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.

DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Topkapi
DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Topkapi
5 out of 5
Orta Mahalle, Anit Sokak: No: 1, Bayrampasa, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM280 per night from 16 Oct to 16 Oct
Located in Istanbul City Center, this luxury hotel is 1 mi (1.7 km) from Axis Istanbul and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Historia Fatih Shopping Centre. Grand Bazaar ...
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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 RM580 per night from 2 Oct to 2 Oct
Located in Sisli, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bomontiada, City's Nişantaşı Shopping Center and Istanbul Cevahir Shopping and Entertainment Centre. ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (995 reviews)
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Reviewed on 3 Sep 2021

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Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus
Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus
5 out of 5
Cihannuma Mahallesi, Saray Caddesi No:5, Besiktas, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM634 per night from 24 Sep to 24 Sep
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 ...
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Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus
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Element Suites
Element Suites
3 out of 5
Sehit Muhtar Mah Turan Cad Cevza Sok 2, Istanbul
The price is RM86 per night from 5 Oct to 5 Oct
Located in Taksim, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Demiroren Istiklal, Taksim Square and Istiklal Avenue. Galata Tower and Pera Museum are also ...
2.8/5 (153 reviews)
"The staff was friendly and welcoming , check in went fast as all was ready. The property is safe a bit noisy from outside as the street is quiet busy. The room was clean and I liked the design but it can be better maintained."

Reviewed on 13 Aug 2021

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G Tower Residences
G Tower Residences
Mimar Sinan Cd 35, Istanbul, Istanbul
Located in Bagcilar, this residence is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Acibadem University Atakent Hospital and within 6 miles (10 km) of Mall of Istanbul and Florya Beach. ...
3.9/5Good! (7 reviews)
Amazing!!
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Reviewed on 22 Aug 2021

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Louis Appartements Galata
Louis Appartements Galata
4 out of 5
Sahkulu Mah Ilk Belediye Cad No10 Sishan, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM287 per night from 12 Oct to 12 Oct
This family-friendly Istanbul aparthotel is located by the sea, within a 10-minute walk of Galata Tower and Pera Museum. Galata Bridge and Istiklal Avenue are ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (235 reviews)
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Reviewed on 2 Sep 2021

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