Istanbul is a frenetic city of over 14m people. Expect noisy, busy streets, dripping in culture and packed with bars, restaurants, tea gardens, shops and people. You can get to Istanbul by flying into Atatürk International Airport. This takes just under 4 hours from London.
In this east meets west city, Asia and Europe are divided by the Bosphrus, with the Asian side of Istanbul on the east side and the European side of Istanbul on the west. A must do in Istanbul is a ferry trip across the Bosphorus so that you can properly experience this in this one-of-a-kind city from both sides. You can also taxi across on a bridge or take a train underneath this iconic expanse of water.
There are some incredible luxury hotels in Istanbul. We love the iconic and glamorous Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah, which is located in the vibrant Beyoglu district and overlooks the magnificent Golden Horn and the historical old city. It has hosted the likes of Ernest Hemingway, Agatha Christie and Alfred Hitchcock and is the perfect place to absorb the history and elegance of the city.
If you are a shopping nut, the Park Hyatt Istanbul is ideally located just off the main luxury shopping street, where you will find upscale designer shops including the likes of Burberry, Gucci, Armani, Hermes as well as ultra-trendy bars and restaurants.
For something completely different, the W Istanbul makes a statement with a slightly crazy and superbly modern design. It is situated in the landmark Akaretler Row Houses in Besiktas. The Akaretler district of Istanbul is known for its restaurants, bars and cafes and is just a few minutes’ walk from the Bosporus and all the ferries that can get you pretty much anywhere in the city.
Whatever your preference, these luxury hotels are some of the best on offer in Istanbul. Each is an oasis away from the lively street scene and each will cosset you in luxury during your stay in the very special city.
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