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.
This family-friendly Bomonti hotel is located in the business district, within 2 mi (3 km) of Istanbul Cevahir Shopping and Entertainment Centre and Taksim Square. Galata Tower and Little Hagia Sophia Bath are also within 6 mi (10 km).
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).
Located in Fatih, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Cemberlitas Bath and Hippodrome. Basilica Cistern and Grand Bazaar are also within 10 minutes.
Located in Fatih, this spa hotel is steps from Whirling Dervishes Istanbul and Basilica Cistern. Hagia Sophia and Cagaloglu Hamami are also within 5 minutes.
Located in Istanbul City Center, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Taksim Square and Dolmabahce Palace. Mixer and Galata Tower are also within 2 mi (3 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.