Did I say Location! That is what this hotel is all about. Nothing else in this hotel is there really to brag about except where it is located. We attended a food show and some of the people stayed out by the convention hotels and were bored stiff at night. Just a 30 minute Tram ride to the Empire Palace and you have all the restaurants, parks, and museum's you can ask for in walking distance. The hotel is within ten minutes walking of the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Sultans Palace, Cisterns, and only 2 minutes from the Tram station to go anywhere. The hotel staff speak English but other than that not much help. Usually more interested in taking up the lobby seating on their laptops.The rooms are sufficient and a good value but nothing else really to say about them. They have a safe in them but when I couldn't get it to open after putting in my code, the staff just came and removed the batteries right in the door and opened it up so I question just how secure it is. it can be rather noisy till about 10:00 at the restaurants right below the rooms. Free internet is nice, although band width limited in the evenings. Breakfast is on the 6th floor with great views and very yummy. Really liked the Honey Comb block. I stayed on the fourth floor and it was nice to run up and grab a cup of coffee. The hotel can provide a car service to & from the airport albeit not included.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Empire Palace Hotel Istanbul
- Best Western Hotel Istanbul
- Best Western Istanbul
- Istanbul Best Western