Istanbul is one of the great cities and one to which travelers with diverse interests are drawn. There is certainly the romance and history, the architecture, the Grand Souk. But there is also the cuisine, fresh fish served simply at outdoor cafes in leafy neighborhoods, food stalls buzzing into the night and morning markets piled high with fresh produce.
There is one major problem with Istanbul, and that would be the traffic. With so much to see and do, it takes real logistical planning to circumvent the hours that can be spent in traffic, moving between the old and new cities, the Asian and European shores. We choose our hotels accordingly.
New on the scene is Stories Apart which offers three apartment buildings in one of the most centrally located neighborhoods of the city, each with an architectural history attached. With room configurations of all kinds and prices that fit nicely into the pocketbook, Stories Apart offer an alternative to the brand hotels that abound. Check on room size, check on view and check on noise levels – all of which can be problematic in small, city properties – but chances are you will light on a find that will make others jealous.