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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
Best Western Premier The Home Suites and Spa
Old Town
34 minutes ago 4 stars £112.28
Recital Hotel
Old Town
39 minutes ago 4 stars £83.54
Albatros Premier Hotel
Old Town
47 minutes ago 4 stars £44.11
Gulhane Park Hotel Istanbul
Old Town
11 hours ago 4 stars £46.25
Ottoman Hotel Park
Old Town
12 hours ago 4 stars £49.90
The Millennium Suites
Old Town
13 hours ago 4 stars £147.25
Erboy Hotel Istanbul
Old Town
18 hours ago 3 stars £60.09
Palazzo Donizetti Hotel
Taksim-New city center
18 hours ago 5 stars £71.88
Deniz Houses
Old Town
20 hours ago 3 stars £35.88
Tryp by Wyndham Hagia Sophia
Old Town
1 day ago 4 stars £41.68

Recently Rated Istanbul Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Ottoman Hotel Imperial
Old Town
4.5 / 5
48 reviews
4 stars £55.49
Erguvan Hotel Istanbul
Old Town
4.0 / 5
73 reviews
4 stars £54.52
Elfida Suites
Old Town
3.4 / 5
5 reviews
3 stars Choose dates
Wow Airport hotel
3.7 / 5
14 reviews
4 stars £58.76
Divan Istanbul
Taksim-New city center
5.0 / 5
3 reviews
5 stars £127.50
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Istanbul - Old Town
Old Town
3.7 / 5
3 reviews
5 stars £110.80
Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah
Taksim-New city center
4.8 / 5
4 reviews
5 stars £143.25
Raymond Hotel
Old Town
3.9 / 5
20 reviews
4 stars £48.08
Pierre Loti Hotel
Old Town
4.0 / 5
2 reviews
4 stars £97.60
Istanbul Golden City Hotel
Taksim-New city center
3.0 / 5
1 reviews
4 stars £65.95


Featured Istanbul Hotels

Hotel only £36.72

1 Agan Hotel Istanbul

3 stars
3.9 / 5 98 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
great value hotel
Great location neat Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar and Spice Bazaar. Great value hotel
20 Jul 2014
Hotel only £83.54

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 £50.10

3 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...

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 £62.29

4 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 £48.08

5 Raymond Hotel

4 stars
3.9 / 5 20 reviews

Ebussuut Caddesi No : 22

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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 £46.25

6 Gulhane Park Hotel Istanbul

4 stars
3.8 / 5 169 reviews

Nobethane Caddessi No. 1 Sirkeci

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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 £49.90

7 Ottoman Hotel Park

4 stars
4.5 / 5 15 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 £112.28

8 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 £35.88

9 Deniz Houses

3 stars
4.1 / 5 22 reviews

k.ayasofya cad.Cayiroglu sok.No.14

Free WiFi Connection....& More!

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...

I stayed here with my couple and the location is excelent. If you want to get to visit the principal historical landmarks and enjoy a traditional experience in Istanbul, this is a fine place to...
8 Jul 2014
Great location, excellent service, lovely buffet, nice room!
We stayed at Deniz Houses for the first 3 nights of our Turkey travels. So close to everything. If you are not staying in this district of Istanbul, you will be wasting time and money traveling to...
21 May 2014
Hotel only £85.08

10 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 £147.25

11 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 £79.88

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 £70.50

13 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 £93.79

14 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 £47.64

15 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 £44.11

16 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 £37.37

17 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
Hotel only £67.95

18 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 £54.09

19 Best Western Amber Hotel

3 stars
4.0 / 5 15 reviews

Muhsine Hatun Mah. Cifte Gelinler Cad. No: 3/7 / Kumkapi - Istanbul

Best Western Amber is a boutique hotel set in the oldest and most colorful district of Istanbul - still a functioning fishing village. It is in walking distance from the Grand Bazaar, Sultanahmet,...

Too much noise from traffic outside room was not sound proof
Staff were courteous helpful. Breakfast items were average,
6 Feb 2014
Great Stay
Nice boutique style hotel, good value for money. Excellent location in the heart of the old city. Breakfast was a bit boring if you're staying more than a couple of days although, again, was good...
2 Dec 2013
Hotel only £41.68

20 Tryp by Wyndham Hagia Sophia

4 stars
Not yet reviewed



Tryp Hagia Sofia has newly renovated 63 rooms to offer a blend between past and present, with all the modern conveniences. Whether you prefer our standard tryp, premium or family rooms some with...

Hotel only £107.90

21 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 £44.39

22 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 £68.89

23 Orient Express Hotel Istanbul

4 stars
4.3 / 5 26 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 £175.88

24 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 £124.57

25 Sirkeci Mansion Istanbul

4 stars
4.8 / 5 31 reviews

Taya Hatun Cad. n5 Sirkeci

Stylish mansion-hotel overlooking Gulhane Park The Sirkeci Konak, one of Old Town's most stylish hotels, elegantly blends the 19th and 21st centuries. Traditional Ottoman patterns pair with...

Great stay
Stayed 1 night in this Hotel by myself. The staff was amazing, very professional and helpful. The room was clean, spacious and well presented. Bed was very comfortable. Location was perfect. Will...
28 Jun 2013
Really Loved Our Stay
There's not much more we could have asked for. This is a really great, non-chainy hotel that just does it right. The rooms/bathrooms are average sized but nicely appointed (think European hotel...
5 Jun 2013