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Where to stay in Istanbul

ISTANBUL TURKEY - View of the Suleymaniye Mosque and fishing boats in Eminonu Istanbul Turkey

Turkey’s largest city, Istanbul, is an exotic destination on the cusp of Europe and Asia. The melting pot of Eastern and Western influence makes Istanbul an amazing vacation destination, with attractions like the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque.

Istanbul is a city of over 15 million people, and one of the largest cities in Europe, so finding the best part of Istanbul to stay is a key piece of planning your visit. There are many hotels in Istanbul to choose from, for every budget from luxury to budget. If this is your first time in Istanbul, keep reading for the best neighborhood to stay in Istanbul.

We will cover off all types of Istanbul accommodation options from Hostels to luxury Istanbul hotels as well as how to decide where to stay in Istanbul, the best Istanbul hotels, best places in Istanbul to visit, the best places to stay in Istanbul, hotels near Istanbul attractions and many more.

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Sultanahmet – Where to stay in Istanbul for first timers

The most central neighborhood of Istanbul is Sultanahmet, Istanbul’s Old City. Staying in Sultanahmet puts you in walking distance of Istanbul’s major attractions, including the Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque and the Basilica Cistern.

Sultanahmet is also where you’ll find the largest concentration of hamams in Istanbul, so if you are looking for this unique Turkish experience, Sultanahmet is a great place to stay. There isn’t much nightlife in Sultanahmet, and it gets very quiet at night, making it the best place to stay in Istanbul with family. If you want to know where to stay in Istanbul for nightlife, read on.

Best places to stay in Sultanahmet

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in Sultanahmet:
Cheers Vintage
Castle Hostel
Nobel Hostel
Stanpoli Hostel

Budget Hotels in Sultanahmet:
Hotel Turkoman
Sarnic Hotel
Istanbul Holiday Hotel
Abella Hotel

Mid range Hotels in Sultanahmet:
Hotel Fehmi Bey
Hotel Sultan Hill
Optimist Hotel
Sultan Corner Hotel

Family Friendly Hotels in Sultanahmet:
Alzer Hotel
Hotel Saba
Q Hotel Istanbul
Hotel Buhara Family Inn

Affordable Luxury Hotels in Sultanahmet:
Best Point Suites
Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet
Sura Hagia Sophia Hotel
Celal Aga Konagi Hotel

Panoramic view of Istanbul, Turkey. Istanbul through the domes and chimneys of the Suleymaniye Complex

Beyoğlu – Where to stay in Istanbul for nightlife

Across the Golden Horn is the more modern area of Istanbul, including the neighborhood of Beyoğlu. This area is also home to several Istanbul attractions, including the Galata Tower, Dolmabahçe and some of the city’s best restaurants and bars. Taksim Square is the main square of Beyoğlu, with the famous Istiklal Street leading from the square to Galata Tower.

The cobblestone pedestrianized street sees more than three million people each day, who visit the restaurants, cafes, bars and movie theaters. With Taksim Square, Beyoğlu is the entertainment hub of Istanbul, so if you are looking for nightlife, this is a good option for you. It’s the “Ties Square” of Istanbul, and home of many parades and festivals. There are many Istanbul hotels in Beyoğlu, and lots of good choices for budget travelers.

Best places to stay in Beyoğlu

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in Beyoğlu:
Paxx Istanbul Hotel & Hostel
Cheers Midtown
Stay Inn Taksim Hostel

Budget Hotels in Beyoğlu:
Pera Palace Hotel
Taksim Yazici Residence
Cirrus Suites Tomtom
Ada Home’s Apart Hotel

Mid range Hotels in Beyoğlu:
Nuru Ziya Suites
Taksim Premium Hotel
Chez Bore Boutique Hotel
The Loft Istanbul

Family Friendly Hotels in Beyoğlu:
Louis Appartements Pera
Occidental The Public Hotel Istanbul
Grand Hotel de Pera

Affordable Luxury Hotels in Beyoğlu:
Tomtom Suites
Ravouna 1906 Suites
Room Mate Emir
Pera Palace Hotel
Rixos Pera Istanbul

Istanbul, Turkey: Istiklal street and famous red tram going along the street, on April 26, 2018. Istiklal is one of the most famous avenues in Istanbul, visited by nearly 3 million people in a day

Galata – Where to stay in Istanbul for tourists

A smaller neighborhood within the district of Beyoğlu, Galata is one of the oldest neighborhoods of Istanbul. Originally a medieval citadel, Galata is anchored by the 14th century Galata Tower. This is the place for Istanbul nightlife, with some of the hottest clubs and trendiest cafes.

Galata is a very hilly neighborhood, so it may not be the best choice for where to stay in Istanbul with family, if you have strollers, or elderly parents joining you. (There is a funicular you can take, which is something fun to do. Galata has hostels and hotels to choose from, so you can find a place that is right for your budget.

Best places to stay in Galata

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in Galata:
Cheers Porthouse
Cheers Midtown
Paxx Istanbul Hotel & Hostel
World House Istanbul

Budget Hotels in Galata:
The Galataport Hotel
Galata Life Istanbul
Kamondo Apartments
Vavien Hotel

Mid range Hotels in Galata:
Anemon Galata
By Murat Royal Hotels
Duo Galata Hotel
Art Nouveau Galata

Family Friendly Hotels in Galata:
Louis Appartements Galata
Walton Hotels Galata
Astan Hotel Galata
Galata Hotel Istanbul – Mgallery by Sofitel

Affordable Luxury Hotels in Galata:
Soho House Istanbul
Rixos Pera Istanbul
Room Mate Emir
Galata Tower VIP Apartment Suites

ISTANBUL, TURKEY: People walking near Galata tower - a famous landmark of Istanbul

Grand Bazaar – Where to stay in Istanbul with family

Another great place to stay in Istanbul for budget travelers is the Grand Bazaar area. It’s also great for families. The center of this district is the Grand Bazaar, the largest covered market in Turkey. The famous Spice Bazaar is also nearby, with nearly 100 shops to browse. The Grand Bazaar district is within walking distance of Sultanahmet, so you’ll still have easy access to the best things to do in Istanbul.

It’s a great place to stay in Istanbul for foodies, who can spend hours wandering the markets, or even join a guided tour of the food stalls. Some of the best hostels in Istanbul can be found in the Grand Bazaar, as well as some excellent boutique hotels.

Best places to stay in Grand Bazaar

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in Grand Bazaar:
Station Hostel 34
Second Home Hostel
Istiklal Hostel
Cheers Hostel

Budget Hotels in Grand Bazaar:
Sunlife Hotel Old City
Albatros Hagia Sophia
Florenta Hotel
Subrosa Hotel Istanbul

Mid range Hotels in Grand Bazaar:
Meddusa Hotel
Hotel Miniature Istanbul
Agora Life Hotel
Nowy Efendi Hotel “Special Class”

Family Friendly Hotels in Grand Bazaar:
Great Fortune Hotel & SPA
White House Hotel Istanbul
Antusa Palace Hotel
Arden City Hotel

Affordable Luxury Hotels in Grand Bazaar:
Celal Aga Konagi Hotel
Legacy Ottoman Hotel
Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet
Sura Hagia Sophia Hotel

ISTANBUL, TURKEY- on : Exterior view of the Grand Bazar Gate.Unidentified Tourists visiting and shopping in the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul.

Karaköy – Where to stay in Istanbul on a budget

One of Istanbul’s trendiest neighborhoods, north of the Golden Horn, is Karaköy. Situated along the harbor, the neighborhood has quickly gentrified from workshops and traditional bakeries to cafes, galleries and boutiques. During warm weather, enjoy people watching at any one of a dozen sidewalk cafes and outdoor terraces.

You can choose a hotel near the port, and enjoy a ferry ride from the two ports in Karaköy. Ferries run as late as midnight, offering a fun way to travel between Europe and Asia, and back again, all in just an hour or so.

Best places to stay in Karaköy

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in Karaköy:
Cheers Porthouse
World House Istanbul
Cheers Midtown

Budget Hotels in Karaköy:
Galata Palace Hotel
Nabu Hotel
Karakoy Aparts
Unver Galata Apart

Mid range Hotels in Karaköy:
Karakoy Rooms
Hotel Morione
The Haze Karakoy
The Wings Hotel Istanbul

Family Friendly Hotels in Karaköy:
Ada Karakoy Hotel
Novotel Istanbul Bosphorus
Astan Hotel Galata
The Purl Hotel

Affordable Luxury Hotels in Karaköy:
Urban Suites
Galata Tower VIP Apartment Suites
Ravouna 1906 Suites
Galata Hotel Istanbul – Mgallery by Sofitel

Istanbul, Turkey - : Galata district and Karakoy quayside in Istanbul

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Where to stay in Istanbul

Where to stay in Istanbul

Where to stay in Istanbul

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Hi, my name is Samantha, Finance Managing Guru by day, Travel Blogging Enthusiast by... well... day too! Haha! Travelling King is the destination hotspot for the wannabe traveller! Showcasing affordable, luxurious getaways for the budget conscious! With the combination of my financial knowledge and travelling experiences I aim to show you, with a little planning, the right budget and a realistic goal you can fulfil your travel fantasies and explore the world whatever your budget or desires may be!