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Best areas in Istanbul for luxury hotels

Istanbul is studded with more glittering luxury hotels than you can count. Those in search of the classiest spots might head to Besiktas, where the meanders of the Bosphorus are delineated by shimmering high-rises and opulent hotels with pools glinting blue on the rooftops. For something closer to the major sights, Sultanahmet, or erstwhile Constantinople, is home to grand palaces overlooking the Hagia Sofia. And there are also boutique, bespoke independent hotels to be had close by, clustering around Sarachane Parki or lining lively Mesrutiyet across the river.

Top luxury hotels in Istanbul

In a quiet spot away from the Old City, the steel high-rise of the Hilton Bomonti has to be one of the most opulent options in town. Expect panoramic pools, a full conference center, and one seriously luxurious Eforea spa. For better access to the history of Beyoglu and Galata, consider the InterContinental which overs sweeping views from its marble-inlaid and elegantly designed suites. Just below that, on the Bosphorus, is the uber-swish Swissotel. Here, the rooms come imbued with avant-garde art, outdoor pools glisten in the sun, and firs sway in the gardens.

Where to find the best fine dining in Istanbul

Fine dining in Istanbul finds its zenith with the wealth of rooftop restaurants that pepper bustling Beyoglu, where you can enjoy curious dishes like pomegranate kofta overlooking the skyline of the Old City. The Golden Horn and Bosphorus shores both have oodles of al fresco spots serving perfect seafood. And if you're feeling adventurous, why not leave the mainland altogether and bob across the waters to the tiny speck of Galatasaray Islet? Here, a clutch of acclaimed high-class restaurants serves up rustic fish dishes and traditional mezze with a creative edge.

The most unique things to do in Istanbul

There's arguably no better introduction to the luxurious side of this ancient city than a visit to a traditional hammam. And there are perhaps no hammams more primed for the classy traveler than the medley of arabesque rooms and aromatherapy halls at the Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam – and the adjoining restaurant's pretty swish, too. After that, consider making for the Bosphorus, where champagne bars give way to bobbing jetties of private boat charters. Rent one and explore the sights up and down the legendary coast here – see where King Xerxes once bridged the divide between Asia and Europe and spot the gorgeous Ortakoy mosque, resplendent in its Baroque clothing. Think about delving into the fray of the Old Bazaar on a photo tour – to learn how to snap the best shots of sizzling kebabs and sugar-dusted Turkish delights from a professional.

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