Stayed in Antique Hostel for 3 nights in July, 2012. I'm 30ish, from the US, and like to stay in hostels when I'm on long trips to keep the costs down. Been doing this type of traveling for 10+ years so I do have points of comparison for hostels. (Side note: hate those reviews of hostels from people expecting 4-star hotels...)
Stayed in a room for 3 people and overall, I thought it was a very good place to stay and I'd go back.
The front desk guys were all helpful with tours and directions and just general to-do's. The bar up top wasn't crowded/ popular during our visit but nice to grab a beer in the evening nonetheless. The best view in Sultanahmet is definitely at the Seven Hills bar about a block away but you pay for that view with a $8 beer (still not THAT bad).
It's conveniently located in the quiet, narrow streets 2-3 blocks behind the Blue Mosque and a block away from the Four Seasons. So you know you're in a good, safe area. However, note that this area is DEAD at night starting around 10 PM. You can get a drink but you'll be with just your group of people, which isn't all that bad after a heavy day of touring the sites.
The Sultanamet tram stop is about 2-3 blocks away which is walkable with rollies, which we had.
As for the room: good & clean. Bed was about a Holiday Inn quality, perhaps a bit less. We booked the private, 3-person room and it was pretty big with nice big windows and a good A/C. The bathroom was fine for me, but it was a bit odd: the shower didn't have any walls and was just the removable showerhead. If you weren't careful, you could get the toilet and sink all wet.
nevertheless, like I said: the place was a "very good hostel" and I'd go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Antique Hostel Istanbul is located in the heart of Sultanahmet in the Old City. We are only a few minutes away from the Blue Mosque, St. Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Underground Cistern, Turkish Baths, Grand Bazaar and many other sightseeing attractions of oriental Istanbul. Antique Hostel Sultanahmet provide cheap accomadation (Bed and Breakfast B&B) in old town Istanbul Turkey.. We offer budget accommodation for backpacker travelers with maximum service. The prices are from 13 euro per night. You will not find anywhere in Istanbul better option than this, with such a low prices. We have great last minute deals for you with online booking as well. ... more less
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