Enticing Istanbul: Stunning Hotels and Restaurants

Istanbul is bustling, big and beautiful with unique hotel properties, according to industry expert Coyle Hospitality.

Most people who have visited Istanbul call this UNESCO World Heritage Site with more than 2,000 years of history an extraordinary experience. With a population larger than New York City and Los Angeles combined, a glance at the map makes it clear that Istanbul sits at an important strategic crossroads straddling Europe and Asia. Where the Bosphorus and the Sea of Marmara converge, the Silk Road has been a long-traveled trade route connecting the Black Sea and the Mediterranean.

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Intriguing Istanbul Attracts Large Volume of Visitors

IstanbulThe distinctive skyline incorporating Byzantine, Ottoman, Roman and modern day architecture is instantly recognizable. Visitors wishing to soak up the atmosphere may choose to stay in the old city, where top-rated Four Seasons has been cleverly crafted from a former neoclassical prison only five minutes’ walk to landmark Haghia Sofia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Suleymaniye Mosque, museums and markets.

On the picturesque Bosphorus just down the street from the elaborate former Ciragan Palace Kempinski Hotel, a second Four Seasons opened in 2008. The property is complete with a mosaic pool featuring underwater music, a spa, and a private waterfront terrace dotted with flaming torches by night.

A good number of Istanbul hotels feature rooftop terraces, some with drinks and dining. Other five star entries come from W Hotels, Grand Hyatt, InterContinental, Ritz-Carlton, Meridien, Swissotel and Radisson. Visitors are spoiled for choice and count pretty much count on a stunning view.

When if comes to great views, they tend to come with dinner, too. Capturing nearly perfect Tripadvisor and Zagat reviews for Turkish and Mediterranean food are winners such as Pasazade Restaurant Ottoman Cuisine, Imbat Restaurant, Amedros Cafe & Restaurant and Seasons at the Four Seasons in the Old Town. Take a ferry to Ciya Sofrasi on the Asian side of the city, ranked in the top 10 worldwide as top choice by Tripadvisor users in 2012.

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