The Best Cheap Hotels in Istanbul

by Santorini Dave • Updated: March 25, 2019

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The 7 Best Budget Hotels in Istanbul

1. Hotel Alp Guesthouse – Budget

Charming and affordable hotel featuring a free breakfast buffet, scenic rooftop terrace with water views, and traditional Ottoman decor. All rooms have air conditioning, refrigerators, and ensuite bathrooms. Located a 5-minute walk (350m) from Topkapi Palace, a 6-minute walk (400m) from the Hagia Sophia, and a 9-minute walk (700m) from the Basilica Cistern.

2. Hotel Peninsula – Budget

Under 10 minutes on foot to the Topkapi Palace (5 minutes, 350m), Hagia Sophia (6 minutes, 400m), and the Blue Mosque (7 minutes, 550m), this centrally-located hotel offers complimentary breakfast and a rooftop terrace with sea views. Every room is air-conditioned and has a desk, private bathroom, refrigerator, and tea kettle.

3. Hanedan Hotel – Budget

Quaint hotel with breakfast included, on-site parking, and a breezy terrace offering sea views located a 6-minute walk (400m) to the Hagia Sophia, a 7-minute walk (550m) to the Blue Mosque, and a 9-minute walk (650m) to the Basilica Cistern. All rooms include private bathrooms and air conditioning; extra beds and cribs are available upon request.

4. Marmara Guesthouse – Budget

Family-run budget accommodation featuring a shaded rooftop patio with water views, complimentary breakfast buffet, and rooms with private bathrooms and colorful Ottoman decor. The guesthouse is situated just a 7-minute walk (550m) to the Hagia Sophia, an 8-minute walk (600m) to the Blue Mosque, and a 10-minute walk (750m) to Sultanahmet Square.

5. Nomade Hotel – Budget

Located a short walk to the Hagia Sophia (3 minutes, 290m), Blue Mosque (3 minutes, 300m), and Topkapi Palace (8 minutes, 600m), this cozy hotel provides a free breakfast every morning and features an expansive terrace. Rooms have eclectic decor and air conditioning, and the living room-style lobby features books and local artwork.

6. Hotel Uyan – Budget

Historic hotel with a rooftop terrace, complimentary continental breakfast, and 24-hour room service. All guest rooms have air conditioning, minibars, and private bathrooms, while some rooms also have balconies and jetted tubs. The hotel is situated a 3-minute walk (270m) to the Blue Archaeological Park, a 4-minute walk (280m) to the Hagia Sophia, and a 4-minute walk (350m) to the Blue Mosque.

7. Adahan Istanbul – Moderate

Charming hotel in a fully restored 19th-century building located a 2-minute walk (130m) from the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art and a 5-minute walk (450m) from Galata Tower. Complimentary breakfast is served in the rooftop restaurant, which is open all day, and the sophisticated guest rooms feature modern bathrooms, tall ceilings, and handmade furniture.

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