I would recommend reserving your hotel walking distance from istiklal. Everyday when you have finished everything, you will be going for a walk there, you can shop, eat, drink, or just walk around. Beautiful street with great shops and restaurants.
This is the artery of the Taksim district. You start right one corner of the square and end in Tunel. There are tons of shops, restaurants, some bookstores, record shops, embassies, churcnes, hotels, bars and many perambulating people along the way. Watch out for the trams!
An old tram runs on Istaklal Street.
It runs between Tunel at the bottom end up to Taksim Square.
It is a short trip, but something special to do.
Its an interesting street with both sides you will be able to see shops, restaurants, small snack bars, cinemas, etc.The old tram runs in the middle of this street.