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Best hotels in Istanbul 2023: Turkish baths, hammams and history

Best hotels in Istanbul 2023: Turkish baths, hammams and history

Fascinating, compelling and more than slightly frenetic, Istanbul is one of Europe’s great cities, as well as its largest.

The only place in the world to straddle two continents (Europe and Asia), and the former seat of not one but three empires, Istanbul represents colour and history like no other. It’s an extraordinary “tale of two cities”, combining ancient architecture and a warm, friendly people, alongside chic concept stores, craft breweries and, of course, endless types of coffee.

With a hotel scene as wildly varied as the city’s sights and districts, it can be tough to pin down where to base yourself among the huge collection of boutique, luxury and imaginatively converted hotels.

While the old city, Sultanahmet, is full of Istanbul’s biggest attractions – including Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque – many visitors prefer Beyoglu and Karakoy on the other side of the Golden Horn.

Wherever area you choose to make your home in Turkey’s former capital, here’s a selection of the 10 best hotels to get you started.

The best hotels in Istanbul are:

Eclectic hotel right in the heart of the action

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Neighbourhood: Beyoglu

This hotel is right in the throbbing heart of Beyoglu, specifically just off the main pedestrianised artery Istiklal Caddesi. The style is eclectic, to say the least – lots of exposed brickwork, colourful art on the walls, the odd vintage touch, plus some rooms with terraces (worth paying extra for).

Pan-European food is served in 1901 Cafe and Bistro, and the lobby bar branches out into an attractive courtyard.