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“Do NOT stay here! Robbers inside the Hostel.” 1 of 5 stars
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Best Island Hostel
Kutlugun Sok. No:5 Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey   |  
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Ranked #462 of 850 Specialty Lodging in Istanbul
Oxford, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
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“Do NOT stay here! Robbers inside the Hostel.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

This place is awful. If you have any love to your money stay somewhere else in town. In the same day me and other two people have been stolen there. People from the hostel staff sneaked into the private accommodations and "cleaned the guests". Besides, the toilets are bad, and in the third floor there is no door knob or locker in the toilet, and you are obliged to hold the door with your hands while trying to use the loo.

The service is bad, and staff unfriendly and not clear about what they offer to you.I was with two male friends and the lady in the reception didn't warned us that the triple room we had to pay in advance was actually a double bed and a single bed. End of the history, we had to share a bed for the first and only night I spent there.

Breakfast is not good as well. Do not stay here.

Room Tip: No tips, just do not stay here. This place should be closed.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2 of 5 stars
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Osaka, Japan
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32 hotel reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

I'd booked some other place online who overbooked me and was traipsing about with all my bags. I turned up here and they seemed kind of friendly. They had a room below ground level that looked (up) to peoples ankles in the restaurants, or a nearby apartment room in a building that housed the staff. I took the room, and paid in Euros, and they gave me one euro coins, saying it would be easy to change them to a note.

It was hard to change them to a note, as coins get a lower rate, but when I complained, they gave me a note.

Then it was OK. I slept well. The toilet was upstairs, but it was OK. They stored my bag for free in the day and I got ten minutes on a (slow) computer. I can't really complain about the place.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

If what you are looking for in a hostel is a $7 bed in a 12 bed dorm then this is your place. My boyfriend and I were looking for an inexpensive private room in Istanbul. The best Island hotel was not great. In fact it was awful. Our room was dirty, our sheets were stained, and the shower had mirror shards in it. Our room was literally right next to reception (less than a foot from the desk). It was loud all night with the receptionist talking loudly and people coming in and out. The breakfast was tiny. We ended up calling it a loss after one night, and booking a different hotel (they wouldn't give us our money back for the 2 other nights we were supposed to stay here). Don't stay here if you want anything more than a cheap dorm bed.

Room Tip: There is no good room here. But if you still decide to stay here, insist that you see your room bef...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Paris, France
2 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

The owner of this hostel just canceled our reservation for 12 people without any reason and without inform us. Once we arrived there he had a strong argument extremely rude to force us to accept that it was our mistake and hot his.

The cleaning of this hostel is really bad and the staff extremely unfriend.

I do not recommend this hostel at all for nobody!!!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

This hostel was average. The location is probably the best thing about it, if you want to do all of the main touristy things in the old part of town. The double rooms are right off the hostel lobby--no bueno.

Room Tip: Avoid the double rooms or ask if they have any that aren't right off the lobby!
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

This place is filthy and should not be allowed open under health and safety regulations. All i can say is i wish i had read the reviews before we stayed!! I sure won't be coming back even if it is a good location!

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

A room like a prison cell (styrofoam walls, no daylight, the floor unclean, with unsuitable furniture) is a good reason for beeing out whole day. For that, the location is great thanks to its farourable position. You should not expect helpfullness or even comity after having payed. Offered services are not always according with the description (e. g. "express" laundry service in 48 hours with some sox less afterwards). We have seen nearly a hundred hostels in whole europe and this was the worst!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Best Island Hostel

Address: Kutlugun Sok. No:5 Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #462 of 850 Specialty Lodging in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 16
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