Where to stay in Istanbul

In order to properly enjoy the city with an incredible view, one must find a decent and affordable place to stay in. Istanbul has a lot of those to offer, regardless of the neighborhood you’re about to land in. Istanbul is adaptable to the depth of everyone’s pockets; one can have just as much fun with a lot of money or less money.

Boutique hotels

Ibrahim Pasha Hotel

This lovely guesthouse is arguably the most tasteful boutique hotel in Sultanahmet, successfully blending a stylish modern interior with Ottoman antiques. The rooms are uncluttered and very comfortable and owing to its side-street location, quiet. Views from the roof terrace across the domes and minarets of Sultanahmet and down to the Sea of Marmara are superb, and the freshly prepared breakfast (with latte and espresso on lap) in the cozy and charming downstairs breakfast room a delight

Villa Denise

The silhouette of the Bosphorus villages welcomes you as you enter Villa Denise, inviting you on an historical journey amidst original Works of art and classical decoration. Its located in the heart of Arnavutkoy.

Ayasofya Konaklari

Ayasofya Konaklari is situated on Sogukcesme Street between the City’s greatest imperial monuments, the Hagia Sophia and the Topkapi Palace. A piece of art placed at the best location of history. Every house in this street, which is completely closed to traffic, greets the visitor with the name of perfume, such as Jasmine House, Honeysuckle House, Rose Mansion, Cyclamen House, etc. The houses consist of between four or ten rooms, each furnished in a particular colour: the yellow,blue or red rooms.

Anemon Galata Hotel

Anemon Galata Hotel serves in a building with a second degree historical monument status which is restored to its authentic state. Especially the ceiling decorations at the rooms are worth seeing. The hotel is conveniently located right next to Galata Tower, at a walking distance from İstiklal Street, with a clear view of historical sites like the Spice Market, Topkapı Palace and St. Sophia.


It is not over-estimated when I describe the stay at Sumahan on the Water as the perfect way to experience Istanbul. Sumahan provides a wonderful base from which to enjoy the city at your leisure while residing in what is one of Istanbul’s most stunning locations. The complimentary boat service is a joy in itself, whisking you across the Bosphorus to Kabatas. Here you can walk (40-minutes) or take a new tram (10-minutes) directly into the Old City. Alternatively head up the hill towards Taksim and explore the myriad winding streets. At the end of the day you have the privilege of returning from the vibrant, noisy City to the breath of fresh air that is Sumahan.

Hotel Daphnis

Hotel Daphnis is a century-old building made up of four old rum houses, built in typical Greek style and directly opposite the patriarchate. Wooden trims, original window seats and carefully chosen ornaments reflect its history and heritage. The ground floor of the hotel is taken up by the Kozz Halic restaurant, which serves traditional Istanbul dishes and is growing increasingly popular thanks to the high quality service, excellent food and joyful atmosphere. Daphnis is ideally placed for exploring the Eminonu district: it’s within walking distance of the Blue Mosque and right next to the Golden Horn.

Budget Stay-ins

Rapunzel Guesthouse

Rapunzel Hostel is centrally located in the hip and happening area of Istanbul, “Galata” (in the Beyoglu district) offering a budget hostel next to the famous Galata Tower. Istiklal Street, with its nightlife, shopping and famous cosmopolitan atmosphere is only 5 min away; as is Tünel Square, which is officially the trendiest place in Istanbul right now, with a mixture of cool cafés and bars.

Sinbad Hostel

Sinbad Hostel, which offers excellent budget accommodation and a great atmosphere, is ideally situated in the heart of Istanbul. This unique location allows you to fully experience all historical sites. Heating system in the rooms, bar, safety boxes, bed linen, library-book exchange, international phone call, luggage storage, laundry service, airport service, WIF in lobby is available.

World House Hotel

Excellent hostel. Helpful staff, clean, and in a great location. They also offer a pick up from the airport and a free breakfast which is delicious. They have someone at the desk 24/7.

Antique Hostel

Antique Hostel Istanbul greets all guests and visitors, regardless of age, gender and social status. We are glad to welcome each visitor and guess it was right choice. We are an independently owned hostel. We think of our guests as our family. People often think that our location is our greatest asset, but guests quickly realize the hostel is more than just location. The attitude is laid back and there is a positive energy that comes from staff and guests alike. It is a home, a place to easily make life-long friends.

Cheers Lighthouse

Cheers Lighthouse a lovely hostel to stay in – located in a quite area however, still very close to all sightseeing places in Sultanahmet. Beds are comfy with clean linen. Shared bathroom is pretty well kept. Staff is very friendly and helpful. Restaurant is always packed during dinner time especially the weekends – delicious food! If you are looking for a place to stay and meeting nice cool people. Would highly recommend Cheers Lighthouse!


BellaVista Hostel is located nearby Taksim Square. It is very close to touristic and historical places and the traditional parts as well. A clean, relaxing accommodation in your traveling was our first purpose as your home in Istanbul.


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