Istanbul is the largest city of Turkey, with its over 13 million inhabitants. The city, which was previously called Byzantium and Constantinople, has a long and exciting history, which reaches back to the 6th century A.D. The Bosporus strait divides Istanbul into a European and an Asian part.
If want to visit Istanbul we recommend that you plan well in advance. Many have impression that Istanbul is a typical ”southern city”, where the sun always shines. Even if this is true for a large part of the year, the temperatures can be freezing in the winter. Most tourists visit Istanbul during summer until October, but the city is also wonderful in spring, where you will also avoid some of the tourist traffic.
If you are looking for hotels in Istanbul we offer great and affordable hotels. We have broad selection of hotels, from pensions and family hotels to boutique and luxury hotels. See our list of recommended hotels in Istanbul below.
Hotels in Istanbul
The center of Istanbul is the area around Sultan Ahmet. Here you will find many of the city's attractions, among which the beautiful blue mosque. If you choose a hotel in the center you will be close to most of Istanbul's major sights, and have easy access to all the other experiences the city has to offer.
We have many
hotels at great locations in the center of Istanbul. If you want to find cheap and good accommodation we recommend
Erguvan - Special Class and
Lalinn Hotel, which promises a great stay in the ancient core of Istanbul.
If you want to live centrally and near popular tourist sights we recommend finding a
hotel near Taksim.
This part of Istanbul is known for its many restaurant, hotels and shops, and it is a very popular area amongst tourists. Here you will live centrally and close to a number of activities and sights.
Istanbul has a good public transport system, with buses, cable-lines, trains, trams and boats. The city buses are the most important means of public transportation, and thanks to the network of bus routes it is easy to get around Istanbul. However, at times the smart option will be to avoid the buses, as there's always the risk that they are packed or get caught in traffic.
Taxis is also a widely available means of transport in Istanbul. Taxis in Istanbul are very cheap compared to the rest of Europe, but they are not always the fastest way to get around. But for visitors it is advisable to be cautious in order to avoid being over-charged. Are you planning to travel with taxis in Istanbul, we recommend this article, which details how to take the cab in Istanbul
without being hustled.
Flights to Istanbul
It is easy to get to Istanbul, as there are direct flights from most major cities in Europe to Istanbul's two international airports. These are
Sabiha Gökçen (SAW), and located in the European and Asian parts of the city, respectively. Atatürk is the main airport of the city, and located on the European side about 24 kilometers from the city center. While this is one of Europe's most busy airports, Sabiha Gökçen was build to relieve Atatürk. Both airports are well-connected with the city via public transport, and it is possible to get to the center with, among others, metro, bus, and ferry
No matter if you are looking for hotels near
Atatürk (IST) or
hotels near Sabiha Gökçen (SAW), you can be sure to find one among our good offers.
Traveling to Istanbul with children
Istanbul might not be the first pick if you are traveling with children. But even if it is a rather hectic and chaotic city it still has quite a few attractions and experiences that your kids will enjoy. For instance, there is Istanbul Waterland and Miniatürk,
a large park featuring miniature versions of the most famous buildings of Istanbul, which is one of the largest miniature parks in the world..
If you are traveling with children we can help you find child friendly hotels. We have many good and cheap hotels which are suitable for both children and adults, including hotels with swimming pools and hotels near child friendly attractions.
Sights and attractions in Istanbul
Istanbul offers a number of attractions and sights. The city has been an important power base for different cultures throughout history, and it has a number of historic buildings and squares worth visiting.
The Sultan Ahmed mosque, also known as ”the Blue Mosque”, is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Istanbul. It was build at the beginning of the 17th century, and received it's popular name because of its many blue mosaic decorations. This is definitely a place to see if you are going to Istanbul. We have several good hotel offers if you are looking for a
hotel near the Blue Mosque.
Anther world-famous building worth visiting is the Hagia Sofia. This monuments is one of the most impressive Byzantine buildings, and today it hosts a museum. We have many good offers for hotels near Hagia Sofia.
There are not many chances to swim in the seas around Istanbul itself. However, north of the city in the direction of the Black Sea you will find some very good beaches. An alternative to a swim in the sea could be to pass by a Turkish bath house, a so-called Hamam. Amongst other things these spa-like baths offer massage, and they are especially lovely havens during wither, where a warm bath and massage gives a relaxing break from the often chilly weather outside.
If you want to experience one of the greatest bazars in the world you should pass by the
This six-hundred year old bazaar is one of the oldest shopping centers in the world. It has more than 61 shopping streets with more than 3000 shops in total. The bazaar has more than 400.000 visitors daily, and it offers almost anything. Are you looking for a hotel close to it?
We have several
recommended hotels near the Grand Bazaar.
Here you can find more suggestions for things to do in Istanbul.
Recommendations and suggestions
We can help you if you are organizing a group travel!
Please contact us, and we will make you an offer for a group travel.. If you are going for a concert, musical, football matches, a fair or a wedding we can also help you find hotel rooms suitable for your needs
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