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Istanbul Hotel Help...4 day weekend...World Heritage Hotel

I am traveling to Istanbul in less than a month, and I quite literally have 4 hotels booked...and am not sure which is best. We'll be there from Friday to Monday (running the marathon on Sunday) so we're looking for something near touristy sites but also accessible to start line for the race on Sunday.

I have World Heritage Hotel booked for now at $400USD for the weekend. Is it a good choice? Tripadvisor has it as number 1, but I have also found less expensive Best Westerns, etc. and am not sure whether to go with the traditional old city hotel or something more western for my husband and me for the weekend. Any recommendations are great. Also, if there are any recommendations for ways to see all of Istanbul in a day, please post.

Thanks!

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I ran into the same problem. i ended up booking at Muyan Suites - close but not too close to touristy things and good trip advisor reviews - there were just so many options - went with the price and location

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I don't know where the race starts or where the World Heritage Hotel is, but I did just return from 7 nights Istanbul. We stayed at the Vault Karakoy, about $275 per night. Loved the hotel, comfortable lobby bar/restaurant, delicious breakfast in the mornings, helpful staff. It is near the Galata Tower, across the bridge from the New Mosque and the Spice Market, and also walking distance to the Suleyman the Magnificent Mosque, and short cab ride to other sights and the Bosphorus.

I always say a day somewhere is better than not going at all, but I must tell you that you absolutely cannot appreciate Istanbul in a day. But if I was going to show someone my favorite things in one day I would spend an hour or two in the Grand Bazaar in the morning, not later, its overwhelming if you are already tired of walking. Then Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, and the Underground Cistern. After lunch, the New Mosque (my favorite mosque), Spice Market, Suleymon the Magnificent. Evening cruise up the Bosphorus. If you did all that what you are missing is the Asian side of Istanbul (nicer), the palaces and the museums.