Barbera Hotel has an exceptional location just below the Gülhane Park and Topkapı Palace in the neighbourhood of Sirkeci. This area along with nearby areas Sultanahmet and Eminönü date back to 657 BC as Byzantium, an ancient Greek city which later became Constantinople. It is along the water at the joining of the Golden Horn to the Bosphorus Strait and Marmara Sea. Today, our location is ideal to see the ancient palaces, cisterns, and other fascinating architectural and historical sights of Istanbul. This area that contains the old city was home to the Roman, Latin, Byzantine and Ottoman empires.
In more recent years the area was the business center and one of the main hubs of social activity. Also a bustling work place for the automotive industry. Directly across the Galata Bridge is the historic financial center of the Ottoman Empire and the old electronic marketplace.
Now you will find the local Turkish people turning this old center into beautiful hotels, upscale and trendy restaurants, cafes, and art galleries, and stores full of spices and handmade carpets.
The modern day neighbourhood of Sirkeci is ideal for anyone traveling to Istanbul. Centered on the European side, you will find the historical sights along with all of the major public transportation methods just steps away. Using a metro line or tramway you can conveniently see the different and newer areas of the big city as well as reach the CNR Convention Center. Between neighbouring areas of Sirkeci, Karaköy, and Şişhane you will find Istanbul’s newest, hottest, restaurants and bars. A variety of tapas, slow food, Michelin, Asian, or traditional Turkish food and fish. Regardless of which restaurant you choose the local chefs will always serve a meal with a delicious Turkish flare. Turkish Cuisine