There’s just no doubt about it – Istanbul is unique. No other city straddles two continents, serves as a meeting and melange of cultures, and certainly no other metropolis can claim to have been the seat of four great world empires and still be an important cultural, political, and economic power today. Yet Istanbul lays claim to all these traits – and emerges as a modern-day cultural mecca that is totally on the avant-garde of the art, fashion, music, and film worlds. It’s a place where you’ll never find an end to the culinary discoveries. One where you can find sleek, modern metal and glass architecture practically alongside centuries-old brick houses where families still live according to tradition, raising their own food and cooking meals the way they have for generations. You’ll find all the world’s snazziest chain stores and hottest fashions next to traditional fish markets and vegetable sellers. You’ll see people dressed in traditional Muslim garb sitting alongside those sporting the latest and trendiest European looks.
The Heart of Turkey – Istanbul’s Old City
Although Ankara is Turkey’s official and political capital, Istanbul is its beating heart. In the center of Istanbul, the Old City is an area steeped in tradition yet changing with the times. Old City landmarks such as the Hagia Sophia bear witness to Turkey’s unique geographic role: over the last one and a half millennia, it has served as a Greek Orthodox patriarchal basilica church, an imperial mosque, a Roman Catholic cathedral, and now a secular museum. And nearby, the exquisite Topkapi Palace was home to the Ottoman Sultans for a full four centuries of their over six hundred year reign. And nowhere is the boldness and richness of Turkish culture on display more vibrantly than in the center of Istanbul. From regions stretching from Adana to Zile, Turkish cuisine is similarly varied and rich as any of the world’s other great culinary traditions, and it is all represented in central Istanbul’s Old City. In short – if you are heading to Istanbul for the first time, the Old City is the place to be and to explore.
Convenience and Affordability on Istanbul’s Historic Peninsula
The Hotel Büyük Keban Hotel is a newly renovated, affordable hotel serving travelers for over 40 years. due to its ideal location within walking distance of major attractions in the center of the city, it is a great place to come home to after a lively day of explorations. Here, you can treat yourself to a peaceful night’s sleep on the wonderfully comfortable mattresses in our well-appointed rooms, enjoy our fabulous huge breakfast buffet, and take advantage of our on-site spa facilities, complete with traditional Turkish bath, sauna, and jacuzzi. Our entire range of room sizes and styles, newly renovated and designed to suit each visitor’s taste, all come at a price – a low price! From single budget rooms to family master suites and everything in between, including disabled-friendly rooms, we offer quality, comfortable accommodations to fit your preferences and your budget alike.
Stay Central and Make the Most of Istanbul
We would love to show you what we have to offer – let us know when you’re planning to come and let us be your home away from home in fabulous Istanbul!