The Hotel is situated within walking distance of Sultanahmet and many other tourist areas like the Topkapi palace and mosques. The area is slightly hilly and would be a 5 min walk uphill to the tram station where you can get to many points in Istanbul from.
If arriving on Easyjet from London you will arrive at Sabiha Gokcen Airport which is a long distance from the Hotel. It can be done via public transport but very difficult. Taxi is most expensive so best to take the airport shuttles direct to hotel. With a little bargaining in the terminal you can probably get it for a price of TRL50 (EUR30) at a push. TRL60 seemed to be the more common fare. Though I do notice the Hotel website quoting EUR70 for 1-3 passengers total. From Istanbul you can probably arrange a lower rate back from one of the many agents in the tourist areas offering airport transfer.
The hotel is situated minutes from a group of dozens of restaurants. Both touristic and local. The menu in all seemed much the same type of seafood. The area around the hotel appeared to be safe and whilst a little dark at night in some side streets still not threatening as in some cities.
The hotel staff were all very friendly and helpful. The rooms and public areas kept very clean. Bottled water was supplied daily free in the fridge. Breakfast is taken in a balcony on the roof offering views across the harbor and surrounding neighborhood. Food choice and quality was just OK but not extensive. TV channel choice in English was extremely limited. Rooms are slightly smallish but as per standard of most medium range European hotels. Comfortable and functional but not luxurious.
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Istanbul
- Best Western Amber