Probably the best hostel you could ask for. My friends and I were extremely satisfied! The hostel is so conveniently located about a 5 min walk away from the nearest train station, cemberlitas. Fantastic location, you can walk to the blue mosque, hagia sofia, grand bazaar and other popular attractions from the hostel. You can do the famous cemberlitas Turkish bath which is also a 5 min walk away.
There are also 2 little mini marts beside it, so you can always head there to buy any travel essentials that you missed. There's also a bakery nearby, where we bought decent priced buns and bakes.
Staff were very friendly and helpful and gave us good recommendations and directions. Hostel was very clean, and the 8 bed mixed dorm was spacious. It was quite hot in summer, so we felt a little hot as there were only 2 ceiling fans. If you open the window, it might get quite noisy at night. The garbage truck comes in the wee hours of the morning, and it makes a lot of noise. So be warned that you might not be used to the heat and noise. Also, our taxi driver got lost when trying to find this place. One might be overwhelmed by all the little roads and bends, and the street names are all not prominently placed on streets and roads. I suggest you ask them to take you to cemberlitas train station, and from there, cross the road and walk down peykhane road to the hostel.
However it is at a fantastic location, and with great facilities and amenities and such lovely staff. Definitely would stay there again if I go back to Istanbul.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Cordial House Hotel offers an unbeatable combination of economically priced rooms and a perfect location for quality-seeking budget travelers. We provide comfortable accommodation in a clean, safe and friendly atmosphere with a superb location in the heart of the old town. Cordial House is close to all of the main attractions and also to trams, buses, trains and airport shuttle stops. Whichever way you arrive into Istanbul, Cordial House is easy to get to. ... more less
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