Best Western Empire Palace Hotel is an elegant 4-star property offering comfortable accommodation in the heart of Istanbul. Highlights include free Wi-Fi, onsite dining, a steam room, sauna and a great location steps from Gulhane Park. Sirkeci is a bustling district home to the major train station, Istanbul Sirkeci Terminal, which was originally constructed as the eastern terminus of the Orient Express. The area surrounding it now largely caters to tourists and features many hotels and restaurants. Nearby places of interest include Topkapi Palace (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Gulhane Park and the old sea walls along the Golden Horn and the Sea of Marmara. Sirkeci and Gulhane tram stops are located in the vicinity, providing fast and easy access to other popular Istanbul destinations. The hotel occupies a 17th-century Ottoman palace featuring a classic, white facade with decorative stonework, arched windows on the ground floor and an elegant, columned entrance. Facilities include a steam room, sauna and massage treatment rooms. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the premises. Standard rooms are decorated in a classic style with warm colours, patterned fabrics, parquet flooring and wood furniture. Amenities include air-conditioning, cable TV, a mini-bar, work desk, safe, tea and coffee equipment and a marble en-suite bathroom featuring complimentary toiletries. The Terrace Restaurant offers delicious regional cuisine and stunning views of the Bosphorus, whilst guests can enjoy light meals, drinks and snacks throughout the day in the lobby or at the Garden Pub & Cafe. A buffet breakfast is provided every morning and there are plenty of dining opportunities in the vicinity. The hotel provides 24-hour reception, concierge and room service. Chargeable parking is possible nearby.