Ansen Suites, Istanbul $$$$
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This small ten-room town house on the edge of Tünel, Istanbul's most bohemian neighborhood, is probably one of the best options in town in terms of price, location, and hip factor. Enter through the Italian Da Vittorio restaurant at street level and you'll find the hotel reception office at the back, manned by a coolheaded collective with none of the stuffy airs of most high-enders in the city. The suites are so-called due to the presence of small kitchen units, though they're better described as spacious rooms, averaging around 500 to 600 square feet, with wireless Internet and cable TV. Decked out in a classy minimalist style, each room has a different design and color scheme, so ask to see a selection before you decide. The higher the room, the better the view of the Golden Horn; those in back are quieter and overlook the charming (if grimy) turn-of-the-century street. You're a minute's walk away from Asmalımescit, a formerly run-down area where funky new cafés and bars are opening at breakneck speed. From here, you can exit onto İstiklal Caddesi and easily reach both Sultanahmet and Taksim.
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