Travel Blogs from Istanbul
... we crossed the Bosporus on the ferry to Karikoy....which is the younger artsy trendy section of Istanbul on the Asian side. We stopped along the way and had a beer. The next stop was an ice cream shop called Modo. We found out that the ice cream is made with mastic which is a natural resin from a tree grown near the Mediterranean. Mastic is also used in chewing gum. After we checked out the Asian side of Istanbul we took ...
... the hustle and craziness of the Grand Bazaar. It is still a site worth experiencing.
We learned a great deal about the country, the city and its traditions, including its current political state today. Our tour guide was a wealth of information - primarily the fact that the country is 98% secular, not traditional muslim, and only about 2% are Christian. In many ways you would never know by the look of the people and the ...
... walk downstairs to check out, he starts to go through the prices and goes "and your room tab $2500, we were like holy ****! We had to put half on baz' scared and half on mine just because baz didn't have enough room, so funny, but man I'd do it all again, most amazing hotel we have ever stayed in.
One of the other funny experiences of the trip was the sketchy cabby. From the main square which is santanahmat square after we got off the hop on hop off ...
... my attention. It's one of the double-edged swords about the intensity of travelling as a family - we share such amazing experiences and memories, have such wonderful conversations and quality time, but the absence of any personal space (I'm always holding 2 hands, or hosting someone on my lap), or time to just wander and be in my own thoughts is exhausting for me. Ben is fabulous about trying to accommodate this whenever he can ...
... in the skyline in the sunset. We really like Istanbul and much of Turkey,especially for me Cappadochia, and sometime I would love to return with time to paint pictures. We had also,had good weather all the way except for today when it didn't matter so we have been lucky. It was great to be able to settle into our comfortable cabin as the ship set off to go west through the Sea of Marmara to the Aegean Western coastline and on to ...
Other places to stay in Istanbul
Vi?nezade, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $188
- Wonderful Hotel in a wonderful city
- Best in Istanbul
- Great Choice
Gümüssuyu, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $189
- Fantastic views from the top floor! :)
- Splendid as always
- A great choice for a luxurious Istanbul base
Sisli, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $239
- Just great...
- Fantastic haven in the bustle of Istanbul
- High marks for the Hyatt
Taksim Meydani, (Bosphorus View), Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $88
Küçükçekmece, Istanbul | 4 star hotelfrom $109
Esentepe, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $112
Fatih, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $112
- Mix feelings
- Bien situado al lado del tranvía moderno que recorre la ciudad
- A bit far from the sights
Cihannuma Mah , Istanbul | 5 star hotel
- Very Nice
- Service very patchy
- Very nice
Ataturk Mahallesi 604. Sokak No: 1, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $112
Bakirköy, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $143
Harbiye Ergenekon, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $169
- Beware lost reservations, rude staff, expensive extra fees
- Clean and spacious rooms
- The good and the bad
Besiktas, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $139
Bakirköy, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $85
Halkal? Merkez, Istanbul | 4 star hotelfrom $70
Ümraniye, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $120
Kocatepe, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $118
Kocatepe, Istanbul | 4 star hotelfrom $111
Sisli, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $288
- 5 star experience
- Room for improvement.
Besiktas, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $136
Yildiz, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $546
- The best hotel I have ever stayed at!
- Stunning view but very expensive
Fatih, Istanbul | 4 star hotelfrom $132
- No problems!
- Very good location
- OK for a 4 star hotel
Asmali Mescit, Istanbul | 4 star hotelfrom $140
Zeytinburnu, Istanbul | 4 star hotelfrom $116
Kocatepe, Istanbul | 4 star hotelfrom $148
- Probablemente el mejor hotel donde jamás he tenido el placer de descansar mi cabeza
- Planeando un viaje
- Wahrscheinlich das beste Hotel, in dem ich je geschlafen habe
Ataköy 1 Mahalle, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $174
Sariyer, Istanbul | 4 star hotelfrom $103