Boutique Hotels in Istanbul
Istanbul is one of the world's great cities - a melting pot of East and West separated by the mighty Bosphorus - and the perfect destination for a weekend away. The weather in autumn can be mixed but, if you're lucky, you'll end up with glorious sunny days and far fewer crowds. For some traditional sightseeing, you can't beat Istanbul's offering - the Topkapı Palace, Blue Mosque, and the Basilica Cistern are all extraordinary. A lovely way to take in the city's landscape is by boat - there are plenty of trips around but nothing more luxurious than a boat to yourselves and, if there's a group of you, it shouldn't even work out too expensive. Brace yourself for the Grand Bazaar which is huge and busy but well worth a visit if only to pick up a little trinket to take home. If you're looking to relax, you can't beat a visit to one of the city's legendary Hamams - Ayasofya Sultan Hamamı is probably the most spectacular or try Çemberlitaş Hamamı for something more traditional. Istanbul is increasingly becoming a real foodie destination with many of the world's best chefs opening new restaurants in the city and local restaurateurs offering up exciting, modern twists on the traditional cuisine. Our top pick for dinner would be Beyti or if you're after something a bit more high-end try Mikla which offers incredible views out over the city.