Istanbul is one of the oldest and largest cities in the world and as such has a very large and wide range of hotels. Those in vicinity of the city's airport and the hotels around the Bosphorus are covered under the heading of Istanbul while those that have become independent from the city are covered else where.
The nearest hotels to the airport are in the suburbs of Yesilkoy, Yesilyurt, Atakoy, Bakirkoy, Cekmece, Merter and Topkapi.
The Majority of the hotels in the region known as the historical peninsula, where the great monuments from the Byzantine and Ottoman eras, such as Hagia Sophia, Sultanahmet mosque ( Blue mosque ) and Topkapi palace are located, are in Sultanahmet and nearby Sirkeci. Many are restored old buildings.
Nearby are the districts of Laleli and Aksaray, where there is the highest concentration of hotels in Istanbul.
The Beyoglu district - formerly known as Pera - Tepebasi, Taksim, Macka, Sisli, Nisantasi, and Gayrettepe are close to the entertainment of the cityand are some 20 km from the airport. It is in this area that most of Istanbul's five-star hotels are located.
The hotels on the asian side of the Bosphorus from another group. From Kadikoy on the Asian side there are regular ferries running to the historical peninsula, with the trip taking about 20 minutes.