Why Istanbul for a vacation?

Istanbul is fast becoming one of the most sought after tourist destination in the world. With the city being located exactly in the center of two continents, it is also an important hub for business travelers. This being the case, it does not come as a surprise that a huge number of visitors from around the world visit the city. Fortunately, for all those visiting the city, there are a number of options available, as far as their stay is concerned. They can choose from budget hotels Istanbul, inns, luxury resorts and hostels. Affordable accommodation in the form of budget hotels in Istanbul can be found in many different parts of the city. You can find several budget hotels in the areas leading to the airport. The Sultanahmet and Taskim areas are the other places where you can find several budget hotels in Istanbul.

One of the good things about Istanbul budget hotels  is that they offer almost all the modern amenities that you can find in hotels elsewhere in the world. Some of the amenities typically on offer in these budget hotels include, satellite television, mini bar, telephone, private bathrooms, spa and Jacuzzi, to mention only a few. The Divas Hotel in the old city is a good example for a typical budget hotel in the city. This hotel is located right opposite the famous Hagia Sofia and Blue Mosque. Elegantly decorated, it has become a favorite with tourists visiting the city. Similarly, the Grand Yavuz is another hotel that has become very popular with tourists, with its unique combination of traditional hospitality and modern amenities.

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Inexpensive Hotels in Istanbul

Like any city, Istanbul has its share of cheap hotels. The only problem is that Istanbul is a huge metropolis with 13 million people and is flooded with tourists all year round. While there are many cheap Istanbul hotels, the main difficulty is finding one with vacancies. Thus, for any visitor from outside of Turkey, it is wise to make a booking before hand, much in advance of your vacation. Not speaking the language and differences in cultures can make search for a cheap hotel quite difficult once you have arrived.

However, for the traveler who is well prepared, staying in one of the cheap Istanbul hotels can be worth it. One great cheap Istanbul hotel is the Hotel Agan. Located next to the Orient railway station, it offers twin beds, buffet breakfast and internet access. The cost of double room with queen sized bed is $45. The Star Hotel is another great cheap Istanbul hotel and is only 200 meters from the Turkish Islamic Art Museum.  You will definitely want to visit the Turkish Islamic Art Museam.  However, back to the Star Hotel.   It is similar to hotel Agan and offers a comfortable bed and is very safe. The cost for a night’s stay at the Star Hotel is $52.

The Emirhan Inn apartment is like any motel in North America and is only 100 meters from little Hagia Sophia, a mosque you will not want to miss because of its history and exquisite architecture. The Emirhan Inn costs $59 a night. Other similar cheap Istanbul hotels include the Dara hotel located near the airport, Hotel Santa Sophia and the Olympiyat.  These are just some of the hotels you can search on the internet and try making a reservation on the internet.

Most of the above mentioned hotels are located in the prime central areas of Istanbul where all the monuments and historic sites are. It’s a good idea to be close to the things that you want to see.  Otherwise, you are going to have to be using taxis and walking all the time when you are there.  The traveler should understand that these relatively cheap hotels are not like the Hilton and one has to be practical and realistic. The cheap hotels in Istanbul are more for the single back pack traveler or person on a budget who is there for a short vacation. But rest assured, the majority of these hotels are safe, comfortable and even serve great authentic Turkish cuisine at a relatively low price in their restaurants.

Budget Hotels Istanbul

If you’re like me, you’re first of all going to be looking for some cheap flights to Istanbul and then some budget hotels in Istanbul.

Istanbul has ample budget hotels and the majority are located in the downtown historic district.  In most cases, these budget hotels in Istanbul fall into the category of 2-3 stars, meaning that they are fairly decent, comfortable and offer all the amenities that a traveler would need. Of course, here you will not find Queen Elizabeth taking a break from her Kensington palace.

The majority of budget hotels Istanbul will satisfy all your needs. The places are usually clean, have AC; the beds are comfortable and most are within short distances of the historic sites.  A few decent budget hotels in Istanbul include the Olympiyat. This 3 star budget hotel is located close to the tourist attractions but still a short distance away from the congested streets. The rooms are comfortable, come with satellite TV and there is free wifi. Prices are reasonable and start around $50-$70. Other similar budget hotels in Istanbul include the Pierre Loti Hotel and Grand Ons hotel. Both these hotels are very comfortable, clean and offer all the amenities needed by the traveler.  There are ample restaurants and cafeterias located in the vicinity for relatively cheap but hearty meals.

All these hotels are accessible online and also offer discounts during off season. The great benefit of these hotels is that they also cater to tours of the historic districts. Some even have Turkish cooking classes.

To get a better idea of what these budget hotels offer, go online and check them out. Coming to Istanbul without a hotel reservation usually means that you will end up paying a lot more than what you bargained for.