beautiful marble palaces, rustic fishing villages, and contemporary communities provide both contrast and a wonderfully unique coherence. Passenger boats are available for incredible six-hour tours, and you can even charter a private cruise to see Istanbul is all its glory. Set aside a day for this. It will be a highlight of your journey.
Beyoglu and Taksim
Visitors will discover the European influence on Istanbul in Beyoglu, with its beautiful century-old architecture. Climb the famed Galata Tower to see a 360 degree view of the surrounding city. The nearby Taksim area is wonderful for modern shopping and entertainment. You will find everything from haute couture to vendors selling simit (sesame bread) and souvenirs. The main commercial street, which ends in the bustling Taksim Square, is Istiklal Caddesi, which is open only to pedestrians and the shuttle so you can stroll along and see the sights at your own pace. You will find the Balik Pazari (Fish Bazaar), restaurants, St. Mary’s Draperis, a Franciscan church, the Ataturk Cultural Centre, and five-star accommodations. Stay for the area’s renowned nightlife and enjoy the bohemian atmosphere.
Ottoman rulers escaped the rigors of leadership by visiting Ortakoy. On the banks of the Bosphorus, this area is now a high-end resort town with hotels, restaurants, and shops. A mosque, a church, and a synagogue form its triangular boundaries, also reflecting the cultural diversity of all of Istanbul. On weekends, locals fish from the shore and visit the tea-house on the waterfront. While a bit expensive for many budgets, it is still a wonderful area to visit.
Discover more of Istanbul’s stunning architecture in Uskudar. You will find the Yeni Valide Camii, an Ottoman mosque built in 1710, the green tomb of the Valide Sultan, the Cinili Mosque, built in 1640 and famous for its gorgeous interior tiles, and the Karaca Ahmet Cemetery. Uskudar offers wonderful views of the Bosphorus and visitors will enjoy the scenery while dining in the area’s many restaurants and cafes.
You will find Sariyer where the Bosphorus Stait connects with the Black Sea. If you like fish, this is the place to go. Famous for its fish restaurants serving fresh catches, Sariyer is a favorite with visitors and residents alike, especially on weekends. While in this area, visit the Sadbrek Hanim Museum. This houses an exciting collection of archeological and cultural artifacts. Take a picnic to the largest forest in Istanbul, the Belgrade Forest. Ottomans used to hunt here, and now visitors enjoy the cool, tranquility of the woods.
Eight beautiful islands dot the water within an hour of the city, offering visitors a refreshing change of pace. Byzantine monasteries share space with expensive summer homes. The largest island is Buyukada, or the Great Island. You can see 19th Century wooden mansions once inhabited by Greek and American businessmen, and two monasteries grace the top of the twin rolling hills. Cars are prohibited, so you can treat yourself to a horse and carriage ride or bike ride through the wonderful architecture. Shop, dine, visit one of the beaches or picnic areas, and enjoy the ambience.
If you want to soak up some sun and admire the scenery, visit Heybeliada, another of Istanbul’s Islands. It is known as “Island of the Saddlebag,” and visitors flock to its many beaches to enjoy the sand, sun, and views. Walk or bike along the streets, find the lovely, secluded beaches or visit the public Yoruk Beach’s beautiful bay, and then refresh your energy at one of the great restaurants and tea houses. This is a perfect way to reenergize your mind and body.
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Asker Ocagi Caddesi No. 1, Taksim, 34435 Istanbul, Turkey
Description The InterContinental Ceylan Istanbul Hotel is located in the heart of the city and offers the very best in Istanbul hotel accommodation. From the hotel's convenient location, guests can access the best of Istanbul's cultural, tourism...
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Akbiyik Cad No: 25, Istanbul, TR 34400, Turkey
The Best Western Acropol Hotel is an attractive hotel in the middle of the historical triangle of Blue Mosque, Saint Sophia and Marmara Sea. Discover the secrets of the history in the heart of old and modern Istanbul. Within walking distance of the hotel enjoy shopping...
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Kucuk Ayasofya Mah Yusuf Askin No. 28, Sultanahmet, Istanbul, TR 24400, Turkey
The Best Western Hotel Amber is an Ottoman house built in the 19th century. The interior has been restored and offers a traditional Turkish bath, sauna and billiard room. We are situated in the central district of Istanbul within a five-minute walk to St. Sophia, Topkapi...
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Kennedy Caddesi Sahil Yolu No.32, Ahirkapi, Istanbul, TR 34400, Turkey
The Best Western Citadel Hotel is situated near the old city center and all historical sites. The hotel has a wonderful view of the Marmara Sea and overlooks the Prince Islands. You may freely fish just by crossing the street. The Best Western Citadel Hotel is located...
Millet Cad 186 Topkapi, Istanbul, Turkey
The Barcelo Eresin Topkapi is an elegant and disctinctive five star premium hotel, member of the Barcelo Hotels and Resors Chain. The hotel is located European side of Istanbul, is just 10 KM from the international airport and the Exhibition Center, The Grand Bazaar... more
Ciragan Caddesi 32 Besiktas, 34349 Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul's Ultimate Luxury Hotel—The Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul The Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul, once the home of Ottoman sultans, is dramatically... more
Çiragan Caddesi No. 28, Besiktas, 34349 Istanbul, Turkey
Hotel Description: The Four Seasons Istanbul is constructed within the original facade of a 100 year old prison, and has been remarkably restored with just 65 guest rooms and Suites. The building's exterior of Turkish neo-classic architecture... more
Taskisla Caddesi, Taksim, 34437 Istanbul, Turkey
The Hyatt Regency Istanbul Hotel is a five-star luxury hotel situated minutes away from Istanbul's historic and business points of interests. Staying at this Hyatt Regency in Istanbul, guests... more
Bayildim Caddesi No. 2, Macka, Befliktafl, 34357 Istanbul, Turkey
The Swissotel Istanbul is adjacent to Dolmabahce Palace, the last residence of the Ottoman Sultans and surrounded by 65 acres of parkland. The hotel is unique with its variety of dining and catering options offering an extensive variety of cuisines. A vast majority of... more
Suzer Plaza, Askerocagi Caddesi No. 15, Sisli, 34367 Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul is the only city in the world to sit astride two continents, and was the capital of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires. Now a vibrant metropolis, it has centuries of history as a bridge between Europe and Asia and as a crossroads of civilizations.... more
Tesvikiye Caddesi 41-41A, Nisantasi, 34367 Istanbul, Turkey
Hotel Introduction A new generation of luxury accommodations, downtown Istanbul, in the fashionable area Nisantasi-Istanbul's shopping and gourmet district where you have most prestigious international labels and the city's best restaurants, bars and... more
CUMHURIYET STREET 80600 HARBIYE ISTANBUL TURKEY Istanbul Turkey
The Istanbul Hilton Is Centrally Located Near The Taksim Square. It Is Situated In Beautiful Gardens Overlooking The Bosphorus And Is Within Walking Distance Of Business / Shopping And Entertainment Areas - The Hilton Convention And Exhibition Centre Is Adjacent... more
Bayildim Caddesi 12, Istanbul, Turkey
We are pleased to announce the reopening of Hilton ParkSA after a full renovation period. The New Hilton ParkSA offers a full range of state-of-the-art amenities and facilities to suit the changing needs of our guests. Hilton ParkSA has a spectacular view of the Bosphorus... more
Kamerhatun Mah, Mesrutiyet Cad. No:34, 34435 Beyoglu / Istanbul
Close to Taksim Square and with great spa facilities, the Miapera is a boutique hotel that impresses with its mix of historical exterior and luxury, ultra-stylish interior design. more
Buyukdere Caddesi 4.Levent Istanbul 34330 Turkey
Hotel Introduction Recently opened stylish 5-star boutique business hotel with 249 spacious rooms, superb restaurants and meeting facilities for up to 600 guests. Located in the centre of uptown in 4 Levent, the prime business district, next... more
Ciftegelinler Caddesi No 3, Kumkapi, Istanbul, 34126, Turkey
The Best Western Amber Hotel is set near the sea side, in the oldest and most colorful district of Istanbul, which is still a functioning fishing village. It is in walking distance from the Sultanahmet Square with Istanbul's most famous Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Top... more
Hocapasa Mah. Hudavenigar Cad. 17/19, Sirkeci, Istanbul, TR 34110, Turkey
The Best Western Empire Palace opened in April 2004 and is located in the heart of the historic, old city part of Istanbul.It is established with the latest luxury decorations inside and offers high quality service. The guest can meet more than their expectations in... more
Topcu Caddesi No: 34, Taksim, Istanbul, TR 34437, Turkey
Experience traditional Turkish hospitality while in the center of Istanbul, at the Best Western Eresin Taxim Hotel. You will be within walking distance of all Istanbul has to offer, including the Lutfu Kirdar Congress and Exhibition Center, Concert Hall, Art Gallery and... more
Mimar Mehmetaga Cad. No. 17/19, Sultanahmet, Istanbul, 34400, Turkey
The Best Western Hotel Obelisk & Sumengen is a 19th century Ottoman house which has been converted into a luxury hotel. Situated on a quiet side within walking distance to St. Sophia, Grand Bazaar, Toptapi Palace, Blue Mosque and offering a breathtaking view of Marmara... more
Akbiyik Cad. No 38, Sultanahmet, Istanbul, 34122, Turkey
Welcome to Best Western Premier Regency Suites Hotel-Spa! A boutique hotel located 200 meters away from Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque. Overlooking the Bosphorus and St. Sophia (Hagia Sophia) from the Terrace Restaurant and most of the rooms. All rooms are one bedroom suit... more
Gencturk Caddesi - Sirvanizade Sokak 7, Sehzadebasi, Istanbul, TR 34470, Turkey
The Best Western Senator Hotel is situated in the heart of the old city within walking distance to major attractions like St. Sophia, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, the Islamic Arts Museum, Topkapi Palace, Archeological Museum and Grand Bazaar. The Best Western Senator Hotel... more
Tashan Cad. No-57, Bakirkoy, Istanbul, TR 34142, Turkey
The Best Western Tashan Business & Airport Hotel is ideally located 9 kilometers from Atat¸rk International Airport and 10 kilometers from the center of Old City (St. Sophia, Grand Bazaar and several museums) with easy access to main highway, train stations and sea bus.... more
Tiyatro Cad 25 Beyazit, Istanbul, TR 34126, Turkey
The Best Western The President Hotel is located in the center of old city Istanbul, a veritable shopper's paradise. We are within walking distance of the Grand Bazaar and many other historical sites such as, St. Sophia, Blue Mosque and the Hippodrome. Breakfast is served... more
Millet Cad. No:187 Topkapi Istanbul 34280 TURKEY
Introduction Istanbul is the city where Asia meets Europe, with cultural heritage and natural beauty. Holiday Inn Istanbul City located next to the impressing historical city walls of Istanbul reflects the spirit of this very special city.... more
Description Holiday Inn Istanbul Hotel is nestled on the magnificent oceanfront, amidst the tranquillity of the modern tourist... more
lamartin Cad. No. 45, Taksim
The Lion Hotel is located in Taksim, which offers business, fun and a cultural center.Taste the unique dishes of Turkish and international cuisine at our Galaxy Restaurant. Relax at the swimming pool and enjoy the sun on our terrace. At the end of an exciting... more
Yerebatan Caddesi, No. 47, Sultanahmet
Hotel Pamphylia is one of the oldest buildings in the area and architectually remarkabe. We are located right in the old city and within walking distance to all attractions. Rooms are decorated according to Ottoman style to meet guest's tastes and comfort. Our restaurant,... more
Akbiyik Cad. Terbiyik Sok. No. 12
The Hotel Poem...at the very center of the old Sultanahmet: modern comfort and convenience surrounded by vivid reminders of the Byzantine and Ottoman past. An Ottoman style boutique hotel, the Poem was designed in the style of traditional Ottoman urban residences and... more