Istanbul is one of the largest cities in the world and we realize when we are about to landing in the city. For this reason, choosing where to stay in Istanbul is essential to enjoy the city well. So, where to stay in Istanbul?
The good news is that everything that matters in Istanbul is relatively close and the city has a good network of trams that circulate through the historic center and go to the most distant neighborhoods. In addition, Istanbul has a metro.
Where to stay in Istanbul
Before, let’s understand that Istanbul is divided in half by the Bosphorus Strait. On one side is Europe and on the other, Asia, the best place to stay is the European side.
If you look at the map below, you will see where Istanbul’s main attractions are located. It may seem like a small area, but this is huge. And ideally, you should stay within that area.
Dosso Dossi Hotel
On my last visit to Istanbul I stayed at Dosso Dossi Hotels Old City. The Hotel is located in Sultanahmet, just around the corner of the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. The hotel has a fantastic breakfast, as well as some goodies like afternoon tea and late night soup as a courtesy. In addition to the impeccable service of employees. I would certainly always stay at Dosso Dossi Hotels Old City.
On my first trip I stayed in Yenikapi, and this region is full of good accommodation options and I chose Marmara Place Old City Hotel and I really liked it. The location was perfect, just a few meters from the subway and just 2 short blocks from the trams station to the historic center. A few blocks from the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Grand Bazaar, Cisterns and more.
I just had a problem with this hotel, they put me in a smoking room and everything stank. Immediately I complained and changed the floor, putting me in an excellent room with TV, air conditioning, minibar, great bathroom and good internet. The breakfast was also good. The tip – if you are not a smoker – ask for a non-smoking room.
The Eternity Hotel is in that same area and is among my favorites. With super clean decor and incredible view from the lounge where breakfast is served.
Deluxe Golden Horn Sultanahmet Hotel
Want to stay in a hotel in the best Victorian palace style and pay little? The tip is the Deluxe Golden Horn Sultanahmet Hotel and as the name says, it is located at Sultanahmet, just around the corner of the major attractions in Istanbul. Take a look at the rates.
Eurostars Hotel Old City
Now, if you don’t want to take any chances and prefer to be conservative when choosing where to stay in Istanbul, the tip is the Eurostars Hotel Old City. It is close to the Galata Bridge and the Sultanahmet. Perfect location with comfort and low prices.
More options at Sultanahmet
Take a look at the Optimist Hotel, which has a beautiful view of the Blue Mosque, the main tourist spot in Istanbul. Another beautiful hotel is the Coliseum, which is practically inside the Hippodrome and with a perfect view of the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia and the Bosphorus.
HOTELS IN THE NEW AIRPORT
If you are looking for places to stay in and around new Istanbul airport, I recommend the list below which the best accommodations.
Yotelair Istanbul Airport Airside
This hotel is located inside the airport, it is perfect for those who are in transit and don’t want or don’t need to leave the terminal for anything. It’s inside the security area of the airport, after passport control.
YOTEL Istanbul Airport Landside
This hotel is also inside the airport, but before passport control and offers comfortable and affordable rooms.
Park Inn by Radisson Istanbul Airport Odayeri
This Radisson is also an excellent option for those who need to be close to the new airport. The rates are cheaper than the others hotels that I mentioned here. It’s a little far from the airport, around 13 kilometers, but the price is excellent.