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Ramada Istanbul Old City
Ranked #395 of 1,129 Hotels in Istanbul
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“OK Hotel w problems”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2011

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.

Room Tip: Higher floors have bigger rooms. Low floor facing front faces a crowded and noisy street.
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2011

A not-so-big hotel in a good location that affords a fantastic view of Istanbul from its dining room and terrace. The breakfasts were very excellent with many varieties of food.

Room Tip: We had no problem with street noise. The room was small and its so-called king-size bed was more li...
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2011

This hotel is 20 minutes or so by tram from Sultanamet, the Blue Mosque area. Costs 2 lire to get there, tram stop right outside. Breakfast generally has FRUIT, something that is wonderful in Turkey, yet often poorly served at buffet breakfasts, in my experience. Has a cafe and bar/restaurant that I did not try but others liked, and there is an excellent cheap restaurant across the road, and just down the intersection. ATM maybe 400 metres up the road. Very cheap "fast food" Turkish style restaurant next door. Fruit shops all round. I was there 3 nights, on two visits, but as I was part of a group, I can't comment on room rates. Room windows are double glazed, noise is not an issue. Had both a second floor room and a sixth floor. Cafe has a range of pastries and has a real coffee machine.

Room Tip: Some rooms have once been used as smoking, and if you are very sensitive, you can tell. But perhaps...
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Mn
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2011

This hotel is located on the outer edge of "Old City" but the tram runs directly in front of it so it is quick & easy to get to the historic sights.
I booked it through a discount website so breakfast was not included. Although it is good, it is very expensive ($20) for a buffet of only average selection.
The staff is very accommodating & speak English well.

  • Stayed September 2011
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2011

After staying in a couple of places in Turkey that did not meet my expectations, this hotel was great. The staff were very friendly and spoke very good English. They went out of their way to be helpful. Turkish bath was really good and worth doing. Just make sure you specify non smoking as they do have smoking rooms/floors.

I Would stay there again.

  • Stayed September 2011
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Cairo, Egypt
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2011

I have stayed at Ramada old city four times, twice for business and twice for leisure.
On the business trips, although it's a 4star hotel, yet the business center is reliable and fully equipped, wi-fi in all rooms and meeting rooms were fully equipped (air condition, sound, light, projector and a very rich coffee break)

As for leisure, the hotel staff were extremly helpful, 100% garateed to be clean, very comfi beds and pillows, LCD and minibar. Bathrooms are extra clean with hot and cold water. (unlike many 4star hotels in Istanbul, this one is 100% reliable for being clean and comfi beds).
The only issue is that the rooms are kinda small, so if you are Big&Tall, ask for a superior room.

Breackfast is very rich including all sorts of bread, eggs, hot and cold varieties and juices and coffee or tea and the service is very fast and people are very friendly and polite.

The location is a bit far from the historical area (20mins tram ride) but compensated with bus station, taxi stop and tram station litrary at the door step, in addition to the option of the yellow minibusses passing by the doorstep. The area of findikzade is alive, with plenty of groceries and supermarkets for water and treats shopping, in addition to a large and good shopping mall just at the adjacent back street (u cant miss it).

This is a 100% recommended hotel especially for elder people not tolerating bad service, hard beds or uncleanliness.
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Room Tip: - ask for rooms overlooking the backstreet and higher floor to avoid noise if you opened the window...
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  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with friends
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Aberdeen, Scotland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2011

Excellent location close to the main attractions. Great view from the restaurant. Rooms were a little on the small side but were clean and well maintained.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
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Property: Ramada Istanbul Old City
Address: Millet Caddesi No: 82 | Fındıkzade, Istanbul 34093, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#132 Spa Hotel in Istanbul
#265 Luxury Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Ramada Istanbul Old City 4*
Number of rooms: 108
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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