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Located conveniently by the airport or by the business district, Hilton Garden Inn hotels offer easy access to all areas in Istanbul. Find everything you need for work and relaxation in comfortable rooms and suites, including complimentary Wi-Fi, a 24-hour business centre and a fitness centre.
Nuri Keles from Hilton Garden Inn gives us his top tips to enjoy Turkey’s largest city.
Please sum up in a couple of sentences what’s great about Hilton Garden Inn hotels in Istanbul.
One is located by the Istanbul Ataturk Airport with many commercial facilities nearby; the other, situated in the Golden Horn area, is close to lots of historical destinations and tourist attractions.
What’s the best item on the breakfast menu at your hotels?
There’s a delicious spread of Turkish meats and cheeses and the waffles are also great.
What’s the one thing I should do while in Istanbul, to make me feel like a local?
Take the ferry across the Bosphorus from the European side to the Asian side and stroll through the Kadikoy food market which sells a variety of local foods.
I’ve got some down time during a busy day – how should I spend it in Istanbul?
Visit the historic Grand Bazaar. Enjoy a cup of tea with local vendors and haggle to get a good deal. Afterwards, stop at a hammam to enjoy an authentic Turkish bath.
Do you have a favourite spot to see the setting sun in the city?
The Salacak area offers beautiful views over a variety of buildings on the edge of the Bosphorus including the iconic Maiden’s Tower.
Tell us about a hidden gem of Istanbul that isn’t normally on the tourist trail…
Sample Turkish delights, or ‘lokum’, from Haci Bekir in Karakoy. Opened in 1777, it still has the original marble floor and wooden roof with tiles.
Tell us your favourite spot for an evening cocktail.
La Mancha has beautiful views across the Bosphorus.
WIN A 3 NIGHT TRIP TO ISTANBUL
We’ve teamed up with Hilton Garden Inn to give away a fantastic 3 night trip to Istanbul. The winner and a guest will fly from any UK airport and stay at Hilton Garden Inn Istanbul Golden Horn, Turkey.Terms & Conditions: Promotion closes at 23:59 on 14 June 2015. There is one prize of a three night stay at Hilton Garden Inn Istanbul Golden Horn, Turkey for two people and the promotion is open to readers of The Independent and i, and readers of their sister paper The Evening Standard. Includes return economy flights from a UK mainland airport to Istanbul. Includes breakfast and dinner for one night with a bottle of house wine. The winner will be the first entry selected at random after the closing date and will be contacted by 16 June 2015. Travel needs to take place within a year of the winner being notified. Subject to availability. Blackout dates apply. All winners and guests must be over 18. A valid passport is required for each participant. Winner is responsible for any Visa requirements. Prize excludes other expenses such as transport in the UK, travel insurance, food and drink, personal expenditure and incidental costs. Only one online entry per person. The prize is non-transferable and there is no cash alternative. Usual promotion rules apply, see independent.co.uk/rules. For further information, please write to Customer Care, The Independent, Northcliffe House, 2 Derry Street, London, W8 5TT. Promoter: Hilton Garden Inn.