Hi All, Heading to Istanbul in a few weeks for a 4 day stopover (with a 20 weeks pregnant wife).

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conpt

Member since 04 Apr 2012

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Hi All,

Heading to Istanbul in a few weeks for a 4 day stopover (with a 20 weeks pregnant wife). I have not been there for 10 years and believe a lot has changed. Looking for hotels with a view, best location for wandering/cafes/shopping and a couple of excellent restaurant/ bar suggestions.

Thanks!

htc

Qantas P1

Member since 18 Jan 2012

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I stayed at Radisson Blu. Great location on the Bosphorous. http://www.radissonblu.com/hotel-istanbul. Close to cafes, bars and restaurants.

SaltyJ

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Member since 06 Dec 2012

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Hi conpt! I haven't been to Istanbul, but am going for 5 days in May and have been researching it a bit. The Sultan Ahmet area (Blue Mosque) is the "old toen" but the area there looks like it has some great accommodation with views to the harbour. Also shop and the Bazaar are within walking distance. Just to the west is Kumkapi, reknowned for its seafood restaurants (although I am not sure how that goes with pregnancy)

The Sultan Ahmet Apartments have quite lovely apartments some with views and they also have a one way pick-up or drop-off to Ataturk airport. Hope that helps!

KG

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 10 May 2011

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If you can afford it, try booking the Park Hyatt via a Virtuoso agent. You can get it for around 200euro a night including a free upgrade, breakfast daily and a 100 euro credit towards food or a spa treatment. Pretty unbeatable IMHO.

Places to go are plenty, I went last year but being single and up for anything I probably went to places you would not go with the wife (with all due respect). At least go to the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art (Istanbul Modern) which can't be missed. nice food and a good view (providing there is no big cruiseship lying in front of the museum). Also near Taksim Square you find shopping and if you wander around a bit further and ask around (Turkish ppl are very friendly) you will find good and cheap restaurants and places to shop. Don't miss out on a cruise, haggle a bit with the vendors and take a boat for an hour seeing the beautiful city from the water. Inexpensive and worth it.

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