Istanbul is a unique city in so many ways, not just because its population of 14 million people, but also because it is divided across Europe and Asia by the Bosphorus River. Initially called Byzantium, then Constantinople, Istanbul is a city with thousands of years of history. It has been home to four of the world's most enduring empires: Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman and Latin. What does this mean if you are simply trying to find hotels in Istanbul? Well, largely, it means that you're in for a treat, both architecturally and culturally – Istanbul is buzzing with life. Wherever you stay make sure to take a look at the Topkapi Palace, the world-famous Grand Bazaar.