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The Ambassador Hotel

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Excellent customer service. The staff were warm and hospitable, no regrets whatsoever. They made our stay in Istanbul a memorable one. Makes us want to go back again. See you next time.

Great location. The staff is very friendly and nice.

Being across from the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque or the Sultan Ahmet Camii as most Turks call it, and adjacent to the Cistern made the location of the Ambassador an excellent value. The roof top terrace restaurant also overlooked these beautiful sites with a wonderful view of the Bosphorus as well. A bonus of being so close to the water was getting to see seagulls up close perched on the terrace roof and they are huge birds. The front desk staff of Yildirim and Sinan accommodated us by providing an electric adapter for our US electronics, a bus/tram rechargeable card, and helped us confirm arrangements over the phone with various tour and shuttle services. The help with the phone calls was invaluable as it allowed for pin point instructions with times and locations and nothing was lost in translation as we didn't speak a word of Turkish and accents can be problematic. The backroom staff of Bayram (porter) and Sezgin (restaurant waitstaff) further made our trip pleasant with just enough conversation. The only drawback to the stay was the bathroom moisture extraction fan being inadequate and as a result it left an unpleasant moldy smell. An issue easily remedied by open windows in the warmer months, but we visited in the winter. It was a great value for the location and we will strongly consider The Ambassador on our next visit to Istanbul.

Great location, great staff, close to all attractions and shopping centers

It took us a while to find the hotel as it's hidden in a valley. However, it's at a great spot, at most 150 meters after you get off the tram station at Sultanahmet. You pass through a few cute restaurants and find your self in this hotel. The hotel is small, smaller than what you can see from the pictures. However, we were completely happy with our stay here. We booked a triple room and were actually given a room with 4 beds, which made up for the inconvenience that a smaller room could have given us. Our room was at the 5th floor, top floor, and right across from the dining room, which connects to the roof-top terrace. My husband does ink sketches as a hobby and this terrace was the perfect spot for him and other normal people's photo taking (like me :#). You get a beautiful view of the Blue Mosque and the Haghia Sophia. The morning breakfast to us, was very Turkish and we tried our best to taste everything, and we loved it. The nice kitchen lady made us omelet, and the Turkish melon was so sweet and mouth watering. One of the hotel manager grew up in the US then returned to Turkey, so he spoke very good English and was very nice to us. We stayed for one night at this hotel, went on a cruise the next day, and returned to Istanbul after 11 days. At that time, I found out that I needed to apply for Turkish visa again in order to disembark, but using the internet on the cruise ship was too inconvenient. So we came back to the hotel #since they are so close to the major attractions), and asked the managers where we could find an Internet Café with a computer and a printer. And they let us use the hotel's! Long story short, they gave us the one thing - convenience, wen we needed it the most, even when we were no longer staying at the hotel. So I'm giving the score of 5 to share the good experience, express my gratitude, and we will definitely stay there again!

I picked this hotel based on reviews online. The location is ideal, very helpful and hardworking staff. great view of the blue mosque from the terrace breakfast area. Wish the hotel rooms were bigger. Came to know that even the high priced hotel rooms are small. Some of the bathroom fixtures were old, wish there was more table space in the room to keep your things.

This is a charming - small - lovely hotel is close to major sites in Sultanahmet area of Istanbul - close to Blue Mosque - Hagia Sophia - Basilica Cistern - lots of restaurants in area - shopping - please go to Aresta Bazaar behind Blue Mosque - great shops ----The staff is wonderful at Ambassador Hotel - Breakfast served on top of the hotel on patio - gorgeous view of Blue Mosque!!!! Breakfast includes pancakes - waffles - juices - coffee - tea- and breads - plus more ---afternoon tea in the bar area with snacks - also spa on lower level for relaxing massages- could not ask for more -----rooms are small but pretty much all of Europe is like this!

This is very clean hotel with friendly staff, and nice view of the Sultan Ahmet mosque and Hagia Sofia from breakfast area. Its within 5 min walk to notable historical sites an Sultan Ahmet tram station. Would highly recommend this hotel.

Ticarethane Cikmazi No 19 Istanbul Istanbul

Hotel highlights

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

Located in Old City, The Ambassador Hotel is adjacent to Basilica Cistern and within a 5-minute walk of other popular sights like Hagia Sophia. This 3.5-star hotel has 22 guestrooms and offers a full-service spa, free in-room WiFi, and a rooftop terrace. Centrally located in Istanbul, the hotel is also a short walk from Cagaloglu Hamami and Hippodrome.


Start your day off right with a free buffet breakfast, served each morning from 7:30 AM to 10 AM. In addition to a restaurant that serves breakfast and dinner, you can also enjoy a drink at the pub. Order from 24-hour room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room.


All of The Ambassador Hotel's 22 air-conditioned rooms provide minibars, coffee makers, and free bottled water. Plasma TVs come with satellite channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Bathrooms offer rainfall showers, hair dryers, and free toiletries. Laptop-compatible safes are also included.

Property features

A full-service spa, a sauna, and a rooftop terrace are featured at The Ambassador Hotel. Airport transportation is made easy with an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for EUR 25 per vehicle one way. The 24-hour front desk has multilingual staff ready to assist with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this spa hotel include free WiFi in public areas, a computer station, and a library.

Room options

Standard Single Room, 1 Double Bed

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Standard Twin Room

Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Standard Triple Room

Full 1 | Twin 3 | Sleeps 3

Deluxe Double Room, 1 King Bed

King 1 | Sleeps 2