You could not ask for a better location in the heart of sultanahmet with all the amenities on your doorstep.
Within 5 mins walk you have Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, Hippodrome, Blue Mosque and Topkapi palace. We managed to see all these sights / museums within 2 days and the location really helped us.
All around the hotel you are spoilt for choice in what to eat as restaurants are in abundance.
however most of the restaurants are selling the same cuisine, shish, doner kebabs and in my opinion the over rated 'ottoman cuisine'. All comparable prices. around 25 eur each.
The grand bazaar (big shopping area for tourists) is within 10 mins walk.
Upon check in we were greeted by 'Ersin' one of 2 hotel receptionists. Ersin was really helpful and very well informed on all questions about the area put to him. His colleague, I think 'Sisen' was also very good and we saved a lot of time and money with these guys. probably the 2 best front line staff ive ever met in hotels. well done 'Ambassador'.
I was however disappointed with the size of the rooms. We had 2, a queen bed and 1 twin size. Both rooms were of similar size but not really big enough to swing a cat. We figured seen as we were only there to sleep we would not make a big deal of it.
The rooms were kept tidy and also nice to see a safe in the room.
Breakfast on the terrace was impressive and this hotel must have one of the best views in Sultanamet overlooking the blue mosque.
The spa is in the basement and highly recommended as the prices are very good value with an array of various massages to choose from.
On departure we were given a nice box of Turkish delights plus a complimentary ride back to the airport. It was no harm in tipping the driver who took us.
All in all I would recommend this hotel on hotel friendliness, location and breakfast but not the rooms as they need to be bigger.
- 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