Most of Istanbul’s budget accommodations are concentrated in Sultanahmet, but Beyoglu is becoming more and more popular with travelers looking for cheap rooms. The main advantage to staying in Sultanahmet is being close to the major historical sights, while residing in Beyoglu brings you closer to the city’s culture and nightlife. Accommodations on the Asian side and in the more conservative districts like Fatih and Fener are sparser, less conveniently located, and generally lacking in English fluency. Besiktas is home to mostly upscale hotels. Avoid staying in hotels in the Aksaray area, which is the city’s seedy red light district, or Tarlabasi, the run-down neighborhood close to Taksim. Another option is to rent an apartment, especially if you’re thinking of staying for a few weeks (or a semester).

Istanbul Accommodations was last modified: June 23rd, 2015 by Will Holub-Moorman