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The Best Hotels in Istanbul

The StarTripper Journal presents the best places to stay in Istanbul, both international luxury and boutique choices.
Our Team to Istanbul are professional female Travelers.

They love to travel and they love Istanbul – the magical meeting place of East and West with more top attractions than it has minarets – and that's a lot.

They love the endless hospitality, good-humour and insightful conversation – to walk down a city street and layers of history unfolds – the prayers from the minarets and the sun set over the city’s beautiful skyline.

Istanbul, a vibrant city, 15 mill citizens who work and party hard, treasure family and friendships, melding tradition and modernity in their everyday lives – meet them in their tea gardens, coffeehouses, taverns and restaurants (kebapçıs).

In Istanbul an extraordinary cultural experience lies around every corner. Musts are The Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and Basilica Cistern – commissioned by Emperor Justinian and built in 532 – and the location for the James Bond film “From Russia with Love”. In a rainy day, why not step into the tourist trap and visit Istanbul's two covered Bazaars. It's really worth a couple of hours.

Istanbul’s cuisine is as diverse and delicious as its heritage – the restaurants here are the best in the country. You can find aromatic Asian dishes or French classics, but sample the kebabs, mezes or freshly caught fish – the city's signature dishes – followed by the national drink rakı or locally produced wine or beer.

For shopping go to Beyoglu – the modern part of Istanbul – where you will find everything you may or may not need.

So go to Istanbul – a hyper modern high-tech alpha-global city – with fashion shops, wine houses and open-air seaside nightclubs – and most of all, if you like to know tomorrows fashion go to Istanbul today.

Currency is Turkish Lira (YTL).

The StarTripper Journal Recommends these Hotels:
Hotel The Four Seasons Sultanahmet is of course located in the Sultanahmet, Istanbul’s Old City, bounded by the mystic waters of the Golden Horn, Sea of Marmara and the Bosphorus.

Four Seasons Hotel is just steps from Istanbul’s most important landmarks in Sultanahmet – the 6th-century Hagia Sophia, the 15th-century Topkapi Palace and the 17th-century Blue Mosque.

The Four Seasons Sultanahmet is one of Istanbul's most luxurious hotels, once a residence for sultans, ornate public spaces, a breath-taking setting right on the Bosphorus, Ottoman-inspired wood furnishings, balconies overlooking the Bosphorus, large bathrooms feature marble tubs, and all the services you may imagine.

The A’YA Rooftop Lounge is one of the most awe-inspiring terraces in Istanbul with its unbeatable view of Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque. This neo-Ottoman rooftop lounge is an ideal venue to enjoy evening drinks – a rich list of wine and savoury snacks such as mussels, lamb and Turkish puff pastry.

Do a targeted workout in the well-equipped fitness centre – equipped with a range of high-tech cardiovascular equipment and weights, or feel like a Byzantine Princess in the SPA with a body treatment that gently exfoliates the skin - softening and smoothing it with aromatic properties of mint, geranium and rosemary as well as sea salt and sea butter.

The Four Seasons stay extends far beyond your room. A multilingual Concierge, expansive fitness facilities, twice-daily housekeeping, and high-speed Internet access – absolutely impeccable service.

Tevkifhane Sokak No. 1
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Ravouna Suites Located in the very heart of the modern Istanbul – on the lively Istiklal Avenue – the Ravouna Building is one of the best preserved Art Nouveau buildings in Pera – a great choice for travellers interested in nightlife, food and shopping. The historic Galata Tower, which is surrounded with cafés and restaurants, is only 600 m from the premises.

Ravouna 1906 offers modern and elegant decorated suites with city or Bosphorus views. The 8 suites located on 4 floors have been redesigned to maintain their original style in 8 different colours and textures. The rooms are decorated with vivacious furniture and especially woven fabric – some equipped with kitchenettes and dining table – oak floors and the antique appearance of Carrera Marble bathrooms together robes of Turkish origin – first class Molton Brown amenities.

Custom coffee machines and freshly ground coffee, free high-speed wireless Internet access throughout the hotel, laundry service, in room dining service, large flat screen LCD HD television, in room safe and mini refrigerators.

In the covered winter garden restaurant you can have excellent lunch and dinner – or a drink at the end of the day while the city-life is passing by.

Located on the 7th floor the spacious rooftop bar and lounge has spectacular views of Bosphorus, the historic peninsula – including Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace – and offers delicious food, cocktails, an extensive wine list and music under stars.

Top service – one of the best boutique hotels in Istanbul.

İstiklal Cad. No.201
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St. Regis Nestled in the heart of Nişantaşı, renowned as the “5th Avenue” of Istanbul and the city’s social center, The St. Regis Istanbul is mere steps from the Bosphorus, Maçka Park, and the Istanbul Congress Center - shops, dining, art, and more are also nearby.

Highlighting the hotel’s captivating classic-contemporary design, the spacious rooms and suites combine rare works from the Demsa art collection with iconic views of Abdi Ipekçi Street or Maçka Park. Along with premier amenities—including a 46-inch Samsung LED television and Nespresso capsule coffee machine—the preeminent rooms house a signature St. Regis bed and Marmara marble bathroom with a separate rainforest shower, soaking bathtub, and Remède bath amenities.

Spago restaurant contextualizes fine Californian cuisine with an iconic rooftop location offering stunning panoramic views of Maçka Park and the Bosphorus from its dining room, lounge, and terrace.

For unprecedented relaxation, the prestigious Iridium Spa presents restorative therapies and three pools, whereas state-of-the-art Exercise Room acts as an energizing all-hours escape.

Excellent luxury hotel – excellent service.

Mim Kemal Oke Cad No 35
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Hotel Neorion Hotel Neorion is located at the very centre of Istanbul's ancient history and modern culture – nearby the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and the Basilica Cistern. Named after Byzantium's grand port on the Golden Horn, it welcomes visitors from around the World just as the port did in the great days of Constantinople.

Hotel Neorion is more than just a comfortable travelers' refuge in the heart of the city. It is conceived and designed to honour and reflect all of the cultures which have enriched the city.

The hotel's 53 guest rooms and suites bring the past to life – some with balconies – all with modern comforts such as individually controlled air conditioner, pillow menu, satellite television, Wi-Fi, large safe box and instant coffee and tea maker.

The swimming pool, Turkish bath, sauna, cultural library, museum-quality decorations and Cafe Mese invites you to a relaxing break after sightseeing the town. The Chef presents both Turkish and International cuisine.

The terrace offers wonderful views of the Bosphorus and surrounding mosques. Enjoy a drink while watching the sun goes down in to the Golden Horn at Sunset – and read your book accompanied by the seagulls or have a sunbath on the sunbeds.

Genuine and personalised service.

Orhaniye Street, No. 14
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Hotel Amira is a nice boutique hotel located at the heart of the centuries old empires' capital - neighbors are the great Hagia Sophia, the magnificent Blue Mosque, the mystic Basilica Cistern, the imperial Topkapi Palace and the colorful Grand Bazaar.

Amira Hotel offers 32 spacious designed rooms, featuring very comfortable visco mattresses, local touches like ottoman style hand-made ceiling paintings and high-tech amenities such as mobile wireless internet modem that you can use also outside the property while discovering Istanbul.

Along with cordial guest services, Amira Hotel offers a rich, complimentary buffet breakfast and a tasty 5 o’clock tea, free Wi-Fi access, a business corner, in house ATM machine, a wellness center that includes a gym, jacuzzi, sauna and massage services.

The concierge is always more than happy to assist you in every aspect of your stay, whether business or pleasure. Top Service.

Kucuk Ayasofya Mah. Mustafapasa Sok. No. 43
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Magnova Studios is located on Istiklal Avenue just a few steps from St. Anthony of Padua Church – in the hippest area in Istanbul where everything from shopping to museums are at your doorstep – in the very heart of Istanbul, a unique hotel with eclectic ambience, which offers an exquisite Turkish experience with a modern twist.

Magnova Studios has 7 high-ceiling non-smoking Studio Apartments with Balcony and a seating area. Flat-screen TV with satellite channels and DVD player are available in some units. All units include a kitchenette equipped with a toaster and refrigerator, as well as coffee machine and a kettle. Every unit comes with a private bathroom with bath robes and slippers. Free WiFi is featured throughout the property.

Very knowledgeable bilingual staff is at your service to give insiders tip for a pleasant stay in Istanbul.

Istikal Caddesi No. 165
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