Istanbul's good three-star hotels are the thrifty traveler's choice. For 45 Euro to 80 Euro you get a comfortable two-person guest room with private bathroom, nice decor, and sometimes even such 4-star services as minibars or refrigerators, satellite TVs, wireless (Wifi) Internet connections, and air conditioning.
Location is an
If you stay in Sultanahmet, you'll be
only steps from Istanbul's major sights,
including Ayasofya, the Hippodrome, and Topkapi
Palace, but you may not get a swimming pool or
If you stay in Beyoglu, especially Taksim
Square, you're close to shopping and nightlife,
and only a 15-minute taxi ride from Sultanahmet.
Your hotel will probably offer a swimming pool
and Bosphorus views.
If you stay on the Bosphorus shore, you
may have both these features, but there may be
few shops or attractions near your hotel and
you'll probably spend an hour or more each day
getting around by taxi.