Best Place to Stay in Istanbul + My Favorite Neighborhood

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Have you been wondering the best place to stay in Istanbul? I’ve got you covered!

Istanbul can be quite an overwhelming city and having an idea of where to stay in order to avoid some of the crazy can make your trip all the more enjoyable. But, even that can be a lot with so many options.

I moved to Turkey in 2019 and have loved exploring both Istanbul as well as other parts of the country.

I have learned some tricks along the way about navigating Turkish culture and hope they can help you even in picking a hotel in Turkey.

Because I live here, I haven’t stayed at all of these places but within the expat community, there are a lot of shared experiences.

So I polled a couple of groups and asked friends for their experiences with hotels in Istanbul so that I could compile the best list for you!

In this post, we will take a look at 5 different areas of Istanbul with a range of budget options for each one.

So let’s jump in and see if we can find you the perfect hotel for your trip to Istanbul.

The best place to Stay in Istanbul – My top 3

#1 Top Pick – Best overall


Hammamhane (Galata/Beyoğlu)

✅ 10-15 minute walk to many tourist areas

✅ Comfortable beds

✅ Historical onsite Turkish Bathhouse called Cukurcuma Hammam (not incl.)

See full review below

#2 Top Pick – Best Apartment


Istanbul Place Apartments

✅ Great mix of prime location, views, and comfort

✅ Julia & Tarkan have created a warm and beautiful space

✅ All of the apartment options are absolutely incredible

See full review below with all locations

#3 Top Pick – Best Luxury


Mandarin Oriental

✅ Childcare available

✅ Surrounded by green in one of the biggest cities in the world

✅ Best views in Istanbul

See full review below


You will find more luxury and upper-scale everything in the Beşiktaş/Şişli area. The restaurants are the nicest, the food is the most international.

Beşiktaş has the best luxury hotels in Istanbul.

It is also a more residential area which means you can escape the tourist hubbub. You can even stay in an old Ottoman Palace that has been converted into a hotel.

While you can rent a car, taxis and rental cars are available as well as hiring a tour guide/driver for the day. Driving in Istanbul can be expensive and overwhelming.

Want to take home a souvenir that you’ll actually use? Why not buy a book in English from the cutest bookstore ever!

Legend for hotels

♻️ = Made steps towards sustainability$$ = From $75 – $150 a night/room
♿️ = Facilities for the disabled$$$ = From $150 – $300 a night/room
✴️ = Allow pets$$$$ = From $300 – $500 a night/room
$ = Up to $75 a night/room$$$$$ = More than $500 a night/room

Hilton Bosphorus – $$

⭐️ RATING: 8.4/10 | $$ ♻️ ♿️ ✴️ | ⭕️ LOCATION: Şişli | ✅ Book it!

View from the restaurant deck at the Hilton, overlooking Istanbul

A well-known name internationally, Hilton Bosphorus won’t disappoint. Despite some renovations to older furniture and such, You will still enjoy excellent customer service, a comfy bed, and delicious food.

It is further inland than many of the hotels on this list, but it is still well-connected with the public transport system.

The Hilton Bosphorus is perfect for travelers looking to experience modern comfort, historic charm, and stunning Bosphorus views in the heart of Istanbul.


  • 5 min walk to Osmanbey Metro Station
  • Playgrounds for kids and green gardens for adults
  • Incredible big, buffet breakfast


  • The furniture is a bit outdated (though they are in the process of renovating)
  • Paid parking

Great place amazing staff especially Merve. Great value for money. We stayed in the family room and it was very comfy and spacious.

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Crowne Plaza – $$$

⭐️ RATING: 9.6/10 | $$$ ♿️ ✴️ | ⭕️ LOCATION: Ortaköy | ✅ Book it!

View from the inside of a hotel room at the Crowne Plaza looking out at the bridge crossing the Bosphorus in the evening.

Even though the wifi can sometimes be slow, a common problem in Turkey, the views, pools, and incredible location more than make up for it.

You are just a short taxi ride to the best nightlife, upscale restaurants, and historical sites. Enjoy a little breather on the outskirts of all the tourist areas.

The Crowne Plaza Istanbul is perfect for guests seeking a seamless combination of modern amenities, a convenient location, and luxury spa amenities.


  • Great pool, amazing views, and luxury spa amenities
  • Highly attentive staff who are always ready to help
  • 5 min taxi ride to all the popular nightlife


  • Wifi can be slow sometimes
  • Not in the heart of all the tourist attractions

The best hotel in Istanbul including the best view ever to the bosphorus and Ortakoy mosque. Great breakfast with many good dishes and rooms very beautiful and new furniture. Highly recommended ❤️

John (Read more reviews)

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Raffles Istanbul – $$$$

⭐️ RATING: 9.2/10 | $$$$ ♻️ ♿️ ✴️ | ⭕️ LOCATION: Zorlu | ✅ Book it!

Epic view from an epic white tub in the middle of a luxurious bathroom with his and hers sinks on either side of the bathroom.

While it may say that it has a “view” of the Bosphorus, it is quite a ways away. That being said, the view is still spectacular, just not on the water.

You will be close to a big shopping mall and easy access to public transportation. The staff is attentive and ready to help you with anything you need and the food is delicious!

Raffles Istanbul is best suited for guests desiring a luxurious and culturally enriching experience just outside of all the chaos of the tourist areas.


  • Close to public transportation
  • Incredible views overlooking the city
  • Top-quality spa facilities


  • Traffic on the main road is quite bad at rush hour
  • Spa services might not be included in the fee
  • Paid parking

Great view to Bosphorus, very quiet and relaxing atmosphere, exceptional breakfast.

Ivan (Read more reviews)

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Mandarin Oriental Hotel – $$$$$

⭐️ RATING: 9.2/10 | $$$$$ ♻️ ♿️ ✴️ | ⭕️ LOCATION: Kuruçeşme | ✅ Book it!

Ariel view of the Mandarin on the Bosphorus with is sun bathing chairs ready for visitors.

The Mandarin Oriental Hotel offers you an unforgettable luxury experience.

Whether dining in the hotel’s signature restaurant or enjoying the breathtaking views of the Bosphorus in the rooftop lounge you will create unforgettable memories.

Beyond dining, the hotel’s spa is a haven of relaxation, offering you a range of indulgent treatments.

The Mandarin Oriental is perfect for those who seek an unparalleled blend of luxury, sophistication, and impeccable service in the heart of Istanbul.


  • Sun chairs and cafe-style seating right on the water
  • Surrounded by green even outside of the hotel’s area
  • Children’s playground


  • One of the most expensive hotels in Istanbul
  • Not in the heart of the tourist attractions

I’ve been to so many ultra luxury hotels and resorts in the world but I must say this is my number 1.

Mohamed (Read more reviews)

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Top Places to Stay in Beyoğlu

Beyoğlu is great if you want to stay close to the Galata Tower or if being on the European side is important but you don’t want to be in Fatih (old Istanbul).

It is known for trendy bars and restaurants, nightclubs, and an array of quaint cafes. If you want to go to bed early, this is probably not the area for you.

You would be within walking distance (in many cases anyway) to many interesting places like Galata Tower, Istiklal Caddesi (tons of shopping), and Taksim Square.

Also, while you’re here, if you’re interested in trying some Iranian food, Reyhun is excellent. Its one of my favorite places to eat when I am over there.

Nippon Hotel – $

⭐️ RATING: 8.8/10 | $ ♻️ ♿️ ✴️ | ⭕️ LOCATION: Taksim | ✅ Book it!

View from the balcony of a corner room at the Nippon with the sunset in the background and large balcony.

Their penthouses boast a kitchenette and a view for days. Enjoy a nice coffee and a view of the city while sitting on your own balcony as you wake up in the morning.

While there are no pool or spa facilities here, suite and penthouse rooms have a jacuzzi tub to help you unwind after a long day. Magical.

The Nippon Istanbul is ideal for guests who desire the convenience of strolling to popular areas such as Istiklal Street and Taksim Square, returning to a comfortable and impeccably maintained space at the end of the day.


  • Walkable to many tourist areas and close to the metro
  • They boast some of the most loyal customers in Istanbul
  • Soft beds compared to typical Turkish style
  • Close to HavaIST bus


  • It can be noisy at night, which might not be suitable if you like to go to bed early
  • No pool or spa facilities

The staff made me feel at home during the whole stay. The location couldn’t have been better and the rooms were clean.

James (Read more reviews)

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Hammamhane Hotel – $$

⭐️ RATING: 9.5/10 | $$ ♻️ | ⭕️ LOCATION: Firuzağa | ✅ Book it!

Dome of a hamam protruding through the roof which is also the terrace for the floor. Surrounded by buildings

While the historical onsite Cukurcuma Hamam is not included in the price, Hamamhane is one of the best places to stay. The opportunity to visit a hammam in a traditional setting for an authentic experience is the best way to go in my opinion.

Not to mention how great this property is in addition to that.

The location is close to so many things you will be able to walk or hop on public transportation to get to Old Istanbul to see things like Hagia Sophia and more!

Hammamhane is best suited for travelers seeking an authentic Turkish bath experience intertwined with modern comfort and luxury in Istanbul.


  • Big traditional Turkish breakfast every day
  • Water kettle in the rooms (oddly not always a given)
  • This is one that many friends recommend to their families when they visit


  • Hamam is not included in the price
  • Can be a bit noisy at night since it is so close to Istiklal

Lovely room, great location, breakfast was delicious everyday, staff was friendly!

Zaki (Read more reviews)

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Faik Pasha Apartments – $$$

⭐️ RATING: 9.3/10 | $$$ ♻️ | ⭕️ LOCATION: Firuzağa | ✅ Book it!

View from the balcony of the Faik Pasha Apartment with pink flowers and a sunny, cloudy sky

The thing I love about this stay is that it is an apartment. You have a bit more control over your own space.

Simultaneously, it is close to touristic things to do and is set up in an old Cihangir house, giving it a nostalgic feel.

If you’re wanting to be in Beyoğlu, this is a great option for you.

Faik Pasha Apartments is perfect for guests seeking a charming and homely atmosphere with a touch of historic Istanbul ambiance.


  • One of the highest ratings for staff I have ever seen
  • Product Pro 4
  • Many expats send family here as well


  • Paid street parking
  • No elevator which may be hard for some
  • Can be noisy because of the location

Everything about the property was excellent! Nice and cozy rooms, quality accessories, equipped with everything you need! Good breakfast, tasty Turkish food!

Vlad (Read more reviews)

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Istanbul Place Apartments – $$$

⭐️ RATING: 9.8/10 | $$$ | ⭕️ LOCATION: Galata | ✅ Book it!

Living room view of the Pasha Penthouse

This is another one I discovered because of an expat’s recommendation. I am in love with these apartments and can’t wait to have friends or family stay here.

They have many different apartments in the area and all of them are of the best quality, newly renovated. You will feel at home in these luxurious apartments with incredible views of the city.

Istanbul Place Apartments, regularly featured in magazines and tour books, are perfect for travelers seeking top-notch accommodation with a touch of luxury and convenience in Istanbul.

See all their locations:

Pera Palace – 1 BR/1 BAPasha Penthouse – 2 BR/1.5 BA
Petraki Place I – 3 BR/2 BAAslan Place – 3 BR/1.5 BA
Petraki Place II – 4 BR/1 BAShah Place I – 2 BR/1 BA
Petraki Place III – 3 BR/2 BAShah Place II – 2 BR/1 BA
Petraki Place IV – 3 BR/2 BAShah Place III – 2 BR/1 BA


  • Quiet inside, despite being in a touristy area
  • Julia and Tarkan have created a warm and beautiful space in all the apartments
  • Great place for families or small groups as many of the flats have multiople rooms


  • No parties or pets allowed
  • Lacks the amenities of a hotel
  • No elevator, which is common in most parts of Istanbul

A fabulous apartment in a great position. Great views and perfect for our family. Exactly as pictured. Very responsive hosts. We would stay again.

Nicky (Read more reviews)

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Fatih/Sultanahmet’s Best Hotels

This is considered Old Istanbul or the Old City. You will get to explore Istanbul, seeing parts of the old wall, the aqueduct, and buildings that have been around for centuries, without even trying.

Looking to stay in a tourist area? Sultanahmet is the place for you.

Staying here means a lot of walking. You can get everywhere on foot or with the Tram that goes around the peninsula.

It’s a great place to stay for first timers or at least it is where many tourists stay on their first visit.

Here you will be close to things like the Hagia Sofia, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace, Golden Horn, and more.

That is not my cup of tea, but I have personal experience with two of these hotels and highly recommend them both.

Make sure to check out the shopping in Eminonu, where the locals buy stuff!

Stanpoli Hostel – $

⭐️ RATING: 9/10 | $ | ⭕️ LOCATION: Sultanahmet| ✅ Book it!

Stanpoli hotel like room with a double bed that is lit on both side of the bed with beautiful blue curtains.

I recently got to meet the owner, who also incidentally owns Jennifer’s Hamam (an organic peshtemal store close by – receive a free gift with your purchase if you let them know I sent you!).

We ate lunch upstairs with the employees and got to tour the building.

The food was so delicious and the manager was a delight! I was so impressed by the cleanliness of the hotel and even though the rooms are a bit small, they felt so comfortable.

The staff was also attentive and incredibly helpful. This is an incredible stay and the price point makes it even better.

Stanpoli Hostel is perfect for budget-conscious travelers looking for a cozy and welcoming atmosphere in the heart of Istanbul’s historic Sultanahmet district.


  • Delicious, authentic Turkish cuisine, served on a rooftop terrace with great views
  • Private and dorm-style rooms are available
  • Incredibly comfortable beds


  • The rooms are a bit on the small side
  • 10 min walk to tramway
  • No elevator

The location is perfect for main sites. 1-5 min walk to many of them. Staff were so friendly and helpful. Breakfast was great, lots of variety and you left full and ready to explore the city!!

Tamara (Read more reviews)

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Mytra Hotel – $$

⭐️ RATING: 9/10 | $$ ♻️ | ⭕️ LOCATION: Sultanahmet| ✅ Book it!

A view of the Hagia Sophia from the Mytra rooftop terrace

I took this photo from the rooftop terrace at Mytra. The view is really incredible. You get to see the Old City as well as the Bosphorus.

My friend stayed here on a recent visit and loved it. The staff was friendly, the food was delicious, and the bed was incredibly comfortable.

Perhaps best of all, it is relatively quiet, save the call to prayer of course.

Mytra Hotel is perfect for travelers seeking a modern and comfortable stay with easy access to the city’s main attractions and vibrant cultural scene at a mid-range hotel.


  • Incredible customer service
  • Lots of good shopping and restaurants close by
  • Super rooftop terrace


  • Rooms are on the small side
  • Not a ton of nightlife close
  • No elevator

The receptionist and Nazi were super friendly. They were very helpful and even upgraded our room to a beautiful view without us even asking. The location is great!

Yasmina (Read more reviews)

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Seven Hills Palace & Spa – $$$

⭐️ RATING: 8.6/10 | $$$ ♻️ ♿️ | ⭕️ LOCATION: Sultanahmet | ✅ Book it!

View of the pool area at sunset from an upper level balcony. Pool is lined with blue tiles and the builds neutral color compliments the blue sky.

If you want to stay in Sultanahmet and have more facilities than most hotels offer in the area, Seven Hills is for you.

The hamam is quite relaxing and enjoyable and it is only a couple km walk to the seaside and an even shorter walk to the tourist areas. Don’t miss out on the rooftop restaurant with views of the Bosphorus and delicious food.

Despite being in the center of so much, Seven Hills does an excellent job of creating a relaxing and calming environment to escape the chaos of Istanbul.

Seven Hills is perfect for guests looking for a luxurious experience with breathtaking views of Istanbul’s iconic landmarks without breaking the bank.


  • 5-10 min walk to shops, restaurants and nightlife
  • Spa facilities are top-notch
  • Highly revered rooftop restaurant


  • Live music at night can be a bit noisy for some
  • Not super close to the tourist areas
  • Only 30 min in the spa is free

From arrival to departure the staff couldn’t have been better they were so friendly and attentive!

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Best Places to Stay in Kadıköy – Asian Side

Finally, we have come to Kadıköy, the best neighborhood to stay in. I am perhaps partial in that I live here but truly it is the best.

You get the more modern feel of the European side of Istanbul but the chill vibe of the other side of the Bosphorus.

Kadıköy has some of the best restaurants and shopping around, often for much better prices than the European side, though you can’t really beat Eminonu.

Some of my favorite neighborhoods to wander around are Yeldeğirmeni, Caferağa, Moda, and along Bağdat Street (Bağdat Caddesi).

A post all about Kadikoy is coming but in the meantime, trust me. It is worth staying here! Not to mention it is typically much cheaper to stay on this side.

Looking for a unique culinary experience? One of my favorite places is PALEGG. Get the Tavuk Falan and a lavendar lemonatde. You won’t be disappointed.

Remta Real Estate Apartment – $

⭐️ RATING: 9/10 | $ | ⭕️ LOCATION: Rihtim Street | ✅ Book it!

View of the living room where there is a tv, table, kitchenette, air conditioner and a gray couch.

I love having a kitchen when I travel and with all the issues Airbnb’s are facing, it is nice to have an apartment option that can be trusted.

This brand-new, earthquake-proof building is sure to provide you with the perfect space to recover after a full day of exploration. Plus the landlord speaks English so you can actually communicate!

Remta is perfect for travelers seeking a quiet, clean, and centrally located budget-priced hotel apartment in the heart of Kadıköy, Istanbul.


  • An apartment instead of a hotel room
  • Close to multiple modes of transportation
  • Close to HavaIST bus


  • You can hear the ferry horns and seagulls constantly
  • Not in the middle of all the tourist areas
  • No dryer

The place was exactly like the photos and previous guests comments. The location was close to Havabus and all the public transport stations, but surprisingly quiet.

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My Dora – $$

⭐️ RATING: 8.7/10 | $$ ♻️ | ⭕️ LOCATION: Rihtim Street | ✅ Book it!

Sign for My Dora in Kadıköy city center

A couple of friends stayed here last year and thoroughly enjoyed their stay. Their only complaint was that the room was a little small since there were two of them.

The beds were comfortable and the breakfast was delicious. But also the rooftop terrace was a nice surprise in Kadıköy. They said they would definitely stay there again.

My Dora is perfect for travelers seeking clean and centrally located accommodations at less than $150 a night in the heart of Kadıköy, Istanbul.


  • Super close to the buses for the airport
  • New hotel so everything is still fresh
  • Comfortable beds & an elevator


  • Street noise can be a bother to some
  • The rooms are a bit small

Excellent location in the heart of Kadikoy. Only a few minutes walk from airport buses and ferry port. There is an elevator…

Jonathan (Read more reviews)

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Wyndham Grand – $$$

⭐️ RATING: 8.5/10 | $$$ ♻️ ♿️ | ⭕️ LOCATION: Bağdat Caddesi | ✅ Book it!

Beautiful view of the balcony seating at the rooftop restaurant at the Wyndham Grand at sunset with the harbor in the background

If you want a more luxurious experience but also want a calmer setting on the Asian side, the Wyndham is the place for you!

They have it all (pools, fitness rooms, spa facilities, childcare services, and more) right on the Marmara Sea. You can enjoy delicious food on the rooftop terrace or a relaxing night in.

There is a small beach close by and you’re a short walk to Bağdat Street where you can find great shopping, restaurants, and coffee shops.

Wyndham Grand is perfect for travelers seeking the most upscale accommodation on the Anatolian side of Istanbul, close to Bagdat Caddesi, with a wealth of great amenities for a luxurious stay.


  • The staff is helpful and kind
  • Free parking which is hard to find in Istanbul
  • The rooms feel spacious which is also hard to find in Istanbul


  • No playroom or play area for the kids
  • Noise from the hallway and Karaoke can be noisy
  • Have to pay upfront for the minibar

Wyndham Kalamis is my go to Hotel in Istanbul. The staff is very helpful and polite and the facilities are very comfortable and meet all expectations. Breakfast is superb.

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Üsküdar’s Best Hotels – Asian Side

Uskudar is a bit off the beaten path just across the water from the European side but definitely worth venturing over for a visit if you decide not to stay there.

I especially love Kuzguncuk. Just a 15-minute walk from the Metro and Marmaray stop you will discover a quaint little town with colorful buildings much like Balat. If you stop in to GLOW coffee, you can find a great dirty chai and delicious desserts.

Uskudar is also home to my favorite tiramisu place, Kadim Kahve, just a stone’s throw from our first hotel.

May Otel – $$

⭐️ RATING: 8.7/10 | $$ ♻️ | ⭕️ LOCATION: Üsküdar | ✅ Book it!

View of the Bosphorus from the dining room at the May Otel on a sunny day

This hotel was recommended by a friend and is located just over 1 km from the Maiden’s Tower, which has recently been renovated.

You can easily hop on a ferry to get to the European side to see the main tourist attractions and then retreat to the serene atmosphere of the Asian side.

While there isn’t much to see in Uskudar itself, a short walk to Kuzguncuk or a couple of stops on the Marmaray to Kadıköy will allow you to explore the Asian side and pay much less for your accommodations.

May Otel is perfect for travelers seeking lower-cost accommodations without sacrificing value, offering easy access to Istanbul’s tourist attractions despite the absence of a spa or fitness center.


  • Right on the Bosphorus with incredible views
  • Comfortable rooms and bed
  • The food is absolutely delicious, especially the breakfast


  • You’re in between two mosques so the call to prayer can be loud
  • Not close to the tourist areas in Istanbul
  • Paid parking

The hotel is absolutely a gem, put on the seafront of Uskudar. The restaurant has an immaculate view to Bosphorus Strait – and during the days, and during the nights.

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Mercure Istanbul Altunizade – $$

⭐️ RATING: 8.4/10 | $$ ♻️ ♿️ | ⭕️ LOCATION: Altunizade | ✅ Book it!

Hamam at the Mercure with the marble slab in the center

If you want to be close to the tourist attractions, this is not the destination for you.

If, however, you need to be close by for a medical procedure or want somewhere away from the tourist traps yet still easily get there, this could be a great option for you.

The beds are comfortable and the staff is great.

At Mercure, you are close to a park, public transportation, plenty of shopping, and more. In addition, despite its average price, it still has a luxurious feel.

Mercure Istanbul Altunizade is perfect for guests looking to enjoy a relaxing stay away from the tourist crowds, with the added convenience of a spa and fitness center, as well as proximity to upscale shopping malls.


  • Even though it is farther away, it is close to the Metro making transportation easy
  • Close access to multiple shopping centers
  • Great swimming pool and spa facilities


  • Low sound insulation between rooms
  • Furthest away from tourist attractions out of the suggested hotels
  • Some rooms allow smoking

I have been coming to this hotel since 2020, it is my preferred accommodation in Istanbul. A big thank you to the staff…

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Alternative list of the best places in Istanbul

If the top picks don’t quite match your needs, there is no shortage of accommodation options. Here’s a list of other noteworthy places that ensure an enjoyable stay in this historic city.

  • Kempinski Hotel (⭐8.9) – Luxury on the Bosphorus with Arabic, German, English, and French-speaking staff to make sure you are taken care of. (Ortaköy/Beşiktaş)
  • Four Seasons Hotel (⭐9.1) – When money is no option, you stay at the Four Seasons Hotel, in a renovated 19th-century Ottoman palace. Great staff, delicious food, and stunning views make for a great vacation. (Sinanpaşa/Beşiktaş)
  • Swissotel Bosphorus (⭐8.9) – Known for its excellent spa facilities and extensive variety of food in its 7 restaurants, all right on the Bosphorus. (Sinanpaşa/Beşiktaş)
  • Sofitel Istanbul Taksim (⭐8.5) – Experience luxury with French elegance in the vibrant Taksim area. (Taksim/Beyoğlu)
  • Divan Hotels (⭐8.6) – With a few different locations, you’re sure to find the best one for you. They are known for their delicious cuisine which I have enjoyed a number of times. (Şişli)
  • Adahan DeCamondo Pera (⭐8.9) – Located in the heart of Galata, it’s perfect for those who wish to be in the center of it all. Don’t miss the tea time at 5 p.m. (Galata/Beyoğlu)
  • Cemre Suites (⭐9) – Enjoy modern and spacious rooms right in the heart of Kadıköy. Close to the ferries, Marmaray, and metro. (Kadıköy)
  • Double Tree (⭐8.9) – With just a 5-minute walk to the heart of Moda you can enjoy the most delicious food and quaint boutiques for shopping then retire for the night in a comfy bed. (Moda/Kadıköy)
  • My Suite Cihangir (⭐8.7) – Enjoy the bohemian streets of Cihangir with these stylish suites, ideal for those who appreciate artsy vibes and café culture. (Firuzağa/Beyoğlu)
  • Witt Istanbul Suites (⭐9.5) – Featuring modern and spacious rooms with panoramic views, this property caters to luxury seekers. (Cihangir/Beyoğlu)

From quaint hostels to cozy apartments to luxurious hotels, Istanbul’s accommodation options cater to all preferences and budgets. Whether you want a room with a view, a luxurious escape, or a convenient base for exploring, these alternatives are sure to provide a comfortable and memorable stay.

A few Considerations for Istanbul Accommodations

A perfect stay in Istanbul should balance the things that are important to you.

Beyond your preferences, there are also a few things that I recommend you take note of when preparing to stay in Turkey.

  • Swimming caps are required in all pools. You can usually buy them at the hotel but they are expensive. If you have some, bring them with you. They can be the plastic ones we use in the States or the fabric ones from here.
  • If you’re in the touristic areas, be aware that Turks generally go to sleep late. If you’re an early-to-bed person, I recommend bringing a noise machine. It is the only way I can sleep in some parts of the country.
  • If you’re renting a car, expect to pay a lot for parking. It is also quite stressful to drive in Turkey, especially in Istanbul, as the rules are not always followed.
  • If you decide to find something else, make sure you book something with a customer rating of 8 or higher on Booking.com.
  • I would recommend not staying in an Airbnb. Currently, there are a lot of issues with people running them illegally and visitors are being kicked out of them or dealing with last-minute cancellations.
  • Especially in older buildings, always put your used toilet paper in the trash instead of flushing it. The ancient pipes just can’t handle it.

FAQs About best hotels in Istanbul

What is the best area to stay in Istanbul for tourists?

The best areas for tourists to stay in Istanbul are Sultanahmet for its proximity to historic landmarks, Taksim Square for nightlife and shopping, and the Bosphorus coastline for luxury accommodations and scenic views. But my favorite is Kadıköy because it has easy access to the European side but is much calmer.

Are the accommodations listed suitable for families?

Yes, the accommodations listed are suitable for families though some more than others. For instance, the Mandarin has an indoor play area and even babysitting services. Every hotel has different amenities but many are family friendly.

Can I find good public transport links near these accommodations?

Istanbul has pretty great coverage for public transportation including buses, metros, and ferries. You can also always grab a taxi.

Which side of Istanbul is best?

The best side of Istanbul is quite subjective. I prefer to stay on the Asian side of the city because I find it to be much calmer. I like that I can pop over to see tourist things if I want without living in it. If, however, you have a short amount of time, you may prefer to stay close by so you don’t waste time traveling back and forth.

What is the safest area to stay in Istanbul for tourists?

Any of the areas I have suggested above would be safe to stay in. Actually, I find Istanbul, and Turkey as a whole for that matter, to be quite safe. I would, however, take special care concerning pickpocketing in tourist areas especially. You can read more about safety here.

How many days do you need in Istanbul?

How many days you need depends on what you want to see and do. If you are a go-go-go person, you could probably see everything you want to in a couple of days. If, however, you like to take your time and see how the locals live, you could easily spend a week and not have enough time.

#1 Top Pick – Best overall
Dome of a hamam protruding through the roof which is also the terrace for the floor. Surrounded by buildings
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Hammamhane (Galata/Beyoğlu)

✅ 10-15 minute walk to many tourist areas

✅ Comfortable beds

✅ Historical onsite Turkish Bathhouse called Cukurcuma Hammam (not incl.)

Final Thoughts on the Best Neighborhoods in Istanbul

*Insert big sigh. That was a lot! It took me nearly a week to compile this information for you and so I hope it has been helpful.

Visiting Istanbul can be a lot much less trying to figure out the best neighborhoods to stay in but hopefully, this helps narrow it down for you.

Your journey through Istanbul is bound to be enriching and exciting and will only be enhanced by any of these exceptional stays.

Whether you value the proximity to cultural sites, a family-friendly environment, or the ease of access to the city’s nightlife, these accommodations promise to cater to your desires for an unforgettable adventure in the heart of Turkey.

If you’re staying in Istanbul for a short amount of time and plan to move on to other places as well, there is much to see!

I hope you fall in love with this beautiful country the same way I have.

Do you have somewhere else that should be on the list? Shoot me an email. I love hearing about your experiences too!

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Turkey vacation basics

When I plan a trip these are the websites I use. Hope they help you plan your next adventure as well!

FLIGHTS: I am a huge fan of Skyscanner and WayAway.

VISAS: You can use the free e-visa portal here but for a few extra dollars you can use iVisa and someone else will handle any issues that may come up.

E-SIM: When I traveled to SE Asia I discovered e-sims and I’m never going back. Airalo has been easy and cheap!

TRAVEL INSURANCE: I use TravelInsurance.com for my trips abroad.

CAR RENTAL: I have loved working with Discover Cars when I rent cars in country.

AIRPORT TRANSFERS: I have used these transfers many times and they are always great. If you’d like more options, I also recommend GetTransfers.com as they allow you to compare companies.

ACCOMMODATION: Find the best Turkey hotel deals on Booking.com.

CITY TOURS & DAY TRIPS: You can browse GetYourGuide’s website to find just the tour you’re looking for!

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