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Old City Viva Hotel
Ranked #621 of 1,159 Hotels in Istanbul
Reviewed 5 August 2014

As most of the other reviewers have suggested the greatest asset of the hotel is its location. Most of the well-known attractions are within 10-15 minutes walking distance while the tram station is only 3 minutes away.

The hotel itself is old but it is in good condition. The staff were very helpful even though their English are very basic. The rooms are small but no smaller than other hotels I have stayed in Instabul. WiFi is free. The breakfast is basic but comes in big portions.

It is a good choice for the travellers who want to exlpore the old-city.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 20 July 2014

We stayed here for two nights. We stay at this hotel due to its location and convenience. It is walking distance to most of the tourist attractions in Fatih/Sultanahmet district (i.e., Topkapi Palace (6 minutes), Hagia Sophia (12 minutes), Blue Mosque (18 minutes), Grand Bazaar (15 minutes), Spice Bazaar (15 minutes) [varies by your walking speed.]). There are a lot of restaurants and dessert bar to choose from if you choose to stay here (5 minutes away from Hafiz Mustafa 1864).The room was much smaller than the image they posted on the website we made our reservations (2 single bed rooms). If you come here via the Kadikoy-Eminönü boat, it only take approximately 8 minutes to get here (if you know where the hotel is.) The breakfast they provide in the morning (free, included in the payment) makes the cut -- not a lot of things to choose from, but good enough! Stay here if you want to be close to everything!

Room Tip: Rooms ending with a '2' have a good view of the streets below (it faces the metro tracks...
  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 May 2014

The hotel is in Sirkeci, which is a great location both for the historical centre of Istanbul and for starting to explore the bigger city, because all the transportation is really close. We stayed there in a triple room (3 adults) in the beginning of May 2014. The room was actually equipped with 1 double bed and 2 single beds. The room was tiny but clean, everyday cleaning was ok also. The shower fixation was a bit broke, and we did not use air-co, a hair dryer and flat tv, but they were in the room as well. Even a small fridge we had. Windows had dimming curtains. Wi-fi worked well on the 4th floor. Breakfast was ok, not too rich, but one could choose different stuff to eat. The staff was really friendly, spoke understandable English, somewhat Russian. The bigger minus is the noise from the tram which is actually pretty quiet, but its turning point is right near the hotel, so it made some noise up to midnight. Earplugs did solve the problem. Overall a very pleasent stay.

Room Tip: Some rooms have balconies, but our didn't have one.
  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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1  Thank M00nshade
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Reviewed 12 May 2014

The location of this hotel is great, very close to old city attractions and Sirkeci tram stop. The room was tiny, no space for anything besides the bed. Breakfast spread was adequate. Staff was not helpful at all, didn't give us any tips.

It was quite noisy at night. But that's old city for you. I would like to contrast many people saying old city is dead at night and tourists should stay in Taksim. Even though the area is not very active, the advantage of being so close to old city trumps everything else. It's a 15 minute pleasant walk to all major attractions, compared to long tram/funicular ride from Taksim. Also gives time to come back to the room for a small nap in the afternoon and then go back to old city.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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1  Thank CaliHopper
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Reviewed 24 April 2014

Small hotel and rooms are okay. Close to city and walking distance to the Mosque and restaurants. Ataruk airport is ~30 min and Mr. Victori is nice and gave us free transfer. Breakfast is okay not bad to start the day.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 April 2014

I agree the location advantages. However, disadvantages are overweighing. Too much noisy, many areas need renovation. Breakfast is not so attractive and very narrow area makes it almost a torture to get few things on your plate. If you spent 50 TRYs more per person you can find much more comfortable good otels nearby. I wouldn't choose The same hotel if go to same place again. They do not have a parking place for your car and they do not offer a solution for parking.

Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 January 2014

It was so nice days , location is nice ,, and nice place to spend your time with your family ,,

i highly recommend the hotel regarding the Location, places you can visit and much additional stuff to do around ,,, :)

Regards,
Anas

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Address: Hoca Pasa Mah. Orhaniye Cad. No:20 Sirkeci, Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #621 of 1,159 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range: £25 - £44 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Old City Viva Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 20
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