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There’s no shortage of five-star properties in Turkey’s biggest city, and Istanbul is the place to find some of the country’s best hotels. From gorgeous Ottoman Yalis (palaces) lining the banks of the river Bosphorus – such as the Four Seasons – to more architecturally modern newcomers located in the trendier areas of Beyoglu and Galata, Istanbul has more fancy hotels that you can shake a stick at.
In among Istanbul’s cultural highlights in the Sultanahmet area are the main international hotel chains, while Nisantasi’s glamorous hotels and designer shopping outlets serve fashionistas well. It all depends whether you want your luxury with a glittering waterside view or as close to the hustle and bustle as possible.
If you don’t have five figures to spend on hotels, don’t worry – Istanbul still has plenty to offer. Most of the city’s budget accommodation can be found near the Taksim Square end of Istiklal Caddesi.
In the more traditional tourist area of Sultanahmet, meanwhile, you’ll find a good selection of mid-priced accommodation.
There are loads of good value cheap hotels in Turkey, and you’ll get far more bang for your buck outside of Istanbul. In the coastal resorts, such as Bodrum and Oludeniz, or smaller villages like Alacati, it pays to book ahead so you can grab the best rate.
Big resort hotels are common and guarantee a certain standard of accommodation, but guesthouses are what Turkey does best. You’ll find these everywhere, from the well-trodden tourist routes around Cappadocia and Selcuk, to lesser-visited spots such as the Black Sea coast.
The standards vary, but by staying at a guesthouse you’ll have a chance to interact with your hosts, get a sense of true Turkish hospitality and learn more about Turkey over a glass or two of raki (an unsweetened, anise-flavoured alcoholic drink).