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Taksim is the main hub of Istanbul and a tourist-popular destination. Hotels in this area are located close to the city’s best restaurants, cafés, shops, gay scene and nightlife.
based on 3322 reviews
Why this hotel? Luxury choice. Near Taksim Square, metro station, gay nightlife. Free WiFi.
Occupying a great location near Taksim Square and the hub of straight and gay nightlife in Istanbul, the five-star Grand Hyatt hotel is an ideal luxury choice for gay guests.
The hotel has fantastic facilities including a lovely outdoor pool with sun loungers, an impressive Gaia luxury spa and a modern gym.
The club floor is highly-rated for its beautiful spacious rooms, and the club lounge for its daily happy hour. There is also a good range of dining options onsite.
based on 517 reviews
Why this hotel? Near Taksim Square. Great for sightseeing, shopping and gay scene. Free WiFi.
Small designer hotel near Taksim Square, metro station and Istanbul’s main gay nightlife. Popular gay dance club Love Dance Point is just a 10-minute walk away.
All 14 modern guest rooms feature flat screen TV and free WiFi. The hotel has a sun terrace and serves a daily breakfast buffet. There’s a 24-hour reception, and the staff offer excellent, friendly service.
Why this hotel? Great value for money. Close to shops, restaurants, gay bars. Free WiFi.
Neat little boutique hotel with lovely designs. The ODDA Hotel offers 28 stylish rooms in great location, near the famous Takism Square, with many restaurants, shops and gay-popular venues nearby.
All guest rooms feature air conditioning, LCD satellite TV, minibar, free WiFi. ODDA serves a very good breakfast buffet in the dining room.
7.64 Very Good
based on 1224 reviews
Why this hotel? Walk to Istiklal Street. Great for shopping, dining, gay clubbing. Free WiFi.
The CVK is located right next to the popular Istiklal pedestrian street in Taksim, with all its shops, entertainment venues, restaurants and bars. Gay dance club Tekyön is just a few minutes’ walk away.
Guest rooms are comfortably sized, with either city or Bosphorus views and a jacuzzi are included in some suites. Dining options include the Brasserie, La Nouba Restaurant, rooftop bar, lobby bar.
The CVK has its own gym and spa with traditional Turkish bath, vitamin shop and a salon.
7.79 Very Good
based on 615 reviews
Why this hotel? Near Taksim Square. Excellent value. Close to gay nightlife. Free WiFi.
Modern 4-star hotel, located less than 10 minutes’ walk to Taksim Square and a huge range of shops, restaurant and gay nightlife options.
The Konak Taksim offers two onsite restaurants and a terrace. Each stylishly decorated rooms features an LCD TV, tea/coffee-making facilities and free WiFi. There is a 24-hour front desk.
The friendly staff can provide information about local attractions and arrange sightseeing tours. Great value for money.
7.06 Very Good
based on 328 reviews
Why this hotel? Convenient location. Near popular shops, restaurants, gay bars. Free WiFi.
The great-value Taksim Gonen offers elegant rooms in a convenient location, close to many of the best shops, restaurants and bars around Taksim Square.
The hotel’s facilities stand out above other competitors with two swimming pools – one indoor and one on the roof, together with a traditional Turkish bath and well-equipped gym in the basement. The rooftop restaurant offers panoramic views of the city.
Why this hotel? Gay-owned & managed. Great location for sightseeing, shopping & gay nightlife. Free WiFi.
Bianco Residence Taksim offers great-value, fully furnished apartments in the heart of Istanbul, just a few minutes’ walk away from the famous Taksim Square and Istiklal Street.
Set within 3 entirely restored buildings, each bright, modern apartment/suite features a kitchen with living & dining area, comfortable beds, TV and free WiFi.
Gay-managed, family-run hotel and centrally located – great for enjoying the cultural activities, shopping and nightlife in Istanbul. Many of the best gay bars, clubs and restaurants are within walking distances away.
metro : Taksim
Why this hotel? Excellent value. Close to Taksim Square, shops, and gay bars. Free WiFi.
Excellent-value, small hotel in a convenient location near Taksim Square, a 5-minute walk to the lively İstiklal Avenue and many transport options.
Guest rooms at the Emerald feature a kitchenette, air conditioning, satellite LCD TV, minibar and coffeemaker. The suites have a private spa bath and a dishwasher.
The hotel scores well for a great breakfast and all-round efficient and friendly service.
based on 356 reviews
Why this hotel? Walk to gay clubs. Stylish design. Great staff. Free WiFi.
Housed in a cool building, each of the 16 stylish guest rooms features a flat screen TV, safe, minibar, free tea & coffee. A delicious breakfast service is served on the roof terrace, and there is a lobby café.
Retropera prides itself on providing a friendly, exceptional service.
These hotels are also great for sightseeing in Istanbul and its historic neighbourhood – near the Golden Horn ferry dock, the famous Galata Bridge, and not too far from tourist-popular Taksim area and main gay scene.
based on 1690 reviews
Why this hotel? Fabulous views. Close to Istiklal Street, popular shops and gay bars. Free WiFi.
With a central location in Galata, a 5-minute walk to the famous Istiklal Street and within easy access to gay nightlife, the Marmara Pera offers spectacular views from its rooftop terrace and outdoor pool (open all year round).
Guest rooms are tastefully decorated and feature stylish furniture in classic tones. Free WiFi in all areas. The hotel has a modern, well-equipped gym. The onsite Cafe Marmara serves a range of Turkish and international dishes.
based on 1661 reviews
Why this hotel? Fabulous location. Near famous shops, tourist sights, gay bars. Great gym. Free WiFi.
The Radisson Blu enjoys a fabulous location, with views of the Golden Horn, minutes away from Istiklal Street shopping, dining and gay nightlife, and close to the historic Tunnel and famous Galata attractions.
The hotel has a stunning indoor pool and a state-of-the-art Botanica gym and spa. Dining options range from the lobby Vega Restaurant to the rooftop à la carte Terrace Restaurant. There is also the Luna Lounge cocktail bar.
Guest rooms are art deco-inspired and feature all the modern comforts. Free WiFi in all areas.
based on 1707 reviews
Why this hotel? Luxury choice. Great location. Near shops, restaurants, gay bars in Taksim. Free WiFi.
Located just a short walk from the popular Istiklal Avenue, with a wealth of shops, restaurants and gay venues nearby, the Rixos Pera is a great luxury option for your stay in Istanbul.
The hotel offers an opulent, boutique feel, with impressive public areas and deluxe guest rooms. The spacious rooms feature a laptop-sized safe and minibar. Some overlook the sea and the Golden Horn.
The beautiful view can also be enjoyed from the hotel’s rooftop restaurant. The Rixos Pera also boasts a luxurious spa equipped with traditional Turkish bath.
7.62 Very Good
based on 1047 reviews
Why this hotel? Excellent value. Close to shops, restaurants, gay scene. Great indoor pool. Free WiFi.
Great-value hotel in central location. The Tulip is just a few minutes’ walk of Istiklal Avenue and its wide range shops, gay bars, restaurants and night-time attractions.
All 84 modern guest rooms feature flat screen TV, stereo sound system, free WiFi. The Tulip serves excellent breakfast buffet every morning. We like the hotel’s indoor lap pool, with spa, sauna and gym facilities.
based on 1473 reviews
Why this hotel? Spacious rooms. Close to shopping, sightseeing and gay nightlife. Free WiFi.
One of our favourite hotels in Istanbul. Tomtom suites is located in the historic Old Fransican House in Galata District, with a range of local restaurants and shops nearby.
Each large, uniquely designed rooms has its own spa bath. The beautiful views of Marmara Sea and Sultanahmet can be seen from the rooftop terrace. All 20 suites feature high ceilings, tea & coffee maker, iPod dock and free WiFi.
The hotel’s Nicole Restaurant offers a fine menu of Turkish and Mediterranean dishes, a great wine selection and a spectacular views overlooking Topkapi Palace and the city.
based on 64 reviews
Why this hotel? Apartment style. Easy access to shops, restaurants, Taksim Square. Free WiFi.
Rooms Galata offers sensitively restored, boutique-styled rooms in a peaceful setting. The rooms are spread over two connected buildings, with private terraces and small gardens.
Each unique guest room offers plenty of space and feature a kitchenette, balcony and free WiFi. There is a full shared kitchen for guest use. The staff provide exceptional service.
The hotel is located in the trendy Galata area, within 10 minutes to galleries, great shops and some of Istanbul’s trendiest bars and restaurants. Gay bars & cafés around Taksim Square are within easy reach.