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What's Istanbul like?

People go to Istanbul to see famous monuments such as Suleymaniye Mosque, as well as to enjoy its many popular attractions like TurkuaZoo. The city is also known for its museums and restaurants. Travelers seeking the perfect souvenir may want to head to Grand Bazaar and Spice Bazaar. While here, you may want to make time for other popular sights such as Cemberlitas Bath and Cagaloglu Hamami.

Where are the best places to stay in Istanbul?

Here are our travelers' top 5 places to stay in Istanbul:

Hagia Sofia Mansions

City-center hotel, steps from Hagia Sophia
  • • Free valet parking • Free WiFi • Restaurant • Garden • Walkable location

Ajwa Hotel Sultanahmet

Luxury hotel with indoor pool, near Column of Constantine
  • • Free valet parking • Free WiFi • Restaurant • Spa • Walkable location

Tomtom Suites

Upscale hotel within walking distance of Pera Museum
  • • Free breakfast • Free WiFi • Restaurant • Bar • Central location

Nomade Hotel Exclusive

Walking distance from Sultanahmet Square
  • • Free breakfast • Free WiFi • 24-hour front desk • Walkable location

White House Hotel Istanbul

Upscale hotel, steps from Cagaloglu Hamami
  • • Free breakfast • Free WiFi • Restaurant • Rooftop terrace • Central location

What types of hotels are available in Istanbul?

We have 3241 Istanbul accommodations with prices starting at USD 6. Choose one of our 13198 deals and get discounts of up to 75%.

Below are the number of accommodations by star rating in Istanbul and the surrounding area:

  • • 149 5-star accommodations from USD 55 per night
  • • 331 4-star accommodations from USD 33 per night
  • • 210 3-star accommodations from USD 23 per night
  • • 45 2-star accommodations from USD 10 per night

How to Get to Istanbul

What are the closest airports to Istanbul?

  • • Istanbul (IST), 20.5 mi (32.9 km) from central Istanbul
  • • Istanbul (SAW-Sabiha Gokcen Intl.), 19.7 mi (31.8 km) from central Istanbul

What are the closest train stations to Istanbul?

  • • Istanbul Kumkapi Station (0.7 mi/1.2 km from the city center)
  • • Istanbul Yenikapi Station (0.8 mi/1.3 km from the city center)
  • • YeniKapi Station (0.8 mi/1.3 km from the city center)

Things to See and Do in Istanbul

What is there to see in Istanbul?

  • • Suleymaniye Mosque
  • • Cemberlitas Bath
  • • Cagaloglu Hamami
  • • Hippodrome of Constantinople
  • • Basilica Cistern

What is there to do in Istanbul?

  • • Grand Bazaar
  • • Spice Bazaar
  • • Hagia Sophia
  • • Istanbul Archaeology Museum
  • • Istanbul Cevahir Shopping and Entertainment Centre

Other Popular Istanbul Attractions

  • • Sultanahmet Square
  • • Blue Mosque
  • • Galata Tower
  • • Topkapi Palace
  • • Chora Church

When is the best time to visit Istanbul?

  • • Hottest months: July, August, June, September (average 79°F)
  • • Coldest months: January, February, March, December (average 37°F)
  • • Rainiest months: December, January, November, and February (average 4.16 inches of rainfall)

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