Our Top Choices for Hotels in Istanbul


Beginning in the late 1990s, Istanbul became a much sought after tourist destination. The fascinating history and culture, pleasant climate, have made it a favorite with tourists from all parts of the world. Steeped in history, the city has offers some wonderful sights including the world famous Ottoman Palace. In spite of some political problems lately tourists are still visiting the city.  It offers accommodation from hostel budget to luxury hotel class. These three hotels are our top choices for hotels in Istanbul.

Whether it’s a luxury or budget, you can find something that suits your wallet. But we are going to discuss a few of the top choices for hotel accommodation in Istanbul. There are several luxury hotels in the capital of Turkey which offer world class facilities. We’ve found the ones we love. The Ottoman Imperial Palace and Hotel on the Bosphorus, the Çırağan Palace Kempinski is one of them. It’s probably the grandest hotel, once a former Ottoman Palace.  This 5 star luxury hotel is located on the Bosphorus and overlooks the old city of Istanbul. The historical sights and luxurious amenities offer a unique combination. The hotel is also famous for its award winning cuisine which is “top notch” and friendly, professional hospitality. Guests can also relax in the authentic Turkish baths, known locally as ‘Hamam’, once the privilege of royalty here. The huge swimming pool is another attraction at the Kempinski Hotel.

The Kempinski offers free Wifi, parking and breakfast is included with the hotel room. Basic hotel rooms and luxury suites are available.  Its swimming pool beside the Bosphorus gives it the feel of a resort hotel.  It has three restaurants, a three restaurants and two bars.  The Çırağan Palace Kempinski is a top-notch, high end hotel in Istanbul.

Parallel in luxury is the famous Marmara Hotel on Taksim Square. This 20 storied hotel is a prominent landmark in Istanbul and offers stunning views of the Bosphorus and the city of Istanbul.  It’s a much sought hotel which will suit both the leisure and the business traveler.

Another reason for the popularity of this hotel among visitors to the city is because of its central location. The Marmara Taksim is located at the center of the shopping, entertainment, theater and business districts. The contemporary styling along with stunning views of the city make this a much sought after one when it comes to luxury hotels in Istanbul.  Best to book ahead to ensure a stay in this hotel

Five star hotels in Istanbul boast of amenities at par or even better than what is found in the other cities around the world. We also like the Intercontinental Ceylan Hotel. This is another of those hotels which offer fabulous views of the Bosphorus and the city of Istanbul.  The hotel is located near the well known tourist attractions of Istanbul such as the Imperial Ottoman Palace, the Dolmabahce Palace, the Bosphorus Straits and the Blue Mosque.  The Intercontinental Ceylan Hotel offers both standard rooms and suites with amenities geared towards both the leisure and the business traveler.

There are three restaurants at the Intercontinental Ceylan offering the most delectable Turkish 5 star cuisine imaginable.  The Intercontinental’s Saffran, the Veranda Restaurant and Lounge and the Brassarie offer Ottoman and Turkish food on their menus and the stunning views are free.

With Turkey fast becoming a preferred travel destination, it is recommended that you book your accommodation in advance if you are thinking of traveling to this beautiful and fascinating country.  The high tourist season which runs between June and September make it advisable to book a hotel well ahead of your travel times.  The weather is best between these months.  Istanbul is still a popular tourist destination because it is truly one of the most beautiful places on earth.

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