Oldcity Hotel Istanbul

4 out of 5 stars4 Stars

Alaykosku caddesi No 1, Sultanahmet, Istanbul, 34410, Turkey

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Oldcity Hotel Istanbul
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Rated 18% lower than similarly priced 4 star hotels

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    Preferred Hotel Oldcity


    Preferred Hotel Oldcity

    Tayahatun Sokak No:15 Sirkeci Istanbul, 34410 Turkey

    I haven't stayed at this hotel yet but I've been there visiting with a friend of mine who happened to be the owner's brother.
    They are the same owners of Grand Seigneur Hotel. This is a modern decor and besides being nice is closer to the touristic attractions of Sultanahmet! Maybe a 5 minutes closer, not a big deal though!

    This is the hotel link from hotels.com:

    Situated in Istanbul's Sirkeci neighborhood, Preferred Hotel Oldcity is close to Istanbul Archaelogy Museum, Topkapi Palace, and Basilica Cistern. Also nearby are Hagia Sophia and Grand Bazaar.

    Hotel Features.
    The hotel offers a restaurant. Guests have complimentary access to a train station pick-up service. Onsite parking is offered for a surcharge. The staff can arrange tour/ticket assistance, tour assistance, and currency exchange. Additional amenities include multilingual staff, 24-hour room service, and air conditioning in public areas.

    The 21 air-conditioned guestrooms at Preferred Hotel Oldcity include minibars and safes. Rooms open to balconies. Rooms are equipped with flat-panel televisions with satellite channels. Rooms have wireless Internet access. Additional amenities include hair dryers and clock radios. All guestrooms at Preferred Hotel Oldcity are non-smoking.

    There you have it! I hope it helps ... it's a nice place!

    Unique Quality: Closer to the touristic places every one wants to visit when in Istanbul!

    Directions: Sultanahmet/Sirkeci

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Forum Posts

Karakoy Port

by barrackman

I will be arriving by cruise ship I believe at the pier at Karakoy. I want to walk to Dolmabahce Palace. Is it an easy walk in terms of traffic distance? Can I walk along the riverside? Thanks.

Re: Karakoy Port

by explore_discover

Yes, you can walk to Dolmabahce Palace along the tram line towards Kabatas station (Noth East) may take 15 to 25 minutes or so.

Re: Karakoy Port

by barrackman

Thank you for your reply Explore Discover. I have a follow-up question.

After I visit the Palace I want to go take the tram to the old city. My understanding is that the end of the line for this route is at Kabatas? Is that before or after Dolmabahce Palace? Can I pay the fare in cash? How much is the fare? Thanks again.

Re: Karakoy Port

by explore_discover

From Krakoy port, Kabatas Stataion is before the palace so you will have to walk back 10 minuts to take the tram for going to European Side of Istanbul, the tram will cross the Galata Bridge and first stop will be Serkeci near the Railway Station for European Destinations. The tram fare is fixed, it was 1.3 lira when I visited.

Re: Karakoy Port

by KakapoTheParrot

Strictly speaking it's all on the European side. The tram crosses onto the golden horn, as it's called, via Galata Bridge and then comes round towards Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque at Sultanahamet. As a visitor, that's probably where you want to get off. You won't miss the minarets! The basicila cistern is pretty well underneath you and the other *main* sites are all with 10-15 minutes walk. Of course, if you've got a week to spare, there's more than enough other places to see :-)

Re: Karakoy Port

by Sirvictor

When you set your foot on the pier your back at the ship your face to the buildings follow the road towards your right hand. After a while you will be on the tram line near the mosque of Kilic Ali Pasha. The place is called Tophane. You can see the building of artillary gun factory of 17th centuary just opposite the Mosque. Kilic Ali Pasha was Grand Admiral of Turkish Fleet who ruled 7 seas once. Follow the tram line till Kabatash. The end station of tram coming from airport. Kabatash is also a pier for passengers crossing to Asia. At Kabatash there is the mosque. After the mosque you will see the place. To spare timeyou can go there with taxi and tram. Palace is only 3 minutes away from Kabatah. Just opposite the cistern at Sultanahmet near the Hagia Sophia museum you will see a milestone that indicates that you are now in the middle of the world.

Re: Karakoy Port

by Sirvictor

A joke:
Once they asked the Turkish comiker and philosopher Nasreddin Hodja
- My hodjs please tell us whre is the middle of the earth?
He answered "Here The right spot where my donkey steps."
They all laughted and said "Our hodja how do you know?
Hodja : If you dont believe me please measure yourself"
Have a nice time in Istanbul. I hope you will come next time for more stayings. A cruise trip is too short for Istanbul.

Travel Tips for Istanbul

Sheer size

by baronedivandastad

Istanbul looks and is enormous even if you're used to large cities. Its population ranges in the order of 12-15 million, and its layout along the coast of the Marmara sea makes it an extremely vast city to cross. Climbing up any tall building (such as a hotel) yields impressive sights over the city, and highlights the quick and dirty city planning scheme.

The Grand Bazaar

by SirRichard

You may visit the Bazaar just to admire it, but if you are gonna buy, here are some rules:
- If you are not going to bargain, say NO at the very beginning. Ten minutes later is much worse...
- Don't stop and ask the price unless you're prepared to bargain.
-Their first price is NEVER their last! Neither should yours be. Start much lower than what you want to pay, then get more reasonable.
- Don't point at anything, it will show you really like it...
- Relax... this kind of activities take tiiiiiiime. Don't be in a hurry... you'll end up paying more.
- Be always polite, don't be rude.
- Do as if you go away. If he calls you back, he would low down the price.
- If you really like something, buy it. IT IS much cheaper than you think, and you won't have the chance to get it again!!!

The whirling dervishes

by SirRichard

Dervishes are some kind of islamic monks, also known as the Mevlevi Order, Sufis, a spiritual offshoot of Islam. They dance turning and turning to reach the ecstasis...
All this dancings take place every 1st sunday of the month in Istanbul (more frequent in Hight ouristic season) at the "Divan Edebiyati Museum", a little sufi monastery, very close to the TUNEL entrance at the end of Istiklal street. As you go out of the tunnel funicular, turn right and in that street you will find the Museum at your left side.
Tha show costed 6 euros.

take a tram and go to Moda

by hokomoko

As most of people may know Istanbul is landed on two continents and I am living in Kadikoy Asian side. If you are in Istanbul take a ferry from Eminonu or Karakoy and come to Kadikoy than take the tram 20 go to Moda and beside the seaside eat yr famous ice cream named "Moda Dondurmasi".........

Üsküdar Lighthouse

by Kuznetsov_Sergey

Uskudar has areas of greenery which can be an escape from the density of the city, including the Camlýca hills and the Bosphorus coastline, and the area also has a number of important historical sites to visit.

You can watch my 4 min 39 sec HQ Video Istanbul Bosporus and Üsküdar part II out of my Youtube channel with Turkish pop music by Teoman.

You may watch my high resolution photo of Istanbul on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 41° 1' 33.43" N 29° 0' 37.00" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Uskudar Lighthouse.

You may watch my high resolution photo of Istanbul on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 41° 1' 45.70" N 29° 1' 3.46" or on my Google Earth Panoramio Uskudar Park.


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