Experience the magnificent mix of past and present that is modern-day Istanbul. No matter what the size of your wallet, the wide selection of charming and cheap hotels in Istanbul makes travel to this mesmerizing metropolis affordable as well as unforgettable.
Best for Boutique
Offering captivating views of the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque, the delightful Arden City boutique hotel offers amazing value in the heart of Istanbul’s historic Peninsula district. Pretty wallpapered guestrooms charm with gilt-trimmed furniture, silken headboards, separate sitting areas and timeless views of the Old City or the Sea of Marmara. Following a smashing complimentary breakfast buffet, guests can set out on foot to explore iconic sights including the Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar, Archeological Museum and Hagia Sophia. Ventures farther afield can be easily accessed via tram, with a station only 50 meters from the hotel. At day’s end, relax in the alfresco café and bar amid balmy breezes and exquisite Bosporus views.
Best for Style
Titanic City Hotel offers excellent value, contemporary comfort and top-notch service just steps from lively Taksim Square, while the timeless wonders of the Old City are easily accessed via the nearby tram hub. Titanic City boasts a fine spa and fitness area with hammam, Jacuzzi, sauna and exquisite blue-tiled indoor pool. Lovely artworks and exotic rugs lend a touch of Ottoman romance to the 184 contemporary guestrooms, while high-tech amenities include LCD TVs and free Wi-Fi. Enjoy Alesta restaurant’s fantastic breakfasts and return in the evening to a relaxing cocktail and meal amid glamorous city views at the Compass Restaurant and bar.
Best for Amenities
Inspired by the lively art form of the same name, colourful Collage Hotel offers an intimate escape right in the bustling heart of the city. Located in the lively Taksim district among some of Istanbul’s finest shops, restaurants and nightclubs, Collage has a happy, hip ambience with custom-made furnishings, funky light fixtures and lots of peaceful blue hues. Wi-Fi, breakfast and baby cots are free. Within walking distance of Taksim Square, Galata Tower, Saint Antoine Church and the Pera Museum, Collage is a mere 10 minute tram ride to the enthralling sights of the Old City.
Best for Quiet
Tucked down a quiet street, just steps from the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Basilica Cistern, the Kupeli Hotel is close to all the alluring attractions of the Old City. Clean, modern rooms have LCD TVs, fine linens and free Wi-Fi. Summer nights lure guests to the lovely terrace restaurant/bar, surrounded by romantic views of the Blue Mosque and glittering Sea of Marmara, while winter welcomes the weary and hungry with a roaring fire, hearty local fare and a glass of Raki.
Best for Luxury on a Budget
Meaning “The Sea Mansion”, the bewitching Deniz Houses offer a comfy, delightful stay for superb value in the heart of vibrant Sultanahmet. The two houses are mere steps from some of Istanbul’s most spectacular sights, including the Topkapi Palace. Private baths, Wi-Fi, free linens and cable TV are standard in 25 contemporary rooms decked in warm tangerines and tawny champagne hues, while views from long windows fall across the sparkling Sea of Marmara or tranquil neighbourhood streets. Bewitching views accompany breakfast, afternoon tea and evening cocktails on the breeze-kissed rooftop.