First, the positive things: The hotel is pretty well located, about a 20-minute tram ride to the main tourist area. It's in a pretty nice neighborhood. The (small) rooms are clean and some have nice views of spectacular mosques. In the context of the prices of other Istanbul hotels, the value is pretty good. Some of the people who work there are very nice and helpful
Real Problems: Some of the people at the front desk are rude and extremely unhelpful. When a friend of mine, a Turkish-speaking local, called and asked to speak to me, the person at the front desk refused to look up the room that I was in and connect her to me and hung up on her.
The "business center" is pretty inadequate. There are 2 computers but one was broken the entire week that I was there and the working was was so obsolete as to be difficult to use at times. It was hard to use it also because with only one computer, there was a long line. The line was longer because hotel staff members used it to chat on Skype while guests waited. The hotel tried to steer me towards the buffet breakfast without mentioning that, while it is complimentary for most people, it is a whopping (and hugely overpriced) 20 euros for people who book through Orbitz. It's also the only hotel in that price range that I know of that reuses the boxes for the soaps in the bathroom (sanitary?).
In all, the location is pretty good and value is pretty good, but there are real issues to be aware of. And probably not the best place if you need to do business (have access to a fax machine or scanner) or if you want access to the internet through a hotel computer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Recently renovated in 2016. Ramada Istanbul Old City is next to Findikzade Tram Stopand the hotel offers rooms with free Wi-Fi and a flat-screen TV. Facilities include a restaurant and a bar. The air-conditioned rooms at Ramada Istanbul Old City are decorated with warm colours and wooden furniture. All rooms have a work desk, complimentary tea/coffee facilities, a minibar and an en suite bathroom. Some rooms have a spacious seating area. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ramada Istanbul Old City Hotel Istanbul
- Istanbul Ramada