We stayed two nights here at the end of our tour and found it to be friendly, funky and really clean! The location is perfect for discovering the Galata / Beyoglu area and the nearby tram line makes connecting to the airport and the old city easy as well.
Our twin room with en suite bathroom was spacious and the beds were really comfortable. The breakfast was tasty, fresh and plenty big enough - fresh fruit, cucumber, cheese, olives and toast with DIY coffee or tea. Unfortunately the double rooms are on the first floor right next to the shared bathroom and above the shared social area (which can sometimes be a bit noisy despite the after midnight request for quiet). If you want a decent nights sleep make sure you close the windows or the 5am call to prayer from the mosque next door will scare you awake.
It also pays to bring cash otherwise you'll get hit with an 8% credit card fee.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rapunzel Hostel is centrally located in the hip area of Istanbul, "Galata," offering budget accommodation next to the famous Galata Tower. Istiklal Street, Beyoglu (pedestrian, nightlife, shopping area) is 5 min away, Sultanahmet (old city) area is also 5 min away by tram. Nearest metro station is 2 min, tram and bus stops are 3 min walking distance away. It's a place at the heart of the city offering you unforgettable beauty of Istanbul. ... more less
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