Hotels near Basilica Cistern
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The largest of many cisterns buried underground in Istanbul, the Basilica Cistern is located on the Sarayburnu Peninsula. This historic neighborhood is brimming with attractions like the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque, making this an area that visitors simply can’t miss.

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Armagrandi Spina Hotel
Armagrandi Spina Hotel
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7.9
Good
Utangac Sokak No: 19 Sultanahmet, Istanbul
from $20
The Peak Hotel
The Peak Hotel
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7.5
Good
Meşrutiyet Cad. Oteller Sk. 1/3, Istanbul
from $51
Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul
Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul
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9.2
Excellent
Sinanpasa Mah, Hayrettin Iskelesi Sok No.1, Besiktas, Istanbul
from $55
The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul
The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul
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9.1
Excellent
Suzer Plaza, Askerocagi Caddesi, No:6 Elmadag/Sisli, Istanbul
from $257
Hotel Yasmak Sultan
Hotel Yasmak Sultan
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8.5
Excellent
Ebusuud Cad. 12, Istanbul
from $91
Ramada Plaza Istanbul
Ramada Plaza Istanbul
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8.2
Excellent
Halaskargazi Cad No 63 Osmanbey, Istanbul
from $17
Deluxe Golden Horn Sultanahmet Hotel
Deluxe Golden Horn Sultanahmet Hotel
Binbirdirek Mah. Binbirdirek Meydani sokak No:1, Istanbul
from $23
Sura Design Hotel and Suites - Boutique Class
Sura Design Hotel and Suites - Boutique Class
Alemdar Mh., Ticarethane Sk. No:13 Fatih, Istanbul
from $35
Taksim Star Hotel
Taksim Star Hotel
Siraselviler Caddesi No 37/1, Taksim (near Belgium Consulate), Istanbul
from $8
Alzer Hotel - Special Class
Alzer Hotel - Special Class
At Meydani No 20, Sultanhmet, Istanbul
from $6
More About Hotels near Basilica Cistern...

What’s the Basilica Cistern?

Commissioned by Emperor Justinian, this underground structure dates back to the sixth century. A vast subterranean assembly, the Basilica Cistern has hundreds of columns and was made to provide water to Istanbul’s Great Palace and other nearby buildings. The cistern was eventually closed and abandoned, but after a 1985 renovation, it opened to the public again.

Which Hotels Have the Best View Near the Basilica Cistern?

When you opt to stay near the Basilica Cistern, you can choose from a wide variety of large chains and boutique hotels. Book a room at the Boutique Saint Sophia or the Adamar Hotel - Special Class, and you’ll be just steps from the Basilica Cistern. Treat yourself to a stay at the Sultanhan Hotel - Special Class, where you can indulge in the on-site spa and lounge, free breakfast, and Wi-Fi.

What Are the Benefits or Drawbacks From Staying at a Hotel Near the Basilica Cistern?

For most travelers, staying near Istanbul’s most significant historic attractions and some of the city’s best destinations is reason enough to book a room near the Basilica Cistern. Other travelers will appreciate the nearly endless options at their fingertips, given the vast number of hotels in this area. Visitors seeking a quiet stay in Istanbul, however, might view the hustle and bustle in this historic district as a drawback.

What Do I Need to Know About the Basilica Cistern?

As an underground attraction, the Basilica Cistern has a unique atmosphere with low light and cool, damp air. Though it’s popular year-round, many visitors find the cool cistern particularly pleasant in the summer months.