The Kybele Hotel, near the Topkapi Palace and Basilica Cistern, is a fabulous hotel with beautiful decor, a fine breakfast and dinner (where I never finished a dinner alone), and spotless, large, modern bathrooms in every room. Adding to its charm are the three brothers who run the hotel — loquacious, friendly and even a bit eccentric. I used to stay there frequently when I lived in Turkey.
Did I mention that it is inexpensive? — R. Roberto
We had a wonderful seven-day family rendezvous at the Garden House Hotel - a lovely renovated Ottoman house. The location is perfect - at the foot of the Hippodrome near the Blue Mosque and Haghia Sophia. It is within walking distance of most of the major sites - Topkapi Palace, the Bazaar Quarter, the Archaeological Museum, the Basilica Cistern, and many more. A variety of shops and wonderful restaurants are nearby (Don't miss Balikci Sabahattin). The hotel satisfied our every need. The staff is very friendly and ready to be helpful in any way (Including transfer to the airport). The room was spacious, well kept, and overlooked the courtyard. A stay at the Garden House Hotel will enhance your visit to wonderful Istanbul. https://www.gardenhouseistanbul.com/index-en.htm
— Jim LeTellier
I just returned last night from two weeks in Turkey. Best trip EVER. What an amazing place. I especially loved Istanbul. If you're looking for a reasonably priced hotel right in the middle of the Old City, walking distance to the Blue Mosque, Topkapi and Aya Sofia, plus the amazing Grand Bazaar, look no further than the Ibrahim Pasha Hotel. A single will run you about 85 Euros (100 dollars) and a suite, accommodating three people, will be 135 Euros for the room, with a 10 percent discount if you pay in cash. Full of character, with a great breakfast and all the modern amenities (including flat screen tv's with BBC World and CNN, plus wi-fi in the rooms) and with a serious Turkish decor, it's a real find. — amy selwy
There is no city in the world like Istanbul; the sounds, sites, smells and people are extraordinary. I have been there many times and this article made me home sick. A boatride up the Bosphorus should also be on the agenda. It is a wonderful city which requires weeks if not months and years to really appreciate and get to know. Thanks for a nicely written article. — Mike Kurtzig
I stayed at Yesil Ev last spring, and can't recommend it enough!!
Having breakfast in their flower filled patio every morning was magical. It's steps from the Blue Mosque, Aya Sophia and Topkapi Palace, as well as walking distance to the Grand Bazaar and the Basilica Cistern.
Istanbul is by far my favorite city in the world. It truly is a magical place. Best food, best people, best hospitality, best shopping I have ever encountered in my travels. — Daniela
I had been in Turkey for a couple weeks and most of them in Istanbul on September and October , I stayed in Apricot Hotel nice place, around the main sites Aya Sophia, Blue Mosque next to Arrasta Bazaar, friendly,clean and a tasteful breakfast in the roof, that means you can see the Bosphorus while you are eating your breakfast and…good price! — Celia
I spent five days in Istanbul on my way home from a 2 month stay in Beirut in the summer of 2002. Istanbul is definatley one of the most beautiful cities. It's like an exotic San Francisco. The people really know how to have a good time. Beirut is a hard act to follow as far as nightlife is concerned and I have to say, Istanbul did not let me down. I stayed at the Four Seasons and loved it. It is an old converted prison situated right between the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. It has a very small boutique hotel feel and excellent service. When I arrived they sent up tea and I sat on balcony that was so close to Hagia Sophia I felt like I could reach out and touch it. — Robin Harrington
I chose the Ilkay due to its very affordable price, the offer of one-way free transportation to or from the airport, free continental breakfast, and most importantly, its close proximity to several of the sites we wanted to visit. Upon our arrival, we were greeted with apple tea. You just cannot beat Turkish apple tea. During our stay, the staff was very courteous to us, and helped us greatly with our travel plans. In fact, we chose one of our activities based on the advice of one of the staff. We phoned the front desk to make requests when necessary and each of those requests was handled extremely timely. They were absolutely great. When we left, we were given a departing gift. In all my years of staying at a hotel, I don't remember getting one of those. And it is priceless because it is part of my wonderful memories of Istanbul. Their manager should be credited for imparting such hospitality to his or her team. So, if you're looking for a comfortable, economical hotel near the Grand Bazaar, the Bosphorus, the Spice Market, The Blue Mosque and several other attractions, I recommend the Ilkay without hesitation. The rooms are clean and the windows overlook the bustling streets. However, at night, it's very quiet. And yes, I plan to stay there on my next visit. Note: check the requirements for the free one-way transportation to or from the airport. — Queen Adams
The Nena Hotel in Istanbul is wonderful. It's 4-star but reasonably priced (especially if you can find an internet deal). Staff are so friendly. The breakfast is wonderful and is on a beautiful terrace overlooking the Blue Mosque. I highly recommend it. — Noeleen Walder
My famıly and ı stayed at the ceylon ıntercontınental for 5 days over thanksgıvıng 2007 and ıt was MARVELOUS! the staff was ıncredıbly kınd as ı was on assıgnment, the decor was sumptuous (but not stuffy), and the locatıon cant be beat. ı hıghly recommend ıt. — K. Rahman