If you enjoy a good view, you’ll be pleased to know that plenty of cheap Istanbul hotels boast their own roof terrace. Here you can enjoy a free breakfast breathing in the spectacular Marmara Sea or pointing out the Istanbul landmarks you fancy visiting such as the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque or Topkapi Palace.

Even people travelling on a shoestring can enjoy a hotel with a central location within walking distance of the attractions. If you’ve never considered a hostel, why not stretch your currency even further and opt for a dormitory room at one of the many Istanbul hostels? Check out 5 great value hotels in Istanbul which offer that little something extra…

For…rooms with a view

Plenty of hotels in Istanbul offer terraces with a view, but if you just can’t get enough of the city scape, try Hotel Broken Column. All 15 modern guest rooms are en suite and have a private balcony with views across Istanbul. The hotel also offers car and cycle hire and can organise guided tours of some of Istanbul’s famous landmarks.

For…rooftop swimming

Nothing beats a swim in the rooftop pool at Hotel Grand Emin as you gaze out across the Marmara Sea. After a busy day of sightseeing, relax on a sun lounger or enjoy a drink from the lobby bar before your night on the town.  All rooms are equipped with en suite facilities, TV and air-conditioning.

For…traditional Turkish caves

If you don’t have time on your trip to visit Cappadocia in Turkey, rooms at Naz Wooden House Inn offer the next best thing. The seven cave-like guest rooms have been hollowed out of an eighth century stone wall, the time of the Byzantine emperors! The traditional furnishings are balanced with modern conveniences and this Ottoman style house is located on a quiet cobbled street just 10 minutes from the main Istanbul attractions.

For…atmosphere & location

In the heart of Istanbul, guests at the Hotel Agan are a short walk from Sultanahmet, the Turkish Baths, Topkapi Palace and the Blue Mosque. The hotel boasts an onsite bar with street side seating for smoking pipes and watching the world go by and they serve a generous free breakfast. The useful tram station is just two minutes’ walk from the hotel.

For…a brilliant breakfast

To set you up for a day of sightseeing, breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. At the Sultan’s Inn, they know how to keep their guests well fed. Enjoy a hearty arrangement of hot food including eggs and sausages, bagels and bread, delicious jams, yoghurts with fresh and dried fruit and an assortment of cheeses and meat. All this can be enjoyed from their open-top and covered roof terrace while soaking up the panoramic view of the Blue Mosque as well as the Marmara Sea. For further refuelling they serve guests free tea and cake in the afternoon.

Istanbul Hostels

For those of you looking to stretch your travel money, try Istanbul hostels. Opt to stay in a shared room and you could pay as little as €10 per person, per night. Try the Agora Guesthouse which offers a free breakfast, a pretty roof terrace and bar and it is a short walk from the Hagia Sophia. Many hostels in Istanbul also offer private rooms so couples and families can find suitable and cheap accommodation too. The Agora Guesthouse and the Metropolis Hostel offer both shared and private rooms.