Wallpaper City Guide: Istanbul 2009 Paperback – Dec 1 2008
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Wallpaper* City Guides are compiled by the magazine's travel experts, both by in-house editors, and correspondents who actually live in the highlighted cities, providing up-to-the-minute information.
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Though the colour photographs are attractive, one does not get much for the money: the book is small and thin and many pages are `graciously' left blank for the reader to write in his own notes.
It certainly succeeds however in being different from other travelbooks and Hagya Sofia for instance is hardly mentioned at all.
But one can only be skeptical with the guide's statement that `all the ancient sites can comfortably be taken in over a single day', presumably to devote more time to high-end shopping and dining.
Since many of the recommendations are likely to be quickly out of date, a web site would seem a much better medium to convey the information than an overpriced book.
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At a more basic level, the book contains 128 pages, seven of which are for the reader's own notes. The hotels it recommends are all very expensive; you can put together a better list by going to the New York Times Travel website, sorting by price (high to low), and looking at the most expensive ones. The same is true for restaurants.
A far better guide to hotels, restaurants, shops, etc. is StyleCity Istanbul. The places it recommends are more interesting and are likely to be around a lot longer.
There is also a Hedonist's Guide To Istanbul 1st Edition (A Hedonist's Guide to...), which I have not read, but appears to be aimed at the stylish set.