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.
"A Great Hotel with Great Service"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Feb 23, 2013
Me, my wife, and our two year old daughter stayed here for four nights. While the overall condition of the hotel was on the older side, the service made the hotel stand out. My wife enjoyed the turkish baths there, the room service was quick and efficient, and the staff did everything in their power to make our stay a great one. A particularly nice touch was their offer (which we took them up on several times) to bring milk to the room for our daughter when we needed it. Just call room service. All on the house. No charge. We will stay there again!!
"Nice Boutique Hotel in the center of Old Town"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Feb 22, 2013
Close to everything. The room is nicely decorated with balcony. The hotel staffs speak good English and generally speaking, friendly. The hotel locates in the old town while there are a bit city construction work going on while we were staying there.
"Very Good Experience, but a few things to note"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Feb 22, 2013
Overall, Titanic City Taksim is a very nice hotel and I would stay there again when next in Istanbul. However, there are a few things to note. One, the room had no view - just looked straight into a back alleyway. Second, one night the smell of another guest room's smoking poured into our room through the air vents and was very uncomfortable, making it difficult to sleep. Other than those two things, the room was kept in excellent clean condition, beautiful facilities, and overall a good experience, but a star knocked off for those two issues.
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Feb 4, 2013
The hotel is extremely conveniently located, just a few minutes walk to the major sites in the old part of the city. The hotel is pretty simple, but charming and comfortable. There is a small restaurant -- I only ate breakfast there but the service was friendly and accommodating. The front desk took care of a lot of things that we needed, from arranging a walking guide, to putting a tube of Colgate in my bathroom when I had run out, to putting a glass of wine in my hand when checking in. The only slight negative I have is that the view from the room was dismal (a rundown alley) and there was a lot of noise from some construction from the window. It looked like just a small project though and is probably over by now. Overall, a good experience and very good value.