As one of the world’s great cities, famous for its historical monuments and magnificent beautiful panoramas, Istanbul can claim not only its historic heritage as the center of the old world but also an important modern metropolis of commerce, technology and culture. It is also the only city in the world that straddles two continents: Istanbul lies along the Bosphorus, one of the world’s busiest waterways. It is a city that seamlessly juxtaposes and mixes Asia and Europe in fascinating ways. Istanbul dates back over 8,500 years, and it has been an inspiring crossroads of cultures ever since. Here are five reasons you will love staying in Istanbul’s Old City.
Proximity – Staying in the Old City on Istanbul’s Historical Peninsula means that you are just steps away from a wealth of must-see sights: the Grand Bazaar, the Blue Mosque, the Sultanahmet Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, the Topkapi Palace, the Gulhane Park, the Basilica Cistern, and the Beyazit Tower. And don’t forget about the delightful silhouettes of the skyline from hilltop cafes and panoramic views over the water from seaside promenades!
Walking Distance – There’s no better way to explore the marvels of Istanbul on foot – and by staying right in the center of the Old City, every walk will reveal new discoveries. There’s nothing comparable to the excitement of knowing that you are literally walking in the footsteps of empires and emperors, sultans and sovereigns.
Old-World Charm and History – The Old City is a microcosm and mirror of Istanbulite history: as the Ottoman empire came to its close, so shifted the urban dynamics of its power center. After World War II, the old city quickly modernized and many wooden structures disappeared. The heterogeneous mix of styles was further facilitated by Istanbul’s growing commercial importance. In recent years, the city has embarked on a massive refurbishing of the old city – the Roman city walls are being rebuilt, industrial enterprises located in the old city have been moved to the suburbs, parks and gardens have been restored. Staying in the Old City, one can truly connect with the power of history.
Modern Amenities – Hotels in the Old City have a long history of catering to foreign guests and understand the amenities you want and expect from a hotel. And of course, savvy travelers know that budget and comfort can go hand in hand – even in the Old City, one can enjoy modern amenities at reasonable rates.
Legendary Hospitality – The famous Turkish hospitality is on display at the Old City hotels. Gracious hospitality is one of the cornerstones of the Turkish way of life. With naturally friendly instincts along with their history of welcoming visitors to their wonderful cosmopolitan city, Turks take pride in being gracious and generous hosts.
The Hotel Büyük Keban is conveniently located within easy walking distance of all the marvels of Istanbul’s historical peninsula. We invite you to discover all we have to offer: completely renovated rooms, fantastic and copious breakfast buffet, complementary Wi-Fi, 24-hour bar, spa, and game room, and free luggage storage. We have been welcoming guests for over thirty years, and hope to see you soon in Istanbul. Contact us today to find out more and to book your stay in Istanbul’s Old City!