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 13, 2013
I stay in this hotel regularly, when my business brings me to Istanbul. Hotel is centrally located to many shopping and restaurants. It is near pedestrian street, so I take long walks after dinner. Highly recommended!
This hotel is great for those wanting an American hotel setting. The rooms are very large by european standards and quite comfortable. The location is good if you need to be close to the airport but still want to walk to dinner and shops, but it isn't convenient for the tourist spots.
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Dec 31, 2012
This hotel needs a renovation, but it is perfectly located near the airport. It had a beautiful view of the water and million dollar yachts. The room was huge and had a balcony. It was nice to see a different side of Istanbul; rich and trendy.
"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!!!
"Istanbul Trend - Clean and good location"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Sep 19, 2012
The cleanliness of the hotel and room was fantastic. It had great amenities, like very comfortable beds (the most comfortable I experienced in Europe and Turkey!), wonderful breakfast buffet and spa (sauna). However, the attitude of the people behind the front desk left something to be desired. They were not friendly, and they acted put out by my asking directions and for help to navigate around the area. When we first arrived, we were not greeted, and were told to wait a few minutes in a perfunctory manner. We waited nearly 30 minutes to get checked into our room! I would recommend the hotel based on the cleanliness and other amenities, but not because of the service.
"just minutes from busy connection point"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Sep 9, 2012
My husband and I really enjoyed our stay at Hotel Opera. The location is great, breakfast is wonderful and service is excellent. We had a city view room but could enjoy views of the Bosphorus at breakfast on the terrace each morning. Unfortunately, friends who stayed on the water view side of the hotel (floor 2) had a persistent sewer smell in their rooms which came from the drains. Solve this and the Opera Hotel is "5's" all around.
Great hotel, good location. Very comfortable, extensive breakfast. The only downside was that it was about 10 min further from the sights (walking distance) than would be ideal. But the price more than made up for it, and there's a tram stop right down the street that helped a lot. Free internet + the guys at the front desk spoke English. Definitely a good experience.