Istanbul, is a city which involves East and West together and in which cultural, historical and natural beauty meets with a gorgeous harmony. Besides, it is the only city which is located on two continents in a place with a narrow sea passage and also the only city which has the sea running. With its history of over 2500 years, Istanbul had become an important commerce center because of its establishment in this strategic location where land meets sea. Historical city of Istanbul is located on a peninsular, surrounded by Marmara Sea, Bosphorus Straits and Golden Horn.
The city had become the capital city of three great empires, namely Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Turks; and, was ruled by more than 120 emperor and sultans over 1600 years. Istanbul is the only city that has all these features. During its development, the city underwent expansion for four times, which all of them were westward. In the 5th century, there was an Istanbul which was surrounded by city walls of Romans and built over 7 hills. But, the foundation of today’s Istanbul was grounded in 7th century B.C. Rebuilt by Emperor Constantine in 4th century A.D., the city had been transformed to capital city; since then, it had preserved that title for almost 16 centuries by hosting the capital cities of Rome, Byzantine and Ottomans.
Even if we deal with only the artistic contents of the structure motifs including the mosques, churches, synagogues, museums, fountains, complexes and old buildings, we realize that the city remaines at the top of the list in the field of artistic architecture, marbling art, carving, colouring, and craftsmanship.
On the other hand, activities, such as theaters, cinemas, live concerts, exhibitions, communion, poetic concerts, art galleries, in which works of internationally famous artists are exhibited, show the meaning and importance of art in Istanbul.
The Topkapı Palace allows its visitors to witness the history, culture, grandeur, magnificence, and profusion of an Empire which lasted for a very long time. Dolmabahce Palace built in 19th century is one of the most glamorous palaces in the world. It was the administrative center of the late Ottoman Empire with the last of Ottoman Sultans was residing there. Dolmabahce palace has a great meaning for Turkish people since the supreme leader Mustafa Kemal Ataturk had used the palace as a residence The Grand Bazaar, with its architectural style designed specifically for enclosed shopping centers, entertains many visitors who come for both commercial and touristic purposes from different countries speaking different languages every day.
Due to limited room availability in Istanbul, we do advise you to make your reservation as early as possible so that you have the best choice of the available hotels.
We have special congress rates and these rates are available for a limited time
The ICBEST Organizing Committee has received special rates from two hotels near by the ITU Taşkışla Campus where the conference will take place. For special rates you can contact directly with the hotels via links below.
Konak Hotel ( 4 Star)
Konak Hotel hosts its guests in a unique atmosphere where modern and traditional decoration is combined with extraordinary touches of comfort.The guests of Konak Hotel experience a distinguished and peaceful stay while receiving a 4-star quality boutique service.
Konak Hotel features 117 rooms with 234 bed capacity and offers functionality and comfort combined.You can choose the room type that suits your needs the best from: 3 Suits, 4 Deluxe, 16 Connected and 1 furnished specially for disabled guests.
Wireless Internet is available for guests free of charge. Located only 400 meters away from the heart of Istanbul, Taksim Square, Konak Hotel, offers easy access to ITU Taskisla, that is only 5 minutes walking distance
Grand Hyatt Hotel ( 5 Star )
Where East and West blend seamlessly Located in the new centre of modern Istanbul, the Grand Hyatt Istanbul hotel is conveniently located close to Taksim Square, with its lively entertainment venues and some of the finest shopping in the city. 360 rooms and suites have superb views of the Bosphorus, city or pool view, and are beautifully appointed with marble baths and all amenities. Try authentic Turkish and Mediterranean cuisine at the signature restaurant ‘34’, relax at the Library Bar during the winter months and wind down with al fresco drinks at the Gazebo by the pool in summer months. The Gaia Spa and Fitness Centre is perfect for rejuvenation and de-stressing.
Istanbul is readily accessible from all parts of the world; every major European airport is 2-3 hours away. There are frequent direct flights to Istanbul from most European cities.
Istanbul has two major international airports, Atatürk Airport and Sabiha Gökçen Airport. Most long-haul flights arrive at Atatürk Airport; Europeans flights might arrive at either location, depending on the operator.
Turkish Airlines is the official airline of “ICBEST2017 Istanbul” and special discounts are offered on certain booking classes. In order to proceed with the online booking tool for Turkish Conventions please visit the Turkish Conventions website https://www4.thy.com/TKC/app/main?language=en
and use the event code “012TKM17” under delegate section.
The trip from the Atatürk Airport to Taşkışla-Taksim takes between 35 to 75 minutes depending on traffic. A taxi from this airport to Taksim Square or the conference venue at Taskisla costs 50 TL (≈16 euros). Taşkışla-Taksim is also easily reached from the airport by a shuttle bus called “HAVATAŞ” which travels to Taksim Square every thirty minutes and costs 10 TL (3,50 euros). There is also an underground passage (15 minute walk) that connects the International Terminal with the older Domestic Terminal and also the Istanbul Metro.
The second airport, Sabiha Gökçen Airport at Kurtköy, is located at 40-45 minute drive to Taksim Square. A taxi from this airport to Taksim Square or the conference venue at Taskisla costs 75 TL (≈25 euros). There are also HAVATAŞ busses that travel between Sabiha Gökcen Airport and Taksim Square every 30 minutes and cost 13 TL (4,50 euros).
Public transportation by bus is also available around the city. Tickets are required for boarding and can be purchased from the ticket sales points at the bus stations. The fare is equivalent to € 1.
Round-the-clock taxi service is available in the city. Taxis operate by meter. The cost begins at 1.20 euros with the addition of 1 euro per kilometer.
You can learn more about transportation at