I'm heading to Istanbul for a congress which will be held at the Istanbul Convention and Exhibition Centre in Harbiye. As I'm going as part of a group, we're thinking of renting an apartment for a week or two, especially as the hotels in the immediate vicinity of the congress centre are not too cheap.
We're looking for something within walking distance of the congress centre as a friend who has been there was saying that peak hour traffic can be really bad so it's best for us to go on foot. I was wondering how far is Taksim from Harbiye and whether the distance is walkable within 15min or so as most short-term apartments I've searched online seem to be in Taksim. If not, are there any other areas I can search or stay?
Thanks and cheers!