Best Western Amber Hotel

3 stars
Muhsine Hatun Mah. Cifte Gelinler Cad. No: 3/7 / Kumkapi - Istanbul, Cifte Gelinler Caddesi No. 3/7, Kumkapi, Istanbul, 34126
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
4.0
out of 5
15 reviews
Great Stay

Nice boutique style hotel, good value for money. Excellent location in the heart of the old city.... See full review

  • Sav01
  • Dec 2, 2013
Turkey experience

Everything was amazing. The staff was very helpful. Tamara, my dog, was well treated and... See full review

  • Queen Lilly
  • Dec 10, 2010
Best Western Amber is a boutique hotel set in the oldest and most colorful district of Istanbul - still a functioning fishing village. It is in walking distance from the Grand Bazaar, Sultanahmet, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Top Kapi Palace. The hotel's historical building is an example of the Ottoman style. Newly renovated, this jewel offers an authentic atmosphere, relaxation and comfort for all kinds of travelers.
Guest rooms are spacious and comfortably furnished. Arrangement is in modernized Ottoman style. Suites with city and sea view are available.

Best Western Amber Hotel Rooms

Single Room
Single Room offers french bed which includes amenities such as Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Balcony / Terrace, Bathroom amenities, Cable / Satellite TV, Color TV, Ensuite / Private bathroom, Hairdryer, Heating, Internet access, Iron / Ironing board, Kettle, Laundry service, Mini bar, Modem / data port connection, Non-smoking rooms, Room service, Safe in room, Shaver in bathroom, Tea and coffee making facilities, Telephone, electronic key card, complimentary amenities and Valet service.
Double\Twin Room
Double\Twin Room offers one queen bed or two twin beds which includes amenities such as Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Balcony / Terrace, Bathroom amenities, Cable / Satellite TV, Color TV, Ensuite / Private bathroom, Hairdryer, Heating, Internet access, Iron / Ironing board, Kettle, Laundry service, Mini bar, Modem / data port connection, Non-smoking rooms, Room service, Safe in room, Shaver in bathroom, Tea and coffee making facilities, Telephone, electronic key card, complimentary amenities and Valet service.
Triple Room
Triple Room offers one double bed and one single bed which includes amenities such as Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Balcony / Terrace, Bathroom amenities, Cable / Satellite TV, Color TV, Ensuite / Private bathroom, Hairdryer, Heating, Internet access, Iron / Ironing board, Kettle, Laundry service, Mini bar, Modem / data port connection, Non-smoking rooms, Room service, Safe in room, Shaver in bathroom, Tea and coffee making facilities, Telephone, electronic key card, complimentary amenities and Valet service.

Amenities

  • WiFi
  • Airport shuttle
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
No smoking rooms/facilities
Concierge
Pet friendly
Elevators
Dining
Bar/Lounge
Restaurant
24 hour room service
Room service
Services
Business center
Laundry service
In-Room Safe
Tour desk
Meeting/Banquet facilities
Doctor on call
Currency exchange
Internet
WiFi
Transportation
Airport shuttle
Parking
Parking

Hotel Map

41.0047 28.9652
Area served
Istanbul.
Nearby airports
Ataturk Airport (IST).
Area description
Best Western Amber is a boutique hotel set in the oldest and most colorful district of Istanbul - still a functioning fishing village. It is in walking distance from the Grand Bazaar, Sultanahmet, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Top Kapi Palace.

Nearby points of interest

  • Kucuk Ayasofya Camii (Church of the Saints Sergius and Bacchus): 0.4 mi
  • Grand Bazaar: 0.4 mi
  • Istanbul University: 0.5 mi
  • Kapali Carsi: 0.5 mi
  • Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum (Turk ve Islam Eserleri Muzesi): 0.5 mi
  • Blue Mosque: 0.6 mi
  • Bosphorus Strait: 0.8 mi
  • Galata Bridge: 0.8 mi
  • Hagia Sophia: 0.8 mi
  • Basilica Cistern: 0.8 mi
  • Walls of Constantinople: 0.9 mi
  • Hodjapasha Cultural Center: 0.9 mi
  • Fatih Mosque and Complex (Fatih Camii ve Kulliyesi): 1 mi
  • Archaeology museum: 1 mi
  • Istanbul Archaeology Museum (Arkeoloji Muzesi): 1 mi
  • Kucuk Ayasofya Camii (Church of the Saints Sergius and Bacchus): 0.4 mi
  • Grand Bazaar: 0.4 mi
  • Istanbul University: 0.5 mi
  • Kapali Carsi: 0.5 mi
  • Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum (Turk ve Islam Eserleri Muzesi): 0.5 mi
  • Blue Mosque: 0.6 mi
  • Bosphorus Strait: 0.8 mi
  • Galata Bridge: 0.8 mi
  • Hagia Sophia: 0.8 mi
  • Basilica Cistern: 0.8 mi
  • Walls of Constantinople: 0.9 mi
  • Hodjapasha Cultural Center: 0.9 mi
  • Fatih Mosque and Complex (Fatih Camii ve Kulliyesi): 1 mi
  • Archaeology museum: 1 mi
  • Istanbul Archaeology Museum (Arkeoloji Muzesi): 1 mi
  • Miniaturk: 1 mi
  • Tünel: 1.1 mi
  • Topkapi Palace: 1.1 mi
  • Galata Tower: 1.5 mi
  • Golden Horn: 1.8 mi
  • Istanbul Modern Museum: 1.8 mi
  • Istanbul Modern: 1.9 mi
  • Maiden`s Tower: 2.1 mi
  • Suleymaniye Mosque: 2.2 mi
  • Kariye Museum (The Chora Church): 2.3 mi
  • Beyoglu: 2.5 mi
  • Atatürk Cultural Center: 2.8 mi
  • Rahmi M. Koc Museum: 2.8 mi
  • Haydarpaşa Terminal: 2.9 mi
  • Dolmabahce Palace: 3 mi
  • Spice Market: 3 mi
  • Eyup Sultan Mosque (Eyup Sultan Camii): 3.3 mi
  • Yildiz Park: 4 mi
  • Kadikoy: 4 mi
  • Ortakoy: 4.3 mi
  • The Bosphorus Bridge: 5.3 mi
  • Rumeli Hisarı: 7.2 mi
  • Rumeli Fortress: 7.6 mi
  • Sakip Sabanci Museum: 8 mi
  • Emirgan Park: 8.5 mi
  • Istanbul Aquarium: 9.1 mi
  • The Princes' Islands: 11.7 mi

Dining

BBQ Garden
Open air garden in the inner yard, authentic arrangement, wooden tables and chairs, flora, music. Food type - BBQ, International, Turkish. Open 24/7.
Marmara Panoramic restaurant
Semi indoor restaurant, located on the top floor. 360 degree breathtaking view. Intimate atmosphere, romantic decoration.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1400
Check-out:
1200

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use. All information has been provided by this hotel and not by Orbitz

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Guest Reviews (15)

Ratings and reviews for Best Western Amber Hotel

Overall score

4 / 5
5.01.0
15 out of 15
Amenities:
3.7
Room cleanliness:
4.5
Hotel staff:
4.7
Room comfort:
3.7
Location:
3.7
Value:
4.2

93% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Best Western Amber Hotel

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Landyabhai
Bakersfield CA
Feb 6, 2014

Too much noise from traffic outside room was not sound proof

Staff were courteous helpful. Breakfast items were average,

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
2
Location:
3
Value:
4
Review of Best Western Amber Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Sav01
Business
Kazakhstan
Dec 2, 2013

Great Stay

Nice boutique style hotel, good value for money. Excellent location in the heart of the old city. Breakfast was a bit boring if you're staying more than a couple of days although, again, was good value for money. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The rooms are tight but very comfortable with excellent comfortable beds and good quality bathrooms.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

The local restaurants will rip you off big time. They charge double what they advertise so you must be prepared to argue even over meals. Then, Dominos Pizza is close by if you get sick of arguing with local restaurateurs.

Review of Best Western Amber Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Faheem
Chicago, IL
Jan 15, 2013

Great Istanbul Hotel

We enjoyed our stay at Amber Hotel. The location was convenient to major attractions, service was great and the room comfortable and clean. The breakfast buffet had variety and a good view on top of the hotel. I would stay here again. Some may find the room a little small and the walk to the tram a little far but then if you want a closer similar hotel the price goes up significantly.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Shopping tip: Short walk from hotel

Grand Bazaar. Bargain Hard. You can get it for 30-50% of the price they quote you first.

Review of Best Western Amber Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Saurabh Verma
Birmingham, UK
Dec 13, 2012

good value, location & staff

Hotel has good location to prime spots, rooms are clean, staff is co-operative & helpful. Room & bathroom is small but sufficient enough. TV was small & old types but it really doesnt matter since news & music channel was enough for me. I like morning coffee so I carry sachets, on request i was provided a small kettle :-). Breakfast was good but cold at times. They also arranged a taxi for early hours flight. Location is walking distance to Blue Mosque, grand bazaar....spice market if you are good at directions and can walk for 20 min. They offered me boat tour which was quite expensive but I did everything on my own for a fraction of cost. In the end, loved my stay at the hotel.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
4
Money-saving tip: Long walk from hotel

Hotel offered (optional) Bisphorous trip incl lunch for €70. We found open bus tour for 20 Lira for 24 hrs or 30 Lira for 48 hours hop on hop off. you can do the boat trip for 10 Lira on your own form the pier.

Review of Best Western Amber Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
KKHS
New York, NY
Jul 20, 2012

Great find in the heart of the old city

This new, clean hotel was located in the heart of Sultanahmet, within walking distance (10-15 minutes) of the water, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, and other major attractions. It was a bit difficult to find at times as the roads are a bit windy in the old city, but its right near the Kumkapi train station and everyone knows the outdoor restaurant area known as Kumkapi which is right outside the hotel. If you plan to use public transport, please be aware that the hotel is down a pretty long hill from the tram stop (Beyazit - 10 minute walk). The rooms were a bit small, which is to be expected in the area, but they were clean and the bathroom was well appointed. The complimentary breakfast on the roof terrace was pretty extensive (get there early) and an excellent way to start the day. The staff were friendly, but kept trying to sell us the overpriced tour packages - no need for these, its easy to walk around and see everything on your own. Overall, and especially given the low price, this hotel is a great find in a great location.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
5
Money-saving tip: Not Applicable

Go to the Asia side (Uskudar from Kabatas) to catch the evening Bogaz Turu (Bosphorus tour) boat at 915pm (seasonal, check times). It was only 12TL and was not advertised anywhere else, and the hotel was not aware of this at all (they try to sell you overpriced dining/evening boat tours).

Review of Best Western Amber Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
de wanderer
usa
Jun 18, 2012

solid 3 star hotel notfar from attractions

great place and very nice staff! has a nice free breakfast, free internet, clean room (standard smaller european size) with comfortable bed. 10 minute walk up a big hill to tram and grand bizarre, and then from there not too far to the main attractions. situated on a semi-busy and sometimes noisy street, which didn't bother me. good value and great place over all!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
3
Value:
4
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

one block away in kumkapi there is a sq that has a lot of nice restaurants situated with fountain and outside seating. and a little further down are some sea front restaurants too.

Review of Best Western Amber Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
OC Renee
Orange County, CA
Jun 13, 2012

Good Value

Cons: Rooms are small (European-size). For an American like myself, definitely felt slightly cramped with my travel partner and the twin beds pushed up next to each other. No room to put your luggage except in alcove area so be warned if you pack heavy. Our shower drained very slowly, water came up past ankles. The hotel tended to it but we saw no difference. Smell of fish permeated the room (hotel is in a fishing town) for some of the time. Lots of noise outside (we had heard this was where the "escorts" were although we didn't see any or couldn't tell). Men everywhere, almost no women (strange). Rooftop had views of shanty-like housing. Pros: Attentive staff. Good breakfast spread daily. Booked a tour easily with hotel staff. They also gave good tips on how to get around. Clean rooms. Close to Grand Bazaar and tram that goes everywhere. Charming and quaint feel. Good value overall although I wouldn't stay here again because I can't stand the smell of fish.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Hole-in-the-wall walk-in eatery on corner is a must for authentic Turkish comfort food (not the usual kebabs and such).

Review of Best Western Amber Hotel

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Limey 63
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Jun 7, 2012

The Staff stood out more than the hotel!

The pictures are a little deceiving - front of hotel is not recognisable from picture. Room was VERY small - just fitted a queen bed and space to shuffle around. Bathroom facilities were good. Food for breakfast was OK - nothing special. The staff made the difference. The staff were very helpful. They were casual but responded to our every need and helped to interpret when needed. Around the corner - by the prison (Yes, I said prison) there are a lot of fish restaurants - to get a good cheap beer, go to the local bar opposite the front door of the prison, beer was half the price of the restaurants. Hotel was located in a fair location..... you have to walk up hill to get anywhere - so if you don't like hills, take a cab, they are reasonably priced. Transport to and from airport - take a cab, about $25 to $30 US. Would not recommend hotel to others unless they were backpacking or just wanted to do it cheap! Roof top of hotel looks out over thewater.... however you also look at all the roof tops of houses that look like they are falling apart and big seaguls hang out on the roof top too, expect to have some close calls with the birds when they come into land!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
2
Location:
3
Value:
3
Money-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

Cheap beer at the local bar on the street to the west of the hotel, opposit prison!!!!!

Review of Best Western Amber Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Gozel
Salt Lake City, Utah
May 19, 2012

Best Western was the best

Best Western was the best in my Turkey experience. Good quality of room, all amenities worked well, stuff of the hotel was very friendly and helpful. Good breakfast on the top floor with view of sea was pleasant. I will definitely stay again in this hotel next time in Istanbul.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
4
Shopping tip: Short walk from hotel

Grand Bazaar and many museums were very close to the hotel

Review of Best Western Amber Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
leo & family
Naples , Italy
Apr 25, 2011

Good experience of real life

Good positioned respect to most of the principal historical sites and the Bazar. The district is still a living district with real life and working places of small business. Most buildings are in reconstruction and are not a residential area !!! The personnel of the Hotel are very friendly and give you all held needed. Rooms are confortable, but very small !! Internet service is free and very fast.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
3
Value:
4
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

A number of typical sea food restaurants are very close to the hotel.

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