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“Nice staff, location, price” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Sultan Hostel
Ranked #17 of 1,175 Specialty Lodging in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
New York City, New York
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69 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Nice staff, location, price”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

Very nice staff, esp the person at the reception and Gabriella at the kitchen, they guide you well, give you a safe deposit box for your belongings, hold luggage after checkout, rooms are clean. And best of all very centrally located, street has many dinner options, in walking distance of the Blue mosque, and very reasonable, basic no frills but great value for money

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney
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56 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2012

I stayed at this hostel for 6 nights. I was traveling alone and found this hostel hard to meet people. There were a few large groups there when I was there and they kind of kept to themselves, there was no real common area except in the bar outside where people weren't really mingling. Other than that, the location was fantastic! There were plenty of great bars and restaurants on the same street with a real, fun and friendly vibe. My first night was in a 16 bed mixed dorm - which I think must have backed on to the bar because it was very noisy until late. But after that I was moved to a smaller dorm upstairs that was quiet, comfy bed, nothing to complain about! Overall, I would recommend Sultans. The staff were very friendly and a really good location.

Room Tip: The 16 bed female only dorm was very close to the bar and therefore noisy until around 2am. The dorm...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Miami Beach, Florida
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11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2012

sultan hostel is a good place to stay in istanbul. the only thing maybe is, that is very noisi until 2 in the morning. travellers wanna have fun, so don´t go to bed before that time :) for the rest everything ok, good staff, room clean, everything fine!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank flizzer123
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UK
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16 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2012

This brilliant hostel is perfect for a break in Istanbul. It has friendly and helpful staff. An excellent bar area where we met lots of people. The breakfast is ok, could do with some fruit.
Free Internet (although only 3 computers). Would definitely recommend!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank RoxanneBM
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Berlin, Germany
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15 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2012

When planning my short vacation to Istanbul I was pleasantly surprised to read all the positive reviews about the Sultan Hostel. They even were rewarded with a certificate of excellence this year. I think it would be fair to give you all a short first hand summary of positive and surely some negative features of this Hostel:

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-Excellent location! (only a couple of steps away from Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosk etc)
-Staff are good and love to help you out where they can.
-Indeed the Hostel is clean and that is not always so when staying in hostels.
-Good place to meet other travellers and watch football, rugby etc.

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* As other reviewers also noted I experienced the rooms (I booked a single/ double private room with shared bathroom for 40 Euro per night) to be small and for instance even lacking a reading light and a hook to hang your wet towel on.

* I would strongly recommend any manager involved with the hostel to seriously consider replacing the mattresses because I seriously suspect the one I slept on for a week to have caused me a couple of bruises. The springs almost came through and I just cant believe changing them would cost much.

* Street can be noisy and also in the morning you will not be able to sleep in. This is just a comment, It did not bother me as I expected this and wanted to start exploring Istanbul early anyway.
* Some people wrote about breakfast being super and plentiful. OK there is plenty but it consists of:
Nescafe, two cereals, Turkish cheese, one jam, and butter with bread. Every day.

I support other reviewers in their comments that it is not a problem sharing shower/ bathroom with a whole floor. I was always able to take a shower and they are great!!

Overall I do not think this hostel lives up to the expectations you get from their website or TA. It is a good but basic option in a city with a lot of alternatives.

Advise: Do take the airport charter they offer and also take it back as yellow cabs will surely rip you off.

Room Tip: Ones above the bar are noisy but also the ones on the other street are noisy due to a bakery working...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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London, England, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2012 via mobile

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 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Property: Sultan Hostel
Address: Akbiyik Cad No 17, Istanbul 34400, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 1,175 Specialty Lodging in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Sultan Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 34
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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