New hotels open in İstanbul on a seemingly daily basis, so it’s nearly always possible to find a decent room with a modicum of advance planning – but bear in mind that spring and autumn are the busiest and most expensive times. For nightlife stay across the Golden Horn in Beyoğlu, while to be on the doorstep of the major historical sites base yourself in or around Sultanahmet. Virtually all but the most basic hotels have free wi-fi. Note that walk-in rack rates can often be unrealistically high, having been fixed in a busy season or for the benefit of tour companies, and many hotels will be happy to bargain. High season is mid-March to mid-November, and Christmas and New Year. Some establishments are a little cheaper in July and August, and most places offer discounts during the main low season, usually around fifteen to twenty percent.

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