Where to stay as a tourist in Istanbul?
When people arrive in Istanbul, they have a very important question in mind: where should they stay if they come to Istanbul. Through general knowledge and area prominence, two of the most popular areas in Istanbul are Sultanahmet and Beyoglu.
Sultanahmet and Beyoglu are the neighboring areas in Istanbul, which is divided into three parts. These two areas are connected by the Golden Horn (Halic), which is a river valley that connects the Bosphorus and the Sea of Marmara area. This area, which forms a historical port, is one of the highlights of Istanbul, serving as the main departure point for ferries heading to the Bosphorus or the Asian side.
The Golden Horn (Halic) actually separates the ancient cities of Istanbul, which includes Sultanahmet, Fatih, and Eminönü, from the modern cities of Istanbul, which includes Taksim, Besiktas, Sisli, etc. And there are 2 bridges that cross the Golden Horn (Halic): the Ataturk bridge or the Unkapani bridge and the Galata bridge. In fact, the Galata Bridge offers the shortest path to the two different regions of Sultanahmet and Beyoglu and is therefore of commercial importance. On the lower deck you will find front row seats with cheap cafes to the side offering views of the boats coming and going and on the upper deck, you will find an eternal line of fishermen along with the view of the bustling activity of the Golden Horn. .
When it comes to Sultanahmet, it offers proximity to major tourist attractions including Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern, Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar, etc. All are within walking distance and here are some really stylish hotels and accommodations. While on the other side, this area turns dark and dead after night and the streets become absolutely empty, which becomes a bit scary if you come home from work late at night.
Beyoglu has some prominent places too, but not in numbers like Sultanahmet. This place has Dolmabahce Palace, Galata area, Istiklal Caddesi, etc. This area is full of welcoming neighborhoods and a wide variety of restaurants and contains many working-class youth. This place doesn’t just have nightlife, it actually lives it. In fact, Beyoglu is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In this area, hotels are dreadful and accommodations are available in abundance. If one prefers tranquility, this area lacks it.
So these are the two areas where good properties are available in Istanbul and you can think about staying, if you go there for work reasons. Also, there is no shortage of local help available if one needs to search for properties in Istanbul.