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Best Western Empire Palace
Ranked #51 of 1,181 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 16, 2013

This hotel,was in a perfect location for all,the sights, the Bosphorus and Sunhamet Square, it was clean comfortable and a haven to go back to after a hard days sightseeing. The staff were friendly and helpful and Kulur the customer relations lady was a delight. Breakfast was excellent and in a fantastic position at the top of the hotel over looking Istanbul.

The room was cosy and the beds extremely comfortable rom 104 was a little near the trams so would ask for another room when visiting again. The restaurant was good with a range of prices and the staff again were helpful and friendly.

All in all we had a fantastic time in Istanbul it is a city not to be missed and neither should the Empire Palace.

Room Tip: Avoid the rooms at the front as near trams although they do stop at midnight
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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 7, 2013

We stayed for a long weekend at this hotel last week and we were very impressed. The style of the interior of the rooms was very impressive and while the tram line runs right outside the hotel the noise stops all night until 9am and it was a good help in finding the way back to the hotel by following the tram lines! The Restaurant (My Coffee House) attached to the hotel was excellent. All staff were very helpful, especially in the breakfast room and reception We would go back to the hotel should we ever re-visit Istanbul

Room Tip: Rooms off the tramline would be quieter but we really were not disturbed as we were on the 5th floor
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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Anita H
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Reviewed November 5, 2013

We stayed for about 10 days this Oct. Nov 2013, @ the EMPIRE PALACE.

It was a very comfortable stay. The rooms were clean, basic and smoke free, which was a blessing. The staff were very helpful; the breakfasts were excellent and the attached restaurant was quite good.
We would certainly stay there again, for its excellent location, its helpful and polite service.
The location tends to be noisy [tram service and tourist chatter, & road repair into the night]; but the staff were helpful in finding us a quieter room.

Room Tip: Higher floor rooms, at the back, are far quieter
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 5, 2013

The best of the hotel is the location. It is 10 min walking from the blue mosque and 15 from the grand bazaar. The tram passes in front of the main door and the station is just 2 min away.
The only bad thing found is that the room was very small for our family (2 adults and 2 kids).
Avoid rooms with the tram view otherwise will be difficult to sleep if you have a light sleep.
Breakfast was very good. Wifi all around with good speed.
In General I will rate Best Western Empire Palacea s a Very Good Hotel.

Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
Thank Miguel B
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Reviewed November 3, 2013

First time in the city, the hotels in a ideal location near all of the main attractions of the city on the western side, nothing was more than 15mins walk. Staff at hotel were brilliant,helpful polite and knew english well especially one of the girls, wide range of breakfast options at the hotel itself.
Restaurants nearby were great especially try the steak in the restaurant below.
Overall good food, great location and brilliant service

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 30, 2013

The location was perfect for this hotel. Easy to get around the sites and on major transportation lines. Most of the staff was wonderful, with the exception of one front desk clerk in the evenings who was always more interested in hanging out with friends than helping customers. The rooms were basic, but good. The internet was spotty when trying to locate it in my room, but worked good once I found a spot. The breakfast and views and breakfast were great. Overall, I would stay again.

Stayed: September 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed October 20, 2013

The BW Empire Palace is located in a nice area, surrounded by many shops and restaurants. In addition, it is in a central location close from the Marmara, Sea, Hagia Sofia and the Blue Mosque (an area known as Sultan Ahmet), and a whole mesh of nice narrow old streets with cafes, restaurants and shops. Hotels in this area are somehow small in size. The service and the cleanliness of the hotel were really good and the staff were very friendly and helpful. I recommend this hotel and this area for visitors to Istanbul.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Best Western Empire Palace

Address: Hudavendigar Cad. No:17 / 19 | Hocapasa Mah. - Sirkeci/Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34110, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa
Hotel Style:
#20 Spa Hotel in Istanbul
#37 Luxury Hotel in Istanbul
#88 Family Hotel in Istanbul
#93 Business Hotel in Istanbul
#128 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range: $50 - $131 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Best Western Empire Palace 4*
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
On February 11th 2008 at the annual meeting of Best Western Turkey, Best Western Empire Palace Hotel became the proud owner of the award "Highest Quality Hotel Award 2007". Best Western International recognized the hotel as the best Best Western Hotel in Turkey on base of regular quality assessments, where Best Western Empire Palace hotel has scored a record high performance. The hotel management is eager to continue working even harder in 2008. ... more   less 
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