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Where to stay in Istanbul: Best areas and hotels

Istanbul is a fascinating city with tons of things to see and do. It is a fairly large city, with many neighborhoods and many areas to stay. Some more recommended than others.

For me, the main thing whenever I look for accommodation is to find it in the center or as central as possible. And although it is not so important in all cities, in Istanbul if you find a good accommodation near several places of interest, you can visit a large part of the city on foot, without having to take transport, etc.

In this post I talk about the best areas and hotels to stay in Istanbul.

WHERE TO STAY IN ISTANBUL: best areas and hotels

1. Sultanahmet, the best option to stay in Istanbul

Sultanahmet is the nerve center of the city, the most touristic neighborhood and the area where most of the essential places to see in Istanbul are located, such as Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque or the Topkapi Palace...

This area has a wide variety and offer of accommodation. From hostels to luxury hotels. In addition, there is a wide range of restaurants, leisure, shops...

You can find standard accommodation between 60 and 80 euros per night in a standard double room.

Some great accommodation options for accommodation in Old Town, Sultanahmet:

2. Galata, a comfortable alternative to stay in Istanbul

In the Beyoğlu district we find the Galata neighborhood, a very good option to stay in Istanbul.

This neighborhood stands out for its very marked history and multicultural image. In this neighborhood is the Galata Tower, one of the essential visits to do in Istanbul. In addition to a wide range of hotels and restaurants, this neighborhood is popular for having a lively night and plenty of nightlife. It is a good option for younger travelers, although if you travel as a family, do not rule it out either. It is a very central neighborhood and you can walk to several places of interest.

The prices in this neighborhood are not very different from the historical center of Istanbul. A double room in a standard hotel is between 55 and 80 euros. Although you also have cheaper hostel options and 5-star hotels with higher prices (although not too much).

If you want to stay in a 5-star hotel near the center, here is the 5-star Azzap Hotel Galata. It was our choice of accommodation and we liked it very much. We did not pay more than 100 euros per night in a room. Double top.

Some great lodging options in the Galata neighborhood are:

3. Beşiktaş and Ortakoy, a very nice area to stay in Istanbul

If you want to stay in a beautiful and a little quieter area in the Beşiktaş district, there is the Ortakoy neighborhood, a very good area to stay in Istanbul.

Here is the Dolmabahçe Palace and the avenue through which the ports are reached. It is a neighborhood with a large hotel offer, you will have many options for restaurants and nightlife, but with a much more relaxed atmosphere.

This area is not one of the cheapest in the city, but you can find very good prices thanks to the diversity of accommodation. You can find a double room in a standard hotel between 60 and 90 euros per night.

Some great accommodation options in Beşiktaş and Ortakoy are:

4. Nisantasi, one of the most luxurious areas to stay in Istanbul

This neighborhood is located in the Şişli district and is characterized by being one of the most exclusive areas of the city where residential areas, luxury hotels and high-budget brand stores abound.

In this neighborhood is the Cavahir Istanbul shopping center, considered one of the largest in Europe.

It is a more expensive area than the previous ones, although you can find 3-star hotels from 80 euros for a double room.

Some great accommodation options in Nisantasi are:

5. The best hotels to stay in Istanbul

If you are thinking of traveling to Istanbul on a luxury trip or on a special getaway, a good accommodation option is to choose one of the most exclusive hotels in the city. Surely your stay would be unforgettable. You can find accommodation from 150 euros per night in a double room in one of these hotels:



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