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Hotels for History Buffs in Istanbul, Turkey 

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  • 21
    Tomtom Suites

    Tomtom Suites

    5
    4 reviews
    Excellent! - 96% of guests recommend

    Tom Tom Suites is a boutique hotel with a very very strong character. It is located in one of the most exquisite areas of Beyoğlu, opposite the Italian Consulate and downhill from the French Palace. It is in Tophane, where art galleries are plenty, close to Istanbul Modern and of course, the wherever you need to find in Taksim. Tom ...

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    Ciragan Palace Kempinski

    Ciragan Palace Kempinski

    Class:
    5
    19 reviews
    Excellent! - 90% of guests recommend

    You can barely tell that this is a hotel now, and not a palace any longer. Amazing location right on the water and close to historic tourist sights.

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    Adahan Istanbul

    Adahan Istanbul

    5
    2 reviews

    I love the décor of Adahan Istanbul! The hotel is built in an old apartment block and, as is traditional, there are wonderful marble staircases and beautiful features everywhere. What I love is that they’ve kept the original features but they haven’t restored them to look like new, instead they’ve kind of restored the building around these features. It’s modern ...

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    Miapera Hotel

    Miapera Hotel

    4
    3 reviews
    Good! - 79% of guests recommend

    Though seemingly having no aspiration to leap into a higher league, Miapera is like a hidden gem in Taksim. With some add-ons, smarter promotion, better menus and more dramatic lighting, they could strive to become the new ‘it’ hotel, addressing a hipper crowd. Miapera’s decoration is slick. The rooms are not palatial but they are well-designed and very comfortable. The ...

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  • 25
    Basileus Hotel

    Basileus Hotel

    3.5
    4 reviews
    Excellent! - 94% of guests recommend

    Sutlanahmet is a great place to stay when visiting Istanbul, with Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and the Grand Bazaar all within 5/10 minutes of each other. However, all the people and traffic can start to feel a bit oppressive after a while so it’s nice to escape to a hotel like this, which is set away from all ...

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    Hippodrome Hotel

    Hippodrome Hotel

    Class:
    4
    2 reviews
    Good! - 79% of guests recommend

    I thought Hippodrome Hotel was a part of Best Western chain (at least formerly), but no, it is connected to Azade Hotel, which is a very decent hotel in the greater Sultanahmet area. Hippodrome is smaller compared to Azade but the rooms are clean and the staff is very helpful. It is located in the same area (Akbıyık caddesi) with ...

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  • 27
    Big Apple Hotel & Hostel Istanbul

    Big Apple Hotel & Hostel Istanbul

    3.5
    3 reviews
    Good! - 79% of guests recommend

    Seeing the gilded door from the outside I couldn’t quite believe this was a hostel. The lobby was equally nice and to my surprise the building did in fact hold a range of reasonably priced dorms and rooms. The guy at the desk was super friendly and seemed to be best mates with all the guests as well as the ...

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  • 28
    Ottoman Palace Taksim Square Hotel

    Ottoman Palace Taksim Square Hotel

    Class:
    3.5
    3 reviews
    Mediocre - 67% of guests recommend

    Ottoman Palace rises right at the very heart of Istanbul – the hotel overlooks Taksim square. Occupying such a great spot, the hotel does justice to its location. It is lavishly decorated around the theme that gives the hotel its very name. The lobby/reception area is quite palatial with classical furniture, portraits of Ottoman sultans and coat of arms. The ...

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  • 29
    Kariye Hotel

    Kariye Hotel

    Class:
    4
    4 reviews
    Fair - 71% of guests recommend

    Contrary to what one might think at first sight, people chose Kariye Hotel not because of its proximity to St. Chora museum. Its accommodating the best neo-Ottoman cuisine place in Istanbul (Asitane Restaurant), its proximity to Balat, one of the most well-preserved historic neighbourhoods in Istanbul and the hotel being somehow “out of time”, definitely passé, démodé, but with style, ...

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  • 30
    A'jia Hotel

    A'jia Hotel

    Class:
    5
    5 reviews

    Europe’s most enchanting hotel, with a decor that combines luxury and comfort in perfect balance, the A’jia Hotel is located in the historical Ahmet Rasim Paşa Mansion in Kanlıca. The restaurant of this sixteen-room boutique hotel serves a rich selection of fine Italian and Mediterranean dishes and takes in an unparalleled Bosphorus view. A’jia has become a popular choice for ...

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    Witt Istanbul Hotel

    Witt Istanbul Hotel

    Class:
    4.5
    6 reviews
    Excellent! - 96% of guests recommend

    A gorgeous set of suites in the heart of trendy Cihangir. The 18 rooms in Witt are all spacious and contain king-size beds, a sitting area and kitchenettes with good coffee machines. Despite being equipped with kitchenettes, the hotel still offers a free breakfast, which is great if you’re just stopping for a day or two and don’t want to ...

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    The Peak Hotel

    The Peak Hotel

    Class:
    4.5
    3 reviews

    The Peak Hotel occupies a good spot in Tepebaşı and represents a modern edge that contrasts the historic hotels that highlight the district. Nevertheless, the hotel itself was built in 1961 and went through its final renovation in 2008, incarnating as the The Peak Hotel as it is known today. The hotel has an “intellectual” atmosphere with books and striking ...

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    Troya Hotel

    Troya Hotel

    4
    5 reviews
    Good! - 78% of guests recommend

    When my inlaws visited us in Istanbul, we had them stay at Troya Hotel in Pera. Our one major complaint was that much of the hotel was undergoing renovations at that time but it was definitely worth it as today's Troya is modern and gleaming. The hotel is set in Pera alongside some of the nicest stone buildings in Beyoglu. ...

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    The Green Park Taksim

    The Green Park Taksim

    Class:
    4
    3 reviews

    If you want to be near Taksim, Talimhane is the best place. The cobblestone streets are lined with international restaurants: Korean, Palestinian, Indian and, of course Turkish. The Green Park is the nicest hotel in the neighborhood. The rates run up to 200 Euro a night but you'll have a secure, conveniently located and luxurious hotel.

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  • 35
    Hilton Istanbul

    Hilton Istanbul

    Class:
    5
    5 reviews
    Excellent! - 85% of guests recommend

    This is definitely a five star hotel; it’s luxurious, spacious, has great facilities and the staff members are all wonderful. However, it doesn’t really feel like it’s part of the city. It’s set in its own complex and, other than the view and a few Turkish trinkets in the shop, you could be absolutely anywhere in the world. If you’re ...

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  • 36
    Grand Hyatt Istanbul

    Grand Hyatt Istanbul

    Class:
    4.5
    5 reviews
    Excellent! - 89% of guests recommend

    A beautifully peaceful hotel in the heart of the city of Istanbul. When you go into the lobby it’s hard to believe that the roaring city surrounds you and the garden is very tranquil (though of course you can hear some of the noise from the surrounding roads). The facilities, as you would expect from a Grand Hyatt, are great: ...

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  • 37
    Side Hotel and Pension

    Side Hotel and Pension

    3
    5 reviews
    Excellent! - 85% of guests recommend

    A hotel and a pension in one building, Side offers rooms for various budgets. The pension side is very nice – definitely better than your average hostel – and other than the lack of en-suite it’s easily as good as a hotel room. Only half of the hotel rooms have air-conditioning and none of the pension rooms but you can ...

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  • 38
    Hotel Ilkay

    Hotel Ilkay

    Class:
    3
    5 reviews
    Very Good! - 84% of guests recommend

    This is a really good mid-range hotel. It isn’t super-stylish, as one person mentioned below, but it’s clean and well-kept and doesn’t feel dated, just simple. The hotel is close to all the major sights of old Istanbul and it’s just a few minutes walk to Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque. There’s a nice, easy-going pub attached to the hotel, ...

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  • 39
    Hotel Hali

    Hotel Hali

    Class:
    3
    5 reviews
    Good! - 76% of guests recommend

    Overall, I liked the Hali Hotel. It has an antique feel and it is nicely tucked away behind all of the main historical sites of the old city. It is nice to be in a hotel slightly away from the busy streets of Sultanahmet. The lobby has an old timey feel with the walls lined with wood framing. The rooms ...

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    Alaaddin Hotel

    Alaaddin Hotel

    Class:
    3
    5 reviews
    Good! - 77% of guests recommend

    A great location and a great view from the roof terrace, but the hotel itself is fairly standard all in all. It’s clean and friendly but nothing much to write home about – not bad but not great either. The location, as mentioned above, is excellent and a stone’s throw from the Blue Mosque and the Hippodrome but thankfully off ...

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