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Seres Old City
Ranked #298 of 1,163 Hotels in Istanbul
Reviewed June 16, 2014

We were two couples who stayed here and thoroughly enjoyed the location and the great service from the very helpful staff. Walk to all major attractions. There is a rooftop breakfast/ dinner restaurant, with fantastic views over the city and harbour. Tram stops at the door, but we didn't need to use it-walking is what this old city is all about. Sports bar across the bar and restaurants everywhere.

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank BillPerth53
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Reviewed June 5, 2014

Just back from four nights saying in the Seres Hotel. As every other review says the location of this hotel cannot be beaten. It is slap bang in the middle of everything, five or ten minutes walk from all the main sights that you will want to visit. It is right on the main tram line so you can cross the city easily to reach Dolmabahce Palce too.

The area is bustling with lots of tourists walking about. At night it always felt safe. There are many restaurants nearby so there is plenty of choice.

Sirkeci Railway Station is around the corner making day trips out of the city very 'do-able'.

Check in/out was speedy and efficient.

Room was very small, but adequate. There is so much to see and do in Istanbul that you will not be spending too much time here. It was absolutely spotless, the bedlinen was crisp and fresh. The bed, and pillows, were very comfortable too. The room was very, very warm and the air-con wouldn't go lower than 16 degrees. However, we discovered that the mini-bar was really throwing out a lot of heat from the vent at the back so we used to plug that out every night which really helped cool the room.

Breakfast was ok, nice coffee. The views from the terrace dining room were fantastic. If you like cold meats, cheese etc for breakfast then you might be happy. However, if you like cereals, toast, croissants and fresh orange juice then I'm afraid you will be a bit disappointed. The cereals were not too nice, the orange juice was most unusual as you had to dilute it with water and there was no toast or croissants. They did have a selection of local breads though that were quite nice so you won't starve:-)

Free wifi all over the hotel and there was a safe in the room.

Staff at reception were particularly nice and helpful (restaurant recommendations/reservations etc)

We prebooked a car from the hotel to collect us at the airport as our flight arrived in very late at night. This cost €40. We got a taxi on the day of departure (midday traffic) and it cost approx. €18 so that's a much better option, just check when you get in that the metre is running.

I hope to return to Istanbul as it truly is an amazing city. I will definitely stay in the Seres Hotel again.

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank MMMH
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Reviewed May 26, 2014

This is our second time in this hotel.
They thanked us for coming again, and gave us a good room.
The roon was large, cozy, clean, comfortable and with a good view.(We saw the Sunrise)
Location was good. Important places were located within 15~20 minutes walking distance from the hotel.
Staff was helpful.
We reserved room via "Booking.com" . So the price was reasonable.
Breakfast restaurant located on the top of the hotel has excellent view.

If we go to Istanabul again, we will book this hotel again.

negative point : shower system needs to be improved / breakfast was so so

Room Tip: Shower system needs to be improved. Shower head was fixed to wall, so it was uncomfortable to use.
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  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank dobraya
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Reviewed May 21, 2014

We picked the Seres Hotel because of its location. It's within walking distance of the Galata bridge/spice bazaar and Gülhane Park/Topkapl Palace and so on in the other direction. Basically, you are right where you want to be, especially if you're here for a short trip and want to visit as many of the famous landmarks and sightseeings as possible.

Rooms are nothing too fancy, but they did give us completely clean and freshly washed bedclothes every single day. The view from the breakfast/restaurant floor on top of the hotel is very nice and they offer more than enough choices during breakfast.

Staff was friendly and gladly spent a lot of time telling us about the best ways to get to certain places.

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled with family
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1  Thank NzashZ
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Reviewed May 13, 2014

The rooftop of our hotel was adjacent to the restaurant of the Seres Hotel. It looked very good - so we tried it out for dinner.
The Seres hotel also looks good, but going up in the lift the common parts looked a bit tired.
In the restaurant the view was good and the waiters looked smart 9although in the evening they were not as friendly as the chap we had made the reservation with at lunchtime).
The food, however, was not that good. Not dreadful - it was edible, but not cooked by experts.
There are better places to eat (try Imbat).

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank johnGerrardsCross
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Reviewed May 1, 2014

Hotel is walking distance to many sites.

The rooms are small but tidy. You have an Air conditioner unit and free WIFI. Rooms have shower only, safe and TV with a few English channels.

Staff is helpful, most speak good English.

Restaurant is on top floor with great views.

I would stay here again.

Stayed: April 2014, traveled on business
3  Thank luciab23
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Reviewed April 7, 2014

The staff was very helpful and accommodating..excellent all round service...excellent location and great views from the terrace...staff kept our luggage until we left late afternoon....all cares and restaurants and main attraction are walking distance...

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank haroon
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Additional Information about Seres Old City

Address: Hudavendigar Cad. No: 25 | Sirkeci, Fatih, Istanbul 34420, Turkey (Formerly Seres Hotel)
Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet , Sirkeci
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #298 of 1,163 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range: $38 - $93 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Seres Old City 3*
Number of rooms: 54
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