Here are my recommendations for some of the best Istanbul hotels, whether you’re looking for a budget option or something really special.Â I searched for a double room for two nights 20 – 22 October 2010.Â All the accommodation received an average of at least 75% in mainly verified (i.e. guests actually stayed there) guest ratings.
Istanbul budget hotels
The Tulip guesthouse is located in Istanbulâ€™s historical Sultanahmet district, near the campus of Istanbul university. Itâ€™s also within walking distance of all major sites. The guesthouse offers free high speed internet access and has a roof terrace. The price for a room with private bathroom was Â£50 including breakfastÂ Â There’s also the budget option of a bunk in an 8 bedded dorm with shared bathroom facilities for Â£12 a night. It receives an average of 86% from 10 guest reviews.
The Hotel Antique is also located in the Sultanahmet district within walking distance of St Sofia and the Blue Mosque. The price was Â£33 for a basic ensuite room or Â£41 for a room with TV and air conditioning, including breakfast.Â It receives an average ofÂ 78% from 80 guest reviews.
My personal favorite, a hotel in which I’ve stayed, is the Muhlis Bey Hotel in Sultanahmed, situated directly opposite the Four Seasons. From the roof terrace where breakfast is served, you can nearly touch the Blue Mosque. The rooms are small but very modern and so are the bathrooms. The price was Â£60Â including breakfast.Â It receives an average of 80% from 14 guest reviews.
Istanbul mid range hotels
A brand new hotel with rooms furnished in a mixture of Ottoman and Byzantine styles but at the same time equipped with all modern amenities like free wi-fi internet is the Harmony Hotel, located in Sultanahmed. Rooms with balcony overlook the Sea of Marmaris and all major sites are within walking distance. The price was Â£58 for a basement room or Â£72 for a standard double room including breakfast. It receives an average of 82% from 32 guest reviews.
A notch up is the W Hotel in Dolmabahce Caddesi near Dolmabace Palace. It offers a lot of luxury and a wonderful location in Istanbulâ€™s fashionable Besiktas district. You can reach Sultanahmed either by taxi or by Metro and tramway. A double room with many amenities costs Â£187 including American buffet breakfast. It receives an average guest rating of 90% from 141 reviews.
Istanbul Luxury Hotels
All my recommendations for luxury accommodation in Istanbul are hotels in which I’ve stayed.
The luxury Four Seasons Sultanahmed is located in a historical building which was once a prison and is close to Hagia Sofia and Blue Mosque. Apart from all amenities in the spacious rooms, the hotel offers special event nights every week, from wine tastings to performances of the whirling dervishes. The lowest price for my date search was Â£573 but this was for a room with a separate living area and a view of the old city.Â A standard double generally costs around Â£350. The hotel receives an average guest rating of 92% from 157 (unverified) reviews .
Ciragan Palace Hotel is the ultimate luxury hotel in Istanbul. Again, itâ€™s a historical building which once was a Sultanâ€™s Palace with a modern annex but in keeping with the style. Located in Besiktas directly on the Bosporus the hotel features a spa, several restaurants and an infinity swimming pool. The price was Â£374 for the simplest double with park view but without breakfast . It receives an average guest rating of 96%.
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