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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We had a wonderful stay. The staff was fantastic - very friendly and helpful with all of our requests. We enjoyed the liveliness of the location on Saturday night-plenty of restaurants nearby although they definitely cater to a seafood palate.
"quaint bed and breakfast near Attaturk airport"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Jan 11, 2013
This is a lovely bed and breakfast conveniently located near the airport. The hotel is part of a small, established seaside community , Yelsikoy, which at one point must have been a small village eventually swallowed up into metropolitan Istanbul. It is one block from the sea and the community maintains its small town charm. The hotel is rustic and charming. The rooms are quite simple. The price is quite reasonable, indeed one of the best bargains I found. The owner/manager is quite personable. The taxi had a difficult time finding the place as there are other hotels with airport in the name, but I was assured that this is typical of Istanbul taxi drivers; this establishment has been there for decades. I enjoyed my stay and would recommend it.
"Within walking distance of tourist attractions"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Dec 20, 2012
This is the second time I have used this hotel as the final weekend at the end of a long business trip; spending the weekend as a tourist in a fascinating city. The hotel lacks the amenities of major chain hotels, but has the flavor, almost, of a B&B. The staff are great; very helpful and friendly. The location is centrally located in the historic Sultanahmet district. Rooms are bit small, but clean and comfortable. Excellent wifi.
"I really liked it !"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Dec 9, 2012
I was really pleased with this hotel... The location was great. The rooms aren't too big but have everything you might need. The breakfast was included in my rate and it was the best part. Traditional Turkish food and if you ate outside you could see the ocean. I walked right over to the Blue Mosque and the Grand Bazar. Very nice owners and hotel staff. I was very pleased:-)
"This was close to important sights to see."
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Jul 28, 2012
Hotel was in a neigh hood setting and after 4 days we knew grocery and wine and fruit places. The staff was very helpful although not strong in English. The stairs would be difficult for any one with handicap but small children with us did not have a problem. Location is dense with people and traffic, but that added to local color. This is a place for those who are willing to make a little effort. Showers were hot, breakfasts sufficient and beds were comfortable. A short walk to the waterfront.
"Great Hotel in a Great Location"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Jul 27, 2012
We had a great stay. I stayed there 3 different times while I was in Turkey for a few weeks. The staff was very helpful and always available. They arranged taxi's, suggested good places to eat, etc. You really can't beat the location, especially for the price. It is an easy walk to the Blue Mosque, Aya Sofya, the Hippodrome and the Grand Bazaar. I would definitely stay there again. Only one negative thing was that a neighbor had a dog that barked some during the day and you could hear it if you stayed on the side of the hotel facing the courtyard. If you were 3rd floor or above you probably wouldn't hear it.
"It is nice to stay at the Han"
Reviewed by Tarek US of "PA" on
Mar 5, 2012
The staff for the hotel are very nice. Baha, the manager was a very helpful person and willing to assist in any matter. When I arrived to the hotel, it was overbooked. Baha took me to another hotel within their chain about 200 feet away. The second hotel was very nice and clean also. I enjoyed my staying at the Han and I am planning to go back on July.