The fourth largest city in the world, located in Turkey was my latest destination. Here is for you my list of the best places to stay during your stay in Istanbul.
It is important to note that the city is very chaotic in traffic, so my first tip is to stay for at least two nights in the historical center of Sultanahmet, where the main sights are. So you can more comfortably explore the place on foot even and have a more authentic dining experience.
In the historic center:
- Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul Sultanahmet
Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul Sultanahmet offers SPA, gym and spacious and comfortable accommodation. It also has a restaurant and bar serving good drinks and typical dishes.
- Ajwa Hotel Sultanahmet
The Hotel is still new in the city, opened just two years ago and is only ten minutes from the Blue Mosque. Ajwa offers comfortable and modern accommodation in a traditional style. You also have a SPA, a gym, and an on-site restaurant.
If you do not want to stay exactly in the historical center, very close and best located in the vibrant region of Trim covered with bars and restaurants with a more alternative vibe, are:
- Soho House
Soho House is a complex of three luxurious buildings. It offers spacious, contemporary accommodation, a spa, and a gym. In addition, in the patio, is located the restaurant Cecconi’s, surrounded by a beautiful garden.
- Rixos Pera Istanbul
localizado a poucos metros da famosa e badalada Avenida Istiklal e com acesso facilitado ao shopping e estação de metrô, O Rixos oferece a seus hospedes SPA, academia completamente equipada, três restaurantes e acomodações luxuosas.
E para quem gosta de badalação e procura estar mais próximo da vida noturna e dos restaurantes mais elitizados, o melhor é se hospedar na parte mais moderna da cidade. Minhas recomendações ali são:
- Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul
Considered to be the best hotel in Turkey and my favorite, the Çırağan is housed in a former Ottoman palace from the 19th century. The wonderful hotel offers breathtaking, tastefully decorated and luxurious accommodation with panoramic windows overlooking the garden or the sea. There you can also enjoy the SPA, gym, two bars, and two restaurants, but the main attraction is the infinity pool that allows the view of the Bosphorus Strait.
- Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul
Located on the European coast of the Bosphorus Strait, this hotel offers spacious and luxurious accommodation as well as SPA suites. There is a SPA that offers various relaxing activities, indoor and heated swimming pool, three restaurants and a lounge.
- Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus
This luxurious hotel is located in a 19th-century Ottoman palace on the seafront on the coast. The Four Seasons offers two restaurants, one on the hotel terrace, a bar and a lounge, as well as an indoor and an open-air pool surrounded by umbrellas, SPA, gym, and spacious accommodations.
Last but not least, I recommend it to anyone who is a lover of modern architecture and wishes to be surrounded by good restaurants in a high standard Raffles Istanbul location.
Located in central Zorlu, Raffles offers stylish accommodation with a balcony and great views. In addition, the hotel has a terrace, two restaurants, a lounge bar, indoor and outdoor pool, SPA and gym.
In downtown Zorlu you will find the residential area and also a modern design mall with all the shops and brands most loved by us.
I recommend a four-day and four-night city tour, being two days in Sultanahmet or Taksim and two days in the Bosphorus or Zorlu region. That way you can enjoy the best of Istanbul without any difficulties.