When it comes to a summer enriched with culture and adventure, it’s hard to find a better city than Istanbul. The Turkish city has long been admired for its charming nature and modern city life, rooted in 2,500 years of history, food, and nightlife. Dive in, for the best places to stay in the city this summer.

1. Nordstern Hotel Galata

View over the Nordstern Hotel Galata in Istanbul
Housed in a historic 120-year-old building, stay at the Nordstern Hotel Galata if you’re planning to spend your days exploring. Just a stone’s throw away from some of the top museums, art galleries and entertainment venues, the contemporary Turkish hotel offers palatial rooms and panoramic views overlooking the Bosphorus (perfect for spoiling yourself after a long day of sightseeing). For an extra touch of royalty, visit the ‘old city’ or book a personalised tour if you’re pressed for time.

2. Hotel 10 Karakoy Istanbul

View from a small alley on the Hotel 10 Karakoy Istanbul
For luxury seekers, the boutique hotel is an ode to the cultural heritage of Istanbul. The hotel’s 71 guesthouses offer magnificent rooms and suites complete with a private terrace. Blending history and modernity, the impressive interiors are adorned with art deco by different Turkish artists with a set of elegant restaurants and bars. An added bonus? The majestic Galata Tower is an 8-minute walk away from the hotel, take a guided tour or visit some of the greatest marvels of the Byzantine and Ottoman Relics.

3. Next House Pera Hotel

Food made at the Next House Pera Hotel in Istanbul
Just 900 metres from Taksim Square, the Nexthouse Pera Hotel is situated within a 100-year-old building in the heart of Istanbul. Boasting elegantly decorated rooms and modern amenities, the hotel offers the best of Istanbul’s local flavour. If you’re in the mood to experience some nightlife, hotspots like Asmalimescit, Nevizade and Flower Market are all within walking distance. For a unique experience, take a culinary tour or get lost in Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar.

4. Raffles Istanbul

View over the river in Istanbul
The timeless Raffles Hotel is situated above the Bosphorus, at the intersection of the city’s best connections. The 5-star hotel is located in the high-end Zorlu Centre, you’ll be minutes away from lots of restaurants and world-famous brands. After a day of sightseeing, relax at the Raffles Spa (complete with an indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room and Turkish bath). If you want to experience the city on the water rather than over it, sail the Bosphorus strait on a luxury yacht. You’ll be able to take in the city’s top attractions with the best seat in the house.

So, are you ready for an unforgettable summer? Treat you and a loved one to a Hotelgift, and prepare for an unforgettable holiday.