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Stay in one of IHG’s 11 Istanbul hotels and you will quickly melt into the magic of this ancient city. Straddling the border of two continents, the city was once the last stop on the Silk Routes between Europe and Asia, a heritage evident across Istanbul. Diversity abounds, from the magnificent architecture through to the food and culture. The warmth and vibrancy of the local people will make you feel right at home as soon as you step onto the city streets. Whether you meet them through business or whilst hanging out at a nearby tea garden, you can expect to make new friends and fit in easily in this welcoming and ancient city.
Once you’ve settled in, take time to marvel at the artistic delights, which include the many Byzantine mosaics and frescoes that decorate the city’s churches and palaces. Or, browse the museums and galleries at your leisure. Architecture here combines the best of Eastern and Western influences, with grand imperial mosques such as the Sultan Ahmed Mosque standing proudly alongside towering modern skyscrapers to create a unique skyline. The Topkapi Palace is another fine example of spectacular Sultan style and is well worth a visit.
Foodies will love the delicious delicacies on offer in the city, which boasts some of the best restaurants in Turkey. Stop off at a kebapcis for a succulent kebab or munch on some mezes with a glass of local wine or raki. If that doesn’t tempt your tastebuds, there are plenty of eateries offering contemporary fusion cuisine as well as Italian and Asian dishes. If you prefer to cook up your own tasty treats, the historic domed Egyptian spice bazaar will fill your senses with exotic sights, sounds and aromas as you shop for your daily meals.
Unwind Istanbul style when you head for the nearest Hamam. These traditional Turkish baths provide an opportunity to soak up the influence of Ottoman culture and history as you relax in the warm waters. Built in the 1700s, the Cağaloğlu Hamami is arguably one of the most beautiful in the city and is a great starting point if you like to spa. Alternatively, why not head out of the city to the Princes’ Islands for a relaxing day trip? Cars are not permitted so you will need to travel on foot, by bicycle or horse drawn carriage.
There are so many ways to enjoy this extraordinary destination, especially when you choose to stay in one of IHG’s quality hotels in Istanbul. Situated in some of the most convenient locations in the city, our friendly staff are waiting to welcome you. Book your relaxing retreat in Istanbul today.
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