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Taksim is the main hub of Istanbul and a major tourist destination. These hotels are close to many restaurants, cafés, shops and gay venues which can be found along the famous pedestrian street, İstiklal Caddesi.
based on 3322 reviews
Why this hotel? Near Taksim Square. Excellent facilities. Luxury choice.
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? Boutique choice. Close to Taksim Square & gay nightlife. Free WiFi.
Small designer hotel near Taksim Square, Taksim metro station and gay nightlife of Istanbul. Popular gay dance club Love Dance Point is about a 10-minute walk away.
All 14 contemporary-styled guest rooms feature wooden floors and flat screen TV and free WiFi. The hotel has a sun terrace and provides a daily breakfast buffet.
The hotel has a 24-hour reception, and the staff offer a very friendly, welcoming service.
7.62 Very Good
based on 881 reviews
Why this hotel? Close to shops & nightlife. Stylish design. Great service. Free WiFi.
Chic, small boutique hotel with lovely designs and stylish guest rooms.
Odda Hotel enjoys a great location near Takism Square and the popular Istiklal shopping street. Gay club Neo Istanbul is a short walk away.
All 28 soundproof rooms feature wooden floors, air conditioning, LCD satellite TV, minibar and free WiFi.
The hotel serves an excellent breakfast buffet in the breakfast room. Staff are helpful and friendly.
7.64 Very Good
based on 1224 reviews
Why this hotel? Near Istiklal Avenue. Great for shopping, dining & nightlife. 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.
The hotel has comfortable, well-sized rooms, with either city or Bosphorus views and a jacuzzi bath featuring in some suites. Dining options include the Brasserie, La Nouba Restaurant, rooftop bar and lobby bar.
The CVK also features a traditional Turkish bath, spa and fitness as well as a vitamin bar and even 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, and 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. Great for shopping & gay scene. Free WiFi.
The great-value Taksim Gonen offers elegant rooms in a convenient location, close to many 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 a fitness centre in the basement.
The rooftop restaurant offers panoramic views of the city.
based on 356 reviews
Why this hotel? Walk to gay clubs. Stylish design. Great staff. Free WiFi.
This hip little hotel has the perfect location in central Taksim, minutes away from famous shops, restaurants and galleries on Istiklal Avenue. Many of the city’s gay bars and dance clubs are also nearby.
Housed in a cool building, each of the 16 stylish guest rooms features a flat screen TV, safe, minibar, complimentary tea & coffee.
Retropera prides itself on providing a friendly, exceptional service. A delicious breakfast service is served on the roof terrace, and there is also a lobby café.
Why this hotel? Smart value. Great service. Close to Taksim Square. 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 215 reviews
Why this hotel? Modern Apartments. Central location. Value for money. Free WiFi.
Located in the heart of buzzing Beyoğlu district, steps away from the main shopping, bar and restaurant choices on Istiklal Street, the Stories Hotel is a great-value option for gay visitors.
Housed in an Art Nouveau building, the apartment-style rooms offer the comfort of home with a fully equipped kitchen, espresso machine, flat screen TV and free WiFi.
This historic neighbourhood and commercial centre is located just to the south of Taksim, near the Golden Horn ferry dock and the famous Galata Bridge. Hotels in this area offer a great base to explore Istanbul.
based on 1661 reviews
Why this hotel? Amazing location. Near attractions. Great pool & gym. Free WiFi.
The Radisson Blu enjoys a fabulous location, with views of the Golden Horn, minutes away from İstiklal 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. WiFi is free in all areas.
based on 1707 reviews
Why this hotel? Excellent dining. Central location. Close to gay nightlife.
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 a wide range of dining choices including a rooftop restaurant with stunning views over the Golden Horn.
The hotel has an opulent, boutique feel, with impressive public areas and deluxe guest rooms. The rooms are spacious and feature a laptop-sized safe and minibar. Some rooms offer sea views of the Golden Horn.
The Rixos Pera also boasts a luxurious spa equipped with traditional Turkish bath.
based on 1473 reviews
Why this hotel? Favourite choice. Luxurious suites. Fantastic views. Free WiFi.
Our favourite luxury hotel in Istanbul. Tomtom suites is located in the historic Old Fransican House in Galata district. Gay-popular Palamutis Coffeeshop is just few minutes’ walk away.
Each spacious, uniquely designed rooms has its own spa bath. The beautiful views of Marmara Sea and Sultanahmet can be enjoyed from the rooftop terrace. All 20 suites feature wooden floors and high ceilings, tea & coffee maker, iPod docking station and free WiFi throughout.
The in-house 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 1690 reviews
Why this hotel? Wonderful views. Stylish design. Great location. Free WiFi.
With a central location in Galata, a 5-minute walk to the lively Istiklal Street and within easy access to gay nightlife, the Marmara Pera features spectacular views from its rooftop terrace and outdoor pool that is open all year round.
Guest rooms are tastefully decorated and feature stylish furniture in classic tones. WiFi is free in all areas.
The hotel has a modern, well-equipped gym. The onsite Cafe Marmara serves a range of Turkish and international dishes.
7.62 Very Good
based on 1047 reviews
Why this hotel? Central location. Great spa & pool. Excellent value. Free WiFi.
The great-value Pera Tulip Hotel is in a convenient location, just a few minutes’ walk to the best shops on İstiklal Avenue and within easy reach of the gay bars and cafés.
All 84 modern guest rooms feature flat screen TV, stereo sound system and free WiFi. There is an in-house Italian restaurant, and breakfast is served at the breakfast hall, Deb Lounge.
The Pera Tulip has a fabulous indoor lap pool, sauna, gym and spa facilities.
based on 64 reviews
Why this hotel? Designer hotel. Excellent staff. Central location. 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.