In Istanbul, you would be hard-pressed to find an upscale hotel which had any issues with gay guests, but discretion is advised still in this changing and increasingly conservative society.

Some Istanbul hotels are more popular with queer travelers due to their location near the Taksim gay bars or for their inclusive environment and welcoming vibes, which are features here. These gay-friendly hotels in Istanbul are frequented by members of the LGBT community and have solid reputations.

When looking at other hotels, we don’t recommend staying at very cheap hotels as local police typically raid these looking for prostitution. And if the police find you having sex, you will be arrested so it is just easier to avoid these budget / questionable properties altogether.

All Turkish hotels must record every visitor in a police-controlled system, so you cannot invite a date to your room in these hotels – but in 4 stars or higher you are generally allowed as you are paying a premium – just let your reception know beforehand.

Each hotel and area offer something particular, so be sure to choose the right style and location to meet your needs. Prices are cheap compared to North American and European hotels (thought quickly rising), and standards are generally high – so it’s a great place to splurge! Of course, there are also a hundred’s more hotel and hostel options in Istanbul if none of these suit your desired budget, facilities or area!


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Albayrak

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34425,31 Hüseyin Ağa Bahçe Sokak,Istanbul

Featuring free WiFi, gay-friendly Albayrak offers pet-friendly accommodation in Istanbul. Adalar is 23 km away. Free private parking is available on site. The accommodation is air conditioned and is fitted with a...
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CVK Taksim Hotel

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34437,11 Sıraselviler Caddesi,Istanbul

The CVK is located right next to the popular Istiklal pedestrian street in Taksim, with all its shops, entertainment venues, restaurants and bars. Gay dance club Tekyön is just a few minutes walk away. The hotel has...
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Emerald Hotel

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34437,39 Dolapdere Taksim Caddesi,Istanbul

Excellent-value, small hotel in a convenient location near Taksim Square, a 5-minute walk to the lively İstiklal Avenue and many transport options. Guest rooms at the Emerald feature a kitchenette, air conditioning,...
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