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11 Best places to stay in Istanbul

  • Istanbul, Marmara Region, Turkey

  • Istanbul, Marmara Region, Turkey

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A deliciously sleek waterfront hotel to retreat to after the liveliness of the big city. 

Average £307

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  • Istanbul, Marmara Region, Turkey

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Dating back to the 1860s, this was the last palace to be built in Istanbul for the Ottoman royals – it’s now an opulent 5-star hotel and celeb favourite, set away from the cacophony of central Istanbul.

Average £358

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  • Istanbul, Marmara Region, Turkey

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Superbly staffed, relaxing oasis in an unbeatable location – the luxury choice in central Sultanahmet.

Average £394

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  • Istanbul, Marmara Region, Turkey

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Yasmak Sultan Hotel

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Yasmak Sultan Hotel

Close to Istanbul’s top sights, this friendly hotel with a spa and rooftop restaurant is a dream for first-time visitors. And good value too.

Average £120

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  • Istanbul, Marmara Region, Turkey

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Hotel Bankerhan

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Hotel Bankerhan

A cool, art-filled boutique hotel near the heart of modern Istanbul’s most fashionable shopping and nightlife district. 

Average £300

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  • Istanbul, Marmara Region, Turkey

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In the heart of Istanbul’s hip Beyoglu district, this boutique hotel combines understated luxury with a glam rooftop restaurant. One of the best hotels in town for a romantic city break. 

Average £350

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  • Istanbul, Marmara Region, Turkey

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Pera Palace Hotel

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Pera Palace Hotel

Wonderfully evocative of Old Istanbul, this lavish, recently-renovated 19th-century hotel is a treat for history and culture buffs. 

Average £182

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  • Istanbul, Marmara Region, Turkey

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A hip, upmarket base with a great pool and bar in one of Istanbul’s slickest neighbourhoods – though the main historic sights are around a 6km taxi ride away.

Average £264

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  • Istanbul, Marmara Region, Turkey

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Hotel Ibrahim Pasha

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Hotel Ibrahim Pasha

This stylish, friendly and affordable boutique hotel is in sights-packed Sultanahmet, perfect for first-time visitors.

Average £111

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  • Istanbul, Marmara Region, Turkey

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Right on the Bosphorus, this large, luxury-packed hotel is true to its name, with superb facilities and mesmerising views over the water.

Average £450

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