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IstanbulTurkey

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.

Top hotels in Istanbul

YOTEL Istanbul Airport LANDSIDE
YOTEL Istanbul Airport LANDSIDE
Tayakadin Mah. Terminal Cad. No.: 1, Arnavutkoy, Istanbul
The price is RM585 per night from 19 Jan to 20 Jan

Situated in Arnavutkoy, this hotel is within 20 miles (32 km) of Belgrad Forest, Mall of Istanbul and Kilyos Beach. Venezia Mega Outlet and Eyup Sultan Mosque ...

4.2/5Excellent! (414 reviews)

"Good location, convenient for quick business trips"…"

Reviewed on 21 Dec 2020

YOTEL Istanbul Airport LANDSIDE
Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul
Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul
5 out of 5
Visnezade Mah. Acisu Sok. NO. 19, Macka Besiktas, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM804 per night from 19 Jan to 20 Jan

This family-friendly Istanbul hotel is located in the historical district, within 1 mi (2 km) of City's Nişantaşı Shopping Center, Dolmabahce Palace and Taksim ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (988 reviews)

"I frequently stay in this hotel particularly for its view to Bosphorus, and close proximity to Nishantas. I always select the room with view to Bosphorus, but in my last two visits I was given a partial view and I made my preferences clear to the staff at the lobby. First time they changed my room, ..."…"

Reviewed on 3 Jan 2021

Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul
Hilton Istanbul Bomonti Hotel & Conference Center
Hilton Istanbul Bomonti Hotel & Conference Center
5 out of 5
Silahsor Cad. No: 42 Bomonti Sisli, Istanbul, Istanbul
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is RM386 per night from 22 Jan to 23 Jan

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! (1,138 reviews)

"Very nice hotel and comfortable, clean, good service, good price, good location Need to reconsider the paying for the parking of guests stating at the hotel, should be free parking as long as I am staying at the hotel"…"

Reviewed on 8 Jan 2021

Hilton Istanbul Bomonti Hotel & Conference Center
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.

Vacation Rentals in Istanbul

Lily Airport Otel
Lily Airport Otel
Fatih Caddesi No 183, Mustafa Kemal Pasa Mah, Arnavutkoy, Istanbul
The price is RM99 per night from 19 Jan to 20 Jan

Situated in Arnavutkoy, this condo is 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Belgrad Forest and 8.2 mi (13.2 km) from Başakşehir Fatih Terim Stadium. Ataturk Olympic Stadium and ...

3.8/5Good! (15 reviews)

"The stay experience was really good.Staff was really nice"…"

Reviewed on 27 Dec 2020

Lily Airport Otel
Somerset Maslak Istanbul
Somerset Maslak Istanbul
Maslak 1453, Maslak District, Sogut Street No:20AA C15, Sariyer
The price is RM410 per night from 20 Jan to 21 Jan

Located in Maslak, this aparthotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Belgrad Forest, Istinye Park and Istanbul Sapphire. Acibadem Maslak Hospital is 2.5 mi (4 km) ...

4.2/5Excellent! (70 reviews)
Beautiful view

"21st floor view was beautiful as well as Russian girl at reception desk !"…"

Reviewed on 9 Oct 2020

Somerset Maslak Istanbul
Sultanahmet Suites - Apartments
Sultanahmet Suites - Apartments
Kucukayasofya Mah. Ozbekler Sok. No:4/1, Sultanahmet-Kadirga, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM66 per night from 19 Jan to 20 Jan

This family-friendly Istanbul aparthotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Little Hagia Sophia, Grand Bazaar and Hippodrome of ...

3.6/5Good! (833 reviews)
It’s ok

"It’s okay location is quite near everything"…"

Reviewed on 19 Sep 2020

Sultanahmet Suites - Apartments
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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Reviews of Istanbul

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

21 Mar 2020

Beautiful city and people very nice.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

19 Mar 2020

Not too much to do as you can see all sights in 2-3 days. But nice place to go and relax

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

18 Mar 2020

One of the best city breaks we have made helped by the staff of the hotel highlighting the city attractions and areas of interest.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

17 Mar 2020

Very nice place and people

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

12 Mar 2020

I recommend this hotel to anyone , Istanbul is a great city

5/5 - Excellent

Debra

9 Mar 2020

Istanbul is a very unique city. It is modern and traditional and is able to fuze the two elements beautifully. Turkish people are really friendly, welcoming and helpful. A great city which offers many great site seeing places to see.