3 Hotels We Love in Istanbul’s Old City

Hagia Sophia Hotel Istanbul Old City

This hotel’s best feature is its location in the heart of Sultanahmet. It’s practically on top of the Hagia Sophia Museum, the Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Mosque) and the Basilica Cistern and an easy walk away from Topkapi Palace and the Grand Bazaar. It’s a modern hotel, converted from an existing building and opened in August of 2011. The rooms are clean and spacious and some offer sweeping views of the Hagia Sophia Museum. We use this 5-star hotel in the Diamond and Platinum categories of our Istanbul tours.

Hagia Sophia Istanbul Old City

Hagia Sophia Istanbul Old City

Hagia Sophia Istanbul Old City

Hagia Sophia Istanbul Old City

Doubletree Istanbul Old Town

Again, great location! The Doubletree Old Town is another new hotel in the Old City, opened in February 2011. It’s the closest hotel to the Grand Bazaar, just a five-minute walk away, and about 15 minutes on foot from the Hagia Sophia Museum, the Blue Mosque and the Basilica Cistern. We use this 5-star hotel in the Gold category of our Istanbul tours.

Doubletree Istanbul Old Town

Doubletree Istanbul Old Town

Doubletree Istanbul Old Town

Doubletree Istanbul Old Town

Kent Hotel

This is our favorite 4-star hotel in the Old City. It’s next door to the Doubletree, so you have the same great location but for half the price. You’re five minutes from the Grand Bazaar, 15 minutes walking distance from the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and the Basilica Cistern. Guest rooms are basic but very clean and comfortable. This is one of our Silver category hotels in Istanbul.

Kent Hotel, Istanbul, Turkey

Kent Hotel, Istanbul, Turkey

Kent Hotel, Istanbul, Turkey

Kent Hotel, Istanbul, Turkey

If you’re not up for the walk, there’s a tram stop just outside the Kent and the Doubletree.

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