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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
Ferman Hotel Istanbul
Old Town
16 minutes ago 4 stars £62.10
Ottoman Hotel Park
Old Town
58 minutes ago 4 stars £46.99
Hotel Darussaade Istanbul
Old Town
2 hours ago 4 stars £76.77
Sultan Saba Hotel
Old Town
4 hours ago 4 stars £70.14
Recital Hotel
Old Town
4 hours ago 4 stars £66.63
Sura Design Hotel & Suites
Old Town
6 hours ago 5 stars £74.65
Ottoman Hotel Imperial
Old Town
11 hours ago 4 stars £52.25
Agan Hotel Istanbul
Old Town
11 hours ago 3 stars £30.54
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Istanbul - Old Town
Old Town
21 hours ago 5 stars £66.10
Deniz Houses
Old Town
22 hours ago 3 stars £25.54

Recently Rated Istanbul Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Agan Hotel Istanbul
Old Town
3.9 / 5
97 reviews
3 stars £30.54
Tash Konak Hotel Istanbul
Old Town
4.4 / 5
22 reviews
3 stars £40.19
Gulhane Park Hotel Istanbul
Old Town
3.8 / 5
169 reviews
4 stars £50.78
Gardenhouse Hotel Istanbul
Old Town
4.3 / 5
30 reviews
4 stars £49.95
Hotel Darussaade Istanbul
Old Town
4.5 / 5
13 reviews
4 stars £76.77
Old Town
4.0 / 5
1 reviews
4 stars £52.67
Orient Express Hotel Istanbul
Old Town
4.3 / 5
26 reviews
4 stars £68.68
Muyan Suites
Old Town
4.3 / 5
6 reviews
4 stars £65.02
Aren Suites
Old Town
4.8 / 5
6 reviews
4 stars £65.76
Artefes Hotel
Old Town
3.0 / 5
1 reviews
3 stars £40.95


Featured Istanbul Hotels

Hotel only £30.65

1 Agan Hotel Istanbul

3 stars
3.9 / 5 96 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...

a wonderful location for visiting historical Istanbul
very close to the Topkapi, to the BlueMosque and AyaSofya, to the Bizantine Cisterns and the Hippodrome (you don't need any taxi!!). The area has plenty of small and also good level restaurants...
21 Jul 2014
- City center - Clean rooms - Nice stuff - Good breakfast
20 Jul 2014
Hotel only £66.88

2 Recital Hotel

4 stars
4.4 / 5 18 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...

Wonderful, warm, welcoming staff
What a lovely little hotel. The staff and accommodation are gracious and warm. Breakfast is wonderful, the rooms are clean and comfortable, and the bathrooms are far superior many I've encountered...
30 Jun 2014
Fantastic Holiday
3rd Time Stayin, Brilliant Staff, Fantastic Location Not Far From The Main Tourtist Attractions. Very Welcoming Would Only Stay In This Hotel If I Was To Ever Visit Again In The Future.
17 Jun 2014
Hotel only £52.45

3 Ottoman Hotel Imperial

4 stars
4.5 / 5 47 reviews

Caferiye Sokak. No : 6/1


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
Generally a good hotel in an ideal location. Nice,comfortable rooms.
26 May 2014
Wonderful Break
This hotel is superbly located, comfortable, friendly and the rooms are of a high standard. Breakfast excellent and staff helpful and efficient. Highly recommended for exploring wonderful Istanbul.
8 Apr 2014
Hotel only £50.96

4 Gulhane Park Hotel Istanbul

4 stars
3.8 / 5 169 reviews

Nobethane Caddessi No. 1 Sirkeci

FREE Sauna-Massage-Fitness-Kettle-Wi-fi-Drink

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...

Wonderful experience. Well worth the journey the room was clean airy and close to the elevator. The health club including the Turkish bath was worth experiencing.
19 Jul 2014
Wonderful experience
Staff were helpful and pleasant. They made sure our stay was comfortable
18 Jul 2014
Hotel only £64.94

5 Agora Life Hotel

4 stars
4.4 / 5 38 reviews

Cagaloglu Hamam Sok. No 6 Sultanahmet

Free Fruit Plate-Mineral Water

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 £176.00

6 Sultanhan Hotel Istanbul

5 stars
4.3 / 5 28 reviews

Piyer Loti Cad No. 15

Istanbul hotel with Seljuk and Ottoman details and riverside restaurantDramatic Seljuk and Ottoman architectural details abound at the centrally located Sultanhan Hotel Istanbul, which is near the...

Great location and service
Great location for a short break as everything we wanted to do was close by. The staff were really helpful with any queries at any time of day or night. Great city - would definitely go back and...
24 May 2014
Great location, breakfast and quiet.
Rooms were large by European standards. Breakfast was diverse and plentiful with long hours for early risers and sleepyheads. Wait staff were attentive and hesitation in using the...
23 Jun 2013
Hotel only £116.65

7 The Millennium Suites

4 stars
4.7 / 5 15 reviews

Akbiyik Street No:42 Sultanahmet

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If you are looking for a great value for money downtown Istanbul hotel then look no further than the elegant Millennium Suites. Ideal an overnight stop or for a long stay in a large 35 sq.m. room,...

Nice Hotel, Great Staff
The hotel is ideally situated within walking distance of the Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and the Metro. There are many good restaurants on the same street as well. The staff are...
19 Mar 2014
Beautiful experience
We loved this place right in the heart of the old city. We stayed for an entire relaxing week. With only 7 rooms it reminds me of a bed & breakfast. The staff was all so nice and very helpful with...
24 Feb 2014
Hotel only £50.14

8 Gardenhouse Hotel Istanbul

4 stars
4.3 / 5 30 reviews

Kucuk Ayosofya Mahallesi Sehit Mehmet Pasa Sokak 11-13

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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...

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
Family getaway
We enjoyed our 10 day stay in this hotel. We stayed in the suite which is very spacious (other rooms are significantly smaller) but did not have a balcony. We really enjoyed the garden for relaxing...
6 Jul 2014
Hotel only £40.26

9 Raymond Hotel

4 stars
3.9 / 5 20 reviews

Ebussuut Caddesi No : 22

Situated less than 200 meters from Gulhane Tram Stop, Raymond Hotel offers non-smoking rooms with free Wi-Fi and a flat-screen TV. Its restaurant serves vegetarian and meat dishes. Each room...

Great start to a quick 2 days in Istanbul
We were looking for a single room within 3/4 mile of a majority of major tourist attractions. Our itinerary included all that and more, so we planned on spending very little time at the hotel and...
8 Jun 2014
be careful
they have 2different types of rooms one like on the pictures and second horrible box rooms...with bath just for skinny guests so don't let them cheat u and make sure u ll get one with city...
3 May 2014
Hotel only £116.60

10 Best Western Premier The Home Suites and Spa

4 stars
4.5 / 5 13 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 £60.14

11 Hotel Darussaade Istanbul

4 stars
4.5 / 5 13 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 £58.67

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...

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
Ideal location and friendly staff
Lausos Hotel is ideally located, just a few minutes' walk from Sultanahmet Square and tram stop. The staff are very friendly and helpful, and the rooms are clean. Breakfast on the little terrace...
29 Aug 2013
Hotel only £54.55

13 Erguvan Hotel Istanbul

4 stars
4.0 / 5 73 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 £62.33

14 Ferman Hotel Istanbul

4 stars
4.1 / 5 20 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
Great convenient location to explore Sultanahmet and other parts of Istanbul. Friendly staff. Beautiful terrace views.
14 Jul 2014
Great location
Very nice hotel with comfortable rooms and friendly staff.Also the location is very good - about 5 min walk to Hagia Sofia & Blue Mosque
13 Apr 2014
Hotel only £56.99

15 Faros Old City

4 stars
4.1 / 5 10 reviews

Divanyolu Caddesi No:76 Sultanahmet

Welcome to Faros Hotel Istanbul, a luxury boutique Hotel located in the Old City of Istanbul adjacent to The Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, Grand Bazaar, Byzantium...

Come on! it´s imposible to get any closer! If location it`s what you want, this hotel its for you! If you bother with noise, and proably want a hotel for its numerous amenities you should...
14 Jul 2014
strictly okay, great location but old
the hotel is strictly okay. its location is awesome coz you can walk it everywhere from there and the tram stops right outside. the room was old even thought it was apparently a "suite", and the...
1 Apr 2014
Hotel only £54.77

16 Azade Hotel

3 stars
4.0 / 5 22 reviews

Mimar Mehmetaga Cd.No:17/19

Old City hotel features Ottoman-style decorThe Best Western Obelisk Hotel Istanbul is a perfect base for exploring Istanbul’s Old City. Sites that date back to the Byzantine and Ottoman empires are...

Hotel only £36.23

17 Dara Hotel And Family Rooms

3 stars
3.8 / 5 9 reviews

Kucuk Ayasofya Mahallesi Su Terazisi Sokak No:25 - Sultanahmet / Istanbul

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Centrally located in the historical city centre of Istanbul, find the Dara Hotel Istanbul . This traditional Turkish hotel offers you fine hotel rooms and a beautiful view from the roof terrace....

Good clean
This hotel wass really hard to find but it was close to the blue mosque and good aera. Good hotel
2 Mar 2014
Great hotel location
We are a family of 4( including 2 kids). The staff is great. We had booked 1 room, but during the night we experienced some noise due to street work and the management immediately moved us at...
1 Jul 2013
Hotel only £40.34

18 Tash Konak Hotel Istanbul

3 stars
4.4 / 5 22 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...

1.the location is good 2.clean and big 3.the breakfast we like
20 Jul 2014
Fantastic every one get away .this hotel was the best
16 Mar 2014
Hotel only £79.20

19 Celine Boutique Hotel

4 stars
Not yet reviewed

PEYKHANE Cad. No:28 Sultanahmet

The Celine is located at Istanbuls historic center, and moreover, it is part of the citys immaculate cultural legacy. Built in a totally renovated antique mansion, the hotel has a magnificent...

Hotel only £87.08

20 Levni Hotel & Spa

5 stars
4.6 / 5 13 reviews

31 Ebusuud Cad

Free SPA, WiFi, Water, Concierge

Levni Hotel is a boutique (5 star category) hotel located in Sirkeci Istanbul within 5 min. walking distance to many museums and palaces - Topkapi Palace, Santa Sophia, Blue Mosque, Basilica...

Quick break
The hotel is OK but definitely not 5 star hotel. It is expensive for the service they provide. The best thing is its location.
26 Jun 2014
Can't beat the location
Wow, great location. Very nice rooms, stay in 1310 if you can - great balcony. The breakfast is impressive. Only complaint is the staff knowledge of the tourist attractions in the area, restaurants...
25 May 2014
Hotel only £65.27

21 Arden City Hotel

4 stars
5.0 / 5 1 reviews

Alemdar Mah Yerebatan Cad No:1 Sultanahmet Oldcity

Arden City Hotel is walking distance from all of the main attractions such as the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia , The Topkapi Palace, Yerebatan Basilica , Cagaloglu Bath , Grand Bazaar . Arden City...

Very pleased
A great hotel,great location all the major sites close by.The breakfast was super with lots of options .The staff especially at night had a good knowledge of football..... especially the English...
25 Nov 2012
Hotel only £47.67

22 Antik Hotel Istanbul

4 stars
4.0 / 5 10 reviews

Ordu cad.Darphane (Sekbanbasi)Sok.No:10 Beyazit 34130 istanbul

Old City hotel -- and restaurant -- built on a foundation of history Few hotels have history at their core -- and in their foundation -- like the Antik Hotel Istanbul. Workmen digging the...

Nothing Special
Hotel's location is good but rooms are small with very basic facility. No wardrobe and no tea/coffee facility in the room. Looking at the rooms' pictures on-line, we thought the views would be nice...
12 Jun 2014
A Good Position - Helpful staff
Although the hotel is undergoing repairs on some floors - my request for a quiet room meant I was not disturbed. So if you think you will sleep beyond about 9.30am (when the work starts) ask the...
18 Feb 2014
Hotel only £59.21

23 Emporium Hotel

4 stars
5.0 / 5 1 reviews

Ordu Caddesi No :11

Thoughtfully designed to blend into the Old City's historical surroundings,Emporium Hotel offers a variety of modern, stylish accommodation and all featuring amenities such as every room has...

an excellent hotel
this was my first time travelling and this hotel was just perfect for what I needed. situated just right in the middle of the old city, I was never neglected for a second, the staff all spoke good...
15 Jun 2014
Hotel only £35.64

24 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...

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
Style + Location
The hotel is quite new, very nice decoration all over. Rooms are really nice, although a little small in some cases (I booked a double room with two beds and it was like sleeping in the same one)....
5 Feb 2014
Hotel only £30.79

25 Emirhan Inn

3 stars
3.9 / 5 9 reviews

Kucuk Ayasofya mah, Odev sokak No 4

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Apartments for rent in Istanbul(Turkey), in a nightly or weekly basis. Enjoying a central location in Sultanahmet, Emirhan Inn offers traditional and comfortable self-catering and inn accommodation...

Affordable, clean, friendly
Convenient location but a little hard to find at first. It's on Odev Sokagi, which is a short little street. Mustafa was very friendly and the breakfast servers were great. Room was clean and...
24 Jun 2014
Great location, but tough to find
Though it's in the heart of a super touristy region, it has a nice "off the beaten track" feel. They definitely need to offer a detailed description of how to find it, though. The Metro from the...
7 Jun 2014