Istanbul

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Istanbul showing a sunset, heritage architecture and mist or fog

A delightful fusion of European and Asian culture awaits in the capital of Turkey. A fantastic array of historic buildings intersperse a dynamic, modern city.

Istanbul offers the best of old and new, of both East and West. Shoppers will be kept occupied by the best department stores and luxury boutiques, while the city also displays its rich heritage with the many bazaars, mosques, and palaces. The warm climate of the eastern Mediterranean makes this a very easy place to enjoy and to fall in love with.

Historically, Istanbul is identified as the point where Europe meets Asia, at the crossing of the Bosphurus Strait, and has a population of over 13 million people. It was also the centre of power for the Byzantine Empire. More recently the Ottoman Empire, whose rule stretched at one point from Persia to the gates of Vienna, made it its capital. Ottoman rule was in turn succeeded by the establishment of modern-day Turkey in 1923.

All of this rich history is reflected in the complex and fascinating development of the city's diverse built heritage. First on many itineraries is a visit to the Old City where you'll trace the repeated rises and falls of Istanbul and its empires among the Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya), Topkapi Palace (Topkapı Sarayı), the Hippodrome (Hipodrom) and the Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmed Mosque). The Galata Tower (Galata Kulesi) – a survivor from the 14th century – offers views over these and much of the other architecture of interest throughout the city. The Grand Bazaar (Kapalı Carsı) is the beating heart of life here, and is also a wonderful place to pick up souvenirs. Miniaturk allows you to see the city in miniature, while you can enjoy some well-earned cool chillout time at the underground Basilica Cistern.

Crossing the straits into the New City, you are met by a very different experience – modern-day Turkey. Contemporary Western design is to be found in the many skyscrapers, the shopping areas and the vibrant nightclubs. Taksim Square is the centre of this part of the city, with business executives rubbing shoulders with the cool young people of Istanbul.

Public transport is very easily accessible – an Istanbulkart allows you access to it all. Make good use of it, and see the Beylerbeyi Palace from the ferry across the Bosphurus Strait.

Istanbul offers centuries of history and change, alongside all of the conveniences and attractions of a modern city. The past and the present are linked in this fascinating melting pot of cultures.

Where to stay in Istanbul

YOTEL Istanbul Airport LANDSIDE, City Entrance
YOTEL Istanbul Airport LANDSIDE, City Entrance
Tayakadin Mah. Terminal Cad. No.: 1, Arnavutkoy, Istanbul, 34283
The price is RM750 per night from 23 May to 24 May
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Arnavutkoy. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a 24-hour fitness centre. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (830 reviews)
"Easy access and great place for connecting flights"

Reviewed on 16 May 2022

YOTEL Istanbul Airport LANDSIDE, City Entrance
Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul
Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul
5 out of 5
Visnezade Mah. Acisu Sok. NO. 19, Macka Besiktas, Istanbul, Istanbul, 34357
The price is RM1,750 per night from 20 May to 21 May
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Istanbul. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool and 5 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in their reviews. ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (976 reviews)
"👍"

Reviewed on 7 Apr 2022

Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul
Sultanhan Hotel - Special Class
Sultanhan Hotel - Special Class
4 out of 5
Piyer Loti Cad No:7, Istanbul, Istanbul, 34122
The price is RM5,136 per night from 27 May to 28 May
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Istanbul. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (949 reviews)
"Sultanhan was in the perfect location for all the beautiful historical sites in Istanbul, the room was perfectly clean ALL the staff were helpful kind and informative.we had a fantastic weekend at the Sultanhan and Istanbul."

Reviewed on 17 May 2022

Sultanhan Hotel - Special Class
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Life Span Hotel Taksim
Life Span Hotel Taksim
Topçekenler Sk. 8, Istanbul, Istanbul, 34435
The price is RM136 per night from 26 May to 27 May
Stay at this aparthotel in Istanbul. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour front desk and an airport shuttle. Popular attractions Taksim Square and Galata Tower are located ...
4/5 Very Good! (3 reviews)
MÜKEMMEL
"Hotele vardığımızda çok samimi karşılanıp henüz hotelin 1 aylık olduğu için oldukça yeni gözüküyordu.Resepsiyonda ki yetkili kişide ilk şahsi müşterisi olduğunu belirleterek en iyi odasını bize verdi.Oda oldukça temiz ve yeni gözüküyordu.Tabi yeni olduğunu için çok ufak eksiklikleri var ama tekrar ..."

Reviewed on 10 Apr 2022

Life Span Hotel Taksim
Taksim La Marino Hotel
Taksim La Marino Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Çaylak Sk., Istanbul, Istanbul, 34437
The price is RM322 per night from 21 May to 22 May
Stay at this 3.5-star aparthotel in Istanbul. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour front desk and daily housekeeping. Popular attractions Taksim Square and Galata Tower ...
3/5 (2 reviews)
"Bad really bad No parking dangerous erea Noisy the staff is bad too"

Reviewed on 17 May 2022

Taksim La Marino Hotel
Nevv Bosphorus Hotel & Suites
Nevv Bosphorus Hotel & Suites
No7 Mecidiye Muallim Naci Cd Besiktas, Istanbul, 34347
The price is RM535 per night from 29 May to 30 May
Stay at this business-friendly aparthotel in Istanbul. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the WiFi in their reviews. ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (52 reviews)
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"nice viwe"

Reviewed on 9 Dec 2021

Nevv Bosphorus Hotel & Suites
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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