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“Great Place!!! Great Food!!! Great Atmosphere and most of all, Great Staff!!” 5 of 5 stars
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Sultan Hostel
Akbiyik Cad no 21, Istanbul 34400, Turkey (Sultanahmet - Old City)   |  
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Ranked #53 of 769 Specialty lodging in Istanbul
London, England, United Kingdom
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“Great Place!!! Great Food!!! Great Atmosphere and most of all, Great Staff!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

I have stayed at the Sultan Hostel three times and every time it just gets better. They have recently refurbished the hostel including fitting air conditioning to the rooms, having it painted and so on. It even better than when I last visited in February this year. I went again on the 29 Sept this year and I just loved it even more. The food, location, price and atmosphere are the best, not forgetting how helpful the staff were. There is a girl who works in the bar, called Gabriela who is contagious with her smile, friendship and she and all the staff makes you feel at home. I will certainly return to Istanbul and without a shadow of doubt I will stay at the Sultan Hostel because I just felt at home. Much appreciated the way they treated me.

Room Tip: The back of the hotel, first floor are the best if you want a really quiet night however, if you wan...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

Rooms extremely basic. Nowhere to hang clothes. I was told on arrival I had the best double with ensuite. The ensuite is a wetroom. Nice hot water though. A bedside light would be nice rather than just harsh ceiling light late at night. Air con was a must as far too noisy from outside bars and restaurants to have windows open during night. A bakery works all night opposite hostel which can also be noisy.

Hostel staff appear quite unfriendly unless sitting at the booking in desk. Once you start to speak to them they are mostly friendly. One man on the staff is very rude. One female member of staff Abigail was very nice.

Not a place to stay if you find getting back to sleep difficult when noisy young people slam their doors when returning from nights out or arriving late. They have no respect for others already asleep.

The hostel seem to convert lira to euros rather than UK pound so room is expensive for what you got.

Many Istanbul hotels and hostels have roof terrace space, sadly the sultan has a shoe box size space currently not in use. One website stated a swimming pool, this is not correct.

Use hostel airport transfer service. Very good and reasonable, do not get in a yellow taxis outside airport on arrival, they rip off the unknowing new arrival big time!



  • Stayed September 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

I stayed here for two nights in early September -- as part of a group of four -- in a six-person dorm and was impressed by the cleanliness of the rooms and shared bath facilities.

Although some previous commenters have said it's a pain that there's only one shower per floor, it's not really a problem as you can just use the facilities on a different floor. The hostel was quite full and we didn't wait long at all to take a shower.

Breakfast is simple, but fresh and plentiful with decent hours.

The bar beneath the hostel is quite popular so some noise is to be expected in rooms, but I found the noise to be dull and did not prevent sleeping. Also, all rooms have a/c so the noise can be dulled even further by keeping the window(s) shut.

One disappointment was that the hostel's web site still advertises a roof terrace, but, like many other hostels in the area, this roof terrace has been turned into a giant dormitory. Don't come expecting sea views from the roof.

Staff was competent and helpful, but not particularly friendly.

Room Tip: Ask for a room facing the back of the hostel -- and on a higher floor -- if you are a light sleeper.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

I stayed there in 2009 and returned this year (2012). I can just agree with the positive comments written about Sultan: the cleanliness, the location the amenities, etc. Breakfast and towels included. Great place to meet other travellers but most of all, the staff is helpful, friendly and will go out of their way to make your stay pleasant and make you feel at home. Gabriella lights up the room with her smile and laugh! Nice terrace and music until quite late, so if you are looking for a quiet place and are a light sleeper, it might not be the best for you.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

Basic rooms - we stayed in a double private room with shared bathroom. Room was clean, a little small with just a bed. Shared bathrooms were clean and no problems with availability. We stayed on the 4th floor and unfortunately there's no lift.

Breakfast is supplied each morning and the restaurant is quite nice to grab a bite. Staff extremely friendly and the restaurant/lounge area is very cool to sit and relax with large screen TVs showing live sports games. Free wifi too.

Location is great - lots of restaurants, mini supermarkets etc. It's a 5-10min walk to the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. From there you can catch trams to other tourist attractions.

Would stay again.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

I stayed here for a couple nights. Everyone who stayed here seemed to be friendly and social. The dorms are clean, the bathrooms are clean, there are lockers for valuables, a luggage room, the staff is friendly & can help arrange tours...
Huge free breakfasts (wow!), free wifi, a huge social area.

Location-wise, if you want to stay near all the touristy sites, this place is great. There are plenty of restaurants around, too.

No complaints!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

This is in the midst of one of the main streets in the Sultanahmet region. The rooms are small and basic but good value. We had issues with our lights not working and were quickly upgraded to a room with private bathroom and sea views. Food is pretty good but I found the breakfast a bit average.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Akbiyik Cad no 21, Istanbul 34400, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet - Old City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #53 of 769 Specialty lodging in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Be smart, stay smart! Our mission is to provide comfortable, stylish, convenient and affordable accommodation in Istanbul at a price that can’t be beat. Our location is designed with the backpacker in mind. From our 24-hour reception to security lockers , we have everything you need to enjoy your stay and feel comfortable. SULTAN HOSTEL IS THE ONLY HOSTEL WHERE YOU CAN WATCH RUGBY GAMES LIVE ON BIG SCREEN TV AND ALSO ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE IN ENGLISH Our hostel is also regularly health and safety checked by the local governments. If you have not satisfied with your stay for any reasons, we take your comments and suggestions seriously. We encourage you to speak to your dedicated and highly-trained staff to help us improve our hostels. We will work our hardest to make it a pleasant stay, whether one night or a month! As part of the Youth Hostel Association and the International Youth Hostel Federation. We are right in the heart of a young, international area full of shops, cafes, restaurants and bars, this YHA property buzzes with action. We are the perfect stop on your backpacker trail of Istanbul. Our rooms are with or without Bathroom and Breakfast Included. Our hostel is centrally located in Sultanahmet and is just a few minutes walk from all the major attractions. On our big screen TV.You can watch the latest movies and watch all sports activitivies including, Rugby, Premier League, Tennis, golf. Some of our facilities are; Reasonable prices, Clean comfortable rooms, 24 hour piping hot water, No curfew, Friendly, helpful English speaking staff, Great food, Relaxed Bar, Lockers for your valuables. Free internet access, wireless internet, home tether, free towels, breakfast included, travel agency, sea view terrace in summerThe Sultan Hostel is a short walk to all the main sights including, the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, the Underground Cistern, the Grand Bazaar and Topkapi Palace. ... more   less 
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