Find below a list of the best-rated 3 star hotels in Istanbul. All of the hotels are centrally located in or near the city center of Istanbul.
All of them have received good reviews from guests, offer good value for money and include open buffet breakfast.
The furniture and facilities inside the hotels meet average standards. Free Wi-Fi access, air conditioning and satellite or cable TV are provided as standard in the rooms.
Our selection of 3 star hotels in Istanbul is sorted according to the guests' ratings on the most important rating pages and therefore does not represent our personal opinion, but reflects the experience reports from visitors.
1. Hotel Alilass
Renovated 2014, this stylish hotel offers contemporary rooms. Enjoying a great location in the Historical Peninsula near Istanbul’s main sights Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapı Palace with easy access to public transportation, Hotel Alilass is a good starting point for sightseeing.
The hotel's terrace overlooking Istanbul's rooftops as well as the garden are wonderful havens from the hustle and bustle of Istanbul. Enjoy your breakfast in a glass lounge with view on the lovely garden. The only drawback is that the 3-story hotel has no elevator. However, the helpful staff is happy to give you a hand with your luggage. Amenities include an airport shuttle, concierge service and express check-in/check-out.
2. Agan Hotel
Centrally located in Sultanahmet, Agan Hotel is in a short distance to top attractions like Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern and the Grand Bazaar. The hotel has 24 rooms that are elegantly and brightly furnished and spread over 5 floors. In addition, there are 4 spacious suites with a Jacuzzi.
After a long day of sightseeing, the outdoor terrace is a wonderful place to relax. Open buffet breakfast is served in Salute Pub & Restaurant. Agan hotel offers airport transfer, as well as car rental and currency exchange. The 3-star hotel is close to the Eminönü ferry terminal, tram, metro and bus lines. This convenient location makes the hotel a good choice for guests who like to stay centrally and want to be quickly connected to other districts of Istanbul. Şirkeci Train Station is just a 5-minute walk from the hotel.
3. Sometimes Hotel
Sometimes Hotel is housed in a new building in Taksim, the beating heart of Istanbul famed for its restaurants, shops and nightlife. All of the 13 stylish and comfy rooms have a spacious interior, wooden parquet floors and classic modern furnishings. Rooms with French balconies are also available. Featured amenities include massages, a shuttle bus service and car rental. Guests who wish can enjoy breakfast in their room.
Taksim Square and the famous shopping mile Istiklal Street are only a 5-minute walk away. Galata Tower, Dolmabahce Palace, Tünel Square and Kabataş ferry terminal can also be reached on foot. The nearest metro and the Taksim–Kabataş funicular line are just a 7-minutes walk away. The central location of the hotel is particularly convenient for those who want to stay in the heart of the city yet quietly and experience the nightlife of Istanbul or indulge in dining and shopping.
4. Blue House Hotel
Blue House Hotel is situated in the heart of the Old City Sultanahmet. Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapı Palace and Basilica Cistern are just steps away. The hotel has 27 soundproofed rooms with premium bedding and Egyptian cotton sheets for added comfort. In addition, it is possible to choose deluxe or superior rooms and rooms overlooking the Blue Mosque. Sumptuously decorated suites with views of the Sea of Marmara and the Blue Mosque are also available.
Visit the rooftop terrace to enjoy the breathtaking views of the historic Old Town, or relax in the garden. The non-smoking hotel has 3 dining establishments, consisting of a bar/lounge, a café and a snack bar. Its central location and good transport connections makes it a good choice for first time visitors who want to spend time in Istanbul’s Historical Peninsula. The nearest bus stop is at a distance of 250 meters. Istanbul Airport is a 35-minute drive away.
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5. Niles Hotel
This 3 star hotel is conveniently located in a quiet side street in Istanbul’s Beyazit district, just 3 minutes away from the Grand Bazaar. Other famous sights such as Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque and Topkapı Palace can be reached after a 12-minute stroll. The family-run hotel captivates with its traditional 19th century Turkish style décor, nostalgic flair and its authentic local neighborhood. There are 29 standard rooms and 10 suites inspired by Ottoman design.
Business travelers have access to the hotel's equipped meeting room, whereas sports enthusiasts will appreciate the exercise room. The lobby lounge and the small garden with an Ottoman-style fountain are ideal for resting after a long day of walking and sightseeing. The rooftop terrace overlooking the Sea of Marmara features a restaurant-bar that serves Turkish cuisine. The hotel is a good choice for those who want to stay in the Old City but quietly. The nearest tram station is Beyazit station, just 300 meters away.
6. Amiral Palace Hotel
Amiral Palace Hotel is situated in the heart of the Historical Peninsula Sultanahment, close to Hagia Sophia, Topkapı Palace and Blue Mosque. The 3 star hotel features an occidental architecture style, combining nostalgic and contemporary elements. The flair of the building is reflected in all 32 stylish decorated rooms. Worth mentioning is the hotel's own exhibition of ancient findings excavated from the hotel grounds.
Visit the rooftop restaurant for delicious specialties of Ottoman cuisine and a wide Marmara Sea view. Pamper yourself at the Spa, consisting of a Turkish Hamam, sauna, steam bath, indoor pool and fitness center. It is possible to book additional packages such as birthday or honeymoon packages that include various services. There is good access to public transportation. The Sultanahmet tram line station is only 10 minutes away and Şirkeci train station 20 minutes. The hotel is a good choice for guests looking for a more luxurious hotel experience in the Old City.
7. Doruk Palas Hotel
This family-run 3 star hotel is located in the trendy Galata neighborhood, just a 5-minute walk from the iconic Galata Tower. Other attractions within walking distance are Galata Mevlevi Museum, Istanbul Modern, Galata Bridge, Pera Museum and Spice Bazaar. All 21 rooms are modern and plain furnished. Some accommodations as well as the dining space offer views of the Old City. Drink a cup of Turkish tea in the hotel’s own café. For a shopping spree, head to Istiklal Street, which is just a few minutes' walk from the hotel.
The hotel’s location makes it a good choice for guests who want to stay centrally, yet in a quiet area. It provides good access to public transportation to reach other must-visit parts of the city. The nearest metro station is Şişhane, 8 minutes away. Tunel Square Station is just a 4-minute walk away and Karaköy Pier is 14-minutes.
8. Grand Ambiance Hotel
Located in the midst of Sultanahmet, Grand Ambiance Hotel features spacious rooms and suites with wooden floors and an elegant interior. Its convenient location allows you to explore Istanbul's historic heart on foot, as famous sights such as the Basilica Cistern, Hagia Sophia and the Hippodrome are just a few steps away.
Those who wish can enjoy their breakfast or Turkish delicacies in the restaurant/ bar. Unwind on the roof terrace that captivates with its views of Marmara Sea and Istanbul’s historic rooftops or relax in the garden. The 3 star hotel also features a library, a currency exchange and a gift shop. The nearest tram stop is Sultanahmet Station, just 5 minutes away. Airport transfer and regional shuttle service are also available.
9. Empress Zoe Hotel
Empress Zoe Hotel is situated in the heart of the Historical Peninsula of Istanbul. With a vast number of historical sites at your fingertips, you can easily walk to Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Topkapı Palace. The charming 3 star hotel delights with its peaceful ambience, historical flair and romantic surroundings. Next door are the ruins of an old Ottoman hamam dating back to 1483. The hotel has 23 rooms and suites, housed in Turkish-style townhouses. The interior features stone and wooden furnishings with Islamic folk art and Turkish rugs.
After a long day of sightseeing, take a break at the bar in the tranquil garden, whereas the open fireplace will keep you cozy in winter. When the weather is nice, guests can enjoy their breakfast in the garden with lots of greenery and fountains. Located on a quiet side street in Sultanahmet, Empress Zoe Hotel is a great choice for a romantic getaway to explore the Old City on foot. Sultanahmet tram stop is just a couple of minutes away.
10. Miller Hotel
This contemporary 3 star hotel is located in Istanbul’s hip Karaköy neighborhood. All 9 rooms are elegantly decorated and have a balcony. The bright and cozy interior creates a harmonious atmosphere. Some accommodations feature sea or mosque view.
The hotel is in walking distance to Galata Tower, Istiklal Street, Galata Mevlevi Museum, Spice Bazaar, Galata Bridge and Galataport. Other parts of Istanbul can be easily reached thanks to great transport connections. The nearest tram station is Şişhane tram station, just 2 minutes away. Karaköy Pier and Şişhane metro station are a 10-minute walk from the hotel. The hotel's location makes it a good choice for guests who want to experience the lively, hipster charm of Karaköy and appreciate a quick connection to Istanbul’s main attractions.
11. World Heritage Center Hotel
This 3-star hotel is right in the heart of Sultanahmet, with the Blue Mosque, Theodosius Cistern and Hippodrome on the doorstep. All rooms come with wooden floors and modern furnishings, offering a casual atmosphere. Guests can enjoy a traditional Turkish breakfast with a Western touch. Relax in the garden or at the terrace overlooking Istanbul’s spectacular skyline.
Its exceptional location in the midst of the Historical Peninsula makes it a great choice for guests who want to discover the Old City on foot. Sultanahmet tram station is just a few steps away.
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12. Romantic Hotel
The hotel’s name says it all: if you are looking for a romantic Istanbul vacation in an excellent location, then Romantic Hotel in Istanbul’s Old City is the place for you. Sightseeing highlights like Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Istanbul Archeology Museum and Topkapı Palace are only a few minutes away.
Featuring a delicate pink façade, this 3 star hotel is housed in a historical Ottoman stone mansion. The nostalgic flair of the building is also captured in the interior design of all 9 rooms. The sumptuous decor is characterized mainly by floral wallpaper, rich ornaments, satin upholstery and velvet curtains. The terrace with a café-bar provides magical panoramic views of the sparkling Marmara Sea and the Old City – best experienced at sunset with a glass of wine.
With a metro station as well as a tram station 200 meters from the hotel, easy access to public transport is provided.
13. Miniature Hotel
Housed in historical building dating back to 1875, this boutique hotel is located in the midst of Sultanahmet.
Historical stone walls, wooden elements and an ancient architectural style combined with an elegant décor dominate the interior of the hotel. All accommodations are tastefully decorated and feature high ceilings and a spacious interior. Culinary delights are provided by a restaurant serving Turkish cuisine. There is also a sunbathing area on the terrace and a business center.
The hotel is within walking distance to most of the city’s top sights, including Hagia Sophia, Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace and Blue Mosque. By taking the tram line, only 3 minutes away, you can get to the New City Taksim with its nightlife, restaurants and shopping. The location of Miniature Hotel makes it a good choice for all guests who love historical flair and want to stay centrally.
14. Boutique Saint Sophia Hotel
Located in the old city center, Boutique Saint Sophia Hotel is just steps away from Basilica Cistern and Hagia Sophia. All 26 rooms are decorated in an urban style and come with a massive wood parquet floor, luxury linen, pillow menu, rain shower, and a Tchibo Coffee Machine. Some rooms have a Hagia Sophia view.
Breakfast is served at Sophia Pita restaurant. Guests who want to take a break from sightseeing can unwind in Sophia Pita Lounge with a complimentary glass of Turkish tea or enjoy the terrace. A nice touch is the complimentary bike rental. Pick up your bike and cycle through Istanbul’s Old Town. With its great location next to Hagia Sophia and easy access to public transport, the stylish 3-star hotel is a great base to explore Istanbul.
The next train station is 50 meters from the hotel, the tram is 200 meters and Marmaray station is 400 meters away. Ferries depart 1 km from the hotel.
15. Ayasultan Hotel
Conveniently located, Ayasultan Hotel is in the heart of the historic Sultanahmet district and a neighbor to historical monuments such as Hagia Sophia, Topkapı Palace and Basilica Cistern. All 36 rooms are soundproofed and decorated with a combination of classical and contemporary elements.
The 3 star hotel features a restaurant with Turkish and international dishes, a lounge bar and a café. Enjoy the sauna or a Turkish bath in the hotel’s own hamam and soak up some sun on the terrace. The hotel is a good choice for guests who appreciate a great location for sightseeing. Sultanahmet tram station is just one minute from the hotel. Ayasultan Hotel provides shuttle service and airport transfer.
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16. Euro Design Hotel
This stylish 3 star hotel in the Historical Peninsula exudes a luxurious ambiance through its modern architecture, design, and vibe. All 41 rooms feature a contemporary interior with comfortable furnishings and orthopedic beds, coffee/tea packages and safes.
Istanbul’s most important historical and cultural sites such as Topkapı Palace and Hagia Sophia are within walking distance. After exploring the Old City, guests can sit back with a steaming cup of coffee at the hotel’s very own Espressolab Café. Euro Design Hotel might be the right choice for those who are looking for a centrally located accommodation with a luxurious environment and easy access to transport.
Şirkecı railway and tram station are each just 4 minutes away; Eminönü Pier with a regular ferry line to the Princes’ Islands is a 7-minute walk from the hotel.
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