The ancient city of Istanbul is a delight whether you're visiting on business or for pleasure. Why not make your stay as comfortable as possible by selecting accommodation at one of the excellent and varied Hilton hotels dotted across the city. You'll find fantastic deals on short breaks and longer stays at lastminute.com so if it's 4-star and 5-star luxury you're looking for, we'll be able to help you find the perfect hotel.
The Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus is set within beautifully landscaped gardens in the heart of the city and offers panoramic views of the Old Town. The Hilton ParkSA Istanbul is also centrally located close to the Nisantasi shopping district, while DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Istanbul lies just a short distance from the Grand Bazaar.
Straddling two continents, this striking city is home to bustling markets, impressive architecture, fascinating historical sights and incredibly friendly locals. For a taste of daily life in this vibrant city head to the Grand Bizarre where you'll be able to practice your haggling skills in a effort to claim a bargain to take home. There are thousands of shops in the immediate area, selling a huge range of goods from jewellery and ceramics to intricate carpets.
Visit the stunning Hagia Sophia, an architectural treasure that stood as a monument of great importance to both the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. The Blue Mosque is another must-visit site. Take in its six minarets and marvel at the coloured tiles that adorn the interior of the building.
If possible, find time to explore the Topkapi Palace and view its incredible collections, which range from weaponry used by the Ottoman army to and a Chinese porcelain collection through to treasure that once belonged to the city's sultans.
If you're searching for a feast for the senses during your time in Istanbul then a visit to the city's Spice Bazar is a must. Vivid colours stretch as far as the eye can see and the air is thick with wonderful aromatic smells. The market is a foodie's paradise and a great place to pick up some edible souvenirs of your trip.
The best nightlife is to be found in Beyoğlu, although the city has a vast number of tea gardens and coffee houses if you're looking for something non-alcoholic. Relax with a drink and engage in some people watching at Café Meşale or Dervis Aile Cay Bahcesi, both a short distance from the Blue Mosque.