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Old City Esma Hostel

Divanyolu Cad No 17, Istanbul, Turkey
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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New Delhi, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

superb location of this hostel along. bang next to the blue mosque and all the happenings of the city. the grand bazar is also only a walk away. the rooms were very decent, clean and the shared bathroom was very hygienic too. free breakfast in the morning is an added +.

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Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

I stayed here in October of 2012 because my flight connecting flight was cancelled. I didn't have a hostel booked and my main priority was to have a hostel near public transportation. The Old City Esma didn't disappoint. It was a short two to three minute walk from the Sultanahmet tram stop. Very easy to get here from Ata-Turk airport.... More 

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Miami, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

I originally chose this hostel because of the great reviews and price. I would not recommend staying here for an extended period of time. There was always a long wait for the bathrooms (of the four bathrooms only one had consistent hot water). REALLY loud music almost every night (we were on the third floor). Tiny room (2 beds) with... More 

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Lund, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

Spent 5 great days in Istanbul and this hostel was definitely a part of this amazing experience. Very friendly people (and super nice owners, Anna Karenina says hi!), clean facilities, nice breakfasts. When we arrived we booked double room with shared bathroom but got an upgrade for 2 double beds and a private bathroom. Location is fantastic, you can have... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

Hostel is very colorful and cosy.Very clean,nice bathrooms.Nice terrace with a beautiful view.Loved it from the first minute.The location is honestly great , but still the best here is... the staff : Kerem ,Serhan,Fatih,Yavuz,Havva and Nino.Thank you all ,very much, for your hospitality and kindness ,you make Turkey proud ! Had real fun times and very good memories .D r... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013 via mobile

Had nothing but a good experience with this hostel and the staff. Free breakfast (bread, spreads, fruit, boiled eggs etc.), free WIFI, great location at budget price and very helpful staff. While I was travelling throughout Turkey (before returning back to Istanbul), a staff member gave me his contact details just in case I got into any trouble. Staff were... More 

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Gurgaon, Haryana, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

Cant get a better location for this price. literally a stones throw away from every major istanbul sight. Rooms are a bit cramped, but thats ok cause in this part of town you cant ask for anythign better. tho for a long stay would recommend to just stay on the asian side.

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Stockholm, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

Pros: Amazing helpful staff, very friendly. Best location in town, both for Aya Sofia and the tram stop. Average turkish breakfast. Great mood at common area on roof top. Cons: Not recommend this hostel for private rooms ensuite, very low cleanliness and stinky toilets. Separate building for the private rooms. Bottom line: Great bet for dorms and meet backpackers. Not... More 

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Gorgan, Iran
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

The hostel location is very nice in the old city center of Istanbul. the prices are also fair! the on-roof bar for the breakfast is a fantastic place and the interior design is beautiful. but the beds and the bathroom are not very high quality. the staff are friendly and kind.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

Stayed in old city esma hotel at the beginning of December, within walking distance of major tourist spots in Sultanahmet, free breakfast and wifi, definitely helped me keep within a budget and save more money for souvenirs and attractions. Really enjoyed my stay there, rooms and shared bathrooms were clean, staff were friendly and helpful. Only complaint was the creaky... More 

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Sultanahmet
With so many unmissable attractions within a mere stroll of each other – and all set around the site of an ancient Byzantine hippodrome – Sultanahmet is an overwhelmingly popular tourist destination, and a prime location for visitors to be wowed on a truly epic scale. Beyond the wonders of the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and more, this relatively small area of Istanbul somehow manages to retain an air of peace and calm. It offers visitors a significantly less celebrated but nonetheless pleasant network of quaint lanes and side streets, majestic panoramas of the Bosphorus, and an impressive assortment of accommodation options for all budgets and tastes.
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