Istanbul has a good
selection of international-chain hotels and a some
fine local hotels for you to consider. Here's the
list. Virtually all hotels in this 5-star category have the usual deluxe facilities: comfortable guest rooms with one or two double, queen or king-size beds, luxury bathrooms, mini-bar, satellite TV and broadband Internet connection.
Location is an important
If you stay in Sultanahmet, you'll be only
steps from Istanbul's major sights, including Ayasofya,
the Hippodrome, and Topkapi Palace, but you may
not get a swimming pool or Bosphorus views.
If you stay in Beyoglu, especially Taksim
Square, you're close to shopping and nightlife,
and only a 15-minute taxi ride from Sultanahmet.
Your hotel will probably offer a swimming pool and
If you stay on the Bosphorus shore, you may
have both these features, but there may be few shops
or attractions near your hotel and you'll probably
spend an hour or more each day getting around by