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

Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus
Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus
5 out of 5
Cihannuma Mahallesi, Saray Caddesi No:5, Besiktas, Istanbul, Istanbul, 34353
The price is RM1,041 per night from 1 Nov to 2 Nov
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Istanbul. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 bars/lounges and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in their reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,000 reviews)
"Location"

Reviewed on 21 Sep 2022

Pera Palace Hotel
Pera Palace Hotel
5 out of 5
Mesrutiyet Cad. No. 52, Tepebasi Beyoglu, Istanbul, Istanbul, 34430
The price is RM1,212 per night from 1 Nov to 2 Nov
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Istanbul. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 coffee shops/cafes and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (1,005 reviews)
"Beautiful hotel and superb service"

Reviewed on 30 Sep 2022

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 RM1,815 per night from 22 Oct to 23 Oct
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! (1,002 reviews)
"This is a modern, clean, and hospitable hotel. Just a few minutes from Dolmhace and then just a little longer for Galataport. The staff was very welcoming and recommended some great restaurants and places to go. Really appreciated their kindness and attention. Thank you!"

Reviewed on 29 Sep 2022

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.
Element Suites
Element Suites
3 out of 5
Sehit Muhtar Mah Turan Cad Cevza Sok 2, Istanbul, 34435
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Istanbul. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
2.8/5 (206 reviews)
"Stayed in the family duplex for 1 night. There was mold above the bed and not much cookware in the kitchen. Everything else was ok."

Reviewed on 6 Apr 2022

Marvel Suites
Marvel Suites
Büibül mahellesi Kilburnu Sokak, 33, Istanbul, Taksim, 34435
Stay at this business-friendly aparthotel in Istanbul. Enjoy free WiFi, room service and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (115 reviews)
Best owner ever
"Room was nice and clean. Breakfast was correct to start a day. But owner is another story, i can guarantee that you will not find better host in all Istanbul. Omer is so kind and helpfull that would need too much time for me to writte about all thins he helped us. If you want to stay around Taksim ..."

Reviewed on 19 Sep 2022

G Tower Residences
G Tower Residences
Mimar Sinan Cd 35, Istanbul, Istanbul, 34209
Stay at this business-friendly residence in Istanbul. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and an outdoor pool. Popular attractions Mall of Istanbul and 212 Istanbul ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (49 reviews)
Excellent hotel
"Amazing hotel with new and very good amenities"

Reviewed on 25 Jul 2022

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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