After you go out from the comfortable setting of Mercure Hotel Istanbul The Plaza Bosphorus, you reach Besiktas in just a few minutes on foot or via the public transport. Besiktas is home to buildings from Ottoman history, museums and parks. There are also numerous cafés, restaurants and bars where you can dine and have a good time. The most exclusive sight at Besiktas is Dolmabahce Palace, which dates back to 19th century.
The monument and the tomb of Barbarossa are still standing at the center of Besiktas, as well as Sinan Pasha Mosque built by Mimar Sinan. You can get around Besiktas to visit Yildiz Park, Yildiz Palace, Ihlamur Palace, Macka Park, Ciragan Palace and Istanbul Naval Museum. You can go easily from Mercure Hotel Istanbul The Plaza Bosphorus to Besiktas, and go on exploring the district by walking along the coast, passing by Bebek, Kurucesme, Arnavutkoy and Rumelihisari. You can also take the ferry and go to the Anatolian coast.