We spent 8 nights in Istanbul with a side trip to Cappadocia over the holidays. I had booked our airfare back in February and lurked in this forum for guidance. We arrived in Istanbul in the middle of a rainstorm the night of December 20th but the remainder of our stay we were blessed with sunshine with the occasional overcast sky. We stayed at the Emine Sultan Hotel and its glowing reviews here are definitely deserved. I won't write a trip report because I am still in awe of the beauty of Istanbul and its people. But I will say that it's calling us back.