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“OK - in the best meaning of it”
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Riva Hotel
Ranked #612 of 1,156 Hotels in Istanbul
Geneva
Level 4 Contributor
47 reviews
40 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“OK - in the best meaning of it”
Reviewed November 6, 2008

I spent almost a week in this hotel, which revealed itself to be:
- very convenient in terms of location;
- very clean (Istanbul is NOT a dirty city);
and to have:
- excellent bed quality, which is probably the most important thing;
- very relaxed and smiling staff to check in and out;
- and very helpful staff for the breakfast (which is more than average for a hotel of that category).

The only weak point is the noise protection, not so much from the streets (the hotel is in a pedestrian zone), but from the rest of the hotel.

The hotel is located in Taksim, which is a much more interesting place to stay in than Sultanhamet, if you're to stay fro more than 3 nights. Taksim is very lively, this is where people from Istanbul really live, and it doesn't have this Disneyland-like type of atmosphere that one can encounter in Sultanhamet. Of course, it's not "charming", but at least it's not fake and it has flair. It's very easy to go to Sultanhamet (where the vast majority of monuments is) with the underground funiculaire (5 minutes walking from the hotel) which brings you to the head of the new tramway line that goes to Sultanhamet.

I definitively recommend this hotel.

  • Liked — Location, breakfast, bed
  • Disliked — Room a bit noisy
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled solo
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1 Thank OmegasGE
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Nicosia, Cyprus
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed January 3, 2008

small and smart hotel next of the taksim square, istanbul. Hotel staff
is very helpfull, rooms are clean and small(but ideal). Its a typical bed and breakfast hotel at the heart of istanbul. There is a metro satation just next to the hotel, that means that; you can reach the most popular shopping centers (cevahir, metro city, kanyon..) by train. Breakfast is normal, but i m prefering tasty turkish cousins for eat. Its not a bussines hotel, i think much better for travellers(tourist)...

  • Liked — small and smart
  • Disliked — no way for taxi, you must walk up to main road
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled with friends
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7 Thank matakan
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Athens
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed August 5, 2007

I stayed at Riva 2 times in June and July 2007. Good location, people are friendly and kind. Breakfast is nice. I`d like to stay there again.

  • Liked — its location and room fares.
  • Disliked — wireless internet in the rooms
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled solo
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8 Thank Pasxalis_pasxaloglou
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London
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7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed June 29, 2005

I was in istanbul with my partner for one night only and stayed at Riva Hotel. Rooms are very comfortable. Staff are very friendly. Breakfast is very various and satisfying. There is only one thing put me off completeyly which was the smoking was allowed in the breakfast room. There was a group of greek people having their breakfast and they were all smoking like a chimney therefore we were unable to enjoy our breakfast. However, I would stay there again..

  • Stayed March 2005, traveled on business
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21 Thank husniye
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Property: Riva Hotel
Address: Aydede Caddesi 8 | Taksim, Istanbul 80090, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Beyoglu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#372 Luxury Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Riva Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 71
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