Istanbul Holidays

Your Istanbul holiday

Istanbul’s history as a city began with its colonization by the Greeks in 7th century BCE. Desired for its strategic location, Greek King Byzas named the city Byzantium and settlers who populated it mostly worked as fisherman. In 196 ACE, Roman Emperor Septimus Severus took over the war-torn city and restored and beautified it.

However, after a civil war in 314 ACE between Roman emperors Constantine and Licinius ended in the latter’s death, the city was renamed Constantinople and declared the capital of the Roman Empire.

Constantine commissioned the construction of numerous churches, fortified city walls, and other structures to put the city on par with Rome. Many wealthy Romans moved to Constantinople and it began to grow and prosper.

After the breakup of the Roman Empire, despite the various invasions and attacks from Middle Eastern forces, Constantinople remained prominent. In 1204, however, crusaders of the Fourth Crusade laid waste to the city and ruled it until 1261 ACE under a Catholic Latin Empire.

The Ottomans, led by Sultan Mehmed II, eventually conquered the city in 1453 and changed its name to Istanbul. The Sultan embarked on a makeover of the city, building public facilities and encouraging people from various religious faiths to make it their home, though Istanbul ultimately became a centre for Islamic culture.

Istanbul joined the Republic of Turkey in 1923 after the allies’ occupation of the city during WWI and the Turkish War of Independence. From the 1940s to the 1970s, Istanbul expanded in size and population, and has recently become known a bastion of cutting-edge art and culture.

Spend a holiday in Istanbul and visit the ancient city that is always reinventing itself. Once the centre of the Byzantine, Roman, and Ottoman empires, the city is now recognized as a hub of modern art, fashion, film, and music, playing host to numerous cultural festivals each year.

Bursting with trendy bars and clubs, Istanbul is also famed for its unmatchable nightlife. This alongside the city’s incredible historic sites and buzzing Turkish bazaars makes it a city that straddles the past and present with grace and style.

Book a flight to Istanbul today to experience it all!

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Agan Hotel Istanbul

3 stars
3.9 / 5 74 reviews
Service-oriented hotel in the heart of the Old CityHotel Agan is a warm and friendly small hotel in the Old City. The hotel's focus on guest comfort is apparent inside and out. Agan has large cushions set up outside the building for guests who want to enjoy a drink from the pub next door. The hotel is in easy walking distance of Old City attractions. Agan provides complimentary wireless Internet access and a buffet breakfast. Guests who do not have their own computers may use the guest-dedicated lobby computer. HighlightsKnown for friendly and welcoming staffCushions that line seating area outside the hotel offers one of the best people-watching spots in the Old CityNeighboring Salute Pub serves drinks and food Complimentary wireless Internet access and buffet breakfast Rooms The décor in Hotel Agan's 31 rooms drew inspiration from traditional Turkish design. The rooms feature brilliant reds and gold tones as well as bold classic Turkish patterns. Many of the rooms feature tufted upholstered headboards and wood and upholstered furniture. Rooms are air conditioned. The hotel offers 24-hour room service. Features The hotel is close to several forms of public transportation. The location is a good starting point for those who want to tour the city or to take a cruise on the Bosphorus.   Agan is also near beautiful Gulhane Park. The park was once the outer gardens of Topkapi Palace. The park has wonderful open spaces with paths perfect for guests who enjoy exercise walking, or, of course, leisurely strolling.   The hotel can arrange airport transfers and on-site babysitting services. TransportationGulhane tram stop (0.1 mi/0.2 km)Sirkeci Railway Station (0.4 mi/0.7 km)Eminonu Ferry Terminal (0.9 mi/1.4 km) Istanbul International Ataturk Airport (11.7 mi/18.9 km) Sabiha Gokcen Airport (27.6 mi/44.5 km)  Nearby attractionsHagia Sophia (0.2 mi/0.4 km) Istanbul Archaeology Museum (0.3 mi/0.5 km) Blue Mosque (0.6 mi/1 km) Spice Bazaar (1 mi/1.6 km) Topkapi Palace (1.1 mi/1.8 km)  Istanbul Museum of Modern Art (1.5 mi/2.5 km)Galata Tower (1.9 mi/3 km) Balat Ahrida Synagogue (2.4 mi/3.9 km)  Dolmabahce Palace (2.7 mi/4.3 km) BusinessComplimentary wireless Internet accessPhotocopier available for guest use
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Deniz Houses

3 stars
4.2 / 5 17 reviews
Deniz Houses, formerly Deniz Konak Hotel, consisted of 2 buildings located in the guite and central part of Sultanahmet with a walking distance to the city's major highlights. The buildings are only 20 meters away from each other and both contain private ensuite rooms with same type of facilities. All rooms have parquet (hardwood) flooring and showers and are equipped with individually controlled air-conditioning, double glazed windows, mini bar, hair dryer, TV and telephone by your bed side. Some rooms look over The Sea of Marmara and the others over a nice and quite street. The hotel boasts 27 comfortable, stone-faced rooms on four floors reached by stairs (no elevator/lift).All rooms have lcd-screen plasma television sets (most channels in Turkish, three in English, one in French, one in German), individually-controllable air-conditioning units and peepholes in the doors, a plus for safety-conscious female travelers. The rooms' decent size is another precious asset in this crowded city. The Deniz Houses cosy rooftop breakfast room looks out towards the Sea of Marmara. Its small open-air terrace has views of the Blue Mosque and the Kk Ayasofya Mosque which is just down the street from the hotel. The Hotel also provides Concierge, Internet access - Wireless, Laundry service, Non-smoking rooms, Reception, Room service, Safe deposit box and Tour desk National Rating ; This property does not have a Turkey Ministry of Tourism rating. For the benefit of our customers, we have provided a rating based on our rating system.
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Blu Hotel Istanbul

4 stars
4.8 / 5 12 reviews
Blu Hotel Istanbul is situated in Istanbul's historical peninsula. The Hotel is within walking distance of Istanbul's most historic attractions, including Hippodrome area; Hagia Sofia, Blue mosque, Topkap Palace, Basilica Cistern, etc The hotel features 17 guest rooms, including one suite room on the top floor with balcony and a nice view of Bosphorus. The hotel reception is available 24 hours a day to give an assist with travel plans or recommendations for city attractions. It provides open buffet breakfast, free Wi-Fi access and satellite LCD TV. Room amenities include an air conditioning and minibar. Room service is available. Laundry , self -ironing service and free car parking are also provided. Gulhane Tram stop is nearby, allowing guests to easily access different districts of Istanbul. The restaurant offers Turkish, Italian cuisine and vegetarian dishes.Drinks and a relaxing atmosphere can be found at Faros Restaurant Sirkeci branch.
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Almina Hotel Istanbul

4 stars
3.9 / 5 13 reviews
Boutique hotel with roof terrace overlooking the Marmara Sea The Almina Hotel, under new ownership since 2009, is known for providing a high level of service to guests. The boutique hotel -- with just 29 rooms -- treats guests to complimentary services including a daily breakfast buffet and wireless Internet access. The hotel is just a short walk from many of Istanbul's most famous attractions. Nearby sights include the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Basilica Cistern, and the Grand Bazaar. On-site hotel amenities include a Turkish hamam, sauna, and a restaurant overlooking the Marmara Sea. Highlights Complimentary breakfast and wireless InternetViews of the Marmara SeaWalking distance to historic sights Relax in the Turkish hamam or sauna Rooms The hotel's 29 rooms and suites feature traditional but simple furnishings. Room amenities include orthopedic mattresses and pillows, flat-screen LCD televisions, air conditioning, and private bathrooms with showers. The hotel's largest room can accommodate a family of four. Family room amenities include a Jacuzzi tub and a private balcony with a view of the Marmara Sea. Travelers on a tight budget should consider one of the hotel's three economy rooms, with standard amenities but no view. Features A full hot and cold breakfast bar is served in the on-site Ararat Restaurant every morning from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. On weekends, the breakfast buffet remains open until 11 a.m. The hotel is also in easy walking distance to many of Istanbul's best restaurants and bars. The restaurant serves tea in the afternoons. Guests can also relax at the hotel bar between city excursions or business meetings.   Other on-site amenities include a fitness room, Turkish bath, steam bath, and sauna. Transportation Cankurtaran Train Station (0.6 mi/1 km) Istanbul International Ataturk Airport (11.3 mi/18.2 km) Nearby attractions Topkapi Palace (0.6 mi/1 km)  Hagia Sophia (0.6 mi/1 km) Istanbul Archaeology Museum (0.6 mi/1 km) Blue Mosque (0.8 mi/1.2 km) Cemberlitas Hamam (1 mi/1.5 km) Grand Bazaar (1.1 mi/2 km) Istanbul Modern Museum (3 mi/4.8 km) Galata Tower (3.6 mi/5.8 km) Balat Ahrida Synagogue (3.9 mi/6.3 km) Ataturk Cultural Center (4.1 mi/6.5 km)  Business Complimentary wireless Internet accessSecretarial and other business services available upon request Policies and feesThe hotel arranges airport transfer upon request (fees apply).
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Gulhane Park Hotel Istanbul

Enjoy Gulhane Park; walk to Istanbul's famous attractionsThe Gulhane Park Hotel Istanbul is sited next to the former garden of Topkapi Palace. This historic location is ideal for easy reach to some of the city's most popular tourist attractions. The hotel has views of the park, the Palace, and the Bosphorus Strait. Amenities include complimentary breakfast buffet, a fitness center, a wood sauna, and a Turkish bath. The Gulhane Park Hotel Istanbul is just half a mile from Sirkeci Railway Station, one mile from Eminonu ferry dock, and a short drive from Istanbul International Ataturk Airport. Reasons to stay Enjoy jogging or walking in Gulhane ParkThe Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and other attractions are just a short walk awayThe restaurant serves international and Turkish cuisine for lunch and dinner Gulhane Park Hotel Istanbul roomsThe superior double and twin rooms at the Gulhane Park Hotel Istanbul feature a king bed or two single beds, and garden or city views from their balconies. Superior triple rooms have a king bed plus one single bed, or alternatively, three single beds. Quadruple rooms have one king bed, and two single beds, or one king bed and one single bed, plus a sofa. Rooms include cable and satellite TV, telephones, high-speed wireless internet, tea and coffee, and laundry service. Things to do nearby Blue Mosque  (1.1 mi/1.8 km)Topkapi Palace  (1.3 mi/2.1 km)Galata Bridge  (1.3 mi/2.1 km)Hagia Sophia  (1.3 mi/2.1 km)
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Lausos Hotel

4 stars
4.4 / 5 5 reviews
Lausos Hotel offers 30 unique guest rooms, 6 suites and 6 deluxe suites. All rooms reflect the Ottoman architectural style with unparalleled views of the Sea of Marmara and Bosphorus, as well as the Blue Mosque and Hagiia Sophia Church. Facilities: Free Wireless internet connection, Internet access in the lobby, PC terminal, Business Services (fax, printer, scanner, photocopier, PC, etc.), Room service, Double-glazed windows, Fire Alarm System, Air-conditioning, Heating, Lift, 24 hours Reception and Information Desk, Money Exchange, Luggage Room, Parking, Dry Cleaning and Laundry Service, LCD TV, Backup generator during power cuts, Emergency water supplies. The hotel has 30 rooms. The hotel also offers lobby and reception.
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Zagreb Hotel

4 stars
4.0 / 5 15 reviews
Zagreb hotel was built in 1996 and just has renovated 2 years ago. Hotel has 58 comfortable rooms which has central air-conditioning and heating system, bath, satellite TV,minibar,international direct dial phone,safe box and hairdryer. Zagreb hotel has also restaurant, bar, swimming pool (indoor&outdoor), sauna and Turkish bath to give good services to the clients. The hotel also offers lobby and reception services.
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Albatros Premier Hotel

4 stars
3.9 / 5 7 reviews
The Albatros Premier located in main heart of Old City Center called Sultanahmet, where all famous historical monuments such as St.Sophia, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace and many other sides. In the short distance from the Hotel there are: city center, countryside, seaside location. Whether you are travelling to Istanbul for business, pleasure or planning a meeting Albatros Premier Hotel is always ready to welcome you and provide you with the highest quality services as a name Albatros Premier.Albatros Premier Hotel is here to serve you with Turkish hospitality together with western mentality. Remarks: dinner transfer minibar they are extras. Hotel also offers the facility of Barbecue area, Lobby and Reception.
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Recital Hotel

4 stars
4.4 / 5 14 reviews
With its panoramic rooftop terrace overlooking Istanbul, this hotel offers bright rooms with classic-style furniture and luxurious fabrics. Room service and free Wi-Fi are also available. All rooms feature pinewood floors, wood furnishings and custom-made curtains. Each has a wall-mounted LCD TV with satellite channels and a bathroom with walk-in shower. In-room hot and cold drinks are available as well. A buffet breakfast is served daily in the breakfast salon. The a la carte restaurant offers a varied choice of local and international dishes. Guests can admire sunsets on the terrace with Turkish tea and appetizers. Hotel Recital provides a car rental service. The Sabiha Gokcen Airport is 32 km away. The hotel is situated a 3-minute walk away from the cemberlitas Tram Stop. The Covered Bazaar and Blue Mosque are only 500 meters away. Recital Hotel, which is in a very central part of the historical peninsula Sultanahmet, offers its luxury and hospitality to the guests. Most of the historical attractions of Istanbul are either within a five-minute walk or can be easily reached by different means of transportation. Some of the most famous ones in the environs of Recital Hotel are St.Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Underground Cistern, Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar, Ancient Hippodrome and Obelisk. The hotel also provides Ballroom, Dry cleaning, Lobby, Reception services. Taxes also includes net rates. Breakfast time is from 7 am to 10 am. Deluxe ,Corner Room and Superior Sea view room have free espresso machine facility.
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Ferman Hotel Istanbul

4 stars
4.1 / 5 15 reviews
Elegant hotel seamlessly blends Ottoman decor with modern comfort Ferman Hotel Istanbul is an Old City gem. The decor offers one of the historic area's most beautiful takes on classic Ottoman decor. The hotel is also well known for its attention to service. Located in easy walking distance to attractions on the historical peninsula, guests enjoy views of both the Old City and the Marmara Sea. The hotel's lobby is decorated in richly patterned in reds and golds. A buffet breakfast featuring Turkish and European dishes is served daily. The Ferman provides complimentary high-speed and wireless Internet access. HighlightsDecor recalls Ottoman styleTerrace Restaurant features Turkish and global cuisine and views of the Marmara SeaComplimentary Internet access Rooms The Ferman has 24 rooms and suites with decor that pays homage to Ottoman style. Rooms feature rich fabrics and regal color schemes of gold and earth tones. The most difficult decision guests staying at the Ferman have to make is whether they want a view of Old City or the Marmara Sea. Even the hotel's smallest rooms have private balconies. Other in-room amenities include satellite cable and private bathrooms. Complimentary Internet access in all rooms. Room service is available. Features The hotel also has a sauna and a massage room. A range of massage and other relaxing treatments by professional therapists is available. The treatment menu includes massage and face and body masks.   Continue the relaxation at the Terrace Restaurant, with a panoramic view of the Marmara Sea, Blue Mosque, St. Sophia, and many other historic sites. The menu features Turkish and international cuisine. TransportationCankurtaran Railway Station (0.2 mi/0.4 km)Abkiyik Bus Stop (0.3 mi/0.5 km)Yenikapi Ferry Terminal (2 mi/3.3 km) Istanbul International Ataturk Airport (12 mi/19.2 km) Sabiha Gokcen Airport (29.1 mi/46.8 km)  Nearby attractionsHagia Sophia (0.6 mi/0.9 km) Istanbul Archaeology Museum (0.6 mi/0.9 km)Blue Mosque (0.7 mi/1.1 km) Topkapi Palace (1.6 mi/2.6 km)  Covered Bazaar (21.1 mi/1.9 km) Istanbul Museum of Modern Art (3 mi/4.8 km)Galata Tower (3.6 mi/5.7 km) Balat Ahrida Synagogue (3.9 mi/6.2 km)  BusinessComplimentary Internet access
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Agan Hotel Istanbul

3 stars
3.9 / 5 74 reviews
Service-oriented hotel in the heart of the Old CityHotel Agan is a warm and friendly small hotel in the Old City. The hotel's focus on guest comfort is apparent inside and out. Agan has large cushions set up outside the building for guests who want to enjoy a drink from the pub next door. The hotel is in easy walking distance of Old City attractions. Agan provides complimentary wireless Internet access and a buffet breakfast. Guests who do not have their own computers may use the guest-dedicated lobby computer. HighlightsKnown for friendly and welcoming staffCushions that line seating area outside the hotel offers one of the best people-watching spots in the Old CityNeighboring Salute Pub serves drinks and food Complimentary wireless Internet access and buffet breakfast Rooms The décor in Hotel Agan's 31 rooms drew inspiration from traditional Turkish design. The rooms feature brilliant reds and gold tones as well as bold classic Turkish patterns. Many of the rooms feature tufted upholstered headboards and wood and upholstered furniture. Rooms are air conditioned. The hotel offers 24-hour room service. Features The hotel is close to several forms of public transportation. The location is a good starting point for those who want to tour the city or to take a cruise on the Bosphorus.   Agan is also near beautiful Gulhane Park. The park was once the outer gardens of Topkapi Palace. The park has wonderful open spaces with paths perfect for guests who enjoy exercise walking, or, of course, leisurely strolling.   The hotel can arrange airport transfers and on-site babysitting services. TransportationGulhane tram stop (0.1 mi/0.2 km)Sirkeci Railway Station (0.4 mi/0.7 km)Eminonu Ferry Terminal (0.9 mi/1.4 km) Istanbul International Ataturk Airport (11.7 mi/18.9 km) Sabiha Gokcen Airport (27.6 mi/44.5 km)  Nearby attractionsHagia Sophia (0.2 mi/0.4 km) Istanbul Archaeology Museum (0.3 mi/0.5 km) Blue Mosque (0.6 mi/1 km) Spice Bazaar (1 mi/1.6 km) Topkapi Palace (1.1 mi/1.8 km)  Istanbul Museum of Modern Art (1.5 mi/2.5 km)Galata Tower (1.9 mi/3 km) Balat Ahrida Synagogue (2.4 mi/3.9 km)  Dolmabahce Palace (2.7 mi/4.3 km) BusinessComplimentary wireless Internet accessPhotocopier available for guest use
Nightly rates from €48.47

Deniz Houses

3 stars
4.2 / 5 17 reviews
Deniz Houses, formerly Deniz Konak Hotel, consisted of 2 buildings located in the guite and central part of Sultanahmet with a walking distance to the city's major highlights. The buildings are only 20 meters away from each other and both contain private ensuite rooms with same type of facilities. All rooms have parquet (hardwood) flooring and showers and are equipped with individually controlled air-conditioning, double glazed windows, mini bar, hair dryer, TV and telephone by your bed side. Some rooms look over The Sea of Marmara and the others over a nice and quite street. The hotel boasts 27 comfortable, stone-faced rooms on four floors reached by stairs (no elevator/lift).All rooms have lcd-screen plasma television sets (most channels in Turkish, three in English, one in French, one in German), individually-controllable air-conditioning units and peepholes in the doors, a plus for safety-conscious female travelers. The rooms' decent size is another precious asset in this crowded city. The Deniz Houses cosy rooftop breakfast room looks out towards the Sea of Marmara. Its small open-air terrace has views of the Blue Mosque and the Kk Ayasofya Mosque which is just down the street from the hotel. The Hotel also provides Concierge, Internet access - Wireless, Laundry service, Non-smoking rooms, Reception, Room service, Safe deposit box and Tour desk National Rating ; This property does not have a Turkey Ministry of Tourism rating. For the benefit of our customers, we have provided a rating based on our rating system.
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Blu Hotel Istanbul

4 stars
4.8 / 5 12 reviews
Blu Hotel Istanbul is situated in Istanbul's historical peninsula. The Hotel is within walking distance of Istanbul's most historic attractions, including Hippodrome area; Hagia Sofia, Blue mosque, Topkap Palace, Basilica Cistern, etc The hotel features 17 guest rooms, including one suite room on the top floor with balcony and a nice view of Bosphorus. The hotel reception is available 24 hours a day to give an assist with travel plans or recommendations for city attractions. It provides open buffet breakfast, free Wi-Fi access and satellite LCD TV. Room amenities include an air conditioning and minibar. Room service is available. Laundry , self -ironing service and free car parking are also provided. Gulhane Tram stop is nearby, allowing guests to easily access different districts of Istanbul. The restaurant offers Turkish, Italian cuisine and vegetarian dishes.Drinks and a relaxing atmosphere can be found at Faros Restaurant Sirkeci branch.
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Almina Hotel Istanbul

4 stars
3.9 / 5 13 reviews
Boutique hotel with roof terrace overlooking the Marmara Sea The Almina Hotel, under new ownership since 2009, is known for providing a high level of service to guests. The boutique hotel -- with just 29 rooms -- treats guests to complimentary services including a daily breakfast buffet and wireless Internet access. The hotel is just a short walk from many of Istanbul's most famous attractions. Nearby sights include the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Basilica Cistern, and the Grand Bazaar. On-site hotel amenities include a Turkish hamam, sauna, and a restaurant overlooking the Marmara Sea. Highlights Complimentary breakfast and wireless InternetViews of the Marmara SeaWalking distance to historic sights Relax in the Turkish hamam or sauna Rooms The hotel's 29 rooms and suites feature traditional but simple furnishings. Room amenities include orthopedic mattresses and pillows, flat-screen LCD televisions, air conditioning, and private bathrooms with showers. The hotel's largest room can accommodate a family of four. Family room amenities include a Jacuzzi tub and a private balcony with a view of the Marmara Sea. Travelers on a tight budget should consider one of the hotel's three economy rooms, with standard amenities but no view. Features A full hot and cold breakfast bar is served in the on-site Ararat Restaurant every morning from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. On weekends, the breakfast buffet remains open until 11 a.m. The hotel is also in easy walking distance to many of Istanbul's best restaurants and bars. The restaurant serves tea in the afternoons. Guests can also relax at the hotel bar between city excursions or business meetings.   Other on-site amenities include a fitness room, Turkish bath, steam bath, and sauna. Transportation Cankurtaran Train Station (0.6 mi/1 km) Istanbul International Ataturk Airport (11.3 mi/18.2 km) Nearby attractions Topkapi Palace (0.6 mi/1 km)  Hagia Sophia (0.6 mi/1 km) Istanbul Archaeology Museum (0.6 mi/1 km) Blue Mosque (0.8 mi/1.2 km) Cemberlitas Hamam (1 mi/1.5 km) Grand Bazaar (1.1 mi/2 km) Istanbul Modern Museum (3 mi/4.8 km) Galata Tower (3.6 mi/5.8 km) Balat Ahrida Synagogue (3.9 mi/6.3 km) Ataturk Cultural Center (4.1 mi/6.5 km)  Business Complimentary wireless Internet accessSecretarial and other business services available upon request Policies and feesThe hotel arranges airport transfer upon request (fees apply).
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Gulhane Park Hotel Istanbul

Enjoy Gulhane Park; walk to Istanbul's famous attractionsThe Gulhane Park Hotel Istanbul is sited next to the former garden of Topkapi Palace. This historic location is ideal for easy reach to some of the city's most popular tourist attractions. The hotel has views of the park, the Palace, and the Bosphorus Strait. Amenities include complimentary breakfast buffet, a fitness center, a wood sauna, and a Turkish bath. The Gulhane Park Hotel Istanbul is just half a mile from Sirkeci Railway Station, one mile from Eminonu ferry dock, and a short drive from Istanbul International Ataturk Airport. Reasons to stay Enjoy jogging or walking in Gulhane ParkThe Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and other attractions are just a short walk awayThe restaurant serves international and Turkish cuisine for lunch and dinner Gulhane Park Hotel Istanbul roomsThe superior double and twin rooms at the Gulhane Park Hotel Istanbul feature a king bed or two single beds, and garden or city views from their balconies. Superior triple rooms have a king bed plus one single bed, or alternatively, three single beds. Quadruple rooms have one king bed, and two single beds, or one king bed and one single bed, plus a sofa. Rooms include cable and satellite TV, telephones, high-speed wireless internet, tea and coffee, and laundry service. Things to do nearby Blue Mosque  (1.1 mi/1.8 km)Topkapi Palace  (1.3 mi/2.1 km)Galata Bridge  (1.3 mi/2.1 km)Hagia Sophia  (1.3 mi/2.1 km)
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Flights to Istanbul

Departure Arrival Travel dates Round-trip fares
Dublin Istanbul Thu 8 May - Thu 15 May €205
Ljubljana Istanbul Mon 9 Jun - Fri 13 Jun €137
Cork Istanbul Mon 12 May - Fri 16 May €304
Vienna Istanbul Sun 20 Apr - Sun 27 Apr €189
Rome Istanbul Thu 24 Apr - Sat 26 Apr €347
Bodrum Istanbul Sat 26 Apr - Sat 3 May Check rates
Bangkok Istanbul Sat 14 Jun - Sun 22 Jun €639
London Istanbul Sat 7 Jun - Fri 13 Jun €189
Casablanca Istanbul Wed 7 May - Mon 12 May €302
Al Manamah Istanbul Sat 26 Apr - Sat 3 May Check rates
Tbilisi Istanbul Thu 15 May - Tue 20 May €132
Luxembourg City Istanbul Sat 26 Apr - Sat 3 May Check rates
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Best time to take a holiday to Istanbul

  • The rainy season in Istanbul runs from November through March, when about half of the days each month see rainfall. Temperatures during late spring and early autumn are nice and warm, but July and August in Istanbul see average temperatures running higher than 28°C. High humidity during these hot months can make outdoor excursions uncomfortable. If you are visiting during the spring, check out the annual tulip festival held at Emirgan Park.

Istanbul holiday travel tips

  • Because of the stifling summer heat, the best time to visit Istanbul is either in the spring or fall. The main languages spoken are Turkish and Kurdish.

    Dialling code: 00 90 (212 and 216)

    To and from Istanbul

    Ataruk International and Sabiha Gokcen are Istanbul’s two primary airports. The majority of international flights arrive at Ataruk, which offers easy access into the city via the metro to Zeytinburnu. From there, hop on the tram to reach Sultanahmet Square.

    Taxis to Sultanahmet cost around £15 and take between 30 minutes to an hour, while a cheaper private airport transfer service is available through Backpackers Travel.

    Around town

    Taxis are yellow and will have an illuminated light on top if they are available. Make sure the metre is running or settle the price to your destination before entering. A shared bus called the Dolmus is a great way to get around the outskirts of town. Stops have a blue sign with a large black D, and riders may request to get off at any point along the route.

    There are two metro lines in town, one that runs from Levent to Taksim and one from Aksaray to Kocatepe that terminates at the airport. Service runs about every five minutes and ends at 1 a.m. on the weekdays and 12 a.m. on weekends.

    A small tram also runs through old Istanbul, across the Galata Bridge, and ends in Dolmabache. The Istanbul Deniz Otobusleri ferry takes passengers across the Golden Horn. Main docks on the European bank are Eminonu, Sirkeci, and Karakoy.

    Tickets can be purchased at kiosks or transit stops. An Akbil token allows for easy travel on any bus, tram, or ferry, while blue tokens enable day, week, or month-long travel.

    To enjoy greater flexibility on your trip, opt for Istanbul car hire. Though the roads are well maintained, drivers are aggressive, so exercise caution.

Insider tips for Istanbul travel

  • Yilmaz Ipekçilik

    Find great quality and low prices on hand-loomed textiles at this out-of-the-way shop that sits down the road from Topkapi Palace.

    Kocamustafapasha Hamami

    Instead of visiting businesses that cater to tourists, try this authentic Turkish bath house for a massage and sauna.

    AÅŸÅŸk Kahve

    This little garden café is adored by the upper class in Istanbul for its weekend brunches by the water.

    Erzincanli Ali Baba Fasulyeci

    Join the swarm of locals and try the signature kuru fasulye in this institution that has been feeding the masses since 1924.

    Mado

    Stop by this ice cream stand for a cold treat after shopping at the weekend flea market.

Where to stay in Istanbul

  • With places like the Grand Bazaar and the Galata Tower a short walk away, the Gulhane Park Istanbul Hotel is a smart choice for the traveller that wants to see it all. This charming hotel features neo-classical furnishings, wireless Internet access, a Turkish hammam, a fitness centre, and a restaurant that serves great Turkish cuisine. Each room has an LCD TV, air conditioning, a safe-box, and a beautiful French balcony.

    In the heart of the city’s historic district is the stylish Marmara Pera Hotel. Designed as a mix of European and Turkish style, the hotel features 200 spacious rooms with modern amenities such as air-conditioning, satellite TV, and Internet. Enjoy a snack at the hotel’s Marmara Café or dine at the rooftop Mikla restaurant with breathtaking city views.

    Renovated in 2008, the 4-star Prince Hotel guarantees great service and comfort in each of its 123 rooms. Located in the centre of town, guests are within moments from sites like the Topkapi Palace and the Museum of Saint Sophie. Rooms feature air-conditioning, satellite TV, safe box, and wireless Internet access.

    The Best Western Saint Sophia Istanbul Hotel is situated next door to the St. Sophia Museum and just 30 metres from the Blue Mosque. This boutique hotel offers top-quality service, and each room features air-conditioning, Internet connection, a bathtub, and a balcony with an incredible cityscape view.

    So book a hotel in Istanbul today!

Istanbul restaurants

  • Known for its delicious and original Ottoman recipes is Asitane. Set amongst the foothills of Istanbul and boasting a great view of the Golden Horn, Asitane serves delicacies such as smoked Cerkez cheese and geese from the town of Eskisehir Alpu. Dishes are prepared following the same recipes that once filled the bellies of sultans. The menu at Asitane changes seasonally, bringing diners Istanbul’s freshest and most historic food.

    Near to the top attractions of old Istanbul is Amedros Café and Restaurant, a relaxed and friendly spot serving classic Turkish kebabs and steaks. Though it can get crowded, the reasonable prices and large portions make Amedros a worthwhile experience. Try house specialties like the flame marmer steak, the sultan kebab, or the Sirmasir.

    Platefuls of spicy regional delights from southeastern Turkey have kept Develi Restaurant popular since its 1912 opening. Try the çig köfte meatballs or the gavurdagi salatasi salad, and don’t leave without sampling the incredible baklava. With two terraces and enough seating for 700, Develi is an ideal choice for large family gatherings or business lunches.

    Situated in the fish market of the Kadiköy district, Ciya Sofrasi serves up traditional Turkish home cooking. From fresh yogurt soups to spoonfuls of salad samplers, an assortment of veggie and meat kebabs, and main courses such as lamb with green almonds, Ciay Sofrasi is a culinary treat for any discerning diner.

Health & Safety

  • Health

    Travel insurance in case of emergencies is recommended during your visit to Istanbul. While there are no required vaccinations for a visit to Istanbul, those recommended included tetanus, polio, diphtheria, and pertussis. A rabies vaccination is also recommended as Istanbul has had a problem with rabid street dogs.

    Important numbers

    Emergencies: dial 112.
    Police rescue: 155.
    Fire department: 110.
    International Hospital: Istanbul Caddesi n° 82; (212) 448 44 44
    Pharmacies: Rebul Pharmacy: (212) 235 31 42
    General doctor: Dr Durmus Sevinc (American Hospital): (212) 311 25 06
    Pediatrician: Dr Sule Yazgan (Guzel Gunler Ltd): (212) 278 33 62.
    Cardiologist: Pr. Tugrul Okay (International Hospital): (212) 663 30 00.

    Safety

    While in Istanbul, remain on your guard. Do not walk alone at night or in poorly lit areas or walk around with jewellery or other objects that may attract attention. Make photocopies of all of your documents and keep them on your person at all times, while storing the originals in some place safe.

    As most of Turkey is an earthquake zone, contact your local embassy should an earthquake occur.

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