Located in Kurtkoy, this hotel is 3 mi (4.9 km) from Viaport Outlet Shopping and within 9 mi (15 km) of Sabanci University Gosteri Merkezi and Aydos Castle. Ayios Yeorgios and Istanbul Park are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Located in Atasehir, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Optimum Shopping Mall and Palladium Shopping Mall. Ulker Sports Arena and Akasya Acibadem Shopping Center are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Located in Fatih, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Media Museum, Basilica Cistern, and Hagia Sophia. Cagaloglu Hamami and Cemberlitas Bath are also within 5 minutes.
Located in Halkali, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Strike Bowling, Mall of Istanbul, and Ataturk Olympic Stadium. Play Land and Florya Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Istanbul Aydın University, Istanbul Aquarium, and Florya Beach. Atakoy Marina and Kiddyland are also within 6 mi (10 km).
The historic sites alone can keep you busy for days. Arguably the city's most iconic site, Hagia Sophia, was once a church and mosque and is now a museum. Other must-sees are the Blue Mosque with its six minarets, Topkapi Palace, once the residence of Ottoman sultans, and the Grand Bazaar, with over 5,000 shops where you can bargain for leather, gold, carpets, spices, and ceramics. For a taste of modern Turkish life, head to the harbor for a cruise on a ferry or yacht. If you stay at one of the hotels near Beyazit Square, also called Freedom Square, you are near Istanbul University, where the country's brightest minds prepare for the future.
The casual eateries, known as meyhane, typically offer small plates of vegetables and seafood and, in some cases, more substantial dishes of kebabs. Go with a group so you can enjoy raki, the local alcohol. Look for a meyhane that hosts fasil, or Turkish song and dance, but expect to join in whether you know the language or not. If you're on a budget, head for Bar Street, or Kadife Sokak, on the Asian side. Here, you'll come across many establishments that serve up good drink, along with live indie bands and DJ-spun international music.
Whichever side you choose for your vacation stay, Travelocity can help you find the best opulent Istanbul hotels or a less expensive, clean and basic hotel in Istanbul.