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“Pretty good location, a little hard to find.”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Amber Hotel

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Amber Hotel
Ranked #113 of 1,129 Hotels in Istanbul
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Vancouver BC
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148 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Pretty good location, a little hard to find.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2012

We stayed for 4 nights in October at the start of a 2 week trip in Turkey. We wanted a good location close to the metro in a decent area. We took the train to Kumkapi station because it looked close to the hotel on the map. We got quite lost and a local ended up calling the hotel to get directions and even he was confused (no other locals even knew where the hotel was) and he ended up walking us to the door. The sign for the hotel was small and not easy to spot especially after travelling for 24 hours to get there. Once we arrived things got much better and the staff were all very helpful and the hotel had all the amenities you need. The hotel is actually half a block from tons of fish restaurants and the boardwalk along the sea. There is a little convenience store to the right of the hotel that has ice cold water and snacks that was very handy. It was a long steep walk straight up the hill to the metro station at the Grand Bazaar but it only took a few minutes to get there. Would stay again, good location.

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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Rimini, Italy
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

I have spent three days in this hotel for vacation. The room are clean and with two beds not too small. Instead in three persons the room are very tiny. The receptionists are pretty helpful, although you need to explain more time what are the problems. It is located very well, near metro stop and not far from Aya Sofia and blue Mosque. Near the hotel there is a beautiful small square with many tipical restaurants. Finally, I suggest this hotel.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

Visiting Istanbul was for me a very good chance for excellane entertainment and gaining more information about the history of the great empire of Othmania with the resident of that wonderful hotel with the hospitality of it,s stuff specially the receptionists who are very helpful

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2012

Very clean, comfortable rooms, delicious breakfast included on rooftop with views of the city and the Sea of Marmara, super-friendly staff, attractive old building. We had a room on the street but the noise died down around 10:30 or so, and we slept well. The fish restaurants just around the corner are a scene not to be missed at dinnertime. The food is great also. Prepare for a bit of a climb--though an interesting one--to the main street that leads to many of the attractions, a lot of which are in walking distance.
I highly recommend this hotel, and would stay there if we return to Istanbul, which I certainly hope we will.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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ottawa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2012

Nice clean hotel. Good location, a walk to everything, but straight up hill. Breakfast was okay, nothing special, amazingly not fresh juice, maybe powdered stuff. The first night we were on the top floor in the smallest room we have ever seen. The road out front was sooo noisy with everyone constantly honking their horns, it was insane. The next day we were moved to a slightly larger room in the back over reception, yikes. The night staff talked loudly all night and set up a tv right under our window with the volume at full blast. After being asked to turn the volume down it would go back up about 15 minutes later! Behind the hotel is a street full of huge restaurants that fill every night. What a racket, drums banging, singing etc. until about 2a.m. The description online is not accurate, somewhat misleading, says rooms have balconies, no, rooms have separate sitting area, no. A very steep staircase at the entrance might be a challenge for some people. The mini bar menu had beer at 3.5 Lira but we were charged 8 at checkout. We are not usually fussy but for some reason a lot of things added up to annoy us. After walking everywhere all day we were tired at night but we never got a decent sleep because of the night staff noise, and the street of restaurants, and that is not a good thing.

Room Tip: Ask to see the rooms before you settle in, we ahd to move everything the next day
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2012

A small relaxed hotel with friendly efficient staff . Breakfast (and dinner) served on the terrace was plentiful with a variety of fresh fruits , eggs cheese and meats etc. Plenty to start off the day. we ate one evening meal( they had just started evening meals) which was tasty and certainly better priced than the surrounding local restaurants. The inner facing room was quiet but smaller than the road facing rooms where according to our friend traffic noise etc began at about 6.30am.
Location was good being near the tram way for connection to the airport and the Grand bazaar and the other major tourist sites but be prepared for the steep climb up the hill.

Room Tip: rooms facing the courtyard are quieter but smaller.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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West Brom England
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2012

hotel was ok.. breakfast basic but fine.. area the hotel is in is ok if you can walk a distance lots of hills going towards attraction, used the tram system it will save you loads of time, the trip toi the black sea is well worth the time ..

Room Tip: The fish resturants round the corner from the hotel in the square is a great experiance of how reall...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Amber Hotel
Address: Cifte Gelinler Cad. 3 | Kumkapi, Istanbul 34126, Turkey (Formerly BEST WESTERN Amber Hotel)
Location: Turkey > Istanbul
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#29 Best Value Hotel in Istanbul
#85 Luxury Hotel in Istanbul
#165 Family Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Amber Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 24
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