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Destination Istanbul Turkey hotel suggestions basic information and travel assistance

Turkish Delight
   Historic Wonders Meet Modern Life
     in This Timeless City

Istanbul not only straddles Asia and Europe — it also spans the centuries. Its heritage is embodied by the Topkapi and Dolmabahce Palaces, the soaring Hagia Sophia, the maze-like Grand Bazaar, and the domes and minarets of the Blue Mosque, where Muslims pray five times a day. Meanwhile, the 21st century reigns at western shops on Istiklal Caddesi, upscale boutiques in Nisantasi, and throbbing nightclubs by the Bosporus.

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Is it easy to go to Istanbul Turkey

The new IST Istanbul Airport opened in 2018, and is state of the art.

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When Should I go to Istanbul Turkey When is a good time to go there

The European part of Turkey experience hot, muggy summers and cold, rainy (though seldom snowy) winters. Spring (from April to May) and autumn (from September to mid-November) sees delightful weather in Istanbul, with pleasant temperatures and clear skies. Istanbul’s location near the sea means it can be quite a windy city, especially in the winter, shutting down ferry service.

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 Destination Istanbul Turkey Preferred and Recommended Hotel and Lodgings

Six Senses Kocataş Mansions Destination Istanbul Turkey Preferred and Recommended Hotel and Lodgings

Six Senses Kocataş Mansions
on the European Side, Sariyer
A Pearl of the Bosphorus, Six Senses Kocataş Mansions is an elegant urban oasis set along the sea with far-reaching views over the Bosphorus as it begins its last curve toward the Black Sea. Step back to the Gilded Age and experience the grandeur of this lovingly restored Ottoman-era mansions offering remarkable views and 2.45 acres of lush landscaping dotted with laurel trees and meandering pathways. Boasting 45 spacious and light-filled stylish rooms and suites in two three-story buildings, the architecture and design is based on the original Kocataş Mansions, which stood on this spot in the 19th century before they were destroyed in a fire. You’ll see east mingle with west, contemporary with historic, and local design fused with contemporary Six Senses style.

Of note: I am a Preferred Partner with this hotel. Enjoy complimentary VIP amenities when booking with me (e.g. room upgrade, early check-in, late check-out, daily breakfast, complimentary WiFi, Food or Spa Credit).

Six Senses Kocataş Mansions Website

PART OF MY HIDDEN DOORWAYS PORTFOLIO


Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul Destination Istanbul Turkey Preferred and Recommended Hotel and Lodgings

Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul
Bosphorus Strait
The Only Ottoman Imperial Palace And Hotel In Turkey. Located on the shores of the magnificent Bosphorus, facing the Asian continent and overlooking the ancient city, Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul offers the glamour of a genuine Ottoman palace in a city where east meets west, Europe meets Asia and history meets the contemporary.

Part of my Preferred Partners Portfolio, includes:
   • Complimentary upgrade upon hotel check-in, based upon availability
   • Continental breakfast daily for two guests per bedroom, in restaurant
   • $100 USD equivalent Hotel credit to be utilized during stay

Virtuoso Information Page

A VIRTUOSO PREFERRED PARTNER


Shangri-La Bosphorus Destination Istanbul Turkey Preferred and Recommended Hotel and Lodgings

Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul
Bosphorus Strait
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts’ first property in Turkey, Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul is built in 12 stories, six of which are underground to protect the historic façade. The building is the second-tallest on the coast after the Dolmabahce Palace, and opened May 11, 2013. This 186-room luxury hotel is located between the Dolmabahce Palace and the Maritime Museum on the European shore of the Bosphorus Strait – the 30-kilometre stretch of water separating Europe and Asia. Set within the Besiktas district, the shopping and transport hub of Istanbul, the hotel is close to the city’s financial district and the Istanbul Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Part of my Preferred Partners Portfolio, includes:
   • Complimentary upgrade upon hotel check-in, based upon availability
   • Daily full breakfast for two guests per bedroom
   • $100 USD Equivalent Hotel credit, to be utilized during stay

Virtuoso Information Page

A VIRTUOSO PREFERRED PARTNER


Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul At Sultanahmet Destination Istanbul Turkey Preferred and Recommended Hotel and Lodgings

Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul At Sultanahmet
Sultanahmet
Created from a century-old neo-classic Turkish prison in the core of this fabled city with steps from the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and Haghia Sophia.

Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet, an intimate hotel of 65 spacious guest rooms and suites, all exceedingly comfortable and with exquisite touches to reinforce the sense of place – and to remind you that you are in one of the most entrancing destinations in the world – Turkey.Each of the guest rooms is unique and intimate, and is complemented by Four Seasons world renowned standards of service.The large bathrooms feature soaking tubs, separate showers, the WCs in aseparate enclosure with telephone, fine Four Seasons toiletries, hair dryers, magnifying mirrors and an ample supply of oversized 100% cotton towels which are replenished twice daily.

Part of my Preferred Partners Portfolio, includes:
   • Complimentary upgrade upon hotel check-in, based upon availability
   • Daily full breakfast for two guests per bedroom in Superior Rooms and above
   • Fresh Fruits
   • $100 USD equivalent Food & Beverage credit to be utilized during stay

Virtuoso Information Page

A VIRTUOSO PREFERRED PARTNER
I AM A FOUR SEASONS RESORT PREFERRED PARTNER


 Destination Istanbul Turkey Preferred and Recommended Hotel and Lodgings

Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus
near Yildiz Park
Melding traditional Turkish style with modern design, our hotel rises above Istanbul with panoramic views of the city and the Bosphorus Strait. We’re in the Besitkas district, surrounded by landmarks such as the storied Dolmabahce Palace. Rejuvenate at our Spa Soul, indoor and outdoor pools, and tennis club.

Of note: I am a Preferred Partner with this hotel. Enjoy complimentary VIP amenities when booking with me (e.g. room upgrade, early check-in, late check-out, daily breakfast, complimentary WiFi, Food or Spa Credit).

Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus Website

PART OF MY HILTON LUXURY IMPRESARIO PORTFOLIO

other recommended Istanbul Turkey Hotels

Soho House Istanbul
Karakoy

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Online Tours Activities Attraction Providers Istanbul Turkey

A few good resources for easy tours, advance tickets & activities planning:

GET YOUR GUIDE
A curated source of Tickets, Tours and Activities.

VIATOR
A wide variety Tickets and Tours from the folks who bring you Trip Advisor.

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 Destination Istanbul Turkey Information from other trusted sources
My Istanbul Information Page at Virtuoso
Here is a good place to start for some additional information on quality Hotels and Activities.

The Luxury Travel Expert: Top 10: most luxurious hotels in Istanbul
Though a bit dated, a good article. One of the better online blogs for quality travel.

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page updated: March 2020

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