Istanbul is a city of contrasts. It's a city that's both modern and historic, where great restaurants, hopping nightlife, and horrific traffic exist alongside some of the world's most impressive ancient wonders. It's both western and eastern, culturally as well as geographically: It's the only city in the world on two continents (Europe and Asia). A visitor can listen to the Muslim call to prayer while standing in the shadow of the Blue Mosque and feel transported to another time -- or go clubbing after nightfall with Istanbul's trendy urbanites. So you can imagine how excited we were to get to visit a few weeks ago -- and how excited we are now to get to share what we discovered. Take a look at the first Istanbul hotels on Oyster!
-- Kelsey Blodget, Oyster.com