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Hotels in Istanbul

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Istanbul, Constantinople… just like the song, Istanbul has reminders of it’s past everywhere you look. The city sits on the border of two continents, Asia and Europe, so it’s undoubtedly a colourful and unique place to visit for a city break. If you want to stay in an area close to the attractions, quirky bars or plenty of bazaar-market shopping, look this way.

Golden Horn

The Golden Horn is the inlet from the Bosphorus strait, running between the modern and historical centres of Istanbul. The harbour was originally intended to be a defensive barrack, protecting the city during the rule of the Byzantine Empire. Nowadays ships sail in and out of the harbour making it one of the busiest straits in the world, and you can watch them drift in and out from hotels on either the historic or modern side of the Galata Bridge – it’s slap bang in the middle of both districts. 

Historical Centre

If you’re wanting to tick off the big four in Istanbul, this is where you need to stay. Hagia Sofya, the Topkapı Palace, the Blue Mosque, and the Grand Bazaar make up the main attractions in the historical centre of Istanbul, and many lie within the neighbourhood of Sultanahmet. Stay in a 5 star hotel next to a traditional spa where you can try a real Turkish bath, or plump for one of the luxury accommodation options along the riverside. Despite the range of recognized names here, Sultanahmet is also a practical option if you’re want to stay in hostels and guesthouses close to Istanbul’s nightlife! 

Modern Centre

The modern centre is north of the Golden Horn, and whilst it doesn’t have as many historical monuments as the southern part, there are still restaurants, bars and smaller landmarks worthy of a visit. Taksim Square is a popular square for shopping, wining and dining, laced with apartments and hotels perfect for business visitors or family stays. 

Asian Shore

The Asian shore is on the eastern side of Istanbul, and most visitors only experience it on the ferry ride over – but there’s every reason to base your visit here. It’s the area of the first known settlement of Istanbul, making it just as archaic as the Old Town on the other side, as well as being home to a few mosques and the British Cemetery. Some regard it as the ‘alternative’ place to stay in Istanbul, with quirky bars, sleek hotels and a few budget friendly hostels too.