When people arrive in Istanbul, they have a very important question in their mind: where should they stay if they come to Istanbul? Through general knowledge and prominence of the areas, two of the most popular areas in Istanbul are Sultanahmet and Beyoglu.
Sultanahmet and Beyoglu are the neighboring areas of Istanbul, which is divided into three parts. These two areas are connected by the Golden Horn (Halic), which is a river valley that connects the Bosphorus and the Marmara sea area. Forming a historic port, this area is one of Istanbul’s highlights, serving as the main departure point for ferries heading to the Bosphorus or to the Asian side.
The Golden Horn (Halic) actually separates the old cities of Istanbul, which includes Sultanahmet, Fatih, and Eminönü, from the modern cities of Istanbul, which includes Taksim, Besiktas, Sisli, etc. And there are 2 bridges that cross the Golden Horn (Halic): Ataturk Bridge or Unkapani Bridge and Galata Bridge. In fact, the Galata Bridge offers the shortest path to the two different regions of Sultanahmet and Beyoglu and is therefore of commercial importance. On the lower deck you will find front row seats with cheap cafes next to which offer views of the boats coming and going and on the upper deck, you will find an endless line of fishermen along with the view of the bustling activity of the Golden Horn. .
When it comes to Sultanahmet, it offers proximity to major tourist attractions including Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern, Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar, etc. They are all within walking distance and there are really fancy hotels and accommodations in this place. While on the other hand this area gets dark and dead after dark and the streets become absolutely empty which is a bit scary if you get home from work late at night.
Beyoglu also has some highlights, but not in numbers like Sultanahmet. This place has Dolmabahce Palace, Galata area, Istiklal Caddesi etc. This area is full of welcoming neighborhoods and a wide variety of restaurants and contains many working-class youth. This place doesn’t just have nightlife, it actually lives it. In fact, Beyoglu is open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. In this area, hotels are scarce and accommodations are available in abundance. If one prefers tranquility, this area lacks it.
So, these are the two areas where good properties are available in Istanbul and one can think of staying, if going there for work purposes. Furthermore, there is no shortage of local help available if one needs to search for property in Istanbul.