Best Hotels in Istanbul, Turkey

This is a list showing the best hotels in Istanbul which are recommended by the most popular travel experts around the world from CNN, Lonely Planet, Fodor’s, New York Times and more. All hotel recommendations have been referenced with customer reviews. The ratings you see here combine ratings from several platforms, and it's always higher than 4 out of 5 stars.
The metropolitan municipality of Istanbul is historically known as Constantinople and Byzantium. As Turkey’s economic, cultural and historic center, Istanbul is regarded as the most important Turkish city. Istanbul is a transcontinental city in Eurasia; part of it lies in the continent of Europe and part of it lies in Asia. The commercial and historical center lies in the European side of Istanbul while a third of the population lives in the Asia side. Viewed by many as the bridge between the East and the West, this holds both literally and figuratively.
Istanbul is located strategically as the link between the Black Sea and the Mediterranean Sea which helps it to create a cosmopolitan populace. The city has seen a lot of growth in several sectors such as arts, music, film, and cultural festivals which further boosts its attractiveness to tourists and visitors.
Istanbul is dubbed the European Capital of Culture, and it ranks as the world’s fifth most popular tourist destination. The biggest attraction in Istanbul is its historic center which is partially recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Center.
Istanbul is indeed a global city with several landmarks and places of interest such as the Maiden’s Tower and Hagia Sophia.
Through the recommended hotels listed below, you can easily find the best places to stay in Istanbul, Turkey.
If you like our list of design hotels in Istanbul, then you should also check out our selection of boutique hotels in Dubrovnik or luxury hotels in Athens.


What are the best areas to stay in Istanbul?

Istanbul is one of the largest cities in Turkey that lies within Asia and Europe across the Bosphorus Strait. Some of the major neighborhoods in Istanbul are:

Arnavutköy is an upmarket neighborhood situated by the Bosphorus renowned for its fish restaurants and Ottoman waterfront mansions. It also has a wide range of cocktail and gastro bars, beautiful houses, and many other interesting places.

Balat is previously Armenian and Greek Orthodox neighborhood of the city with full of colorful churches and old houses. The neighborhood is replete with vintage shops, art galleries, ceramic ateliers, micro coffee shops, and historic streets. It has also several landmarks such as the seat of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople and the Church of St. George.

Çukurcuma is an neighborhood in the city that is famed for some of the best antique dealers in Istanbul. Some best antique dealers include Aslı Günşiray, Modern Tarih, and A La Turca. The neighborhood is also renowned for the Museum of Innocence that is a literary museum established by Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk, inspired by his novel of the same name.

Galata is a neighborhood that is a part of Beyoğlu district. It is the home to the famous Galata Tower that overlooks the neoclassical buildings and old cobblestoned streets. The neighborhood has a popular café Mavra that is the favorite haunt of locals and visitors.

Karaköy is a neighborhood that is situated right by the waterside and previously was a major port in the city. It is now filled with trendy boutiques, restaurants and cafes that draw many wandering tourists and locals to these places.

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4.7 Ibrahim Pasha Hotel Istanbul

Hotel Ibrahim Pasha, Istanbul

Lonely Planet

“Cultural tomes are piled in reception and throughout the 24 rooms of this exemplary design hotel, which also has a comfortable lounge with open fire, and a terrace bar with knockout views of the nearby Blue Mosque.”

4.8 Four Seasons Istanbul

Four Seasons Hotel at Sultanahmet, Istanbul


“What a rehabilitation success story: a former prison just steps from Topkapı Palace and Aya Sofya is now one of Istanbul’s premier accommodations, where rooms and suites are luxuriously outfitted and overlook the Sea of Marmara, the Old City, or a manicured interior courtyard.”

Featured as Fodor’s Choice in Istanbul.

4.5 Sumahan on the Water Hotel Istanbul

Sumahan on the Water Hotel, Istanbul

New York Times

“Sumahan on the Water, a 24-room low-rise hotel in a former Ottoman raki distillery, now with its own marble hammam. A boat fetches guests on the European side and speeds them across the Bosporus. A buffet breakfast is served along the shore.”

Featured in New York Times’ 36 Hours in Istanbul.

4.6 Pera Palace Istanbul

Pera Palace Hotel, Istanbul


“The Pera Palace speaks of the fin de siècle era when well-to-do Europeans “took the air” on the leafy Grand Rue de Pera (now the heaving Istiklal Caddesi). Stepping through the doors feels like stepping straight back in time to an altogether more glamorous era.”

Featured as Frommer’s Exceptional Choice in Istanbul.

4.5 Vault Karakoy Istanbul

Vault Karakoy House Hotel, Istanbul

New York Times

“Away from the overcrowded tourist zones near Taksim Square and Istiklal Caddesi, this hotel is a solid choice (but by no means a bargain) for those seeking a quiet but central location and abundant amenities.”

4.8 Louis Appartements Istanbul

Louis Appartements Galata, Istanbul

Lonely Planet

“The tower suite at this meticulously maintained and keenly priced hotel near the Galata Tower is the knockout option among the 12 suites and rooms on offer.”