This material is a description of the districts and the best hotel complexes in Istanbul. I hope he helps you navigate the area and choose the “right” accommodation for the trip.
TOP 10 districts of Istanbul: which area is better to stay
As you know, Istanbul is divided into European and Asian parts. In total, I want to highlight 10 large areas that are in demand among tourists. Each of them has its own monuments of architecture, cafes, shops and other services that will make your vacation comfortable.
Istanbul areas on map
For begining – a map of Istanbul with the division into districts (clickable). Even more maps of Istanbul with areas and attractions, as well as tags for the navigator, can be downloaded through the form at the end of the article.
Istanbul districts in the European part
No. 1. Beyoglu ( Beyoğlu)
Central urban area, surrounded on all sides by the waters of the Bosphorus. The name of the district in Turkish means “ruler’s son.” To beautiful attractions, the Galata Tower, Taksim Square, the Church of the Holy Trinity, st. Istiklal, “at hand.” Here you can spend a thorough shopping. The traffic intersection is magnificent, from Beyoglu you can get to any point in Istanbul.
Good hotels in the Beyoglu district in Istanbul: Rixos Pera Istanbul 5 * (room per day – from 143 euros, my review ), Meroddi Bagdatliyan Hotel complex (from 45 euros), Port Bosphorus 4 * hotel (from 73 euros).
No. 2. Besiktas (Beşiktaş)
The business and cultural center of the city. Besiktas is one of the oldest districts of Istanbul. Translated – “cradle stone” The local population is about 200 thousand people. Besiktas is generously planted with greenery, many night clubs, prestigious restaurants. Entertainment – literally “a dime a dozen.” Among the attractions are the palaces of Dolmabahçe, Yıldız, Sinan Pasha Mosque, Barbarossa Square.
The hotels located here are one of the most expensive in cost, but also the level of service, the infrastructure is appropriate. I note such complexes: Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul 5 * (from 321 euros), Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul 5 * (from 178 euros), Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus 5 * (from 480 euros).
No. 3. Fatih – historical center
We got to the historical center of Istanbul – Fatih district. Here are those architectural monuments for which many travel to Istanbul – Sultanahmet Square, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia Cathedral, Basilica Cistern, Sulemainiye Mosque and Blue Mosque. The modern Fatih district in Istanbul is fully built on the territory of the former Constantinople. This is the most conservative district of Istanbul. Most women wear closed clothes. There are few modern skyscrapers, but local residents – about half a million. Fatih is conditionally divided into other areas: Eminenu, Sultanahmet, Laleli, Aksaray – a total of 57.
Particularly noteworthy are the hotels of the Fatih area: Burckin Suleymaniye and Venue Hotel Istanbul Old City (from € 60 for two- bed apartments), Modern Sultan Hotel (from € 62), Sultan Palace Hotel (from € 45).
Read also “TOP-35 Istanbul Attractions”
No. 4. Balat
Separately, I want to highlight the Balat district in Istanbul, which is also located in Fatiha. This is a typical Jewish quarter. Very interesting and bright place. There is no single architectural ensemble. Buildings date from different periods and styles. You can easily find a medieval dwelling made of clay and wood, and next to it is an elaborate new building. The area is not famous for its attractions, but, of course, is an important part of the historical and cultural heritage of the city.
I like one hotel this quarter – Hotel Troya Balat . Cost per day in a double room – € 70.
No. 5. Sisli (Sişli)
Near Besiktas and Beyoglu there is another district – Sisli (Istanbul). In it you can see the museum and the monument to the first Turkish president Mustafa Ataturk. Here is one of the tallest buildings in all of Turkey. We are talking about the Sapphire skyscraper with a well-equipped observation deck.
No. 6. Eyup (Eyüp)
The picturesque area on the coast of the Golden Horn, Eyup, consists entirely of mosques, holy places for Muslims, mausoleums. Here, like nowhere else in Turkey, traditional Islamic values are important. The number of local residents is 350 thousand. Beautiful landscapes and calm atmosphere attract tourists. You can have a good time while visiting the Ayup Sultan and Shah Sultan mosques, the fountain of the great vizier Ali Pasha, the central museum of Istanbul, the hill and the cafe of Pierre Loti.
Number 7. Sarıyer
Istanbul’s fashionable district in the north of the city with a total area of 162 km². The local population is a quarter of a million people. There are many aqueducts, beautiful nature, clean air. Among the attractions are Rumeli Hisarya fortress, Emirgan park (the headquarters of the Tulip Festival ), Ataturk Arboretum, classic car museums and Sudbury Hanim.
If you intend to stay in Sariyer, look at the Fuat Pasa Yalisi – Special Category Bosphorus Hotel . The price for a double room is € 75.
Asian area of Istanbul
Number 8. Kadıköy
This is the oldest district in Istanbul. They say that the first settlement on this territory arose as early as 680 B.C.. You can get to it from the European part by water. In Kadikoy there is not a large number of tourists, intrusive sellers, bustle. But there are beautiful streets – Bahariye, Craftsmen and the well-known Fashion district. What sights should you pay attention to, you ask? First of all, it is Khaidarpash station. After it, go to the embankment, Altiyol Square.
The hotels that I recommend here are: Byotell Hotel Istanbul & Spa (5 stars, one day in a double room – € 64), Holiday Inn Istanbul – Kadikoy (4 stars and € 46 for two -bed apartments), Sidonya Hotel (3 stars, € 57).
No. 9. Uskudar (Üsküdar)
The western part of the Uskudar region is washed by the Bosphorus. This is the final destination of the famous Silk Road. Translated from the Persian language, the name means “messenger.” There are many architectural monuments – the Mosque of the Mihrimah Sultan and Shemsi Pasha, the tower of the barracks of Sultan Selim III, the hill of Buyuk Chamlydzha. On the street Buyuk-hamam there is a wonderful market with a wide range of goods and normal prices. In addition, Uskudar is full of theme stores with handmade products from local craftsmen. A great souvenir from Istanbul!
No. 10. Prince Islands (Kızıl Adalar)
These are 9 islands near the Istanbul coast. Relate to the urban area of Adalar. A sufficiently popular destination for a one-day trip, especially in the summer. You can get to the islands by ferry from the European and Asian parts of Istanbul. Here, not only beautiful nature and sandy beaches, but also several interesting architectural buildings – the monastery of St. George Kudunsky, the house of the writer Peshat Nury Gyuntekina, the Greek shelter.
Istanbul hotels: where to stay for a tourist
Map of Istanbul Hotels
In this part of the material I will tell in more detail about the best hotels in Istanbul.
The best hotels of Istanbul 5 *
I will begin the review with hotels of Istanbul 5 *. In fact, these are well-equipped complexes with a picturesque territory, in which tourists will find a lot of services.
Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet – one of the best hotels in Istanbul in the Sultanahmet district is located in a historic three-story building. The rooms are excellent, with a bright rich interior (many paintings, sculptures, handmade carpets). In the rooms: a full set of household appliances, new comfortable furniture, a separate marble bathroom. On site – private parking, spa, fitness center, restaurants and bars. For a spacious and bright double room – € 438. Breakfast included.
The st Regis Istanbul is another Istanbul hotel in the center with an excellent level of service, a new number of rooms. Geographically, it stands in the center of the prestigious Nishantashi quarter (Sisli district). A butler service is provided 24 hours a day, and the apartment has a minibar and tea / coffee maker. On the territory there are swimming pools, a terrace with a view of Istanbul, restaurants, spa. Hotel rating is high – 9.6 out of 10 points. Accommodation in a double room + breakfast will cost you € 331 per day.
Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul (rating – 9, 2) – a hotel complex between Dolmabahçe Palace and the Naval Museum. Perhaps the best hotel overlooking the Bosphorus. The rooms are decorated in an Asian style. An airport shuttle is organized, a delicious breakfast (included in the price), a lot of entertainment on site. For double room – € 322.
Raffles Istanbul – hotel in Istanbul 5 * with a rating of 9.4. The only hotel in the city that received the highest “star rating” according to Forbes magazine. There is a sauna, swimming pools, a gym and other infrastructure necessary for a comfortable and boring stay on the hotel. Rooms with a balcony (beautiful view). Each has a dining area with a bar and a coffee machine. Deluxe Room (62 m²) – € 459 per night with breakfast.
Hotels in the historical center of Istanbul 3-4 *
These hotels are located in the Sultanahmet district of Istanbul, therefore, having booked one of them, you will be as close to historical sites as possible.
Ayasultan Hotel is a good 4 * Istanbul hotel. Has a rating of 8.2. Located in the Sultanahmet area. Polite and efficient staff, delicious international cuisine, there is a Turkish bath, sauna, massage services. Rooms with new furniture after repair. Double room – € 66.
Adamar Hotel-Special Category is a hotel with a rating of 8.9 in an architecturally interesting building. The rooftop terrace offers amazing views of the Bosphorus. The rooms are decorated in soft pastel colors, exquisitely, nothing screaming. Near the hotel there is a tram environment (250 m). Double Room – € 89 Breakfast is included.
The Empress Theodora Hotel is a complex in the Sultanahmet district with a rating of 8.3. From the roof terrace you can see the Zeynep Sultan Mosque. There is another terrace on site, in a beautiful garden where a buffet breakfast is served every morning. The staff speaks Russian. Double room – € 66.
Hotel Sphendon (rating – 8.6) is 300 meters from the Blue Mosque. Its favorable location is the main advantage. Of the other advantages: clean spacious rooms in the Turkish style, Russian-speaking staff, a picturesque garden and terrace. € 45 for a double room.
Sirkeci Mansion – 4 * hotel with a good view of Istanbul. Here – an indoor pool, massage and beautician services, Turkish bath, restaurant. Workshops on cooking Turkish cuisine are regularly held. The rooms are undeniably excellent, as are the staff. € 152 for a double room with breakfast.
Istanbul hotels with views
The Galataport Hotel (rating – 9.0) – This hotel overlooks the Galata Tower and the Sea of Marmara. At 500 m – lively Istiklal street. All non-smoking rooms are soundproofed with classic décor. Airport shuttle at an additional cost. Russian-speaking polite staff. Double room with breakfast will cost € 80 per day.
Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul 5 * – hotel in the Besiktas district. Rating – 9.1. The rooms are decorated in an exclusive style. Oriental motifs and light colors prevail. Some offer beautiful views of the Bosphorus. The rooms have a full set of household appliances, a minibar with drinks and snacks, good furniture. The restaurant has a fireplace, pleasant atmosphere and a rich menu. In addition to it, on the territory there is a coffee shop, an indoor pool, a bathhouse, a fitness center. Get ready to pay for a double apartment with a private bathroom – € 228.
Nordstern Hotel Galata – 8.7, Galata-Carakey district. View of the Bosphorus. Nice hotel with a new number of rooms. On the territory of the terrace, shared lounge. The cost of living is € 117.
Sayeban Gold Hotel – Rating 8.5. Location – Fatih. Nearby is Topkapi Palace. Terrace overlooking the strait. The rooms are spacious, clean, with a good bathroom. The staff speaks Russian. € 67 per double room.
Kadıköy Rıhtım Hotel – 3 stars and € 55 for a double room. From the windows you can see the Bosphorus and the Khaidarpash station. 24-hour service, private parking, a restaurant, a children’s playroom on site.
Bosphorus Palace Hotel – 8.8, Asian Istanbul, Uskudar District. Nearby is the Bosphorus Bridge, the Beylerbeyi Palace. The New Airport is 33 km away (transfer is paid separately). The price for a double room is € 198.
To summarize. The best areas for tourists in Istanbul, I see the Fatih areas (Sultanahmet quarter), and the Beyoglu district in the Galata Tower or Taksim Square. In the first case, you will be as close as possible to historical sights, in the second – to an excellent traffic intersection. The choice of hotels is huge, as they say, for every taste and budget. In Istanbul you can relax as a budget, staying in cheap hotels or guest houses, and with oriental luxury. And you can choose a middle ground: many five-star hotels in Istanbul offer rooms at a very affordable price. Choose to your taste!
This, perhaps, is all the information I wanted to convey to you. Have a nice vacation in Istanbul!
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