Istanbul historically known as Byzantium and Constantinople, is the largest city in Turkey and the country’s economic, cultural and historic center. The Bosphorus Strait divides the city in two parts and also marks the border between the European and Asian continents. Istanbul’s old city reflects cultural influences of the many empires that once ruled here. In the Sultanahmet district you can find everything from a Roman-era Hippodrome to Egyptian obelisks. The iconic Byzantine Hagia Sophia features a soaring 6th-century dome and rare Christian mosaics. Istanbul also has a vibrant culinary and nightlife scene. The city is home to more than one hundred five-star hotels. Our team of travel experts picked their favorite places to stay in Istanbul and ranked them in this Top 10 best luxury hotels in Istanbul. From oriental boutique hotels to grand palace luxury hotels and modern design hotels, Istanbul offers a broad range of amazing luxury hotels.