I am heading back to Europe from India in November and I have a day worth of a layover in Istanbul. I have got my e-Visa for a single entry and really looking forward for spending a day there. I am going to check myself in at the HOTEL DESK by Turkish Airlines where they offer complimentary stay since I have a flight the next day (approx. 23 hours).
I did some research as to which hotels they usually check the travelers into. The comprehensive list is as below (Source):
Marriott Renaissance Polat Istanbul Hotel (72% TripAdvisor–most common) Akgün Istanbul Hotel (44% TripAdvisor–common–far from the airport) Wow Airport Hotel (56% TripAdvisor–common) DoubleTree Wyndham İstanbul Petek (92% TripAdvisor) Radisson Blu Conference & Airport Hotel (53% TripAdvisor) Hilton Garden Inn Courtyard by Marriott Istanbul International Airport Gonen Hotel Istanbul
Should I ask at the Front Desk if they provide tours into the city or should I go about on my own? Are there reliable public transport services in Istanbul since I am a low budget traveler and Taxis might be expensive.
P.S.: Also since 1 day isn't enough, but any travel tips and suggestions would be appreciated along with the answers.