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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
Darkhill Hotel Istanbul
Old Town
44 minutes ago 4 stars £71.63
Zagreb Hotel
Old Town
59 minutes ago 4 stars £54.40
Faros Old City
Old Town
7 hours ago 4 stars £63.07
Aladdin Hotel Istanbul
Old Town
7 hours ago 3 stars £57.30
Agan Hotel Istanbul
Old Town
11 hours ago 3 stars £46.17
Raymond Hotel
Old Town
12 hours ago 4 stars £51.03
Ottoman Hotel Imperial
Old Town
13 hours ago 4 stars £88.22
Burckin Hotel
Old Town
18 hours ago 4 stars £53.67
Sarnic Premier Hotel Istanbul
Old Town
18 hours ago 4 stars £67.89
Albatros Premier Hotel
Old Town
20 hours ago 4 stars £56.28

Recently Rated Istanbul Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Best Western Premier The Home Suites and Spa
Old Town
4.6 / 5
8 reviews
4 stars £111.14
Aren Suites
Old Town
5.0 / 5
3 reviews
4 stars £72.53
Ferman Hotel Istanbul
Old Town
4.1 / 5
15 reviews
4 stars £58.03
Aston Residence
Taksim-New city center
3.0 / 5
1 reviews
4 stars £53.77
Courtyard by Marriott Istanbul International Airport
3.8 / 5
42 reviews
4 stars £40.30
Innpera International Hotel
Taksim-New city center
3.5 / 5
2 reviews
4 stars £79.78
Agan Hotel Istanbul
Old Town
3.9 / 5
74 reviews
3 stars £46.17
Raymond Hotel
Old Town
3.9 / 5
16 reviews
4 stars £51.03
Erguvan Hotel Istanbul
Old Town
4.1 / 5
51 reviews
4 stars £66.14
Ambassador Hotel Istanbul
Old Town
4.7 / 5
3 reviews
3 stars £100.08


Featured Istanbul Hotels

From £46.17

1 Agan Hotel Istanbul

3 stars
3.9 / 5 74 reviews

Ebusuud Caddesi Saffetipapa Sokak 6 Sirkeci Istanbul Map

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... More

awesome location/staff
fabulous one night stay. easy to get to using train/tram from airport, short walk to important sites. could not have been more pleased. also, fantastic included breakfast!
4 Apr 2014
Comfort Hotel
I got the twin bed deal and so the room had enough space for one. There are larger options for more people. Close to the tour sites and Blue Mosque. There is a 30 Euro pick-up charge from the...
25 Feb 2014
From £39.86

2 Deniz Houses

3 stars
4.2 / 5 17 reviews

k.ayasofya cad.Cayiroglu sok.No.14 Map

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... More

Single female traveler
I had a wonderful stay at Deniz Houses! The location, staff, and breakfast was terrific! I would return :)
3 Feb 2014
coming back
Great location. Felt safe and respected at this hotel as a female single traveler.
3 Feb 2014
From £56.36

3 Blu Hotel Istanbul

4 stars
4.8 / 5 12 reviews

Hudavendigar Cad.Erdogan Sk.No: 5 Map

Blu Hotel Istanbul is situated in Istanbul's historical peninsula. The Hotel is within walking distance of Istanbul's most historic attractions, including Hippodrome area; Hagia Sofia, Blue mosque,... More

Excellent Service, Location, Staff.
The Hotel Location is very close to tourist sites like the Blue Mosque, Aya Sofia, and the train line is right on the street by the hotel. The only setback on the first night was the fact that we...
6 Apr 2014
Best value for money
Friendly staff Great location Reasonable rate Clean rooms
25 Feb 2014
From £61.32

4 Dara Hotel And Family Rooms

3 stars
3.8 / 5 9 reviews

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

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.... More

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
From £60.53

5 Gulhane Park Hotel Istanbul

Nobethane Caddessi No. 1 Sirkeci Map

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... More

fantastic getaway
the hotel was fantastic everything was nearer to you,
6 Apr 2014
Bad everything!
This hotel is not 4stars lol no where near! It's not even one! First of all our flight was delayed... So they have away our room! They put us in a another room saying they would change it the next...
29 Jan 2014
From £87.73

6 Lausos Hotel

4 stars
4.4 / 5 5 reviews

Klodfarer Caddesi No:33 Map

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... More

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
This hotel is a real find!
New renovations to this hotel make it clean and comfortable. The staff is very friendly and helpful. They have a nice little garden terrace where you can have breakfast which is generous and fresh....
8 Jun 2013
From £45.65

7 Almina Hotel Istanbul

4 stars
3.9 / 5 13 reviews

Kucukayasofya Cad Akbiyik Degirmeni Sk No27 Sultanahmet Map

Boutique hotel with roof terrace overlooking the Marmara Sea The Almina Hotel, under new ownership since 2009, is known for providing a high level of service to guests. The boutique hotel --... More

From £56.28

8 Albatros Premier Hotel

4 stars
3.9 / 5 7 reviews

Kucuk Ayasofya Mahallesi Cayiroglu Sok No:1 Map

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... More

Awesome Vacation! ... but where is my Fruit Basket?
The Hotel Staff is welcoming and nice, the room is was very clean, small but confortable, we got a great rate thought was with very short advice, Wi Fi Internet is fast and always works great,...
17 Mar 2014
wonderful location
very nice hotel with a great location, close to shops sights, masjids and the sea! hotel was clean, staff helpful, good variety for breakfast. didnt have the complementary fruit plate that came as...
13 Mar 2014
From £81.87

9 Agora Life Hotel

4 stars
4.4 / 5 36 reviews

Cagaloglu Hamam Sok. No 6 Sultanahmet Map

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... More

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
Excellent Hospitality/Location, Slightly hard to locate
Very happy with the Stay, Helpful staff, close to all the attractions and shopping/eating places
19 Feb 2014
From £69.51

10 Hotel Darussaade Istanbul

4 stars
4.5 / 5 10 reviews

Akbiyik Cad. No. 96 Sultanahmet Map

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... More

excellent location
room was very nice decorated, staffs were helpful, very clean & good location
4 Apr 2014
Pleasant Experience
Was good hotel with pleasant experience. great location close to many attractive.
26 Feb 2014
From £111.14

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... More

Almost too good to be true!
A small boutique hotel in exactly the right place! Amazing customer service and SUCH a good value for the price. I have actually already rebooked a stay in October of 2014. Perfect location!
18 Mar 2014
Excellent Hotel in Great Location
Our three-night stay at this hotel was excellent. The hotel is very close to most turistic places and the hotel staff was great and very friendly all the time, specially everyone at the hotel main...
2 Dec 2013
From £49.59

12 Gardenhouse Hotel Istanbul

4 stars
4.3 / 5 27 reviews

Kucuk Ayosofya Mahallesi Sehit Mehmet Pasa Sokak 11-13 Map

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... More

Excellent place to stay
Close to all sites, staffs are very friendly. Excellent breakfast. Rooms very clean and spacious. Will recommend to all
24 Feb 2014
Very nice hotel
My wife and I stayed 3 nights at this hotel which is at a very short distance (about 5 min walk) from the Hippodrome/Blue mosque. Hotel staff was very cordial, friendly and helpful and gave us good...
7 Jan 2014
From £88.22

13 Ottoman Hotel Imperial

4 stars
4.5 / 5 33 reviews

Caferiye Sokak. No : 6/1 Map

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... More

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
Ideal for Exploration
The hotel staff was friendly and accommodating and were helpful in providing information on city transit. Situated in a central spot close to the tram and bus lines and within easy walking distance...
5 Apr 2014
From £43.15

14 Emirhan Inn

3 stars
4.0 / 5 7 reviews

Kucuk Ayasofya mah, Odev sokak No 4 Map

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... More

Stayed one week hotel location near to old istanbul.hotel staf are very friendly.only little noisy area. Otherwise perfect.
25 May 2013
Don't have high expectations.
Arrived in the dark, my room was accessible by going out the back door, across a tiny courtyard, into a different door. Room was very simple but clean, very thin towels, ,uncomfortable hard...
25 Jan 2013
From £54.40

15 Zagreb Hotel

4 stars
4.0 / 5 15 reviews

Gencturk cad.Cukurcesme sok. Map

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... More

my stay at Zagreb Hotel at June 08 to June 10
It's a nice and cozy hotel in old city, the room is clean and tidy. it takes about 5 mins to walk to tram station. about 15 min walking distance to Big Bazaar.
3 Jul 2013
Not a bad hotel. A bit dull and a bit old fashioned. needs some upgrades in the lobby and restaurant and I never saw one person in the restaurant at all. They charge extra for using the pool after...
4 Jun 2013
From £67.88

16 Sultan House Hotel

4 stars
4.4 / 5 24 reviews


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... More

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
outstanding service - amazing views from annex
The staff upgraded us to an apartment in the annex building for free. We had incredible views of the blue Mosque and the Sea of Marmara from our bed room. Breakfast was unlimited and incredibly...
14 Mar 2014
From £58.02

17 Tash Konak Hotel Istanbul

3 stars
4.4 / 5 17 reviews

Kucuk Ayasofya Cad. Tomurcuk Sok. No.. 5 Map

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... More

Fantastic every one get away .this hotel was the best
16 Mar 2014
Excellent Experience
Everything about this cute little hotel was great. The staff at the front desk were very helpful, and they gave us an upgrade to a suite even though we just booked a regular room (which was still a...
25 Feb 2014
From £115.15

18 Dersaadet Hotel

4 stars
4.7 / 5 6 reviews

Kucuk Ayasofya Cad. Kapiagasi Sk. No: 5 34 Map

Stylish hotel gives guests experience of living in an Ottoman mansion Just blocks away from the Sea of Marmara, Dersaadet Hotel provides guests with a back-in-time experience. Fashioned after a... More

Nice and warm welcome to Istanbul
We were happily surprised by the service and the people who were always careful to every detail. The terrace has a great view. The only thing might be the muezzin from very close minarets that is...
5 Jul 2013
Nice Ottoman style hotel
Beautiful roof terrace, unfortunately closed at night time. Staff very helpful and friendly.
13 May 2013
From £140.48

19 BEST WESTERN PREMIER Acropol Suites and Spa

4 stars
4.4 / 5 7 reviews

AKBIYIK CAD. NO:21 34122 Map

Old City hotel building echoes style of a 19th century Ottoman mansionHoused in a historical structure facing Marmara Sea in downtown Istanbul, Best Western Acropol Hotel helps guests feel as... More

Great Stay
I was at this hotel for a week. They upgraded me upon my arrival. The hotel is very clean and the staff is good. The highlight is the breakfast every morning.
21 Jan 2014
Good city break
I have nothing but praise for staff at hotel, right from reception to restaurant. Very helpful in arranging local tours & sightseeing trip. It was a very memorable stay at hotel, very close to all...
30 Apr 2013
From £63.07

20 Faros Old City

4 stars
4.0 / 5 9 reviews

Divanyolu Caddesi No:76 Sultanahmet Map

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... More

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
All you need - great location, awesome staff, very clean...,no conplsints....
17 May 2013
From £71.59

21 Recital Hotel

4 stars
4.4 / 5 14 reviews

Binbirdirek mah. Piyerloti, Map

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... More

Great location
Hotel is ideally placed for all attractions that Istanbul has to offer being no more than 300 yards from a tram stop, the route of which takes you to all main tourist areas.The rooms are spacious...
23 Mar 2014
ideal Istanbul
Welcoming, friendly and helpful staff in a small hotel close to Sultanhamet and Hagia Sophia, and the tram, but in a quiet side street. Good breakfast - plentiful with lots of choice - small rooms...
12 Feb 2014
From £115.74

22 The Millennium Suites

4 stars
4.6 / 5 14 reviews

Akbiyik Street No:42 Sultanahmet Map

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,... More

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
From £72.53

23 Aren Suites

4 stars
5.0 / 5 3 reviews

Kkayasofya Caddesi Gelinlik Sokak No.13 Map

Aren Suites offers a terrace, and modern rooms with free Wi-Fi and a spa bath or rain showers. The elegantly decorated rooms include a LED TV with satellite channels, and free wired or wireless... More

Fantastic hotel stay
The hotel exceeded our expectations. The beds were amazing -- the linens, comforters, number and size of beds in the room. the bathroom was very modern. The rooms were large and clean - hardwood...
14 Dec 2013
2 Dec 2013
From £71.80

24 Muyan Suites

4 stars
4.7 / 5 3 reviews

Binbirdirek Mah Map

Muyan Suites is situated centrally in the historical Sultanahmet district, only 100 meters from Hippodrome. It offers nicely decorated rooms with modern amenities. The rooms feature elegant... More

Great Istanbul Hotel-Ambience and close to Sites
We had a great stay at this small, but perfect hotel. We were upgraded to a very nice suite with flowers and wine. The staff was so nice and really went out of their way to make us feel so welcome....
15 May 2013
Excellent hotel
Highly recommended, central location and perfect in every way.
3 Apr 2013
From £58.03

25 Ferman Hotel Istanbul

4 stars
4.1 / 5 15 reviews

Amiral Taftil Sok No:37 Sutanahmet Map

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... More

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
a DEFINITE recommendation!!!
The Ferman Hotel is a GREAT place to stay while visiting Instanbul. Not only is it right in the heart of everything, but the hotel is exactly as seen in the pictures, to a "tee"!!! I have been on...
18 Feb 2014