Istanbul, the city of two continents, is one of the most visited cities in the world. The ancient history and the mixture of the traditional and the contemporary make this city a unique holiday destination for many travelers. The old city district Sultanahmet is perfect for sightseeing, however, the farther areas of the city are also worth seeing.

Although visiting the city’s main attractions, such as the famous Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, and Grand Bazaar is a must, you will notice that every corner of the city is a magical sight itself, waiting to be discovered.

Plan your trip to this beautiful city with our list of the 10 best hotels in Istanbul!

A complete list of the hotels in Istanbul

  Hotel name Rating Website Room rates at Booking.com Room rates/night during High season (July) Room rates/night during Low season (December)
Luxury
1. Raffles Istanbul    5 GO Check rates 571 $ 504 $
2. Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul 5 GO Check rates 474 $ 352 $
3. Tomtom Suites  5 GO Check rates 197 $ 187 $
4. Radisson Blu Hotel, Istanbul Sisli  4.5 GO Check rates 208 $ 182 $
Mid-range
5. White House Hotel Istanbul  5.0 GO Check rates 145 $ 111 $
6. Hotel Amira Istanbul  5.0 GO Check rates 168 $ 89 $
7. Hotel Sultania  5.0 GO Check rates 170 $ 112$
Budget
8. Primero Hotel  5.0 GO Check rates 68 $ 45 $
9. Basileus Hotel   5.0 GO Check rates 72 $ 34 $
10. Karakoy Port Hotel   5.0 GO Check rates 85 $ 56 $

A map illustrating the locations of the hotels. View the entire map here.

Map. 10 best hotels in Istanbul
Map. 10 best hotels in Istanbul

1. Raffles Istanbul – Luxury

Raffles Istanbul
Raffles Istanbul

A luxury 5-star hotel offering great facilities, such as outdoor pool, indoor pool, and a stunning terrace, to provide a memorable luxury experience. The hotel’s Michelin-starred Arola restaurant will serve you an exquisite menu based on style plates and creative tapas of Sergi’s philosophy.

Hotel class

5 stars

Pros

  • Traveler’s Choice 2019 Winner
  • Forbes Travel Guide 2019 Award Winner
  • Sauna, fitness center, massage, and a Turkish bath are available
  • Stunning city view from hotel rooms
  • Free private parking
  • Smoking/ non-smoking rooms are available

Cons

  • Nothing to add here. Most visitors are satisfied with their stay.

2. Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet – Luxury

Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet
Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet

Located in the heart of Istanbul’s Old Town, this hotel is set in a neo-classical prison building and has a beautiful courtyard. This luxury hotel offers accommodations with unique and beautiful decorations such as handwoven Turkish rug.

Hotel class

5 stars

Pros

  • Travelers’ Choice 2019 Winner
  • The property is 350 m from the Topkapi Palace
  • Istanbul Airport is 53 km from the hotel
  • Rooms and suites decorated in a Turkish theme
  • A beautiful Seasons Restaurant situated in a glass pavilion
  • Spa center offering beauty and health treatments
  • Smoking/ non-smoking rooms are available

Cons

  • The hotel lacks a swimming pool; however, it is highly rated.

3. Tomtom Suites – Luxury

Tomtom Suites
Tomtom Suites

Situated in an authentic Istanbul building, Tomtom Suites (The Old Franciscan House) has served since the 1850s till now. Moreover, the building has been home for the Levantine families and French nuns. Today, it offers 20 luxury suites, fully renovated and decorated with modern elements, a beautiful terrace with a stunning old town view and many other facilities.

Hotel class

5 stars

Pros

  • Travelers’ Choice 2019 Winner
  • The hotel is 1 km away from Taksim Square
  • The suites of the hotel have marvelous Carrara marble bathrooms
  • The hotel guests can enjoy Turkish wines at the terrace
  • Non-smoking rooms

Cons

  • The hotel has no pool or spa center. However, the majority of visitors are pleased with other facilities.

4. Radisson Blu Hotel, Istanbul Sisli – Luxury

Radisson Blu Hotel
Radisson Blu Hotel

Located in one of Istanbul’s commercial centers, Radisson Blu Hotel features an indoor pool, an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and a spa with a Turkish bath. There are a number of shopping malls and other attractions nearby, which make this hotel a perfect choice for guests interested in shopping and city walks.

Hotel class

5 stars

Pros

  • The hotel is a few minutes away from Metrobus station, which makes other parts of the city easily accessible
  • Istanbul Airport is 50 km from the hotel
  • Taksim, Nisantasi, and Osmanbey districts are a short walk from the hotel
  • Non-smoking hotel

Cons

  • Some minor complaints regarding customer service.

5. White House Hotel Istanbul – Mid-range

White House Hotel Istanbul
White House Hotel Istanbul

Conveniently located in the historical area of the city, the hotel is a short walk from Istanbul’s main attractions: Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Archeology Museum, Spice Bazaar other famous landmarks. White House hotel is a perfect place if you plan to explore the city’s museums, restaurants, and shops.

Hotel class

4 stars

Pros

  • Travelers’ Choice 2019 Winner
  • Free transfer from the airport is available
  • The hotel staff can arrange car rentals and airport shuttle service
  • The hotel is located close to the Archaeology Museum and Topkapi Palace
  • Non-smoking rooms

Cons

  • Nothing to add here.

6. Hotel Amira Istanbul – Mid-range

Hotel Amira Istanbul
Hotel Amira Istanbul

A beautiful boutique hotel located the city center and offers 32 spacious rooms designed with local style and hand-made paintings. The major sights are located near the hotel and are accessible by foot.

Hotel class

4 stars

Pros

  • Travelers’ Choice 2019 Winner
  • Free airport pick-up service
  • The hotel is 55 km from the Istanbul Airport
  • Fitness center available
  • Gluten-free breakfast can be served
  • Valet parking service is available
  • Non-smoking rooms

Cons

  • The hotel has mostly positive reviews.

7. Hotel Sultania – Mid-range

Hotel Sultania
Hotel Sultania

A beautiful hotel with traditional Ottoman interior design, located in Sultanahmet district. Hotel Sultania offers elegant rooms with various amenities such as coffee/tea maker and a pillow menu.

Hotel class

4.5 stars

Pros

  • Travelers’ Choice 2019 Winner
  • The hotel is a short walk from Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Spice Bazaar, and Hagia Sophia
  • The property is conveniently located 100m from Marmaray Sirkeci Station and Gulhane Tram Station
  • Gulhane Park is 100m and Spice Bazaar is 600m from the hotel
  • Heated indoor swimming pool
  • A fitness center with techno gym cardio and resistance is also available
  • Turkish hammam and sauna
  • Luggage storage is available
  • A fine dining restaurant located on the rooftop
  • Non-smoking rooms

Cons

  • Some minor complaints.

8. Primero Hotel – Budget

Primero Hotel
Primero Hotel

Primero hotel is located near the Basilica Cistern and offers comfortable accommodations, private parking, a shared lounge and an exquisite restaurant for an unforgettable experience.

Hotel class

3.5 stars

Pros

  • The hotel is located close to the Grand Bazaar, Hagia Sophia and Column Constantine
  • Istanbul airport is 42 km from the hotel
  • Airport shuttle service is available at an extra charge
  • Non-smoking hotel

Cons

  • The hotel lacks a swimming pool, spa, and gym.

9. Basileus Hotel – Budget

Basileus Hotel
Basileus Hotel

Located 300m from the Marmara Sea, Basileus Hotel has beautifully designed spacious rooms with French balconies, parquet floors, and wooden furniture. This hotel is a good choice if you are interested in exploring architecture and monuments.

Hotel class

3.5 stars

Pros

  • Travelers’ Choice 2019 Winner
  • The hotel is a short walk from Basilica Cistern, Archaeological Museum, Blue Mosque, and other attractions
  • Shuttle bus service is available
  • Non-smoking rooms

Cons

  • The hotel has high traveler rating, however, it lacks a spa center, gym, and pool

10. Karakoy Port Hotel –  Budget

Karakoy Port Hotel
Karakoy Port Hotel

Having a prime location in Tophane district, this unique hotel offers stunning views of the sea. The rooms are styled in soft colors and the beds are extra-long and comfortable. The hotel guests can enjoy a beautiful panoramic view from the restaurant’s terrace.

Hotel class

3 stars

Pros

  • Rooftop terrace with mesmerizing sea view
  • Parking is available
  • The Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia Museum and Basilica Cistern are easily accessible from the hotel
  • Self-serve laundry
  • The property is 250 m away from Tophane Tram Stop
  • Non-smoking hotel

Cons

  • Nothing to add here.

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