a good selection of international-chain
hotels and a few fine
local hotels for you to consider.
the list, and here's
a map of luxury hotels
near Taksim Square, a prime
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Virtually all hotels in this 5-star
category have the usual deluxe facilities: a variety of guest rooms with one or two
double, queen or king-size beds, luxury
satellite TV and broadband
Public areas always include several restaurants and bars, health
club/exercise room, shops, and meeting and/or convention
Many (but not all) of Istanbul's deluxe
hotels have swimming pools,
as well as that ultimate local
status symbol: rooms with views
of the Bosphorus.
If they don't have
these desirable features, I mention
the lack in my description of the hotel.
Location is an important
consideration, particularly because of transport concerns. More...
If you stay in Sultanahmet,
you'll be only steps from Istanbul's
major sights, including Ayasofya,
Palace, but you may not get a swimming
pool or Bosphorus views.
If you stay in Beyoğlu,
Square, you're close to shopping and nightlife,
and only a 15-minute taxi ride from Sultanahmet.
Your hotel will probably offer a swimming
pool and Bosphorus
If you stay on the Bosphorus shore,
you may have both these features, but
there may be few shops or attractions
near your hotel and you'll probably
spend an hour or more each day getting
around by taxi.
Here's more on hotel districts.
Here's Istanbul's luxury line-up,
Deluxe Hotels in Istanbul.
—by Tom Brosnahan