- Ceylan InterContinental IstanbulAsker Ocağı Cad. No.1 Taksim, Istanbul, Turkeyrecommended Ceylan InterContinental IstanbulIn Istanbul a good gym and spa is hard to come by unless you shell out serious cash. However in the summer of 2009 my wife and I purchased a three month pass to the gym, pool and spa at the ... read moreIntercontinental. Lounging by the pool, gourmet sandwiches and going for a swim was a great way to minimize our longing for the Jersey Shore. Although situated right near Taksim, the Intercontinental felt oddly like an oasis. After an hour of cardio with a Bosphorus view and lifting weights in the high tech gym, soaking up steam in the Turkish bath on the premises was a perfect way to ease out the kinks in our muscles.Rich Carriero
This was our gym and escape from city life in the summer of 2009.
- The Marmara Taksim Gümüşsuyu Mh. Sıraselviler Caddesi 7, Beyoğlu, Istanbul, 80090 Turkeyrecommended The Marmara TaksimYou can see it from practically everywhere in Istanbul: the tower on Taksim Square with the giant TV on top. The Marmara is the most upscale hotel in the immediate vicinity of Taksim and it's worth ... read morethe money--if you can afford it. It has the usualy amenties: doorman and valet service, a rooftop swimming pool, a view of both Taksim and the Bosphorus, a gourmet Turkish breakfast and a worthwhile restaurant/bar. There is an in-house salon, shoe shine stands and Starbucks is literally 50 meters from the front door.
- Renaissance Polat Istanbul HotelSahil Caddesi no: 2 | Yesilyurt, Istanbul 34149, Turkeyrecommended Renaissance Polat Istanbul HotelThe Renaissance Polat is not really for tourists. Located out in Yesilyurt closer to the airport than anything else, it's more fitting for business travelers and conferences. That being said, the ... read morehotel has an amazing view of the Sea of Marmara and because of the sound proofing of the windows, you can watch--but not hear--airplanes land. The hotel is essentially a tower with an impressive lobby. The staff speak excellent English and most of the guests are foreigners so you will feel right at home. There is a wide variety of rooms but most enjoy a good view of some kind.
- Grand Hotel de LondresMesrutiyet Cad. 117, Istanbul 80050, Turkeyrecommended Grand Hotel de LondresFew corners of old Europe have survived globalization with their character intact. The Pera section of Istanbul, however, is old Europe at its grandest. The Hotel Londres was built during the 1890's ... read moreafter the Orient Express began ferrying Europe's wealthiest travelers to Istanbul. In 1922 Hemingway stayed in the Londres while covering the Turkish War of Independence. From the classic marble facade to the red plush interior lobby and the elegant bar, the Londres is pure old world luxury.
- Hotel Pera Palace Mesrutiyet Caddesi 52, Tepebasi Beyoglu, Istanbul 34430, Turkeyrecommended Hotel Pera PalacePera Palace is one of Istanbul's grand old hotels, which were constructed in the Pera neighborhood of Beyoglu (the old diplomatic quarter) after the completion of the Orient Express during the 1890's. ... read morePera Palace's main claim to fame is that it was Agatha Christie's favorite hotel in the city and the place where she wrote "Murder on the Orient Express." The hotel maintains a musuem in her old room. While in the last few decades Pera Palace fell into a tragic level of disrepair, the hotel has since been renovated and has regained its status as a symbol of old world European luxury.
- Troya HotelTepebasi Mesrutiyet Caddesi No: 45, Beyoglu, Istanbul 34430, Turkeyrecommended Troya HotelWhen 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 ... read moreit as today's Troya is modern and gleaming. The hotel is set in Pera alongside some of the nicest stone buildings in Beyoglu. Troya has convenient access to Istiklal Street and Taksim Square. The rooms are on the small side but comfortable. The staff is very friendly and my inlaws raved about the authentic Turkish buffet breakfast each morning. Troya also handled my inlaw's transportation to and from the airport, saving them from the confusion of catching the Havas shuttle bus. For all of this service, the price was a steal.
- The Byzantium HotelCankurtaran Mah. Akbiyik Cad. No/29 Sultanahmet | Akbiyik cad No 29 Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122, Turkeyrecommended The Byzantium HotelThis hotel was stunning! Located only steps from Hagai Sophia, the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace on a cute street full of shops and cafes. The staff was friendly and willing to help with any request, ... read morewhile the rooms themselves were gorgeous. Even if you don't stay here, don't miss the rooftop terrace - tallest in the area!Lauren Baker
In Istanbul you can find everything from the ridiculously expensive grand hotels to dirt cheap hostels. This is a beautiful hotel for a good price.
- Empress ZoeAkbiyik Caddesi 4/1, Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122, Turkeyrecommended Empress ZoeA warren of unique rooms from doubles to suites that can accommodate families, with a gorgeous garden for breakfasting and sipping wine in the afternoon, the Empress Zoe is somehow still very ... read morereasonable. I stayed in a suite on my honeymoon and it was wonderful...welcoming without being obtrusive. The penthouse suite has roof terrace access to boot. With reasonable prices and a location literally steps from the main sights of Istanbul, the Empress Zoe is one of those really perfect hotels.Julia P
Hey there, Waleed. Five star hotels are NOT cheap in Istanbul, however some hotels, like the Empress Zoe, are extremely good value for money...for really cheap hotels, try filtering for hotels under $100: http://www.gogobot.com/istanbul--hotels?avg_price=1. Hope that's helpful!!