Formerly known as “Constantinople” and steeped in history, Turkey’s largest city has a wealth of interesting things to do and see. So book into one of the top Istanbul boutique hotels and have a truly unforgettable vacation in this beautiful city. The area has a Mediterranean climate with summers generally warm and dry, averaging around 80°F in July. Winters are much cooler and wetter, with snow relatively common.
When to go to IstanbulSummer is definitely the time to see Istanbul at its best. Hotels during this time can be expensive however, so it may be worth taking advantage of the Istanbul hotel deals available during the more off-peak times, such as fall and spring, to save money and avoid crowds.
How to get to IstanbulAtatürk International Airport (IST), located 15 miles west of the city center, serves the area, with the city’s Light Rail and Airport Shuttle Bus services enabling stress-free transfers to hotels near Istanbul. The Sirkeci Terminal is the city’s main rail station, from where the Bosphorus Express to Greece and Romania, and the majority of inter-city services, run. Within the city, an extensive network of trams, buses, and the Istanbul Metro, aided by sea transport to cross the Bosphorus, makes it incredibly easy to travel Istanbul.
Why visit Istanbul?Istanbul is home to a remarkable mix of architectural styles, reflecting its diverse history, and a boat trip along the Bosphorus, provides a comprehensive Istanbul tour. Hagia Sophia is arguably Istanbul’s most famous landmark and features prominently on most visitors’ itineraries. For a shopping experience with a difference, the traditional Grand Bazaar is definitely worth a visit, and why not take a trip to Suleymaniye Bath, one of the oldest remaining Turkish baths, or experience some Turkish cuisine at a top restaurant?
Where to stay in IstanbulWith luxury hotels and cheap hotels in Istanbul available, all budgets are catered for. At Hotels.com, you can read a selection of Istanbul hotel reviews, enabling you to find, and book, the perfect Istanbul accommodation to suit your needs.