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Best Western Empire Palace

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We had a wonderful time. Rooms were clean and comfort. The staff were amazing. Mr. Irfan was so nice and helpful and took care for us offeeing a good and quite room. Mr. Ali great person and helpful. We felt really great and welcome. The hotel had a great location. Tram was near. Everything was near...restaurants, coffees, bars & shops. It was perfect for our weekend😊

The most I liked in this place was the staff . They were very helpful. Mr Irfan's Smile made us feel so welcomed, his help and support was unbelievable. The same goes for the rest of the staff.Breakfast was away better than expected. . Location was perfect, both the tramway and the metro are very near .

Magnificent staff & lovely place to stay in With great location near to all tourism attraction sites & 2 mints walk from 2 Tram station within a walking distance from the Blue mosque & Aya sofyia & ...... With clean room & nice breakfast Lovely helpful & friendly staff special shout to Erfan, Ali & Suliman I stay there for 13 days & I really felt at home Thanks for the great stay

We stayed 3 nights at Best Western Empire Palace They let us checked in early. We were at the property as early as10am. The location was strategic. Only few meters away from Gulhane station and further down is Sirkeci station. Easy walking to Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace. Near shops and restaurants. Rooms are clean. Bathroom are big. We were in room 505 and 506. Special thank you to Sulaiman, Ali Taman and everybody at Best Western Empire Palace for making our stay a memorable one.

You cannot ask for a better location. Very close to the tram station, metro station, bosphorous, market, blue mosque, topkapi palace, grand bazaar and spice bazaar. The list goes on so you can imagine how convenient it is. The rooms are big enough. The reception is helpful especially one Mr. Sulayman. They will try and sell you some tour packages. Advise is that you may cheaper options right outside the hotel so shop around before committing. The breakfast is great and you will see variety if you are staying for more than 2-3 days. There is a waitress at the restaurant who for some reason seems a little impatient. The minute your plate is a little empty, she just comes and picks the plate . Although this did not happen to me as i deliberately always left something on my plate when i saw her doing this, but saw her doing this at various tables.

This hotel has the perfect location. Just a few minutes walk from the Gulhane tram stop and short walk from all the major historical sites in Sultanahment area. The hotel had very nice clean rooms, good tasting breakfast with a wonderful variety. The guest relations officer Sulaiman is extremely pleasant and helpful. There was a little glitch in our rooms as we booked twin beds but got a double but he was quick to help us out and even gave a free airport transfer the cover it up. Overall this hotel is definitely recommended for anyone who would like to stay in Istanbul near Sultanahmet area.

An enjoyable stay, friendly and helpful service and I would certainly stay here again while in Istanbul. Reception so helpful I will came again Location is near every where Turkish bath is so clean and room is so comfortable

I will recommend this hotel. The staff is very friendly specially yasin and ali. The breakfast was good. Very good location near the tram and walkable distance to blue mosque and eminonu. We( 2 adults and 1 infant )booked a superior standard room but unfortunately it was small and yasina and ali helped us get more spacious superior room. In all it was a pleasant stay. Thw shuttle or taxi uber or careem will not stop exactly infront if hotel due to the tram lines which prohibit vehicles to stop ob road. You will have to walk around 50m.

This hotel is perfect for someone on a budget. My wife and I stayed here during our recent visit to Istanbul and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The hotel is very centrally situated, walking distance from major attractions like Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern, Grand Bazaar and Spice Bazaar. For further attractions, the closest tramway station is a mere 50 meters walk. Staff are very friendly and very helpful. The breakfast buffet is amazing, we would just recommend that you go earlier in the morning rather than later as our experience was that certain of the items on the table are not refilled/replaced when replenished. All and all, a great stay though, especially from a location point of view.

English: i had a trip to Istanbul at September 2017 and reserved this hotel for 5 nights. location of hotel is best to see the historical zones, i love the street and region that hotel located and the behavior of hotel's personnel was very good. they were respectful & friendly. but we had chosen bigger room(by travel agency not hotel) and we get superior single room for two adults(16 m^2) ...and i think that payed money for this room is little expensive. the breakfast of hotel was good. thanks from hotel's employees. Note: sorry for my bad English. Farsi: فارسي: در ماه سپتامبر(شهريور) در اين هتل به مدت 5 شب اقامت كردم. موقعيت مكاني هتل براي هدف سفر ما(بيشتر ديدن آثار تاريخي) خيلي مناسب بود. ايستگاه تراموا خيلي نزديك بود. محله شب‌ها آرامش داشت و شلوغ نبود و خواب راحتي داشتيم. تخت دو نفره هتل مقداري كوچيك بود. پرسنل هتل مودب؛ صميمي و احترام‌گذاشتن‌شون عاري از ريا بود(به نظر من) صبحانه هتل خوب؛ نظافت اتاق‌ها خيلي خوب. در مورد قيمت اتاق هم فكر كنم مقداري آژانس كم‌لطفي كرد و با اون پولي كه پرداختيم مي‌تونستيم اتاق بهتر يا حداقل با هزينه كمتر اين اتاق رو بگيريم. از كاركنان هتل هم تشكر مي‌كنم.

Hocapasa Mah. Hudavendigar Cad. 17/19 Istanbul Istanbul

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Basilica Cistern and Hagia Sophia
  • Free buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi and wired Internet in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining

Located in Old City, Best Western Empire Palace is within a 10-minute walk of popular sights such as Basilica Cistern and Hagia Sophia. This 40-room, 4-star hotel has free breakfast, free in-room WiFi, and a 24-hour business center. It's in central Istanbul and also a short walk from Grand Bazaar and Hippodrome.


Start your day off right with a free buffet breakfast, served each morning from 7:30 AM to 10:30 AM. Enjoy a bite to eat at the hotel's bistro, or relax with a drink at the bar/lounge. Order from 24-hour room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room, get a quick pick-me-up at the coffee shop/café, and mingle with other guests at the free daily manager's reception.


All 40 individually decorated rooms feature minibars, coffee makers, and free local calls. LED TVs come with satellite channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi and wired Internet. Tempur-Pedic beds sport premium bedding and pillow menus, and bathrooms offer hair dryers and designer toiletries. Free bottled water, laptop-compatible safes, and desks are also available.

Property features

Guests of Best Western Empire Palace enjoy a sauna, free WiFi in public areas, and conference space. There's discounted offsite parking, and an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for TRY 210 per vehicle roundtrip. Multilingual staff at the 24-hour front desk can assist with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Additional amenities include a 24-hour business center, coffee/tea in a common area, and express check-in.

Room options

Standard Room, 1 Double Bed, Non Smoking

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Standard Room, 3 Twin Beds, Non Smoking

Twin 3 | Sleeps 3

Standard Room, 2 Twin Beds, Non Smoking

Twin 2 | Sleeps 4

Deluxe Room, 1 Queen Bed, Non Smoking, Refrigerator

Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

86% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 1552 reviews