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Old City Hostel
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Reviewed September 15, 2013

I booked this Hostel for one night when i went to Istanbul. But after staying there for one night, i immediately booked it for the remaining of the trip (i am always cautious when booking Hostels, they are either a hit or a miss). Firstly the rooms and beds were clean and comfortable, they clean the rooms and change sheets daily. The location was excellent, i was 5 minutes walk away from pretty much everything, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar, Spice Market, Gellata Bridge, etc (except Takseem Square, you need to take the train there). The best part was the staff and the atmosphere. The hostel staff was extremely helpful in guiding, they warned me about the ripoffs and also told me about the best places to do my shopping (saved at least 50% on some stuff). Plus when i just wanted to relax, i came downstairs and sipped tea and played backgammon with other people and the staff and had a great time. On the last note, even if they don't advertise it, the food they offer is much better and cheaper than some of the fancy restaurants. Can't wait to go back there.
A little secret, ask the Hotel Manager Tarik to make fresh lemonade, it's delicious....

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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2  Thank Talib_Sharif
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Reviewed September 12, 2013 via mobile

This place has twice been our haunt on trips through Turkey, it is a little more on the quiet side as a hostel, which I prefer, but there are restuarants just across the street that keep going till the night is late.
The rooms and bathrooms have always been nice and clean, although they are a little small.
On the return of this trip we came into Istanbul at 6am, so they allowed us to leave our bags at the hostel for the day even the we weren't staying for the night.
This may not be the most economical place to stay but it is in a nice location, just two minutes walk from the Metro station Sultanahmet. Enjoy Istanbul.

  • Stayed: September 2013
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2  Thank ClaytonHelmuth
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Reviewed September 8, 2013

Though it may be better equipped compared to other hostels around, it was not that a comfortable place to stay at. I should admit that it was clean enough but the attached bathroom was smelly. Another problem is the staff. One day a guy, who claimed that he was working for the restaurant downstairs, tried to get in the room and take one of the beds to take a nap. Of course I said no because I did not know who he was and it may cause a security problem. How can that kind of thing can happen in an average hostel? Oh, the breakfast was very poor.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled solo
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1  Thank J Hoon K
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Reviewed September 5, 2013

Old City Hostel is in the heart of Sultanahmet Old City Istanbul and at most 10 mins away from the Old City attractions. Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Basilica Cistern, Hippodrome, Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar and many museums are around the hostel.

The dorms are clean, comfortable and cozy. The bar is active 24 hours a day.

And good price for beer ;)

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank TARIK_TEMELKOK
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Reviewed August 26, 2013

We stayed at the Old City Hostel at the beginning and end of a trip around Turkey. When we returned for the second time it was like coming home :) All of the staff were incredibly welcoming and generous - we had great fun drinking and doing shisha with Tarik and Rifat :)

There are two great areas to socialise - the roof top terrace (with and view of the blue mosque) and the downstairs bar where you can sit and soak up the atmosphere of Istanbul.

The rooms were clean and comfortable and the breakfast was great. The location was superb - very close to all of the main sights.

If you are looking for somewhere friendly, safe and sociable... the Old City Hostel is the place for you!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Millie D
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