We were in Turkey about 4 years ago and stayed in Sultanhamet area. We saw all the major/historical sites and did a Bosphorous cruise, before moving on to Kusadasi/Ephesus area.
This time we are taking a tour from Istanbul through central Turkey to the coast with a 3 day gulet cruise at the end.We will be doing all of the major sites in Istanbul again.
We have 2 nights at the beginning in a Taksim hotel but an additional 4 days and we are unsure whether to stay in Sirkeci area or Beyoglu. I have narrowed down hotels in each area. We like places that are busy/lively, with shopping, cafes, restaurants,close to transport and other areas, but are a bit concerned that Istaklil area may be too "lively" especially noisy at night.
Would appreciate any advice from the experts regarding both locations. Have done quite a bit of reading on the locations.
Thanks - your opinions would help us make a decision.