Istanbul was founded in 660 BC and has since been the home of many a conquering civilization. An eclectic fusion of culture that incorporates the eastern and western worlds, it is a cosmopolitan, forward thinking and modern city that expresses its heritage with a respectful and honorable attitude. Spend a weekend break in one of the best hotels Istanbul has to offer and make the most of this incredible destination, so rich in culture, history and much more.
It has long been said the city is the meeting point of the east and the west, and historically it was a strategically attractive city. As a result, it drew people from all over the world that came, acquired and left their mark on the city that exists today. From magnificent masks to stunning Byzantine architecture, and from fashionable shopping precincts to quaint teashops, this is a city like no other. If you make your stay here extra special by staying in one of the best hotels, Istanbul breaks become even more memorable.
What is On Offer?
The city has many high-class establishments, each one individual and different in its own right. They pride themselves on offering an exemplary service, all of the modern conveniences and some exceptional additional facilities – such as gyms, spas and beauty treatment rooms. The bedrooms are tastefully designed in styles that combine the typical rich, lavish Turkish feel with a contemporary luxurious edge. En suite comes as standard and many hotels provide added extras, such as complementary toiletries and fruit to make your stay more comfortable. Many of the Istanbul hotels offer their own restaurant, bar and conference facilities too.
Sights of the City
There is so much here for the discerning traveler to discover. The Hagia Sophia is one of the main attractions and is easily accessible. The city's architectural beauty and diversity is an important monument from both the Byzantine and the Ottoman Empires, both prestigious and influential powers in their time. Originally a church and then a mosque, the building is now a museum that is the perfect synthesis of the two ruling dynasties.
The main mosque in the city, The Blue Mosque is another must-see site, and when you witness its incredible Ottoman design you will understand why. Although the blue interior tiles are no longer as prominent as they once were, this does not detract from the magnificence of the building.
For those who love shopping, head to the Grand Bazaar, the world's oldest and largest covered market. With thousands of fascinating stalls and shops exhibiting all manner of exotic wares, this is the place to go for some real Turkish culture. From carpets to coffee pots and jewelery to spices, this place has something for everyone. It is easy to spend an afternoon getting lost in the back streets and absorbing the local atmosphere that is heady with activity and full of incredible sights, tastes, sounds and smells.
From any of the city's best hotels, Istanbul and its great sights are within easy reach. Treat yourself and choose one of the top class accommodation options and enjoy your holiday from the luxury of a quality establishment.