The conference venue is the Koc University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations in Beyoglu (formerly known as Pera) on Istiklal Caddesi, the largest pedestrian street in Istanbul. There are a large number of hotels within a short walking or public transportation distance of the conference venue. RV’12 attendees are asked to book a hotel of their choice on their own. A list of hotel suggestions can be found here. Information about hotels, locations, and rates can be found at the links below:
Near Taksim Square
Taksim Square is the heart of Istanbul. At the intersection of several major transport lines, it is bustling day or night. The conference facility is a short walk, approximately 20 minutes, from Taksim Square. Istiklal Caddesi, Istanbul’s main pedestrian high street and the location of the conference venue, begins on Taksim Square. The end of Istiklal Caddesi closest to Taksim Square is often the most crowded, and is filled with tourists and locals. There are lots of small cafes and restaurants, and this area specializes in “pis bogaz” – the Turkish art of street snacking. This area is also home to lots of nightclubs and live music venues, so small hotels on the side streets in this area may be noisy. Also, exercise caution if you are approached by someone unknown to you and invited to dinner or a nightclub, especially in this area, as this is often the opening of a well-known scam.
An Istanbul institution, this hotel is part of a well-known Turkish chain. It is above a Starbucks and a Kitchenette restaurant, a local favorite for bistro food, and is located in the center of Taksim Square, directly opposite the metro station. Rates from $205/night for double occupancy, including free wireless internet.
A convenient walk across Taksim Square from Istiklal Caddesi, the Hyatt is near Taksim but somewhat removed from the bustle and noise of the area, although it is next to a major intersection. The Hyatt is a 25-30 minute walk from the conference venue. Rates from $288/night, double occupancy.
The Hilton has some rooms with great views of the Bosphorus, but may require a taxi or a brisk walk to the conference venue. It is located off of Cumhuriyet Caddesi, one of Istanbul’s main commercial boulevards, between two metro stations (Taksim and Osmanbey, the metro station for the Nisantasi district). Although this is a safe walk and even a pleasant one in the daytime, some stretches of Cumhuriyet Caddesi may be less comfortable for late night walking. Rates from $260/night, double occupancy.
This is the closest area to the conference facility. The southernmost, or “Tunel” end of Istiklal Caddesi is home to more varied, and often more upscale, restaurants and cafes than the Taksim Square end. Although there are also lively nightclubs and bars in this area, they are somewhat less noisy and raucous than those on the Taksim Square end of Istiklal Caddesi, and are more often frequented by a more well-heeled, less touristy clientele. This area is served by the Sishane metro station and the Tunel funicular (for Karakoy ferry and tramway connections). The Tunel area is home to many consulates, churches, and lovingly restored historic buildings, and is within walking distance of the Galata Tower. All hotels listed here are within 10 minutes’ walk from the conference facility.
A new hotel on a pleasant street near the Sishane metro, restaurants, and the conference venue, but very small rooms. Rates from $145/night for double occupancy, free internet, buffet breakfast.
Design hotel-style sister branch of the Marmara Hotel, an Istanbul institution. About a five minute walk from the conference venue. Rates from $140/night for double occupancy, free wireless internet.
This hotel, one of the nearest to the conference venue, is known for its restaurant and bar, Leb-i-Derya, with superb views. Rates from $230/night double occupancy, $150/night single occupancy, breakfast buffet included.
Recently renovated by the Jumeirah group, this legendary hotel has hosted Ataturk, Agatha Christie, and other notable guests. Rates from $315/night for double occupancy, free wireless internet (breakfast not included).
Many rooms at the Conrad provide sweeping views of the Bosphorus, but the Conrad is about a 10-30 minute taxi ride from the conference venue, depending on traffic. It is not accessible by metro, although it does lie along major bus and shared taxi routes from Taksim Square. Rates from $220/night for double occupancy, includes breakfast.
Located in a quiet area Nisantasi, Istanbul’s shopping and café district, this Park Hilton is actually near a park. It is approximately a 20-25 minute walk from the nearest metro stop. It is approximately 40-50 minutes by foot and metro or 10-25 minutes by taxi from the conference venue. Rates from $135/night, double occupancy.
The new Le Meridien is in a residential neighborhood of Istanbul with very little access to public transportation and heavy traffic at peak commute times. The conference venue is accessible from the Le Meridien only by taxi, a trip that would take approximately 20-70 minutes, depending on traffic. Rates from $200/night, double occupancy.
Located in 4. Levent directly in front of the metro station, this hotel is in a largely residential area in the northern part of the city. It is approximately 35 minutes by metro and foot or 20-60 minutes by taxi from the conference venue. Rates from $170/night double occupancy.
Located in a beautifully restored building in the most lively area of Nisantasi, Istanbul’s shopping and café district, just minutes from upscale shops and restaurants, about a 15-20 minute walk from the nearest metro stop. It is approximately 40 minutes by foot and metro or 10-25 minutes by taxi from the conference venue. Rates from $260/night double occupancy.
The Radisson Blu Bosphorus is located on the shore in Ortakoy, a lively area near the Bosphorus under the Bosphorus Bridge. It is known for its restaurants, shops, cafes, handicrafts market, and nightclubs, which can make Ortakoy a fun, but sometimes loud place to stay, especially on summer nights as the nearby Kurucesme nightclub area and wedding season are in full swing. Rates from $280/night, double occupancy, free internet.
The Ramada is located on Halaskargazi Street, one of Istanbul’s main thoroughfares that turns into Cumhuriyet Caddesi and runs into Taksim Square. The conference venue is accessible by a combination of metro and walking (30 minutes). Rates from $195/night, double occupancy.
A boutique hotel in the heart of Nisantasi, Istanbul’s shopping and café district. Approximately 35 minutes by foot and metro, 5-15 minutes by taxi from the conference venue. Rates from $207/night double occupancy.
A stylish hotel in the Akaretler neighborhood of Istanbul, the W hotel is not near public transportation. The conference venue is accessible by taxi from the W hotel in approximately 5-20 minutes, depending on traffic. Rates from 149€/night, double occupancy.