Many cruise ships stop for a number of days in Istanbul or even end their journey at this fascinating gateway between Europe and Asia. Stopping in Istanbul’s cruise port is the perfect opportunity to leave the ship and head to the Old City for an overnight stay or a longer continuation of your discovery of Turkey. At Hotel Büyük Keban, we make can make this easy and pleasant for you.
Disembarking in Istanbul
Leaving your cruise ship in Istanbul places you conveniently close to many attractions, especially those across the Golden Horn where it empties into the Bosphorus. The old cruise ship port has been replaced by Galataport, a new landing site just a little further northeast and still close to the Galata Bridge. A quick walk or taxi ride across the bridge leaves you in the heart of the Old City, the prime location for many historic venues and shopping bazaars.
An Affordable, Yet Luxurious Hotel
Hotel Büyük Keban is a boutique hotel in the Old City, and you’ll find it much more spacious than your shipboard accommodations, yet very economical. We offer a number of amenities you usually find in much more expensive hotels, including LCD satellite televisions, telephones, safes, minifridges and free WiFi.
Recently renovated, Hotel Büyük Keban has a gorgeous Turkish hammam (bath), spa, gym and hairdresser/barber shop. From our full breakfast buffet served in our restaurant to our bar, which is open 24/7, you’ll be able to refresh and refuel yourself for the amazing sightseeing right outside our door.
One of the best features of Hotel Büyük Keban is its location. Many of Istanbul’s top attractions are within walking distance or a quick cab ride of our front door, including:
- The Blue Mosque
- Hagia Sophia
- The Hippodrome
- Topkapi Palace
- The Islamic Art Museum
- The Mosaic Museum
- The Grand and Spice Bazaars
If you are disembarking to conduct business in Istanbul, you and your associates will enjoy having the Old City at your fingertips after you use the hotel’s state-of-the-art meeting rooms.
Tips for Disembarking Your Cruise in Istanbul
If you are disembarking your cruise in Istanbul, here are a few things you should know:
- You need a visa to stay in Turkey for more than 72 hours if you are from a foreign country. Obtaining a visa today is an easy process, as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs now has an online servicefor this.
- Istanbul is very safe, but if you are heading to Hotel Büyük Keban after sunset or if you are a woman traveling without a male companion, you would be better off taking a taxi cab than traveling on foot from the cruise port.
- Officials at the dock when you land can answer many questions for you about disembarking in Istanbul, especially if you are going to be shopping before returning to the ship and would like to know how to get your VAT refund.
Hotel Büyük Keban also has a top-notch Concierge Department, and we are happy to answer questions about your stay in Istanbul or to make arrangements for you to travel to us from the Galataport area. Also, if you are taking a cruise originating in Istanbul, we can help you reach the cruise port safely and on time after your stay with us in the Old City.
Be sure to check out the affordable luxury at Hotel Büyük Keban and use our online reservation portal to book your room today. You will be pleasantly surprised by our elegant, modern rooms coupled with our Turkish traditions and outstanding hospitality.