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“Great spot for exploring the city” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Old City Hostel

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Old City Hostel
Ranked #35 of 1,173 Speciality Lodging in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Vilnius, Lithuania
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great spot for exploring the city”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2014

I stayed in Old City Hostel for 3 nights and found it very good, in a convenient location, with a helpful staff. Although finding it in one of the alleys might be slightly confusing, all in all the hostel is easy to reach by tram. The important tourist attractions, such as Hagia Sofia, the Grand Bazaar or Galata Tower are all within a walking distance (or reachable by tram). Taksim square with all the bars is also quite easy to get to from the hostel. The administration speaks good English and they offer a shuttle service to the airport, in case your flight starts in the early morning hours.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Oxford, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2014 via mobile

Was a bit cold at night but i was wearing shorts... Everything was really good otherwise! Decent breakfast, great location, and nice people :)) The room's very clean and the bed is comfy. And their shower is amazing -- had the best one in a while.

Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2014

I came to Istanbul for the first time in February 2014 and had a great time staying at Old City Hostel. Not to be confused with the hotel, the Hostel is clean, inexpensive, very close to many tourist sites in Sultanahmet, and run by very friendly management. Rifaat provided me with excellent suggestions about how to plan my days, and was always incredibly friendly. As a young woman traveling alone, I always felt safe and taken care of in this hostel, both in terms of security (I could lock my valuables up in a locker) and by the friendliness of the staff.

The cafe is also quite inexpensive but offers the same food as the more highly priced restaurants up and down the road.

I highly recommend this gem to anyone looking to spend their money on experiences and not on an expensive hotel. Even though I traveled off season, I still met fellow travelers from Lithuania, Scotland, and more in just a few days. Be sure to book ahead in the summer, as it fills up quickly.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Aparna R
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Ithaca, New York
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11 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2014 via mobile

No grunge here. This hostel is clean and tidy and located minutes away from the Blue Mosque. Additionally, it is very easy and cheap to get here from the airport - just take the subway and tram. Staff is eager to help you settle in and provide excellent recommendations for your trip!

Stayed February 2014, travelled solo
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2014

I have been to Istanbul four times and keep returning to Old City Hostel where you are always guaranteed a warm welcome. The staff are fantastic. Always willing to help and make time to talk to you. The rooms are lovely and clean and each bed feels like its own private little room with electricity available right next to your bed and a reading lamp. There are lockers in your room so you feel your luggage and belongings are always safe and secure. The location is also fantastic. The hostel is central to all you could wish to see and if you want to travel further then there are excellent travel options within a few meters of the hostel.

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank susiebisset
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Tehran, Iran
1 review
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2013

Hey this is Negar from Iran :)
finally I'm writing my review,
I stayed for 3 night and I had lots of fun,very nice host ( Staff is great! :) ) warm and nice to chit chat,good English speaking and helpful :)
the location is really good in old part of city ,5 minutes to everything,nice alley full of restaurants in neighbor,very close to tram stop, rooms are a bit smaller that is shown in pics but still good :),night light and closet near the bed,
you won't regret, I promise.
and one thing! try to go on RAMAZAN( month), the city never sleeps, and it is really safe
I really miss Istanbul and Old city hostel ;)
Thank you

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Negar g
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Dompierre-les-Ormes, Bourgogne, France
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2013

A lovely hostel, very clean and newly decorated dorms with lovely modern feel. Fantastic location right in the heart of the city, very easy to get to from the tram stop outside the blue mosque. Very friendly and helpful staff.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Chloe_cub
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Property: Old City Hostel
Address: Alemdar Mah. Bestekar Osman Sk No:9 | Divanyolu Cad,Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34600, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #35 of 1,173 Speciality Lodging in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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