I arrived with my partner in the early evening and was greeted at the front desk by Aziz. On arrival, he suggested some activities for us over the 5 days that we were staying in Istanbul, including a Bosphorous tour. Of course, this was our first few moments in Istanbul, so we weren't sure precisely of the value that we should be looking for, but the brochure that he gave us offered what seemed liked a good tour at a reasonable price, so we booked in.
I must say, that the quality of the tour was only the first reflection upon the quality of service and integrity of Aziz. During our stay, he constantly offered us tea and refreshments, gave us sage advice on where to see the semazen, where to eat (Hamdi and Haji Abdullah) and when to go to certain spots.
He paid for our coffee, and my beard trim, all as part of the hospitality at the Ambassador Hotel. He even showed us around to lamp and carpet shops (which we expressed an interest in), where there was no pressure to buy.
The great location, terrace and food offerings of the hotel have already been addressed by other travellers, so I won't go into them here. Suffice to say, I was very happy with the hotel experience. Playing chess, with a few Efes, in the afternoon sun on the rooftop terrace overlooking the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia, with a backdrop of the Bosphorous, was definitely a highlight of my trip. Enjoying breakfast in the same setting was equally grand.
But I do not think that I can speak highly enough of the grace, hospitality and kindness shown by Aziz during our stay.
- 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