The vibrant capital of Turkey, Istanbul is also the most populated and culturally diverse city in the country. The city has a lot to offer Muslim travellers from fascinating attractions, plenty of prayer facilities, Halal restaurants and an abundance of Halal-friendly accommodation options. Read on to discover what Istanbul has in store for its Muslim travellers!
Turkey is famed for its numerous Muslim-friendly hotels and resorts. There are around 50 Halal-friendly accommodation options in the country, offering a range of facilities that cater specifically towards Muslim travellers. In addition to providing Halal food and prayer facilities, most Halal-friendly hotels in Istanbul do not serve alcohol and some offer separate pools and sauna facilities for men and women.
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A fine example of a Muslim-friendly hotel in Istanbul is the Golden Horn Hotel. The hotel serves a tantalising array of the most exquisite Halal food options and is located in the vicinity of several mosques including the Blue Mosque – a world-renown attraction. Several other key attractions in the country such as the Hagia Sofia and Topkapi Palace are also located a short distance away. Nightclub facilities are unavailable at the hotel.
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If you're just looking for a place to stay near the Istanbul Airport, Radisson Blu Conference & Airport Hotel is the way to go! Although there are few attractions nearby, the hotel offers a clean and modern outlook for its guests. You should also note that the facilities are not shariah-compliant. This hotel would be great if you're looking for a short stay at hotel before your next flight in the morning.
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Great for travelers who are traveling with young children, Mercure Istanbul City Bosphorus Hotel offers services such as Babysitting services and Laundry services. There are no bars within the premises. You can expect a wide range of food options ranging from Children Menu, Halal Menu and even a Vegetarian Menu at Cafe De Plaza.
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For guests who are willing to travel even further, the Adenya Resort in Alanya located along the southern coastline of the country is the ideal destination for a fully-Halal, family-friendly visit. This 5 star beach resort offers segregated beach and pool areas for men and women, as well as a private sauna, steam room, Turkish bath and gym facilities for families.
A Koran, prayer rug and Qibla are available in all rooms and separate prayer facilities for females are also available at the hotel during prayer times. All food served within the hotel is Halal.
Several other Muslim-friendly hotels are located at popular tourist destinations in the country and Turkey is home to around 50 to 55 such hotels that cater to the specific needs of Muslim travellers. With Turkey being the third best destination in the world for Halal conscious travellers, access to Halal facilities will be readily available throughout the country.