It is commonly said that if the world would be a country, İstanbul undeniably would be its capital. It has been cradle of civilizations; alias: Roman Empire, Byzantium Empire and Ottoman Empire. One of the biggest metropols of our age where history collides with modernity at every corner. From top, it looks a gigantic carpet of Europe and Asia where mighty Bosphorous and scimitar Golden Horn sneaking through it. Blue sky is looks like a dome where minarets piercing through it. Famous Ottoman cuisine and variety of Turkish foods will fulfill your appetite while you are enjoying Turkish hospitality. Sniff the mesmerizing scents of the Middle East spices blended with an air of Mediterranean breeze.
İstanbul is divided into three parts; Asian, European and Bosphorus. Asian side is mostly residential but through the sea-side there are plenty of nice places you should take a stroll and discover Anatolian beauties and have the sense of changing two continents. Especially you should see the Leander’s Tower located in the middle of the sea. Speaking the European side, you should definitely visit Taksim Square and walk on famous İstiklal Street. If you consider it is visited every day by an average of 2 million people, it is no suprise that you will come accross people from every walk of life. Whatever means Champs-Élysées for Parisiens, or Oxford Street for Londoners, with its clubs, bars, book-stores, shopping malls, restaurants and cafes, İstiklal street is same for us. Walking through Galata Bridge is a vital point you can take a look at the city in general. Then of course Sultanahmet will fasnicate you with its history, countless museumsand mosques. Topkapı Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Cistern Basilica, Grand Bazaar just to name a few you shoul not miss to visit.
Hotel in İstanbul
Generally speaking, hotels in İstanbul offer its guests a comfortable stay with their cozy comfy atmosphere. Traditional architecture is supported with modern science will give you an eye pleasure. Boutique hotels in old peninsula are especially hot beds for romance seekers. Since there is high competition between hotels, all of them aims at satisfying their costumers with a top-notch service. Their motto is to make costumers feel home, away from home. However, if you are looking for chain hotels, İstanbul is also rife with them. Spa, open and close swimming pools, different world cuisines, cocktail bars and gift shops are abundant within them.
Where to Stay
Historical peninsula and Sultanahmet is the first choice of travellers. Byzantium and Ottoman Empire has left many pieces of art and architecture to visitors to discover. Make sure that your camera has enough space for pictures and videos you will want to take. There are countless restaurants and bars to chow down and chill out day and night. For solo travellers and younger people Taksim area is more suitable. You can make new friends easily and have a taste of night life of İstanbul. Based on your priorities, you will always find one suitable hotel for your adventure in İstanbul.
How to Reach Your Hotel
İstanbul has two airports. Atatürk Airport which is the main one and is located at European side. Sabiha Gökçen is located at Asian side. 1- From Atatürk Airport: a) You can take a taxi to your hotel. It will cost around 20 EU b) You can order a private car from your hotel. They generally charge 30 EU including pick-up c) You can use the tram that is open from 06.00am till 00.30am. One ticket cost you 1 EU, but you have to buy two tickets (2EU)to make interchange at Zeytinburnu tram station. 2- From Sabiha Gökçen Airport: a) You can take a taxi to your hotel. It will cost around 40 EU b) You can order a private car from your hotel. They generally charge 60 EU including pick-up c) There is no tram but public bus. It costs you 2EU to Taksim. Then depending on your hotel’s location you can either walk or take a small taksi ride.