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Istanbul Hotels

Istanbul offers a huge range of accommodation, from basic hostels and simple family-run pansiyons (guesthouses) to boutique hotels in restored Ottoman era mansions and luxurious international brand hotel properties. The main hotel area is Sultanahmet but there are also plenty of hotels across the Golden Horn in Beyoğlu. Almost all hotels in Istanbul quote their prices in Euros.

The Istanbul hotels below have been grouped into three pricing categories:
Luxury (over €150)
Moderate (€80 to €150)
Cheap (up to €80)
These hotel prices are for a standard double room, including tax and breakfast.

Luxury

Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul

Right on the Bosphorus Strait's shoreline and partly housed in a former Ottoman palace, the Kempinski boasts some of the most opulent rooms in Istanbul. The waterfront pool terrace offers unparalleled Bosphorus views while the jazz bar, restaurants and spa offer plenty of opportunity to swaddle yourself in luxury.

Address: Beşiktaş, Çirağan Caddesi 32, Istanbul,
Telephone: +90 212 326 4646
Website: http://www.kempinski.com/istanbul

Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah

Everyone from Agatha Christie to Ernest Hemingway once stayed at this iconic Istanbul hotel, open since 1892. Rooms are a slice of old world elegance, afternoon tea under the chandeliers in the lounge will transport you back in time, while the pool and spa provide ample 21st century updates.

Address: Beyoğlu, Meşrutiyet Caddesi 52, Istanbul,
Telephone: +90 212 377 4000
Website: http://www.jumeirah.com

Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet

Understated luxury is the keynote here, and it's hard to believe that this century-old building was once an infamous prison. Each of the 65 rooms is classically designed with Turkish textiles and art adding eye catching details. The rooftop terrace and large, leafy courtyard are relaxing city retreats.

Address: Sultanahmet, Tevkifhane Sokak 1, Cankurtaran, Istanbul,
Telephone: +90 212 402 3000
Website: http://www.fourseasons.com

Moderate

Ibrahim Pasha Hotel

Sleek design and ultra-friendly service make the Ibrahim Pasha stand out in the crowded Istanbul accommodation market. Little extras such as complimentary fruit in rooms and Molton Brown toiletries in bathrooms add a luxurious feel while staff go out of their way to help guests, creating a home-from-home vibe.

Address: Sultanahmet, Terzihane Sokak 7, Istanbul,
Telephone: +90 212 518 0394
Website: http://www.ibrahimpasha.com

Hotel Empress Zoe

Quirky folk art touches, Central Asian textiles as bedspreads and the odd antique give the Empress Zoe's rooms plenty of quirky appeal. Set within a row of Ottoman era mansions, with a lush garden and a rooftop terrace with views over Sultanahmet's Byzantine period walls, this hotel brims with character.

Address: Sultanahmet, Akbıyık Caddesi 10, Cunkurtaran, Istanbul,
Telephone: +90 212 518 2504
Website: http://www.emzoe.com

Ottoman Hotel Imperial

A stone's throw from the Aya Sofya, this rather grand 19th century building once served as a hospital and school before being transformed into a hotel. The common areas here are full of elegant Ottoman character and the gardens and terraces provide tranquil respites from the city.

Address: Sultanahmet, Caferiye Sokak 6/1, Istanbul,
Telephone: +90 212 513 6150
Website: http://www.ottomanhotelimperial.com

Cheap

Side Hotel and Pension

In prime position, slap in the middle of Sultanahmet's historical quarter, this family-run hotel has long been a budget traveller institution. The simple rooms are spick-and-span and decently sized and the roof top terrace (where breakfast is served) has excellent views over the old city's domes and minaret punctured skyline.

Address: Sultanahmet, Utangaç Sokak 20, Cankurtaran, Istanbul,
Telephone: +90 212 458 5870
Website: http://www.sidehotel.com

Hotel Nomade

Just steps from Sultanahmet's major monuments, Hotel Nomade punches well above its weight with small but sleekly outfitted rooms, a roof terrace cafe with views of the Aya Sofya, and friendly, helpful staff. One of the best deals in the city. Unsurprisingly, it fills up fast with loyal, repeat guests.

Address: Sultanahmet, Ticarethane Sokak 15, Istanbul,
Telephone: +90 212 513 8172
Website: http://www.hotelnomade.com

Sarı Konak

This family-run boutique hotel offers old world atmosphere, trussed up with modern conveniences, in an Ottoman era mansion. The smallish rooms have polished wood floors and are classically styled while the rooftop cafe has views of both the Blue Mosque and the Sea of Marmara.

Address: Sultanahmet, Mimar Mehmet Ağa Caddesi 26, Istanbul,
Telephone: +90 212 638 6258
Website: http://www.istanbulhotelsarikonak.com