Taksim Square and the surrounding neighborhoods have some of the best hotels in Istanbul. Beyoglu district (aka Taksim) with a lively social life is one of the best places to stay in Istanbul.
Beyoglu is a district that includes Taksim Square, Istiklal Street, Pera, Galata, Cihangir and Karakoy. There are many historical monuments to visit in Beyoglu, as well as lively shopping streets, restaurants and cafes.
In this article, you can find the best hotels to stay in Taksim (aka Beyoglu). The most distinctive feature of this article is that you can find detailed information about things to do around the hotels.
Best Hotels to Stay in Taksim, Istanbul 2021
The best hotels to stay in Taksim article consists of 12 titles. In the article you can find the coolest hotels in popular accommodation places such as Taksim Square, Galata, Cihangir, Pera and Karakoy.
As someone who has been in Istanbul tourism for about 17 years, I wanted to give you some insider tips. While doing this, I chose the hotels that give priority to customer satisfaction.
You can check the hotels in the list from travel platforms and see that they have received high ratings and positive reviews. I hope this article will help you find the hotel you are looking for.
1. Tomtom Suites
Tomtom Suites opened with the restoration of a historic 19th-century building. In the past, French nuns and Levantines (Latin Catholics of the East) lived in this iconic building of Beyoglu.
During the Ottoman period, the two most important living areas of Istanbul were the Historical Peninsula and Beyoglu. While Sultanahmet and the surrounding neighborhoods represented a traditional life, Beyoglu had a cosmopolitan and modern style.
Tomtom Suites and many of the buildings on this list reflect the socio-cultural and architectural change that Istanbul went through in the 19th century. Beyoglu was known as the “Paris of the East” at that time.
Tomtom Suites is a boutique hotel with 20 rooms and is located very close to Cihangir district. In Cihangir, you can visit the Nobel Prize-winning writer Orhan Pamuk’s Museum of Innocence and see the famous antique shops on Cukurcuma Street.
You can reach Istiklal Street, the most important social hub of Beyoglu, in 15 minutes and have a pleasant time in cafes, restaurants and bars around Taksim Square. Tomtom Suites is among the best hotels to stay in Taksim with all these features.
2. Pera Palace Hotel
Pera Palace Hotel is the most famous historical hotel in Istanbul. Having hosted celebrities such as Agatha Christie and Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in the past, the hotel is the symbol of the cosmopolitan Istanbul of the 1800s, which I mentioned above.
The Orient Express train carried passengers from Paris to Istanbul throughout the 1800s. Europeans arriving by Orient Express would first arrive at Sirkeci Train Station in the Historic Peninsula. After visiting the old Istanbul, they would come to Beyoglu to stay.
Orient Express passengers used to stay at hotels such as the Pera Palace, Bristol Hotel and the Grand Hotel De Londres. While two of these historical hotels are still providing accommodation services, the Bristol Hotel has been converted into the Pera Museum.
Pera Palace Hotel is located in a very central place. The front door of the hotel opens to Mikla Restaurant, one of the best restaurants in Istanbul, and Asmali Mescit Street, full of Turkish taverns (locally known as Meyhane).
Behind the hotel is Tarlabasi Boulevard. You can reach Eminonu with Spice Bazaar or Sultanahmet with Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque with a short taxi ride from this road. Offering a perfect location to its guests, Pera Palace has been among the best hotels to stay in Beyoglu since the 19th century.
3. Rixos Pera Istanbul
Rixos Pera Istanbul reflects the soul of 19th Century thanks to the view it offers and its decoration. The hotel boasts 116 rooms and 21 suites where you can enjoy the special cuisines at its three a la carte restaurants.
You can go to Beyoglu Fish Market from Rixos Pera and have a meal at the restaurants street called Cicek Pasaji (Flower Passage). Inside the Fish Market, there are historical artifacts such as the Uc Horan Armenian Church, one of the city’s hidden gems, and “Uc Yildiz Sekerleme”, one of Istanbul’s best Turkish delight shops.
Rixos Pera is also walking distance to the nightlife areas like Asmali Mescit, Nevizade and Cezayir streets. There are bars serving Turkish appetizers and Raki (Turkish alcoholic drink) in Asmali Mescit and Nevizade, and there are pubs with live music on Cezayir Street.
4. The House Hotel
The House Hotel is located in Karakoy, the seaside spot of Beyoglu district. Located on Bankalar Caddesi (Banks Street), one of the historical places of Karakoy, the hotel has a wonderful view of the Golden Horn.
Karakoy is connected to Eminonu (Old City) via the Galata Bridge. Karakoy and Eminonu are indispensable addresses for street food tours in Istanbul. Because delicious local Turkish restaurants and the oldest Turkish dessert shops are located in these districts.
Karakoy is one of the coolest districts of recent years. Modern restaurants, coffee shops and historical artifacts create a beautiful harmony in Karakoy. Kilic Ali Pasha Hammam, one of the best Turkish baths in Istanbul, is also located here.
5. Bankerhan Hotel
Bankerhan Hotel is very close to Galata Tower and it serves its visitors with its 36 rooms and an amazing view. Bankerhan Hotel is easily one of the best boutique hotels to stay in Taksim, thanks to its architecture that’s in line with Galata’s historical pattern and elegance.
You can easily walk to Galata Tower from the Bankerhan Hotel. You can also visit the Galata Mevlevi House Museum while going from the tower towards Istiklal Street. The best Whirling Dervish Show in Istanbul is also performed in that museum.
Nardis Jazz Bar, one of the best Jazz bars in Istanbul, and Privato Cafe, one of the best breakfast places in Istanbul, are also within walking distance of the hotel. Galata neighborhood also has shops selling creative designs on Serdar-i Ekrem Street and gift shops on Galip Dede Street.
6. NordStern Hotel
NordStern Hotel is located in the very center of Karakoy. Thanks to the tram station in front of the hotel, it’s easy to get to Sultanahmet or Dolmabahce Palace in the opposite direction.
NordStern Hotels boasts 20 rooms and suites and it offers a luxury stay. The hotel literally sits where the Bosphorus and Golden Horn meet and it has a neo-gothic style with its fancy windows and ornamental moldings.
When you leave NordStern Hotel, you can cross the Galata Bridge to the Old City. Here you will first see the Spice Bazaar. You can also get on the Bosphorus cruise boats from Turyol Pier, which is opposite the Spice Bazaar.
7. The Marmara Taksim
The Marmara Taksim is located right in the middle of Taksim Square and its location makes this place the most central hotel of Istanbul. Due to its location, the hotel is really close to the metro station and bus stops as they are a few minutes walking distance from the hotel.
The Marmara Hotel is located at the beginning of Istiklal Street and allows you to experience one of the best walking routes in Istanbul. Starting from Taksim Square, you can walk through Istiklal Street to Galata Tower. After that, you can go down to Karakoy from the there and reach the Old City via the Galata Bridge.
This hotel is such an iconic structure that it can easily be seen from the Bosphorus and even from the Asian side. For this reason, The Marmara Hotel is one of the best 5 star hotels to stay in Taksim Square, the heart of Beyoglu.
8. Lazzoni Hotel
Lazzoni Hotel is a little far from Taksim Square, unlike the hotels on our list so far. However, Lazzoni Hotel, which has a magnificent view of the Golden Horn, has something different to offer to its guests.
Lazzoni Hotel boasts 130 rooms and it reflects neo-renaissance style with its architecture. Moreover, Lazzoni Hotel allows you to enjoy the Golden Horn with the private boat called “Vaporetto”.
There are two of the city’s most popular museums on the Golden Horn coast, where the Lazzoni hotel is located. One of them is “Miniaturk” and the other is “Rahmi Koc Museum”.
You can see the exact models of all historical artifacts in Turkey at Miniaturk. When you go to visit the Rahmi Koc Museum, you can have a meal with a great sea view at Halat Restaurant inside the museum.
In addition, you can go to the Balat district on the opposite shore of the Golden Horn and join the Fener Balat walking tour, one of the most popular activities of recent years.
9. Intercontinental Istanbul
Intercontinental Istanbul ranks first among the hotels with Bosphorus view in Taksim. The hotel, which is within walking distance of Taksim Square, is also very close to the Besiktas district.
Intercontinental Istanbul is one of the most luxurious hotels in Taksim. On the roof terrace of the hotel, there is a place called City Lights Restaurant & Bar that serves great cocktails and meals.
10. Radisson Blu Pera
Radisson Blu Pera is a relatively new hotel at the historical Pera. It lies its back to Istiklal Street and oversees Golden Horn from Tepebasi Hill. It can be said Radisson Blu is the easiest hotel to reach in the neighborhood as it stands right on Tarlabasi Boulevard.
Radisson Blu Pera enables its customers to reach Taksim, Istiklal Avenue, and Galata Tower in just five minutes. If you take a taxi in front of Radisson Blu Pera, you can easily get to Cevahir or Kanyon, the best shopping malls in Istanbul.
Radisson Blu Pera is a unique hotel with its proximity to the main roads of the city. For this reason, it is one of the best hotels to stay in Taksim, especially for those who come to Istanbul for business trips.
11. Witt Hotel
Witt Hotel is one of the coolest hotels to stay in Taksim with its retro style. Located in Cihangir, where writers and filmmakers live, the hotel fits perfectly into the intellectual structure of the district.
Witt Hotel stands out as a hotel close to the Istanbul Cruise Port. Within walking distance of Galataport, the hotel is located in the middle of a ramp stretching between Karakoy and Taksim Square.
One of the most important features of Witt Hotel is that it is within walking distance of all historical monuments and social centers in Beyoglu. You can easily reach Taksim Square, Istiklal Street, Galata and Karakoy by walking from the hotel.
12. 10 Karakoy Hotel
10 Karakoy Hotel brings a 19th century building and a modern service together and it satisfies its customers with its service quality and location. The hotel preserves the historical features of a Neo-Classical building and blends it with a modern decoration.
10 Karakoy Hotel is located in the very center of Karakoy and allows you to reach important touristic places such as Tophane, Galata and Eminonu on foot. If you want to turn your Istanbul trip into a gourmet experience, you can stay at this hotel and enjoy the beautiful cafes and restaurants in the surrounding area.
Although Karakoy 10 is a relatively new hotel, it is already among the best hotels in Taksim on travel platforms.
In this article, we tried to introduce you the best hotels to stay in Taksim. However, places to stay in Istanbul are not limited to Taksim Square and its surroundings.
If you want to stay close to historical monuments such as Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque, you can also take a look at the best hotels to stay in Sultanahmet article. In this recommended article, you can also find information about the locations and prominent features of the hotels.
Or if you want to stay in hotels with a Bosphorus view and go jogging by the sea, you can check out the article on best hotels in Istanbul with Bosphorus view. Of course, these hotels are in the category of the most expensive and luxurious hotels in Istanbul.
Written by Serhat Engul