Lapis Inn Hotel Old City ( Ex.Ambassador Hotel)

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Why We Love This Hotel

  • Past guests and reviewers all praise the fantastic views from the rooftop terrace
  • The hotel is close to Istanbul's top sights, including the Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern & Hagia Sophia
  • Guests get free breakfast & free Wi-Fi
  • There's a spa, a restaurant, a Turkish bath & a 24-hour fitness centre within the hotel


The Ambassador Hotel is in the centre of Istanbul, a 5-minute walk from the spectacularly decorated dome of the iconic Blue Mosque -- "Istanbul's most photogenic building", according to Lonely Planet.

The boutique hotel is in the heart of Sultanahmet, opposite the tram stop, putting it in an ideal spot for visiting the city's top attractions. The Basilica Cistern is a 5-minute walk from the hotel, and the Hagia Sophia is a 10-minute walk. The Guardian says the hotel is "very handy for all the main sights", adding that "the friendly staff are a joy".

Features include a spa, a restaurant, a Turkish bath and a 24-hour fitness centre. All guests get a free buffet breakfast. The hotel's rooftop terrace, where breakfast is served, turns into a bar for afternoon and evening drinks. The Daily Telegraph describes the views as "fabulous", while National Geographic says "the view alone is worth it". The lobby bar serves local wines and fresh pastries.

Guest rooms have free Wi-Fi, satellite TV, slippers and tea- and coffee-making facilities. Upgrade to a Deluxe Room for a larger bathroom with a Jacuzzi, a bottle of wine and a fruit basket.

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  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Roof terrace
  • Sauna / Steam Room
  • Spa
  • Extra beds (fees apply)
  • 100% smoke-free


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour room service
  • Airport transfer (fees apply)
  • Beauty treatments / massages (fees apply)
  • Concierge service
  • Express check-in / checkout
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Safe in reception (fees apply)

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Mini bar
  • Safe
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas


  • Hair-dryer
  • Slippers


Check-in: Standard Time is 1pm.

Checkout: Standard Time is 12pm.

Pets: Pets not allowed

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details:

Know Before You Go

  • This property offers transfers from the airport (surcharges may apply). Guests must contact the property with arrival details before travel, using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
  • Reservations are required for massage services and spa treatments. Reservations can be made by contacting the hotel prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
  • Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.
  • The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.


The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Airport shuttle fee: EUR 60 per vehicle (one-way)
  • Rollaway bed fee: EUR 48.0 per night

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Debit cards not accepted

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Customer Service available Mon-Sun, 9am-9pm ET

Winner: People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Customer Service

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

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