Our first visit to Turkey, and we landed on our feet at the Ambassador! Right in the centre of Sultanahmet, lots of restaurants on the doorstep, the tram stop just 2 mins walk. Breathtaking views from the 5th floor rooftop terrace, where we had delicious breakfasts (with yummy pancakes cooked by Daria, who also offers omelettes and scrambled egg). Lots of fruit, salads, yoghurts, bread and pastries too. Lift goes up to the 4th floor so you have to walk up to rooms 501 and 502, and the breakfast terrace. We had room 501 which was large and quiet. Would recommend the Anatolian Restaurant, on the same street, and the House of Medusa Restaurant, round the corner on the same street as the Basilica Cistern - both very reasonable. We had an airport transfer (4 of us plus luggage, 60€ from S. Gokcen airport). The hotel staff were very helpful too - they suggested the 4 of us share an IstanbulKart, which is like an Oyster card for tram rides. (Refundable outlay on card is 7TRY, then load it with as much/little credit as you want, it works out at approx. 1.80TRY per person per trip. You swipe it through the entry turnstile, then pass it back to the next person to do the same - saves "buying" 4 cards. We bought ours at the newspaper kiosk by the park near Sultanahmet tram stop.)
- 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