When my flight to Cairo was cancelled in 2011, my 2-hour layover turned into an unexpected 9-day vacation. My experience at the Ambassador was so great that when I returned to Istanbul this February for business, I came back to it and added an additional 3 nights. The staff is friendly, attentive, and genuinely cares that you have a great experience. Breakfast on the rooftop is a great start to the day. The rooms are average, but the beds were very comfortable-- I got great sleep while I was there.
The location is fabulous--a minute's walk to the tram station which carries you anywhere from the bazaar to within a few blocks of Taksim square and the Istiklal Cadesi area. And most of the city's major sights are within 5 minutes walk.
The BEST part though is that when I walked in the door to check in for my second stay, Nuray (amazing receptionist and a great conversationalist :) ) recognized me within 10 seconds even though I had been gone for 25 months.
I've done a lot of traveling on my own and have stayed in many hotels in many countries, but this was truly the best experience I've had.
Highly recommend -- I will definitely be back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Ambassador Hotel is a first class boutique hotel located in downtown Sultanahmet. The Hotel just a few steps away from the most historical sights (as Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Topkapi Palace, Museum for Turkish and Islamic Art etc.) and nice shopping facilities (as Grand and Spice Bazaar etc.). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ambassador Hotel Istanbul