Istanbul

Travel Guide
Istanbul showing a sunset, mist or fog and heritage architecture

Turkey’s largest city is both European and Asian and has been part of many empires. As a result, Istanbul is modern and traditional, familiar and exotic.

It is Istanbul’s unique blend of Western and Eastern heritage and culture that attracts tourists from all over the world. Experience the comforts of modern Turkey in its malls, galleries and clubs, and the delights of traditional Turkish bazaars, palaces, taverns and mosques. Istanbul’s natural beauty, with pleasant Mediterranean climate, completes its glorious appeal.

Located on the Bosphorus Strait, Istanbul has the Sea of Marmara to the south and the Black Sea to the north. Istanbul connects Europe with Asia and this strategic position evoked many power struggles. Under its previous names of Byzantium and Constantinople, Istanbul served as the capital of the Roman, the Byzantine, the Latin and the Ottoman empires and was once also the capital of Islam. The Turks started to call it Istanbul, a name that was made official when the Turkish Republic was proclaimed in 1923.

The Sultanahmet peninsula, which is home to the Old City, reflects Istanbul’s diverse political and religious past, particularly in the architecture. The iconic Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya), for example, was once a Christian cathedral and later a mosque. Visit the nearby Topkapi Palace (Topkapı Sarayı), Hippodrome (Hipodrom) and Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmed Mosque) and save some of your liras for the souvenirs in the Grand Bazaar (Kapalı Çarşı). Get a bird’s-eye view of it all from the top of the 14th-century Galata Tower (Galata Kulesi) or visit nearby Miniatürk to see miniature versions of all these buildings. Cool off in the underground Basilica Cistern.

Cross the Galata Bridge, spanning the Golden Horn, to visit Taksim Square and the New City. Enjoy modern skyscrapers, nightclubs and shopping malls and watch hip youngsters mingle with businessmen.

Buy an Istanbulkart, for easy access to all public transport; the ferry is a good way to see the Beylerbeyi Palace across the strait.

Over 13 million people live in Istanbul, making it Europe’s most populous city, and it’s easy to see what the attraction is. Istanbul’s fusion of East and West, reflected in the culture, architecture, art and cuisine is truly unique.

DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Topkapi
DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Topkapi
5 out of 5
Orta Mahalle, Anit Sokak: No: 1, Bayrampasa, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is CA $83 per night from Sep 22 to Sep 22
Located in Istanbul City Center, this luxury hotel is 1 mi (1.7 km) from Axis Istanbul and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Historia Fatih Shopping Centre. Grand Bazaar ...
3.9/5Very Good! (760 reviews)
"Nice comfortable place"

Reviewed on Sep. 16, 2021

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Hilton Istanbul Bomonti Hotel & Conference Center
Hilton Istanbul Bomonti Hotel & Conference Center
5 out of 5
Silahsor Cad. No: 42 Bomonti Sisli, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is CA $176 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 1
Located in Sisli, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bomontiada, City's Nişantaşı Shopping Center, and Istanbul Cevahir Shopping and Entertainment Centre. ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (990 reviews)
"Hotel was beautiful, had a few bumps with staff but the manager apologized and brought up some delicious treats to our room. We met a wonderful cab driver by the name of Taner Erdogan who was amazing! Took us to a wonderful restaurant and showed us around, really pleasant guy! Also Onur from the ..."

Reviewed on Sep. 3, 2021

Hilton Istanbul Bomonti Hotel & Conference Center
Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus
Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus
5 out of 5
Cihannuma Mahallesi, Saray Caddesi No:5, Besiktas, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is CA $192 per night from Sep 24 to Sep 24
Located in Besiktas, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Besiktas Pier and Vodafone Arena. Dolmabahce Palace and Zorlu Performing Arts Center are also ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (958 reviews)
"Conrad Hotel was pretty much close evere where and Customer Service and employee was kind and helpfull"

Reviewed on Sep. 11, 2021

Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus
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Sultanahmet Suites - Apartments
Sultanahmet Suites - Apartments
Kucukayasofya Mah. Ozbekler Sok. No:4/1, Sultanahmet-Kadirga, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is CA $52 per night from Oct 6 to Oct 6
This family-friendly Istanbul aparthotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Sokollu Mehmet Pasha Mosque and Sultanahmet Square. ...
3.6/5Good! (838 reviews)
"Very good staff and manger Denis and haroun, they help us in many things..."

Reviewed on Jun. 21, 2021

Sultanahmet Suites - Apartments
G Tower Residences
G Tower Residences
Mimar Sinan Cd 35, Istanbul, Istanbul
Located in Bagcilar, this residence is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Acibadem University Atakent Hospital and within 6 mi (10 km) of Mall of Istanbul and Florya Beach. ...
3.9/5Good! (7 reviews)
Amazing!!
"G Tower is one of best solution for residency either for family or business reasons. Well cleaned, furnitures are amazing, everything is available in the kitchen and overall flat. I will be back again to G tower for the next time due to their staff well communicated, attitude and help."

Reviewed on Aug. 22, 2021

G Tower Residences
Louis Appartements Galata
Louis Appartements Galata
4 out of 5
Sahkulu Mah Ilk Belediye Cad No10 Sishan, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is CA $98 per night from Sep 28 to Sep 28
This family-friendly Istanbul aparthotel is located by the sea, just steps from Galata Whirling Dervish Hall and Galata Tower. Basilica Cistern and Sultanahmet ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (235 reviews)
"Excellent service, clean well designed rooms and great location! Super super friendly staff and very corporative! Special thanks to Tufan and Sarhat for their high quality service and for their prompt actions! A"

Reviewed on Sep. 2, 2021

Louis Appartements Galata
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