By Deanna Niles McConnell

Despite the capitol residing in Ankara, Istanbul continues to be major player in Turkish culture.  This city of many names has been known throughout history as the Greek colony of Byzantium and later the Ottoman seat of power, Constantinople, before becoming Istanbul.  Istanbul is still Turkey's most famous city and a focal point of its history.  Since 667 BC, Istanbul has acted as the connector between Europe and Asia.  Its blend of cultural richness and modern excitement keeps Istanbul at the top of travelers' dream destination lists.

Using, it's easy to book a fantastic vacation in Istanbul.  Use the flight search feature to look for flights through Ataturk International Airport (IST), which can be found at this link (  Hotels in Istanbul can be found to fit your budget with the hotel finder: ( also has Istanbul vacation packages and searches for hot deals and specials--great for those who want to tour the Bosphorus Straits on the cheap.

While there are fascinating sites in all of Istanbul's districts, most of the more famous highlights can be found in the "Old City," or Sultanahmet.  The monuments, famous architecture and winding streets date back to the Byzantine and Ottoman periods, layering history in one of Istanbul's most picturesque spots.  Walk under the domes of the Blue Mosque or under the mosaic arches of the Hagia Sophia, or head underground to the Basillica Cistern to see how city planners 1500 years ago devised a way to get water through Istanbul in case of attack.  Further glimpses into history can be found at nearby Topkapi Palace with its views of the Bosphorus and relics of the Ottoman period.

Istanbul is more than old buildings and streets. Shopping and relaxing are taken very seriously in Istanbul, and there are ample opportunities for both.  Sharpen your bargaining skills at the Grand Bazaar while collecting gifts for friends and family, or stock your pantry with herbs and spices from the Egyptian Bazaar spice market.  For a little relaxation therapy after Istanbul's wild markets, get a treatment at a traditional hamam.  No vacation in Istanbul is complete without a steamy scrubbing and a brisk Turkish massage.

One of the most alluring aspects of Istanbul is the way it effortlessly moves between the historic and the modern.  Istanbul boasts a bustling scene for artists, restaurants, and club-goers.  Cihangir and Nisantasi are bursting with innovative and contemporary works by new artists and galleries.  The Istiklal Caddesi avenue in Beyoglu has some of the best eateries, boutiques and people-watching in the city.  By night, Beyoglu booms with an active nightlife scene that will entice dancers and scene-lovers.

Thanks to a modern subway and busing system and ferries for easy travel through the Bosphorus Straits, Istanbul is accessible without losing its historic charm.  All of the hopping bazaars, intricate architecture and colorful sights of Istanbul can be at your fingertips using the vacation planner.  Your dream itinerary to Istanbul, Turkey is only a few clicks away!


  • 1. Blue Mosque
  • 2. Galata Tower
  • 3. Ortakoy Mosque
  • 4. Topkapi Palace
  • 5. Kariye Museum
  • 6. Istanbul Old Town
  • 7. Bosphorus Strait
  • 8. Sultanahmet District
  • 9. Istanbul Archaeology Museum
  • 10. Istanbul Modern Museum


  • 1. Kurban Bayram - January
  • 2. Istanbul Fashion Fair - February
  • 3. Water & Film Events - March
  • 4. Istanbul Theatre Festival - May
  • 5. International Istanbul Music Festival - June
  • 6. Istanbul International Jazz Festival - July
  • 7. Victory Day - August
  • 8. Republic Day - October
  • 9. Ramadan - October
  • 10. Mevlana Festival - December


DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul-Moda
Caferaga Mh Albay F Sozdener Cd 31, Kadikoy, Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey is an amazing city to vacation in, and while there, recommends the DoubleTree by Hilton® Istanbul-Moda. This hotel is located only 30 minutes away from the two major airports in the city: Istanbul Atatürk and Sabiha Gökcen. Vacationers can check into the hotel at 2 p.m. or after upon arrival. The hotel has a desk for foreign currency exchange. For planning purposes, reminds all travelers that Turkey uses the Euro.

The hotel has two different bedding options including 1 king size or 2 twin beds. DoubleTree also offer suites with either 1 king size or 2 twin beds as well. Guests who like to watch television in their rooms can do so on a 32 inch color television. The DoubleTree knows how important it is to stay connected to the internet while traveling; therefore, they offer complimentary Wi-Fi service to all guests. Other features in the rooms include a coffee maker, iron and ironing board, and a hairdryer. Travelers with children can request s crib brought into their room if needed, and there are babysitting services available.

Amenities are not in short supply at the DoubleTree by Hilton® Istanbul-Moda.  The hotel has amazing features for relaxation including a sauna, steam room, hammam, solarium, as well as other options. There is a swimming pool where guests can relax or work out in. Business travelers will just love the hotel’s business center.  They can take advantage of the fax, printing, copying, video conferencing services and many more.

In conclusion, the DoubleTree by Hilton® Istanbul-Moda is just the hotel to pick while in the city. Check-out is at 12 p.m. on the day of departure from Istanbul. can assist with booking your stay and this luxurious hotel by clicking this link ( to access our hotel finder today.


W Istanbul
Suleyman Seba Cad No 22, Istanbul, Turkey
By Chrystyne Jackson

Enhance your stay in the ancient city of Istanbul, Turkey by booking a room at the W Istanbul. The contemporary comforts and décor are a perfect compliment to the historical setting.

This hotel features a wide array of accommodation selections. The 323-square foot Wonderful Room is stylishly designed and luxuriously appointed. The largest unit is the 1,830-square foot Extreme Wow Suite, which boasts two bedrooms, a wet bar and a Jacuzzi. All rooms have flat screen televisions and refrigerators. High speed Internet access is available to guests. Pets are welcome. There is dog a walking service available.

Guests at the W can work out in the Sweat Fitness Center, which is open 24-hours. Here you will find outstanding equipment, including cardio machines, strength machines and free weights. Personal training is also available. Later, you can treat yourself to a facial, massage, reflexology treatment or wrap at the Spa Treatment Room. The W Lounge is conveniently open for beverages 24-hours. Or you can enjoy cocktails at Sip. Okka offers Turkish cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you prefer international dishes you can try Minyon for lunch and dinner.  There is a lot to see and do in Istanbul. There are boat tours available not far from the hotel. Art lovers can visit the Rampa Art Gallery, the Mine Art Gallery, or the Istanbul Modern Art Museum. The Pera Museum is a private art museum and gallery. History buffs will appreciate the Topkapi Palace Museum, which served as the prime residence of the Ottoman Sultans for approximately 400 years. Or the Dolmabahce Palace, which was the main administrative center for Ottoman Empire.

Make your visit to Turkey and adventure with a stay at the W Istanbul. can assist with booking your hotel reservations. Just click on this link ( to get started today.


Hilton ParkSA Istanbul
Bayildim Caddessi, No. 12, Macka, Istanbul, Turkey
By Keleigh M. Quinn

Easily reached from two airports, the Ataturk International Airport or the Sabiha Gökcen, and just a few minutes from both the train station and the Bosphorus ferry terminal, the Hilton ParkSA Istanbul is truly centrally located and makes travel around this historic city very convenient. This hotel is also close to the Lufti Kirdar Convention & Exhibition Center and Istanbul Congress Center, making business travel a breeze. You can also walk to the district of Nişantaşı, where you will find high end shopping, as well as wonderful restaurants. Take some time to explore the city and visit the Blue Mosque, the Topkapi Palace and the traditional Turkish baths. This city center location puts it all within easy reach.

The guest rooms and suites will provide the comforts of home and more. Many of the rooms offer views of the Bosphorus, and some have opening windows to let the fresh air in. You will feel pampered in the marble bathrooms, and stay entertained with the flat screen televisions and complimentary high speed internet access. If you need to get some work done, you can spread out on the large desks, and then kick back on the easy chair with a provided magazine.

On the seventh floor of the hotel you will find the Cloud 7 restaurant, enjoyed by travelers and locals for its delicious Turkish cuisine and beautiful views. You can also enjoy high tea, cocktails or wine on the Cloud 7 terrace, and ideal place to hold a private event. The Cloud 7 Bar is also located on this level, offering a relaxing place to grab a drink or a sandwich.

Boardrooms and meeting spaces are available for all of your needs, and there is a business center that offers video conferencing. This hotel also has a fitness room, and provides guests with access to the pool and fitness facilities at the Hilton Istanbul, a neighboring hotel.

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Le Meridien Istanbul Etiler
Cengiz Topel Caddesi No: 39, Etiler, Istanbul, Turkey
By Lynette Johnson

Le Méridien Istanbul Etiler located in Turkey’s largest city and surrounded by the nation's cultural, economic, and financial center. Le Méridien Istanbul Etiler 34-story tower is in the high-end residential area that offers the best in location for the leisure vacationer or the business traveler.  

The guest rooms and suites have ample sitting and work areas as well as a 42 inch LCD TV, spacious bathroom, kitchenette, mini bar, espresso machine, floor to ceiling windows, and wireless high speed internet access.  The hotel has available upon request:   connecting rooms, accessible rooms (for those who need more mobility), executive club level, private terrace, non-smoking and rooms with a city view.  Le Méridien has the best in services – concierge, dry cleaning, childcare, doorman, bellmen/porter, laundry and complimentary wireless high speed internet access in the lobby.   Relax with a message treatment or in the heated indoor and outdoor pools.  For any business needs, the hotel has printing, business, copy, and fax services as well as currency exchange.  The hotel also has flexible meeting space.  On your day of arrival, check-in is at 2 p.m.; if you should arrive early, the hotel has a luggage hold so you can explore the area attractions or attend business meetings.

The hotel has plenty of area shopping, attractions and destinations.  Akmerkez Shopping Center, Kanyon Shopping Mall, Istinye Park Shopping Mall, Spice and Grand Bazaar will keep all the shoppers well occupied.  Visitors’ seeking culture or historic viewing, close by is Topkapi Palace Museum, Sultanahmet, Kavacik and Umraniye.  La Torre is an on-site restaurant and lounge; the cuisine is Mediterranean and it offers indoor and outdoor seating.  Relax all you can, the check-out is set for 12 p.m.

Le Méridien Istanbul Etiler has the best in accommodations, amenities, shopping and destinations. will assist you with booking your hotel experience by clicking this link (


Sheraton Istanbul Maslak Hotel
Esentepe Mh. Buyukdere Caddesi 233, Istanbul, Turkey
By Jessica Howell

Located in the new business district of Istanbul, the Sheraton Istanbul Maslak Hotel provides guests with the comforts and conveniences of home, with a combination of ethnic flare and genuine hospitality that is prominent in this unique corner of the globe.  Only 10 kilometers away from the city center, the Sheraton Istanbul Maslak Hotel offers guests easy access to multinational corporate offices, major shopping centers, and the underground metro system.  If you are traveling to Istanbul, Turkey, then recommends staying at the Sheraton Istanbul Maslak Hotel.

When you enter the Sheraton Istanbul Maslak Hotel you will be greeted by the calming colors and tranquil design that graces the lobby.  Guests can begin checking into their rooms at 2 p.m. and check out is at 12 p.m.  At the Sheraton Istanbul Maslak Hotel guests can expect to find premium amenities in a unique atmosphere.  All guest rooms and suites at the Sheraton Istanbul Maslak Hotel are designed to provide ultimate comfort, but also to reflect the region’s heritage and beauty.  Calming earth tones and complimenting textures grace every room, creating peaceful atmosphere that will leave you feeling balanced and refreshed.  Additional guest room features include a flat screen TV, luxury bath amenities, in-room Jacuzzi, hairdryer, iron/ironing board, and The Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Bed.  Wireless high speed internet is also available in all guest rooms for a small daily fee.  

The Sheraton Istanbul Maslak Hotel also features a fitness center and spa that is unlike any you have seen before.  Here, good health means pampering your mind, body, and spirit.  After working out take the time to recharge in the hotel spa complete with Turkish bath, sauna, whirlpool or swimming pool.  You can even enjoy a massage for an additional charge. recommends the Sheraton Istanbul Maslak Hotel for anyone who is traveling to Istanbul, Turkey.  Please visit the following link to book your stay at the Sheraton Istanbul Maslak Hotel today:  (