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A visit to the convention centre in Istanbul allows you to experience one of Europe's biggest meeting spaces. The Istanbul Congress Centre hosts events for musicians, fashion designers and theatre groups from across Europe. Away from the convention centre, you can indulge in the annual Istanbul International Film Festival. While it may lack Cannes' prestige, it is full of independent directors and raw talent.


Staying in Istanbul gives you the chance to see where Eastern and Western cuisines meet. Experience a traditional doner kebab by heading to Istiklal Street, or head to the coast for an authentic buffet. Istanbul restaurateurs compete to get you inside.


Istanbul hotels are always within easy reach of traditional wares and international brands alike. The city remains a great trading route, and retains the historic charm that makes its bazaars so delightful. Head off the beaten path to find exciting antiques.

Major Points of Interest

Hagia Sofia is one of the city's biggest mosques. Several times a day the Muslim call to prayer rings through the city, causing life to pause for many of its inhabitants. Lovers of flora may want to plan their visit to Istanbul in April or May to attend the Istanbul Tulip Festival. To experience Istanbul in all its glory, take a walking tour.


Modern facilities envelop Istanbul sports. Local teams dominate the Turkish Basketball League, so try to catch a game at the Galatasaray Medical Park. Occasionally, the F1 World Powerboat Championship stops in Istanbul and is well worth a visit. Step back in time and watch the ancient Turkish sport of oil wrestling, with matches occurring regularly throughout the city, or attend the yearly Oil Wrestling Festival.

Recently booked Istanbul hotels

Hotel Last booked Stars Price from
Levni Hotel & Spa
Old Town
1 hour ago 5 stars £96.83
Recital Hotel
Old Town
2 hours ago 4 stars £93.26
Sultan's Inn
Old Town
2 hours ago 3 stars £36.11
Agora Life Hotel
Old Town
3 hours ago 4 stars £97.80
Palazzo Donizetti Hotel
Taksim-New city center
4 hours ago 5 stars £51.40
Art City Hotel Istanbul
Old Town
4 hours ago 3 stars £42.94
Orient Express Hotel Istanbul
Old Town
4 hours ago 4 stars £82.40
Sultan House Hotel
Old Town
5 hours ago 4 stars £46.84
Albatros Premier Hotel
Old Town
5 hours ago 4 stars £71.05
Ilkay Hotel Istanbul
Old Town
11 hours ago 3 stars £56.39

Recently Rated Istanbul Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Lady Diana
Old Town
1.0 / 5
1 reviews
4 stars £62.63
TAV Airport Hotel ISTANBUL
4.0 / 5
6 reviews
3 stars £121.01
Sultan House Hotel
Old Town
4.3 / 5
25 reviews
4 stars £46.84
Gulhane Park Hotel Istanbul
Old Town
3.8 / 5
144 reviews
4 stars £58.74
Aladdin Hotel Istanbul
Old Town
3.8 / 5
22 reviews
3 stars £57.84
CVK Hotels and Resorts Park Bosphorus Istanbul
Taksim-New city center
5.0 / 5
5 reviews
5 stars £132.73
Aren Suites
Old Town
4.8 / 5
8 reviews
4 stars £72.93
Hilton Istanbul Bomonti Hotel & Conference Center
4.7 / 5
3 reviews
5 stars £93.32
Recital Hotel
Old Town
4.3 / 5
21 reviews
4 stars £93.26
Agora Life Hotel
Old Town
4.4 / 5
37 reviews
4 stars £97.80


Featured Istanbul Hotels

Hotel only £65.95

1 Hotel Darussaade Istanbul

4 stars
4.4 / 5 12 reviews

Akbiyik Cad. No. 96 Sultanahmet

Darussaade Istanbul is one of the protected examples of Ottoman civil architecture dating from XIX. century. The wooden mansion, which is restored by sticking to its original, is decorated with...

Friendly, comfortable hotel
We had a really enjoyable week here, the staff couldn't do enough, the room was large, comfortable and very clean and there was a good choice at the breakfast buffet (no full English, but we didn't...
29 May 2014
Comfortable and friendly hotel in a convenient location
We enjoyed our stay at this charming hotel with its friendly and helpful staff who made us feel welcome from the moment we arrived and were always at hand to offer useful advice and information....
28 May 2014
Hotel only £36.23

2 Agan Hotel Istanbul

3 stars
3.8 / 5 82 reviews

Ebusuud Caddesi Saffetipapa Sokak 6 Sirkeci Istanbul

Service-oriented hotel in the heart of the Old CityHotel Agan is a warm and friendly small hotel in the Old City. The hotel's focus on guest comfort is apparent inside and out. Agan has large...

Cosy, low-price, supportive management
Everybody was really serviceable and ready to help. Rooms are clean and comfortable, though somewhat small (I got a Street view, which is nicer). Restaurant is open until 2AM. Excellent cook.
11 Sep 2014
Great location and helpful staff
Great value for the money because you can feast on a terrific Turkish breakfast, stroll to the Bazaar and other sights, and have a tea or beer at the outdoor cafe when you return. The staff was...
22 Aug 2014
Hotel only £36.11

3 Deniz Houses

3 stars
4.2 / 5 19 reviews

k.ayasofya cad.Cayiroglu sok.No.14

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Deniz Houses, formerly Deniz Konak Hotel, consisted of 2 buildings located in the guite and central part of Sultanahmet with a walking distance to the city's major highlights. The buildings are...

All you need
Very good place to stay, if you want to discover the city.. all ( ok most.. ) reachable by foot. Clean rooms, good service. No luxury, but all you need!
22 Sep 2014
Excelent location
Excellent location hotel in the middle of the ancient area. But, First the hotel photo view you see on the website is for the good location hotel, Because when you see the hotel photos you see the...
14 Sep 2014
Hotel only £60.28

4 Ottoman Hotel Park

4 stars
4.4 / 5 13 reviews

Kadirga Liman Cad, No:85 Sultanahmet

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The late Ottoman age combined with the modern philosophy of todays life is reflected at the Ottoman Hotel Park, the newly renovated exclusive hotel located in the core of the historical peninsula...

Amazing staff
We had a wonderful family visit to Istanbul. The Ottoman Park Hotel was the ideal location for our group. The staff was exceptional in providing good advice and assistance. The breakfast buffet was...
24 Jun 2014
Excelent Price
Short experience, well located, good restauranf, really good price.
7 Jan 2014
Hotel only £65.06


4 stars
4.0 / 5 1 reviews

Binbirdirek Mh. Peykhane Sk. No:4 Cemberlitas 34122

Discover the perfect blend of elegant design, luxury amenities and attentive service at the Aprilis Hotel.Our accommodation embody warm, timelessly modern design, an obsession with both form and...

Great place to stay in Istanbul
This hotel is located on a side street in great proximity to major sites in Istanbul. The staff was friendly and accommodating. They let us check in early, but needed a few minutes during which...
22 Sep 2014
3 day stay
great value for money/ location / location / location - and the staff was not so bad either.
19 Jul 2014
Hotel only £93.26

6 Recital Hotel

4 stars
4.3 / 5 21 reviews

Binbirdirek mah. Piyerloti,

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With its panoramic rooftop terrace overlooking Istanbul, this hotel offers bright rooms with classic-style furniture and luxurious fabrics. Room service and free Wi-Fi are also available. All rooms...

Nice, clean, quiet hotel. Great location!
Location was great. On quiet side street in old city, 2 mins walk to main street, and within 12 mins of blue mosque, HagiaSofia, Sultanahmet station, grand bazaar, etc The staff was friendly,...
15 Sep 2014
Great central hotel for central Istanbul
Fab location, only minutes walk from the old town attractions. Hotel is away from main roads, so generally quiet. Rooms are in good condition and clean. Breakfast is plentiful and fresh. Reasonable...
11 Sep 2014
Hotel only £46.84

7 Sultan House Hotel

4 stars
4.3 / 5 25 reviews


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Hotel Sultan House is a converted Ottoman House located in Sultanahmet, one of the oldest and most colorful quarters of Istanbul, Sultan house is at the corner of Hippodrome Square. It is located...

family stay for a week
Location is very convenient. A bit noisy at night time. Rooms are ok, but not most comfortable. Staff are very friendly.
7 Jul 2014
Excellent location, excellent staff, excellent room, excellent breakfast. All in all, quite excellent! Thank you. x PS. Take a kettle if you need one - although hot drinks are always available...
16 Mar 2014
Hotel only £52.29

8 Gardenhouse Hotel Istanbul

4 stars
4.3 / 5 30 reviews

Kucuk Ayosofya Mahallesi Sehit Mehmet Pasa Sokak 11-13

Character Ottoman townhouse hotel with unique charmThe recently remodeled Garden House Hotel is a traditional Ottoman mansion house turned into a unique hotel, providing 24 individual guest...

Cozy and Friendly
Very excellent experience with super helpful staff, unique rooms (all different from each other) and a gorgeous garden that was perfect to end the long and busy days. Very highly recommended.
18 Aug 2014
Charming but rough around the edges
Nice hotel, decent location out of the hustle of Sultanahmet - does require a bit of a hike though. Staff are very friendly and helpful. Rooms are refreshed nicely daily. Breakfast is good with an...
11 Jul 2014
Hotel only £97.80

9 Agora Life Hotel

4 stars
4.4 / 5 37 reviews

Cagaloglu Hamam Sok. No 6 Sultanahmet

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Just a 5-minute walk from Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace, this boutique hotel offers modern accommodation with free wireless internet access. It has a rooftop terrace and offers a buffet...

Fabulous exotic city
We have just returned (May 2014) from a short trip to Istanbul and stayed at this Hotel which I researched extensively beforehand. The Manager was polite, friendly and very helpful and gave us a...
23 May 2014
Perfect Staff and great location!
The best part about this hotel is the staff. They were all extremely helpful and friendly! I can't think of enough good things to say about how nice everyone was. This hotel has a great location...
19 Feb 2014
Hotel only £87.93

10 Ottoman Hotel Imperial

4 stars
4.5 / 5 36 reviews

Caferiye Sokak. No : 6/1

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19th-century school building gets top grades as a small hotel The Ottoman Hotel Imperial, originally built as an Ottoman school and hospital in the mid-19th century, today is an elegant and...

great location but hard to find;directions below. very good restaurant attached. bathroom small. comfy bed. friendly staff. directions; On a cobblestone street, more like an alley that runs...
17 Sep 2014
Relax, you are at the 'Right Place'!
My friend from Turkey had suggested me to stay in the Old Sultanahmet area as the historical sites such as the Hagia Sofia (Ayasofya), Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar etc. are in...
8 Aug 2014
Hotel only £71.05

11 Albatros Premier Hotel

4 stars
3.7 / 5 9 reviews

Kucuk Ayasofya Mahallesi Cayiroglu Sok No:1

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The Albatros Premier located in main heart of Old City Center called Sultanahmet, where all famous historical monuments such as St.Sophia, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace and many other...

Great Location, Poor Organisation and Customer Service
The hotel itself was fine. The location was perfect for us, easy walking distance of the main tourist sights of Istanbul and plenty of little restaurants. The big problem was the receptionist,...
18 Jun 2014
Excellent hotel
It was clean and friendly. The breakfasts were more than adequate, and the dinner was excellent. Staff were very helpful, and it is situated near all the 'must-see' sights of a very beautiful city....
9 Jun 2014
Hotel only £71.57

12 Lausos Hotel

4 stars
4.3 / 5 6 reviews

Klodfarer Caddesi No:33

Lausos Hotel offers 30 unique guest rooms, 6 suites and 6 deluxe suites. All rooms reflect the Ottoman architectural style with unparalleled views of the Sea of Marmara and Bosphorus, as well as...

Great location
Perfect location for visiting the major sights in the old town. A 5 minute walk from the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia and 10 minutes to the Topkapi Palace. Our room was small and could have done...
18 Sep 2014
Undersized rooms, perfect location
The hotel and its staff was nice, the only inconvenience was the undersized room. Location was perfect since all historical sites, a harbour, and a great amount of cafés, restaurants were in...
22 Apr 2014
Hotel only £57.83

13 Tash Konak Hotel Istanbul

3 stars
4.4 / 5 19 reviews

Kucuk Ayasofya Cad. Tomurcuk Sok. No.. 5


Located right in the heart of Sultanahmet, down a narrow cobbled street behind the Blue Mosque, you will find this charming family-run hotel offering traditional Turkish hospitality with modern...

Great Hotel for 100$
We have paid 100$/ night. For this price, it was a beautiful hotel in great location, a short walking distance to the Blue Mosque. Very good Turkish breakfast, big smiles from the staff and very...
8 Sep 2014
1.the location is good 2.clean and big 3.the breakfast we like
20 Jul 2014
Hotel only £79.51

14 Ferman Hotel Istanbul

4 stars
4.1 / 5 18 reviews

Amiral Taftil Sok No:37 Sutanahmet

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Elegant hotel seamlessly blends Ottoman decor with modern comfort Ferman Hotel Istanbul is an Old City gem. The decor offers one of the historic area's most beautiful takes on classic Ottoman...

perfect location
We got all that we were promised and more. Great location where everything is within walking distance from the Blue mosque to the sea of marmara. The breakfast is a good mix of ethnic and European...
28 Aug 2014
views of mosques and see in-room nescafe coffee maker, and scottish short breads in lobby make for a quick am get-away. Lots of restaurants nearby. Staff friendly, reliable for touring, taxi, etc. info.Rooftop bar...
1 Aug 2014
Hotel only £140.01

15 Best Western Premier Regency Suites Spa

4 stars
4.7 / 5 3 reviews

Akbiyik Street No 38

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This five story hotel, built in contemporary style, is set in the centre of old city Istanbul, 200 meters from the dramatic blue mosque Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Archeological Museum, Basllica...

Great hotel. The BEST staff I have ever seen.
We were a family of four , two children in the 20s, and had a great time in this hotel. We were on the 4th floor , large room facing the busy street but there was no noise when the windows were...
15 Jun 2013
Great short stay location
We were made very welcome from the moment we arrived to leaving (at 0530 in the morning). Staff exceptionally helpful and friendly. Good (free) breakfast with "cooked to order" omelettes and a...
28 Oct 2012
Hotel only £56.39

16 Ilkay Hotel Istanbul

3 stars
4.1 / 5 17 reviews

Hudavendigar Cad 44-46 Sirkeci

Budget-friendly hotel in Old City IstanbulThe property is in close proximity to the historic sites of Old City. Nearby attractions include the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Basilica...

Great Old Town Istanbul Hotel
The Ilkay Hotel was much better than we expected for the price in the center of all the attractions in the Old Town area of Istanbul. We especially liked that it was right on the tram line (we...
8 Jun 2014
No, this is not the Ritz Carlton, but it is wonderful. The staff is amazing and ever so helpful. They will do anything possible to make your stay great. The location is perfect. It is within...
31 Aug 2013
Hotel only £53.49

17 Zagreb Hotel

4 stars
3.8 / 5 17 reviews

Gencturk cad.Cukurcesme sok.

Zagreb hotel was built in 1996 and just has renovated 2 years ago. Hotel has 58 comfortable rooms which has central air-conditioning and heating system, bath, satellite TV,minibar,international...

Close to tramway
Small rooms, good stuff. Hotel is near tramway. Near middle east restaurants.
18 Aug 2014
Don't be fooled by the pictures
Pro: Location is very good. Able to walk around and take the metro for sightseeing. Con: Everything else. The pictures are highly misleading and does not reflect the current state of the hotel....
13 May 2014
Hotel only £75.47

18 Erguvan Hotel Istanbul

4 stars
4.1 / 5 52 reviews

Aksakal Cad. No:3 34400 Sultanhamet


19th century building houses hotel for 21st century guestsIstanbul’s history surrounds this small hotel. The terrace dining area and some of the rooms offer views of the Bosphorus, the Hippodrome,...

Wonderful introduction to historical Turkey
My wife and I enjoyed our stay at the Erguvan. The hotel is kept spotless and all the staff were friendly and helpful. There is a nice roof top breakfast ,or dining area with a great view of the...
15 Jun 2014
Great hotel in a really good location about 5 minutes walk from the Blue Mosque and restaurants
12 Apr 2014
Hotel only £68.08

19 Hotel Niles Istanbul

3 stars
4.2 / 5 25 reviews

Ordu Caddesi Dibekli Cami Sokak No:19 Beyazit

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Cozy family-owned hotel near Old City sites Old City's attractions are in easy walking distance from this family-owned hotel. Located across the street from the Beyazit tram stop and a short walk...

Turkish Delight!
Staff super helpful in this perfectly located hotel for seeing all of the major sights. For a real Turkish experience stay at this hotel in preference to an international chain. Spectacular views...
3 May 2014
Great budget hotel near Grand Bazaar
Hotel Niles is a very friendly small hotel close to the Grand Bazaar and a tram stop providing easy links to all the main sites. We arranged an airport pick up through the hotel by e-mail, and this...
26 Feb 2014
Hotel only £96.76

20 Sura Design Hotel & Suites

5 stars
4.0 / 5 3 reviews

Divanyolu Cad. Alemdar Mah. Ticarethane

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Centrally located in Sultanahmet district, this design hotel features a palace-like interior. Its luxurious rooms are soundproofed, offering a peaceful accommodation and free Wi-Fi. All rooms of...

Very nice hotel in a convenient location
I took my daughter to Istanbul for a long weekend to celebrate her 21st birthday - it was an amazing place with lots of interesting sights to see. As two women travelling alone we quite safe and...
9 Sep 2014
Excellent hotel - one of my favorites
I checked in late (after midnight...had a delayed flight). The night manager was extremely friendly and accommodating. He helped with setting up internet, providing a local map and giving...
4 Dec 2012
Hotel only £58.74

21 Gulhane Park Hotel Istanbul

4 stars
3.8 / 5 144 reviews

Nobethane Caddessi No. 1 Sirkeci

Enjoy Gulhane Park; walk to Istanbul's famous attractionsThe Gulhane Park Hotel Istanbul is sited next to the former garden of Topkapi Palace. This historic location is ideal for easy reach to some...

Ok for a short city break
Beware. The photos of the bedrooms shown can only be of the highest price suite. They are nothing like the standard rooms, which are small and do not even have room for two suitcases. This hotel is...
22 Sep 2014
Great value & location
Very pleased with the hotel. Brilliant breakfast - will be recommending to friends who want to visit Istanbul.
9 Sep 2014
Hotel only £57.84

22 The Haze Hotel

4 stars
3.8 / 5 4 reviews

Necatibey Caddesi No:36-38 Karakoey

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Centrally located in Karakoy, this luxurious hotel is only 350 metres from Galata Tower. The Haze Istanbul has a unique architecture combining a modern building previously utilized as a bakery, and...

has lots of potential
the location is perfect and the rooms have nice decor and amenities. unfortunately, the noise of the surrounding construction is an issue (even in the middle of the night) and my air conditioning...
17 Sep 2014
Mr shadi
It's not good location .to meany car past road and the window not dabble claseas and you can relax in your room to much nosey
19 Apr 2014
Hotel only £82.40

23 Orient Express Hotel Istanbul

4 stars
4.3 / 5 18 reviews

Hudavendigar Caddesi No.34

Old city hotel recalls glory years of train travel Named for the luxury train that once delivered royalty to Istanbul, the Orient Express Hotel welcomes guests with a back-in-time feeling. Some...

A perfect hotel in a perfect location
we have truly enjoyed our stay at the Orient Express. The staff were excellent and answered all of our questions. the location was just perfect, and it was easy access to all the good areas. I...
15 Jul 2014
Great Trip
The only gripe we had with the hotel was the lack of a chair in the room, otherwise it was great, its in a perfect setting with great food, near most of the fab sites, we will stay there again
3 Jun 2014
Hotel only £127.47

24 Best Western Premier The Home Suites and Spa

4 stars
4.3 / 5 10 reviews

Kucukayasofya Cad.

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The Home Suites & Spa-Istanbul is a renovated old town, old house, furnished like a comfortable stylish home, facing the Marmara Sea and little Hagia Sophia. As you pass through the hotel doors...

Good but a few issues
the staff and the service were excellent and the location near the main historical sites was great. The only issues involved some minor problems with the rooms. The first room we were in on the 2nd...
8 May 2014
depends upon the room you are allocated
Room 208 had a sin gle wardrobe, very small room for 2 people to spend 8 days, very uncormfateble, Breakfast and the staff were great.
7 May 2014
Hotel only £63.63

25 Erboy Hotel Istanbul

3 stars
4.0 / 5 24 reviews

Ebusuud Caddesi No 18 34112 Sirkeci-Eminonu

Old City hotel features terrace dining with stunning views of IstanbulJust blocks from historic sites such as the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace, some of the Erboy Hotel’s amenities immerse guests...

Great value, good location.
All the staff are friendly and efficient. The location is great. The rooms are clean and well maintained. Breakfast is very good and I would recommend the restaurant.
22 Apr 2014
very central for all attractions
Staff very friendly and helpful. Breakfast very good choice, plentiful and fresh. Room clean but very small. overall all very good value for money.
1 May 2013