Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey and fifth largest city proper in the world with a population of 12.6 million. Istanbul is also a megacity, as well as the cultural and financial centre of Turkey. The city covers 27 districts of the Istanbul province. It is located on the Bosphorus Strait and encompasses the natural harbour known as the Golden Horn, in the northwest of the country. It extends both on the European (Thrace) and on the Asian (Anatolia) sides of the Bosphorus, and is thereby the only metropolis in the world that is situated on two continents.

The city was chosen as joint European Capital of Culture for 2010. The historic areas of Istanbul were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1985.

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Our best hotels - Istanbul

THE SOFA

Nisantasi

Located in Nisantasi, Istanbul's most popular shopping, entertainment and gourmet district, The Sofa hotel reflects the appealing spirit of the city and the richness of...

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HOTEL A'JIA

Bosphorus

A distinguished boutique Hotel, A'jia is a traditional Ottoman mansion that jewels the Asian shores of the Bosphorus. With its well appointed contemporary interior design,...

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SUMAHAN ON THE WATER

Kadikoy - Uskudar (Asian Side)

Sumahan on the Water is an uncommon Bosphorus-front property owned by the same family who commissioned its construction. It was originally a family heirloom, a...

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DARKHILL HOTEL

Grand Bazaar - Beyazit

Located in Old City in Istanbul, The Darkhill Hotel is in walking distance to all historical places in Sultanahmet area , making it one of...

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HOTEL ERESIN TOPKAPI

Fatih

Perfectly located in the old city center, on the European side of Istanbul, Barceló Eresin Topkapi is an elegant Barceló Premium category hotel offering the...

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