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An Istanbul Hotel Built Around History

The elegant, mysterious harem of Ottoman sultans.

A creamy, dreamy, florally-scented sahlep drink served in a porcelain teacup.

The power and glory of Roman civilization.

A serpentine maze of market stalls populated by agitated salesmen.

The exquisite creativity of Byzantine architects.

Priceless Roman mosaics and crumbling Greek stone temples.

A shockingly strong coffee so thick you can nearly stand a spoon up in it.

The staunch traditions of Islamic caliphates.

Exquisite waterfront views, interspersed with passing ships, submarines and the occasional party boat.

What do they all have in common? Istanbul.

Byzantium, Constantinople, European Capital of Culture 2010, Europe’s Best Destination 2012 - by any moniker the heart of Turkey is a city that fascinates and enchants. It is a teeming metropolis that both unites continents and separates them, and it continues to surprise visitors as a thriving mecca of cosmopolitanism, cuisine, and culture. It’s a city with a history unlike any other - indeed, it has been the capital of four separate empires and even today is essentially a debate to which continent it really belongs (the correct answer: both!).

Living History in the Heart of Turkey: the Old City

If you are visiting Istanbul, and you are even the slightest bit interested in history, consider staying in the Old City - where all of Istanbul’s remarkable passages through time are fully on display. The Hotel Büyük Keban is 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 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.

Comfort and Convenience in the City Center

We at the Hotel Büyük Keban are proud to have been welcoming travelers from around the world for over 40 years. Our entire premises have recently been updated and refurbished - all the better to serve you. The Hotel Büyük Keban is your home away from home in Istanbul’s Historical Peninsula - after a fabulous day of explorations, come back to your room and treat yourself to a great night’s sleep on our comfortable mattresses with luxurious linens. Our hotel offers several different room styles and sizes to suit each guest’s individual tastes, ranging from single budget rooms to family master suites and everything in between, including disabled-friendly rooms. Best of all, there’s no need to break the bank to sleep soundly - all our rooms are reasonably priced.

In the morning, don’t forget to take advantage of our famous huge breakfast buffet that includes a sumptuous spread of Mediterranean specialties. And before you go, of course a visit to a Turkish hammam is a must - do check out our on-site spa facilities, complete with traditional Turkish bath, sauna, and jacuzzi. And we love to share our knowledge of our remarkable city - just ask us!

Istanbul is waiting – contact us and come take a trip into history today!

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