Istanbul

Travel Guide
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.

Hilton Istanbul Bomonti Hotel & Conference Center
Hilton Istanbul Bomonti Hotel & Conference Center
5 out of 5
Silahsor Cad. No: 42 Bomonti Sisli, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM609 per night from 3 Jan to 3 Jan
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YOTELAIR Istanbul Airport AIRSIDE
YOTELAIR Istanbul Airport AIRSIDE
Tayakadin Mah. Terminal Cad. No.1, Arnavutkoy, Arnavutkoy, Istanbul
The price is RM737 per night from 24 Dec to 24 Dec
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4.1/5 Very Good! (518 reviews)
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Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus
Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus
5 out of 5
Cihannuma Mahallesi, Saray Caddesi No:5, Besiktas, Istanbul, Istanbul
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The price is RM656 per night from 11 Dec to 11 Dec
Located in Besiktas, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Besiktas Pier and Vodafone Arena. Dolmabahce Palace and Zorlu Performing Arts Center are also ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (939 reviews)
"The best part of the trip was this hotel. The service was excellent and it was in excellent condition and really clean. The in room dining was delicious no matter what time you ordered. The restaurant was excellent particularly the buffet breakfast."

Reviewed on 29 Nov 2021

Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus
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Nisantasi Residence
Nisantasi Residence
Mesrutiyet Mh Kevser Sk No39 Sisli, Istanbul
The price is RM408 per night from 4 Dec to 4 Dec
Located in Sisli, this residence is within 2 miles (3 km) of American Hospital, Taksim Square and Trump Towers Istanbul. Istiklal Avenue and Dolmabahce Palace ...
5/5 Exceptional! (3 reviews)
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Reviewed on 9 Oct 2021

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Somerset Maslak Istanbul
Somerset Maslak Istanbul
Maslak 1453, Maslak District, Sogut Street No:20AA C15, Sariyer
The price is RM552 per night from 26 Dec to 26 Dec
Located in Maslak, this aparthotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Belgrad Forest, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Bosphorus Bridge and Dolmabahce Palace. Taksim Square and ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (98 reviews)
"The staff need to be trained how to deal with customers ."

Reviewed on 11 Nov 2021

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G Tower Residences
G Tower Residences
Mimar Sinan Cd 35, Istanbul, Istanbul
Located in Bagcilar, this residence is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from 212 Istanbul Power Outlet and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Acibadem University Atakent Hospital. Mall of ...
3.4/5 Good! (9 reviews)
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Reviewed on 22 Aug 2021

G Tower Residences
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