When it comes to describing the most populous city in Turkey –Istanbul-, even travellers who have visited it more than once find it hard to be precise and define what makes it such an alluring destination for a trip. The still perceptible echoes of centuries of history remain hidden among the small treasures on sale at charming street markets, around every corner of its busy streets, in its melodies, its Turkish baths, the inviting flavours offered by the traditional food served at local restaurants, and everything that is part of its noticeably rich culture under the shadow of the Blue Mosque, the iconic Hagi Sophia and the Grand Bazaar.
For good reason, Istanbul’s historic centre has been included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and even when the downtown stands on the European side, the influences from the Asian side are undeniable: today, it retains the magical atmosphere of a city located right in between the East and the West, once a main hub for merchants who embarked on a long journey following the Silk Road.
Getting around central Istanbul is Turkey is easy thanks to the tram, while longer distances can be conveniently covered by taxi (for instance, when commuting to and from the airport) or by metro train.
Our recommendations: the best located hotels in Istanbul, Turkey
The Nena Hotel in Istanbul
We find this hospitality establishment within short walking distance of the Blue Mosque and metres from the nearest tram stop. It pays particular attention to the wellbeing and convenience of their guests, who can be picked up and dropped off at the airport for a surcharge, and are entitled to enjoy a varied complimentary morning breakfast that includes different dietary options: gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, halal and continental. The breakfast area affords stunning city views.
During your stay in the Nena Hotel in Istanbul, you will enjoy room service around the clock and free WiFi access from your noise-isolated room which can be double, triple, deluxe, economy or of family occupancy. While sightseeing around town, the staff will gladly keep your luggage in a safe place if you have already checked out or provide secured deposit boxes for you to store your belongings before leaving the hotel for the day.
Albatros Permier Hotel in Istanbul, Turkey
Travellers who do not want to miss out on anything are advised to choose an exceptional location like this one, from which virtually every landmark and site of interest in Istanbul is within easy reach on foot. While staying here, guests can walk to the Grand Bazaar and, at the same time, benefit from the privilege of sleeping in a building that is a display of typical Turkish architecture in itself, both on the inside and the outside.
Other amenities of this property include WiFi internet access at no extra cost, free parking spaces close to the Blue Mosque, onsite local dining options and daily complimentary breakfast with views. Besides, visitors staying in any of the single, double, triple of family rooms at this hotel in Istanbul may upgrade their stay to a superior room or suite, and request a wide range of business and guest services at any time of the day or night, among which we count bureau de change, cleaning and car rental. Economy rooms are also available at lower nightly rates.
Amber Hotel in downtown Istanbul
Close to tram stops and some of the most iconic streets in Istanbul, former guests of this hotel have declared they loved how it is surrounded by the finest local restaurants. At the front desk you will get the chance to enrol in diverse city tours and have personal taxi transfers arranged, and, as is the case with other hospitality establishments in the area, travellers are invited to a breakfast buffet admiring breathtaking views at no additional charge. The restaurant serving it keeps special dietary needs in mind with options for children and vegetarians and halal food.
The rooms of this hotel in downtown Istanbul are divided into categories to suit different travel styles: they feature twin, double, triple or family occupancy. Wifi is available inside the rooms as well as in the communal areas, complementing other amenities for guests such as concierge, safes, dry cleaning, laundry, ironing, express check-in and check-out and currency exchange.