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Best Western Empire Palace
Ranked #50 of 1,134 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
1 review
“Perfect Location”
Reviewed 3 November 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, travelled with family
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Bryan, Texas
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Reviewed 30 October 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, travelled on business
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KSA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 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, travelled with family
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2013

Nice location for seeing the sites in Istanbul. Walking distance to museums, old town, Golden Horn and Spice Bazaar. Standard room was adequate with private bath and good breakfast on rooftop. View of Topkapi Palace and rail stop very close by. Quite a bit of street noise and a few language issues but overall a pleasant stay.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2013

My wife and I stayed here for 3 days begining October 7, 2013 and were very pleased. The location is excellent with most major attractions within 10/15 minutes walk, or by tram which runs in front of the hotel. Many restaurants and shops in the immediate area as well. The breakfast was also good with a nice view from the top of the hotel. The rooms on the front can be noisy so be sure to to get a room facing the courtyard or on the rear side of the hotel. The rooms are really small but we were upgraded to a larger room #402 on the back corner of the hotel so noise was not a problem. The best part of this hotel is the staff, especially Kumro Akkoc who took outstanding care of my wife who was ill. She is a real asset to the hotel and we cannot thank her enough for her concern and kind assistance.

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 October 2013

I stayed with my family.hotel is in very good location.rooms are very comfort.breakfast is excellent.all historical places are close.staff very friendly.all of them help us.next time definitly ı'll stay there.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Ormskirk, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2013

My wife and I stayed at the Empire Palace from 29/9/13 - 2/10/13. This hotel is an excellent choice for a short stay trip. The hotel is located in the historic area literally a short walk from all the main tourist sites. There are excellent restaurants and shops located just around the corner from the hotel. My wife and I would strongly recommend the New Hatay which is just 50 yards walk from the hotels front door in a nearby side street. The hotel rooms are small in size, but extremely functional. The Room was clean and the towels and bed linen are changed daily. The room has what you would expect in a major city hotel. The breakfast although not extensive in choice is more than adequate. The staff at the hotel were extremely polite and helpful. They spoke good english which is always good for travellers who do not speak Turkish!! Special mention for Kumru Akkoc and Memet who were always at Breakfast and took a real interest in the quality of the breakfast provided and provided good advice about how to undertake various trips. The rest of the hotel staff were always helpful.Overall a hotel which is a must if you want to be close to all the historical sites that Istanbul has to offer. Great value hotel.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Best Western Empire Palace
Address: Hudavendigar Cad. No:17 / 19 | Hocapasa Mah. - Sirkeci/Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34110, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre 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:
#17 Spa Hotel in Istanbul
#34 Luxury Hotel in Istanbul
#86 Best Value Hotel in Istanbul
#96 Business Hotel in Istanbul
#125 Family Hotel in Istanbul
#131 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
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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