The last decade has seen more and more of Turkey going online, with a wide selection of free WiFi networks throughout Istanbul. But while some travellers are happy to café-hop to stay online, those in search of a more secure connection are best off checking in to the following places.
According to Booking.com reviewers these hotels have the best WiFi in Istanbul.*
Sultan Mehmed Hotel
1. Sultan Mehmed Hotel, Fatih, Istanbul
With free WiFi access throughout the hotel (rather than restricted to the bedrooms), a 24-hour front desk and only a 300-metre walk to Istanbul’s famous Blue Mosque, guests at Sultan Mehmed Hotel are well set up to make the most of Turkey’s vibrant capital.
Blue Istanbul Apart
2. Blue Istanbul Apart, Fatih, Istanbul
Fatih is the Old Town of Istanbul, one of city’s most popular tourist destinations. While the area teems with great hotels, many tourists prefer to rent an apartment for their stay, visiting the Grand Bazaar and living like locals. Blue Istanbul Apart is well ahead of the trend here, creating a cosy, intimate apartment with all the home comforts but retaining the luxury of a hotel stay with daily grocery deliveries, a cleaning service, and a great internet connection.
Istanbul Akdeniz Apartments
3. Istanbul Akdeniz Apartments, Fatih, Istanbul
Continuing the trend of staying in self-catered apartments while visiting Istanbul, theAkdeniz Apartments feel like they’re in a residential district, yet still have easy connections to Istanbul’s old town. North-west of the history-rich Sultanahmet district, the Akendiz Apartments have some of the fastest WiFi in Istanbul.
GLK PREMIER Sea Mansion Suites & Spa
4. GLK PREMIER Sea Mansion Suites & Spa, Fatih, Istanbul
The GLK PREMIER Sea Mansion Suites combine luxury and convenience with a head-spinning selection of pampering options. Every room has it’s own hot tub, access to a communal sauna, and there’s a hotel hammam, assuming guests are able to tear themselves away from the Mansion’s incredible sea views. Fully rested, guests are then ideally located to visit the nearby Blue Mosque and Column of Constantine.
Yours Style Aparts Bomonti
5. Your Style Aparts Bomonti, Sisli, Istanbul
Your Style Aparts Bomonti give travellers the chance to live like locals, while getting pampered like hotel guests. The apartments have an inhouse Turkish bath and sauna, and have a level of high-speed WiFi that many large-scale accommodations struggle to provide. Your Style is also located just a short walk from the fashionable Nisantasi district, making it easy for aspiring style spotters to check out the latest from Istanbul’s exciting new designers.
Sultanahmet Cesme Hotel
6. Sultanahmet Cesme Hotel, Fatih, Istanbul
This hotel is very new to Istanbul, but it has some of the most historic (and Instagrammable) views in the city. Overlooking the Marmara Sea, the Blue Mosque and Aya Sophia, these three are only a few minutes walk from the Sultanahmet Cesme Hotel, providing great opportunities to architecture and photography fans. Sultanahmet Cesme’s great WiFi and excellent location are demonstrated on social media where it’s, already, one of the most photographed hotels in Istanbul.
7. 116 Residence, Sisli, Istanbul
Sisli has traditionally been a neighbourhood where Istanbul’s wealthy and working class live side-by-side and it was only recently that retailers began to move in. 116 Residence is a great base for guests to make the most of the new shops, restaurants and business centres opening every week. The great location is enhanced by high-speed WiFi, friendly staff, and stylish interiors.
White House Istanbul
8. White House Istanbul, Fatih, Istanbul
Naming a hotel after one of the world’s most famous homes and tourist destinations might sound like a bold move, but it’s easy to see why the owners were confident in the White House Istanbul. Sumptuous interior design, a rooftop restaurant, and reviews praising everything from the high-speed WiFi to the excellent location all go a long way to make this one of the most impressive hotels in Istanbul.
Art Nouveau Galata
9. Art Nouveau Galata, Galata, Istanbul
The Galata area is is full of rooftop bars and restaurants, and situated to help guests capture photos of the historic Galata Tower. And at the Art Nouveau Galata the excellent overview of Istanbul continues with staff happy to advise on the best way to navigate the city. Including which online maps are the most useful and suggestions for price comparison sites on the popular Galata historical tours, all assisted by the building’s excellent WiFi connection.
Vault Karakoy The House Hotel
10. Vault Karakoy The House Hotel, Karakoy, Istanbul
If you’re all about connections, both geographical and virtual, Vault Karakoy is the Istanbul hotel for you. Based in the up-and-coming Karakoy district, this elegant hotel has easy access to Istanbul’s financial district for business travellers, and the Beyoglu and Sultanahmet neighbourhood for leisure-seekers. All this and the hotel’s WiFi connection is considered to be one of the fastest in Istanbul.
Booking.com looked at endorsements for ‘WiFi’ by Booking.com customers and selected the highest-rated accommodations.