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Istanbul hotels

Istanbul's hotels have come a long way since the days of the hippie trail, when budget travelers were looking for a slice of the Orient, an exotic smoke, and a cheap bed. The major luxury chains, including Four Seasons (with two properties), Ritz-Carlton, Kempinski, W, and Park Hyatt have opened for business. More and more independent boutiques like Ansen Suites, the House Hotel, and Witt Istanbul Suites have sprouted up in the center of town. Even the crusty old Pera Palace, which housed Agatha Christie and other Orient Express passengers back in the day, has gotten a facelift. Those with an urge to stay in the Old City, Sultanahmet, should be aware that the proximity to the main historic sights has its downsides: a poor selection of nightlife and eating options, generally shoddy hotels (exceptions listed here), and ceaseless haranguing from touts. Most of the luxury options are in the more "modern" part of Istanbul north of the Golden Horn, or across the Bosphorus.

To understand the lay of the land in Istanbul, visit our Fact Sheet.

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W Istanbul, Beşiktaş

Istanbul is fast becoming Europe's capital of cool, and its hip-o-meter certainly clocked up a couple more notches with the April 2008 opening of the W in the...more

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Swissôtel the Bosphorus, Beşiktaş

This "classy and secluded" hotel overlooks the Bosphorus on the former garden of Dolmabahçe Palace. Guest rooms are warm and modern, with rich woods,...more

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Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul, Taksim

The Ritz-Carlton occupies 15 floors of one of the city's most controversial buildings: Süzer Plaza, a dreary monolith that stands obnoxiously at the heart...more

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Park Hyatt Istanbul–Maçka Palas, Nişantaşı

Opened in fall 2008, the Park Hyatt is a sophisticated, stylish hotel with all the modest self-assuredness that is the mark of a solid high-end brand. Architect...more

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Hotel Les Ottomans, Kuruçeşme

When Hotel Les Ottomans opened in 2006 in a renovated 18th-century mansion in Kuruçeşme, a little way up the Bosphorus on the European side, it...more

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Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet, Sultanahmet

Probably the only Four Seasons in a prison, and one of the smallest in the chain, but there's nothing confining about this 65-room hotel very handily midway...more

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Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul, Beşiktaş

This mid-19th-century palace, located on the site of an 18th-century residence belonging to the last Ottoman sultans, housed the Turkish parliament for two...more

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Sofa Hotel & Residences, Nişantaşı

If you can forgive the rather humdrum name and slightly away-from-center location (trendy Nişantaşı, about a five-minute cab ride from Taksim...more

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Lush Hotel, Taksim

The lively nightlife and shopping area around Beyoğlu is generally neglected by hotel entrepreneurs, leaving a choice between brass-knobbed chains and...more

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Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus, Beşiktaş

The Çırağan Kempinski must have been glancing nervously over its shoulder in June 2008, when the new Four Seasons Bosphorus opened in the elegant...more

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