Before arriving at the hostel we had read some reviews, which said that there was too much noise and too many mosquitoes. This made us a bit anxious but it never became a problem. Because let's face it. If you want to live in such a lively amazing part of this wonderful city at this time of the year - there HAS to be some (or should I say a lot of) noise and there HAS to be mosquitoes. And we slept all 5 nights with no issues.
The people we met at this hostel were amazing and it really didn't matter wether there was no lockers or not. We pretty much trusted each other. But I can see it beeing an issue if you cannot trust your roommates - and sometimes you just can't.
Another good thing is the fact that they serve breakfast 'till 10.30! That's a treat! We managed to get out of bed and get down at the cafe 10.25 every day just to get the egg, the bread, the tomato, the cucumber and the olives;)
The only thing that did bother us was Ahmed the owner. You must remember always to say hello and pay a lot attention to him and what he is saying. He seemed to have a hard time understanding that we had other things to do in Istanbul than to sit and hang out with him every night... But overall he seemed to be a great guy who will do a lot to please his customers.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The best hostel in Istanbul: Chambers of the Boheme. Located in the heart of Istanbul's most popular district, Taksim, Chambers of the Boheme is truly the most beautiful hostel with an unbeatable location, extreme comfort and sincere customer service. Just steps from Taksim Square, Chambers of the Boheme puts the best of Istanbul's unparalleled nightlife at your fingertips. Our tourist information desk will give you FREE city maps and all the information you need about Istanbul & Turkey. Don't book any tours in Istanbul or in Turkey without asking us first! Whether you fancy a night of Turkish delights and nargile, a cruise on the beautiful Bosphorus, live music and all-night dancing, or a glance at Istanbul's historical sights, all are within reach when you stay with us. With hundreds of bars, cafes, and clubs within walking distance, you can kiss those car keys goodbye. Situated in a beautifully restored 19th century building, Chambers of the Boheme offers the glamour of the Bohemian lifestyle, without compromising modern comforts. Private, semi-private, and family-style rooms are available. Relax in our large common area and patio, or socialize with other global travellers in our newly renovated espresso bar. Named Turkey's #1 Hostel in 2009, we're certain your stay in Istanbul won't be the same without staying at Chambers of the Boheme. With over 750 positive recommendations, you are sure to be delighted with your experience. We look forward to welcoming you soon. Istanbul'a Hos Geldiniz! ... more less
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