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“May 2014 Review” 4 of 5 stars
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Second Home Hostel
2.0 of 5 Hostel   |   Ebussuut No: 19 Sirkeci, Istanbul, Turkey   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #14 of 928 Specialty Lodging in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
1 review
“May 2014 Review”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Excellent location. Very friendly Staff. Nice and quite place to be at. Tram station nearby. All places are on walking distance. For Family people, just a caution that no lift only stairs. I enjoyed my stay with my family.

Room Tip: Family Rooms with private washrooms are at top. So you have to climb the stairs with kids.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Nashville, Tennessee
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Everyone that works here is really, really nice. One problem, the chairs tend to rock. Otherwise, the experience was amazing and I would stay here again and again. The place is relaxed as well, a nice break from the hustle and bustle of Istanbul. Plus, people from everywhere just hang out and they promote a friendly group atmosphere. Needed when traveling a lot!

Asma and Omar were the best!

  • Stayed June 2014, 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

My friend and I experienced two types of rooms from Secondhome Hostel - the dorm and the double. Needless to say, the room was as expected from the photos displayed, despite being a little smaller. However, it was compensated by the warm and friendly people managing the place. We felt really comfortable and at ease. The location is also really convenient - tram station down the road, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Basilica Cistern a 7 - 10 mins walk. We stayed for 3 nights, and came back another night towards the end of our trip. The place is value for money and is simple, comfortable and homely. The manager, Memo, though a little expressionless, was really helpful and patient in aiding us with our enquiries. Omar is also nice to talk to when we share about Turkey, religion and culture. Overall, Secondhome is prompt and we highly recommend it to others!

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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Melbourne, Australia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014 via mobile

I stayed here one 2 separate nights either side of a tour in April and it was a great experience! The staff really made my stay they were so friendly and happy to help. The 4 bed room was a little cramped but very clean and comfortable. Great breakfast spread which was included. Wifi worked throughout the building and was one of the best connections I've had so far through Europe. Highly recommend booking here!

Stayed April 2014, traveled solo
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

This is the first time I stayed in a hostel. And what a start! I couldn't have chosen a better place than Second Home. I found it online, looked up reviews by other travellers and immediately booked a bed in their dorm. They were extremely prompt and clear in communication.

The day I stepped in, it just felt right. The place is cozy, comfortable, a short walk away from almost all attractions in Sultanahmet and extremely clean! The team that runs Second Home was very friendly and helpful. I dropped my bags off, and left for the day's tour.

When I returned in the evening, the common room was filled with traveller from all over the world, chatting away, drinking, eating and sharing stories. I joined in immediately and what a fun night that was!

I had landed in Turkey without an agenda. Memo, who manages Second Home, made a 4-day tour plan for me, that covered Cappadocia and Pamakkule. I got a fantastic deal, including bus travel, day tours, hot air balloons, stay and bus back to Istanbul. Everything was organised to the T. I had no trouble, and Memo was in touch throughout, in case I needed anything. What more could I expect?!

Thank you Second Home, and the team that runs this beautiful place. It's truly a home, away from home. I will be back for sure. Wish you guys all the luck in the world. Thank you for a remarkable experience! :)

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 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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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

Solid hostel which suited our needs well. My friend and I stayed in a small, clean double room and although we didn't spend much time there, it was a good, easily accessible place to return to. Crucially, it was also within walking distance from the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Aya Sofia or Grand Bazar.

Breakfast was basic, but came with a good amount of coffee. We didn't eat any other meals there. The roof terrace is a good place to unwind.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014 via mobile

We stayed at SecondHome Hostel for 5 nights all up, and would happily have stayed forever! The staff are so accommodating, helpful, and friendly- always interested in your plans for the day and offering advice on other places to go. The hostel is located close to all of the main attractions, making it a great base to explore from. After going away for a few days and then coming back, we couldn't wait to have a shower and apple tea- both of which are awesome! We hope to return to Istanbul and see Memo and the team at SecondHome hostel again soon!

  • Stayed April 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Second Home Hostel

Address: Ebussuut No: 19 Sirkeci, Istanbul, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 928 Specialty Lodging in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Second Home Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to your 'Second Home' in Istanbul !We have been providing a welcoming, clean and safe place for visitors with the best location since 2009 !Dormitory, hostel rooms, private rooms or suites; we have every kind of accomodation choices. So there will certainly be something to match your budgetTravelling alone or in a group, there are plenty of opportunities to socializeWe can arrange tours in Istanbul, give helpful tips and information about the city, and help with any other of your travel needs.We are looking forward to seeing you. ... more   less 
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