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Why Istanbul Has Been Named TripAdvisor’s Top Destination for 2014

If you haven’t heard yet, Istanbul has been named TripAdvisor’s top destination in the world for 2014. Overtaking Paris (quite a feat!) the largest city in Turkey jumped 11 places from 2013 to become the place everyone is clamoring to visit, and we at Hotel Büyük Keban are not surprised.

Alluring, Mysterious, Exciting

Istanbul’s complex history included the Byzantine, Ottoman, and Roman empires, lending a fantastic array of architectural styles to this city on the Bosporus. Still known for its varied cultures, religious practices, and ability to balance the old and the new in perfect harmony, this is the place where Asia and Europe meet to create an atmosphere that is as alluring, mysterious, and always exciting.

Sitting right in the center of the Old City, Hotel Büyük Keban provides visitors with the perfect vantage point for exploring the gifts Istanbul has to offer. Just minutes away from some of the most important sites, you can easily visit breathtaking monuments such as the Blue Mosque, the Sultanahmet Mosque, the Hagia Sofia, Topkapi Palace, Gulhane Park, the Basilica Cistern, the Beyazit Tower, and so much more.

A favorite tourist attraction is the Grand Bazaar, a covered shopping area that will have you bartering and buying for hours on end. With colors, sights, sounds, and tastes that awaken all the senses, it is no wonder that many of our guests head to the Bazaar before going anywhere else.

Bars, Clubs, Restaurants, Cafes

In Istanbul, bars, nightclubs, and great restaurants abound. You can visit some of the great old cafes or nestle into a trendy one to watch the world go by. From ultra modern, trendy, and chic to historic and cozy, there are endless spots to choose from, day or night.

Whether you choose extravagant cuisines eaten in elegant restaurants or street food that promises you the rich taste of Turkey’s ethnic food, such as fresh pomegranate juice, roasted chestnuts, and sumptuous pastries, Istanbul is a foodie’s paradise. For lunch, have a simple yet mouthwatering fish sandwich washed down with a tea served from an old samovar and then an exquisitely prepared dinner at one of the many upscale eateries that make the city so varied.

Charming, Inexpensive, and International

Inexpensive and charming, Istanbul is easy to reach from Europe and Asia. A city where art and culture combine ancient history with contemporary movement, the international flavor makes everything come alive. With women in burkas standing next to those in skinny jeans and boots, there is an unspoken harmony between cultures that is endlessly fascinating.

Our Central Location

The convenience of staying at the Hotel Büyük Keban is our central location, making it easy for you to enjoy all that our city has to offer, while providing you with a comfortable home-away-from-home. After a long day, come back to our beautifully appointed rooms to rest and freshen up for the night ahead. In the morning, enjoy our famed breakfast spread to give you the fuel you need for continuing your adventures.

Our experienced and courteous staff is always available to advise and help you when it comes to directions and recommendations, making it easy for you to enjoy your stay in our magnificent city. Drop us a line today and get start making plans to visit the city everyone’s talking about!

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