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Most popular areas in Istanbul for 4-star hotels

Amidst the spice-scented bazaars and the sprawling souks of Sultanahmet is where travelers will discover some of the best-placed 4-star hotels. These offer fine access to the café-laden streets of Istanbul's old heart, while some even have stylish suites with views over the Bosphorus. There's another cluster of charming options on the eastern end of the bustling Eminonu district, cascading down the edge of pretty Gulhane Park. Across the Golden Horn, there are countless more choices of 4-star accommodations, running from the up-and-coming boho streets of Karakoy to the modern edginess of Harbiye.

Top 4-star hotels in Istanbul

Plush and modern AC Hotel Macka remains one of the highest-rated in the city. With uber-stylish rooms overlooking the Bosphorus, the establishment has roaring fireplaces in its lobby-come-library, along with easy access to Taksim Square. Closer to the heart of lively Galata is The Marmara Pera. Surrounded by art galleries and shisha-scented streets, this one's got a retro edge, not to mention one breathtaking rooftop terrace. And for those just touching down in Istanbul, the WOW Airport Hotel has a Turkish hammam and fitness center just a stone's throw from the runways.

Where to find the best restaurants in Istanbul

Enjoy a medley of mouthwatering mezze between the winding alleyways of the Sultanahmet district – the place where Istanbul's traditional folk restaurants waft out scents of grilling eggplant and cumin-doused kebabs. Or, opt for something a little more cutting edge in the modern streets of Beyoglu, where everything from bespoke wineries to acclaimed haute kitchens mingle together. The throbbing stretch of Istiklal Avenue, which cuts through old Galata, is another great choice. It's got some unforgettable rooftop joints with traditional eastern dishes, all served over the tops of Baroque palaces and Art Deco mansions.

The most popular things to do in Istanbul

Istanbul is an immersive and mind-boggling city like few others on the planet. It's capable of enthralling visitors with the ancient histories of Byzantine empires, which merge around the stony streets of Sultanahmet, of revealing Ottoman treasures in the Topkapi Palace, and of showcasing vibrant nightlife around the buzzing bars of Beyoglu – all in the same day. Boat trips across the waters of the Bosphorus reveal the tops of magical mosques and erstwhile Christian basilicas like the Hagia Sophia, while food tours through the Old Bazaar and Istanbul Fish Market promise a journey into a salty, spicy, fresh, and flavorsome world, where the flare of the east crashes into the culinary mastery of the west. Hammams also beckon with their steamy rooms, hookah pipes pepper the street corners, and there's always a local soccer game at the Telekom Arena to join in with.

Best ways to get around Istanbul

Each historical area of Istanbul – Sultanahmet, Beyoglu, the Old Bazaar – are best enjoyed on foot. To get between these you'll most likely have to take a bus, the Istanbul metro, or light rail connections, all of which are integrated into the same public transport map. Taxis are plentiful all around the city, too, but be sure to get the driver to go on the meter. Alternatively, you can hire private drivers for the day with help from your hotel desk.

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