On the coast of the Bosphorus – the strait that marks the divide between Europe and Asia – Besiktas is one of the most dynamic parts of Istanbul. Cosmopolitan cafes and fashion boutiques make it a great place to wander all day, while a major landmark is Dolmabahce Palace, a formidable fortress of Baroque and Rococo grandeur, with opulent sights such like the Crystal Staircase, fashioned from Baccarat crystal and mahogany.
Separated from the Old City by the shimmering stretch of the Golden Horn, Beyoglu is a cosmopolitan quarter crammed with tempting cafes, bars, and restaurants – especially along the famed Istiklal Avenue, one of Istanbul's busiest streets. Look out for the ornate Art Deco and Neo-Gothic buildings all around as you head down to Taksim Square, the hub of modern Istanbul, which is home to the Republic Monument.
Get a taste of Ancient Rome in Turkey by visiting Beyazit. The ruins of the columns of the Forum of Theodosius still stand, while next to Beyazit Square is one of Istanbul's great attractions: the Grand Bazaar. Dating back to the 15th Century, its ancient warren of shops sell everything from glowing lanterns to ornate rugs, while the vintage fountains and tiled, arched ceiling make the market itself a must-see.
Sirkeci's train station is famous, and with good reason. It was the last stop of the Orient Express, and with its stained-glass decor and Ottoman architecture, it still exudes the glamor of a lost age. Sirkeci has plenty of hotels to choose from, and it's only a short walk to the Spice Bazaar, with its striking vaulted walkways lined with shops selling colorful heaps of sumac, paprika, and red peppercorns.
All the splendor of old Istanbul can be found in Sultanahmet. A stunning fusion of Islamic and Ottoman architecture, the Blue Mosque is a stand-out sight. Then there's Topkapi Palace, which with its stone towers, sprawling courtyards, and inner buildings is a city in itself – it houses some of Islam's holiest relics. For a classic Turkish experience, bask in the heat of one of the area's traditional baths, or hamams.
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Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Feb 22, 2013
I stayed at the Larespark Taksim over a long weekend with two friends. Our room, by European standards, was very large and comfortable. We had two twin size beds and pull out couch which worked perfectly for our trip. The hotel staff could not have been more accommodating and helpful with everything from extra towel requests to tour recommendations to restaurant reservations. The location is right off Taksim Square and very convenient to the metro (which takes you straight to the Old City). Also, a major perk is their breakfast spread - absolutely worth paying a little extra!
"Great Boutique Hotel"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Feb 4, 2013
The Faros Hotel Taksim is a great modern, boutique hotel located right next to the bustling Taksim square. It's a short walk to the tram, buses and numerous restaurants, bars, clubs, and stores. We were there for 6 nights and the hotel staff was very nice and helpful. The rooms are comfortable, clean and the entire hotel is modern. Breakfast was good as well. No complaints for this hotel and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
The area is walking distance to Galata Tower where they have an evening dinner and a show. (We were there on a weekend so I'm not sure if it's nightly). Considering we were only in Istanbul for a 24 hour layover we were able to see a ton and walk to this great spot for dinner where we were able to walk outside for a nighttime view of the entire city. The hotel front desk was a little impatient with the fact that we didn't know anything about the city but the hotel was really nice and everyone else in the city was really nice. We will definitely be retuning to Istanbul for a longer visit!
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Nov 30, 2012
We found this hotel very convenient as it is close to the Airport. I was very dismayed that the free hotel WIFI was only available in the lobby. I expect more from a hotel of this star rating. The breakfast was quite elaborate--the widest selection we saw in all the hotels we stayed at in Turkey. The rooms were very nice. There is a metro station nearby, but there are no sidewalks to the hotel, which meant we had to walk on the road.
"EXCELLENT, CLASSY PLACE!!!!"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Nov 26, 2012
There is nothing they can upset you with. Top notch service, beautiful design, real Turkish style combined with modern and simple decor which is extremely tasteful! Both service/food/amenities were amazing!!!