Antik Hotel Istanbul
Why We Love This Hotel
- Old Istanbul location, close to the city's main attractions
- Hotel stands on a 5th-century cistern
- There's a large wine cellar
- Wi-Fi is free
"Whether yours is the Istanbul of the Blue Mosque and the Topkapi Palace, or the Beyoğlu nightclubs and swish rooftop cocktail bars, the city takes time to get to know," says Rough Guides, which advises staying up to two weeks for full exploration of the historic sights, the Old City, the outlying suburbs and the islands.
Base yourself on the European side of the city with a stay at the Antik Hotel Istanbul, which stands on a cistern dating back 1500 years The hotel is near Beyazit Square, in the heart of Old Istanbul, and it's within walking distance of the Grand Bazaar, the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace.
Each floor at the hotel is named after the city's historical periods -- Byzantion, Constantinopolis, Konstantiniyye and Istanbul -- and the corridors are decorated with relevant historical paintings.
Rooms are modern and use natural materials such as wood, stone and glass, and are decorated in warm colours, with parquet floors. Wi-Fi is free.
Marmarion Terrace restaurant has a view of Marmara Sea and serves breakfast and dinner buffets as well as an à la carte menu with a variety of fish and kebab dishes. Antik Cisterna Restaurant offers traditional and modern Turkish cuisine. There is a large wine cellar in the hotel.