4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Good for planning a complete trip,
This review is from: Lonely Planet Istanbul (Travel Guide) (Paperback)
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A someone who has recently returned from Istanbul and enjoyed it so much we booked straight away to go back in a fortnight, this guide was definitely well received
Is slightly broader than most city guides, it may not fit into a narrow pocket but that's just an observation.
The back of the book contains a full fold out map which is detailed and useful (although you will look so obvious standing on a corner and unfolding it!) and before this a re small maps of the basic areas in Istanbul.
This books focuses on the 6 most popular areas around Istanbul and like all guide books, there are a lot of pages in each section about where to stay, where to eat and where to shop. If I'm honest I wish the books would ease up on these as it can seriously date the book within months in this economic climate, and while they try to feature more established places, nothing is really set in stone. Tell me what are the local goods certainly, but I don't need to know every textile shop, or where to get a decent leather handbag. Also, and this could be personal, but do we need a lot of information about where to sleep? Most city guides I would have thought are bought after somewhere is booked and to do some research on what to do, not where to sleep. Anyway, that's perhaps just personal
There are a couple of pages at the beginning with suggestions for kids, free activities, month by month guides etc and I wold have liked more of this sort of thing rather than just a token contribution. At the back are a couple of pages on useful phrases and the obligatory "survival guide" (crime, post, lgbt traveller etc)
It's a good guide, I do want to make that clear, but it could have been much smaller and compact without the superfluous shops and hotel pages and more focused on the history, architecture and lifestyle there. The sort of things that won't date - however, this isn't a criticism of Lonely Planet, more city guides in general. They don't seem to cater towards people who have already booked and want to discover their own restaurants and shops rather than being told what to do.
This is a good guide for planning a complete trip to Istanbul if you haven't already booked anywhere, or are maybe travelling through while seeing the world, however if you have booked up, or been before then I suspect there are better guides out there