The Witt Istanbul Hotel is situated on a steep hill in Cihangir, a trendy neighborhood with a bohemian flair. Its narrow streets are home to a thriving arts scene and a jumble of local (designer) boutiques, trendy cafés and some of the finest restaurants in the city – all within walking distance from the hotel. It also offers magnificent views of the skyline’s domes and spires – even better than being in the shadow of them. It’s a bustling gentrified quarter only Istanbul insiders know about and the ideal spot if you want to experience what it is like to ‘live’ among the locals.
Cihangir offers an oasis of calm in this bustling city, without being isolated from all the action. Most of Istanbul’s main tourist attractions are just 5-10 minutes away from the Witt Istanbul Hotel (see map below). It’s within walking distance of famous spots such as Taksim Square, Istiklal Caddesi and Istanbul Modern. The Sultanahmet quarter – with among others the Topkapi Palace, the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, and the Basilica Cistern – can be equally quickly reached by a short tram or taxi ride.
Cihangir is one of the first truly gentrified neighborhoods of Istanbul. Just like New York’s Meatpacking district or London’s SoHo, Cihangir is quietly exciting. It’s an enclave of funky cafés, restaurants and boutiques filled with hipsters tapping their laptops and local artists alike. In short, it’s currently the place to be seen, to shop and to dine out.
First-timers to Istanbul tend to stay among the major sightseeing spots in the Sultanahmet quarter or Taksim district. But why miss the opportunity to have the best from both worlds?
Getting There and Around
From Istanbul’s Atatürk International Airport (25km) it’s a 30-minute taxi ride from the airport to Beyoğlu, though the journey can take much longer during rush hour. From the Sabiha Gökçen Airport (which is located on the Asian shore) a taxi ride would take almost twice as much.
From both airports, Havataş shuttle services are available to the proximity of Taksim Square. From there it is only 800 meters to the hotel. Alternatively, you can ask the hotel to arrange for an airport transfer.
Whichever means of transportation you decide to take to reach the hotel, please do read our detailed directions to Witt Istanbul Hotel. We strongly suggest you to print out these directions prior to your departure since they also contain directions in Turkish, which you can hand to taxi drivers or locals in case you get lost.
If you are driving, the hotel staff will park your car for free.
Once you’ve arrived, you’ll get a pocket-sized brochure with a detailed map. The nearest metro station is Tophane, or Taksim Square, within five minutes from the hotel.