I stayed at Movenpick, this is a nice hotel. I enjoyed my time there and made it very easy to explore from their central location. One of the great things to do in Istanbul is to explore the Asian side. Istanbul is the only city in the world to straddle two continents. Istanbul spans from Europe to Asia. The Asian side is also called the Anatolian side. It is separated from the European side by the Bosphorus Strait. For me this wasnt a problem as most cities that are split by water are the prettiest. Take Budapest for instance, Seattle, or Portland. All beautiful cities separated by water. I hopped on the bus outside the hotel to take me over the Bosphorus Bridge, I think you can also take the ferry but I did not look up the details. Most people stick to the European side but I think my favorite part was the Asian side. Also, If you have never been to Asia it allows you to check it off your list (tricky I know). I simply walked around through Kadikoy which has a lot of shops like a mall. Walked passed the Beylerbeyi Palace, went to the top of Camlica Hill for the best views of the city, as well as walked along Bagdat Caddesi for coffee. After I explored the shops and restaurants in the Anatolian side of Istanbul, I returned to the hotel.