Travel Challenge: A long weekend in Istanbul

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Every week we invite competing companies to give us their best deal for a specified holiday. Today: a three-night break in Istanbul, departing on 25 September. Prices are for two people travelling together...

Anatolian Sky Holidays

£898: Best Western Empire Palace. Includes flights from Stansted, transfers and room-only accommodation.

"The Best Western is an excellent four-star hotel right in the heart of the old city. It is built in traditional Ottoman style, so gives you a taste of traditional Turkey right from the start of your stay. It has panoramic views and is 15 minutes or less from most of the main attractions including the Palace and the Blue Mosque," says Shereena Lingiah of Anatolian Sky. (0845 365 1011; )

Cox & Kings

£940: Avicenna Hotel, Sultanahmet. Includes flights from Heathrow, transfers and accommodation with breakfast.

"This is a great price for a traditional-style property in the centre of the city – the Avicenna Hotel is a gorgeous converted 19th-century traditional wooden house that was completely renovated and refurbished last year. There are 48 guest rooms, all decorated in traditional Ottoman style, but with modern amenities such as LCD TVs. There's an outdoor terrace and garden cafe that serves Turkish coffee in the afternoon," says Michael Fleetwood of Cox & Kings. (020-7873 5000; )

Cities Direct

£938: Sirkeci Konak Hotel. Includes flights from Gatwick and accommodation with breakfast.

"This boutique Ottoman style hotel is the best hotel in the city and features elements of 19th-century style, but with all the modern comforts," says Jace Quick of Cities Direct. (01242 536900; )