Why spend a lot to get a little? Smart travelers agree that high price doesn’t always equal high quality – and vice versa. Being on a budget does not mean compromising quality or comfort. We at the Hotel Büyük Keban are delighted to offer it all – budget rates, high quality, and the utmost comfort. And that’s not all – we’re also located in one of the city’s best locations, close to all of Istanbul’s most amazing highlights, including the spectacular Süleymaniye Mosque.
Ottoman Splendor on Display at the Süleymaniye Mosque
The Süleymaniye Mosque is without question one of Istanbul’s most stunning landmarks and a must-see for any visitor to the city. An elegant and imposing masterpiece of Ottoman architectural styling, the Süleymaniye dominates the city skyline. The mosque was designed by the great Ottoman-era architect Mimar Sinan for Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, and was originally constructed by over an eight-year period between 1550 and 1558.
The Süleymaniye is not just one building, but rather a vast and extensive complex of religiously-oriented buildings and courtyards that blend Islamic and Byzantine architectural elements. The architect combined tall, slender minarets with large domed buildings, which were supported by half domes in the style of the Byzantine church Hagia Sophia (which the Muslim Ottomans then converted into the mosque of Aya Sofya). The Süleymaniye complex has recently been restored to its original splendour and is considered the finest of the 42 surviving mosques that Sinan designed for Istanbul.
History in the Heart of the Old City
The Süleymaniye is not the only staggeringly beautiful landmark to visit in Istanbul – far from it. The surrounding Old City, located on the Historical Peninsula, is where all of Istanbul’s remarkable history converges. And when your home base is the Hotel Büyük Keban, you are right in the midst of it all: art and architecture, music and cinema, fashion and food. Our affordable and comfortable hotel is within walking distance of countless must-see marvels: the Grand Bazaar, Gulhane Park, the Blue and Sultanahmet Mosques, the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, the Basilica Cistern, and the Beyazit and Galata Towers – to name but a few.
Convenience and Affordability on Istanbul’s Historic Peninsula
Our hotel was recently renovated in order to serve you better. From the luxurious comfort of our mattresses and linens, to the stylish sleek design of our rooms, to the fabulous complimentary breakfast buffet, we think you’ll love all we have to offer. Our elegant Turkish bath, jacuzzi and sauna, along with the relaxing game room open all day and night for your convenience, are proof positive that comfort is our priority here. If you need any more evidence that budget travel can be fantastic, just check out our amenities!
Enjoy Istanbul and Stay With Us
For your upcoming trip to Istanbul, we’d love to host you. Contact us today to get started planning your trip of a lifetime to Istanbul!