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Where to stay in Istanbul?!

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Where to stay in Istanbul?!

My partner and I are visiting Istanbul for a week 29thSept-6thOct (Monday-Monday) and we can't decide where to stay!

We will be doing AirBnB. We are keen foodies, love architecture, and like to immerse ourselves in culture. Which district would be best? Should we split our time in half between the European side and the Asian side? Maybe 5nights in one and 2 in the other? Advice very much appreciated!!

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1. Re: Where to stay in Istanbul?!

I would suggest base yourself in the Old City (Sultanahmet) as this is the historic part of the city and where as first time visitors you will spend most of your time.

If you want to sample the nightlife though, you may well enjoy spending a couple of nights at a hotel in Beyoglu where there is a very different feel (that is still the European side but is over the Golden Horn in the more modern part of the city where the locals eat and play). Stay near the bottom end of Istiklal Cad near the Tunel rather than up the Taksim Square end.

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2. Re: Where to stay in Istanbul?!

I am going with a friend for a week in October and we booked an apt through Airbnb as well. Can't provide too much information as we haven't been yet! But our thought process was to stay outside of Sultanahmet where all of the tourists are and instead in Beyoglu.

We are still just a 7 min walk from Galata tower or 5 minutes to the Tophane tram stop that goes right over to Sultanahmet. It just depends on how you like to travel. We want to see all of the sites, but would rather stay in a more "local" neighborhood rather than touristy, so it seems like the best of both worlds. We also got a great deal.

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3. Re: Where to stay in Istanbul?!

Try nd locate hotel near sirkeci..or gulhane or eminonu

Hagia sophia is walkable from there..plenty of food nd excellent access to metro...

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