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

Sultanhan Hotel - Special Class
Sultanhan Hotel - Special Class
4 out of 5
Piyer Loti Cad No:7, Istanbul, Istanbul, 34122
The price is RM463 per night from 8 Feb to 9 Feb
RM463
per night
8 Feb - 9 Feb
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Istanbul. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in their ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,059 reviews)
"location is superb. rooms are over heated."

Reviewed on 26 Jan 2023

Sultanhan Hotel - Special Class
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 RM1,320 per night from 15 Feb to 16 Feb
RM1,320
per night
15 Feb - 16 Feb
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! (1,010 reviews)
"This is my second visit to a very wonderful hotel, and I thank the employee for the breakfast buffet. He was very welcoming and the reception was wonderful, and they allowed me to stay early at 9 am"

Reviewed on 15 Jan 2023

Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul
Pera Palace Hotel
Pera Palace Hotel
5 out of 5
Mesrutiyet Cad. No. 52, Tepebasi Beyoglu, Istanbul, Istanbul, 34430
The price is RM1,184 per night from 30 Jan to 31 Jan
RM1,184
per night
30 Jan - 31 Jan
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! (1,014 reviews)
An historical hotel with culture and great service
"The hotel is fantastic and I really enjoy leaving here. The only thing that needs to improve is that the phone in the room is a little confusing. I have a hard time figuring out which number I should call for front desk."

Reviewed on 7 Jan 2023

Pera Palace Hotel
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.
Dorne Suite Taksim
Dorne Suite Taksim
Eski Çiçekçi Sk. 17, Istanbul, Istanbul, 34433
Stay at this aparthotel in Istanbul. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and 24-hour room service. Popular attractions Taksim Square and Grand Bazaar are located nearby. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (34 reviews)
"Excellent location and comfortable stay"

Reviewed on 20 Oct 2022

Dorne Suite Taksim
Radisson Residences Vadistanbul
Radisson Residences Vadistanbul
Ayazaga Mah, Kemerburgaz St 6A No.7V/101, Sariyer, Istanbul
Stay at this business-friendly aparthotel in Sariyer. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff in their reviews. Popular ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (86 reviews)
Worth your money
"Everything was very nice"

Reviewed on 1 Jan 2023

Radisson Residences Vadistanbul
Grand Residence by NewInn
Grand Residence by NewInn
Basaksehir Mah., Gazi Mustafa Kemal Blv., Sarikamis Cd. No:1, Istanbul, Istanbul, 34480
Stay at this spa apartment in Istanbul. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a full-service spa. Popular attractions Başakşehir Fatih Terim Stadium and Ataturk ...
3.7/5 Good! (38 reviews)
"The is okay but the toilets are not quite roomy and transport in & out of property its terrible"

Reviewed on 9 Jan 2023

Grand Residence by NewInn
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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