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Service is rather hit and miss here, but the view is outstanding, and you are right in the heart of the most exclusive residential area in Turkey. Stroll out of your hotel and see the paparazzi stalking Turkish celebrities in the cafes and restaurants of...More
This is a lovely hotel, with good rooms (small, well-appointed suites really) overlooking the Bosphorus directly. Staff very helpful (not always smiling but always knowledgeable and very nice). Tasteful rooms and much comfort. A bit far from tourist attractions, but the bus and taxi systems...More
Bebek is an upscale part of Istanbul, slight far from the main tourist landmarks but has a busy high street, number of very nice restaurants, bars, etc. Bebek Hotel is a small charming hotel on the main high street on the edge of the the...More
This is my 5th visit to Istanbul so we decided to visit a few different places outside the city. This is a 15 minute taxi ride from Sultanahmet past the Ciragan Palce Hotel.
We stayed one night here August 1 and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves in...More
In Besiktas, skyscrapers compete with palaces for space in an upscale vista replete with hilly green parkland filling in the margins. Step into this rather wealthy neighbourhood and discover a rich mix of opportunities to shop, dine, and be entertained. For folks in search of urban buzz, not to mention a constant reminder of just how important Istanbul’s waterways are to its rich history, there's the
frenetic Besiktas ferry terminal or the city’s most vibrant fish market to explore. For a timeout of metropolitan proportions, head to the bucolic Yildiz Park or the chic Bosphorus-side fishing village of Ortakoy. Attractions such as the grandiose Dolmabahce Palace and a bevy of other stately residences await admiration. To be sure, this large and not overly touristy swath of Istanbul yields plenty of pleasure for all.