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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"5 Star Hotel that delivers"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Feb 26, 2013
Very couteous staff, breakfast is outstanding, room views are perfect. For the money it is the best value I get in all of Europe. I would highly recommend staying here whether you fly into either airport in Istanbul.
"Loved this Hotel - Close to Everything!"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Feb 22, 2013
Wonderful. The staff were very friendly - I had forgotten my international plug and they sent someone out to get me one. It was literally across the street from the Blue Mosque and close to lots of shops. Lovely boutique hotel - have recommended to friends and will stay there again next trip.
"Magical Stay at Hotel Poem"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Feb 19, 2013
My husband and I really enjoyed our 7 day stay at Hotel Poem. The hotel's location is close to all the main sites. We had been lead to believe via reviews that the hotel room was very small, but the room was clean and more comfortable than anticipated with a great view of Asian Istanbul. Breakfast was excellent. Best of all were the hotel staff. They were especially helpful in answering our questions about Istanbul. I would recommend a stay at this hotel, and I would certainly stay again. I considered it a great home away from home for a week.
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.
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