If you have the rights on only one view in life, direct it to Istanbul. The French writer and politician of the 19th century, Alphonse de Lamartine was incurable lover of the only city in the world that spreads over two continents, and he was not alone.
The capital of the Byzantine Empire and the Ottoman Empire, built on seven hills, which connects Europe to Asia and the Bosphorus, the Sea of Marmara with the Black Sea, is an eternal inspiration for artists, pilgrims, adventurers … While some still call it Tsargrad, for the others it will stay Constantinople forever.
Orhan Pamuk reaffirms himself as the undisputed “painter” of Istanbul with every new novel, and its gates stay wide open to everyone. And autumn is actually most beautiful moment to knock on the doors of the city that was the most populous in the world back in 1502, and today has about 14 million inhabitants.
If the city was not worth of it, so many spears wouldn’t brake because of it. It was the main capital of the Eastern Roman Empire, the center of Christianity, the richest city in Europe during the Middle Ages, the capital of the Latin Empire. Mehmed II the Conqueror wanted it in the 15th century, and his wish came true after eight weeks of siege. Then it became the capital of the Ottoman Empire, when the Christian holy symbols were transformed to Islamic. Today it is the largest city, although not the capital, of Turkey whose many attractions are on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
It is well known that Istanbul is a very serious tourist destination. By some estimations, around 3 million tourists from all over the world visit Istanbul daily, the fact which definitely puts it in the world’s top tourist destinations.
Istanbul is also very important to mention as a city with a huge accommodation potentials that can brag with thousands of hotels. Hotels can be divided into several categories and in addition to categories, they can be thematically grouped. There are a lot of hotels in Istanbul that do not differ from Manhattan, London and other world capitals. Then, there are lots of those that emanate the spirit of the former Ottoman Empire, for all lovers of history and culture. Besides, the offer in Istanbul is very broad, so the hotel accommodation can be available to those who cannot spend more than ten Euros per night, but also to those who can expend to tens of thousands of Euros.
We have singled out several hotels for you.
Hotel Spectra is located in a traditional Turkish mansion in the old part of the city on the Hippodrome square. The hotel is located close to most tourist attractions of the city, such as: the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and the Grand Bazaar. Traditional hospitality, quality of the service and friendly staff of the hotel Spectra will contribute to make your stay in Istanbul truly remain in good memory.
Ciragan Palace Kempinski with its colossal level of luxury, this magnificent hotel will offer each guest a glamorous stay. It can be said that the service provided by the hotel staff is on the level of art and that even the most demanding hedonists here guaranteed satisfaction.
It all started by Fatma Sultan, who had organized numerous celebrations here. After the departure of the Sultan, many years later, the hotel chain “Kempinski” invested into this historic building and opened it for guests 1991.
InterContinental Istanbul hotel Still stands out, located in the heart of Istanbul, the Taksim Square, with a view over the Bosphorus but over the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque as well, represents the pinnacle of luxury that Istanbul provides for centuries.
InterContinental Istanbul hotel offers interesting international dishes as well as traditional Turkish cuisine. Bars and restaurants of this hotel are exceptionally well attended all day around and all the guests agree that lunch time spent at one of the many hotel balconies is simply fantastic.
We must also point out the spa, which provides the absolute pleasure, rest and relaxation you’ve always dreamed of.
Finally, we have to mention that the InterContinental Istanbul Hotel has received numerous international awards in the field of hospitality.