I absolutely loved staying here. I will never forget all of the wonderful people I met at Chill Out Cengo. That said, there were some sacrifices to be made for the wonderful friendships that I made there. The dorms were extremely hot and humid & the room I stayed in smelled like feet. There was no air conditioning or ventilation, so you must sleep with the windows open and there is very loud noise coming in from the surrounding bars at all hours of the night. I woke up one day with red bites of some sort all over my body, but I can't say for sure what they were from. Thus, I do believe that there are some cleanliness issues at Chill Out Cengo, but it is perfect for backpackers who are looking to party. The location is perfect for anyone looking for a taste of Istanbul's nightlife. The hostel has a spigot with filtered water, which saves backpackers on a budget money! The staff was friendly, but there was one small booking confusion over the beds which irritated another traveler and caused him to yell at me rather than address the issue with the staff. The common rooms are a great place to meet new friends, and you can buy cheap beers or wine from the corner store and drink in the common rooms with your new friends. Basically, Chill Out Cengo is like sleeping in a bar....in a good way! The perfect place to crash if you plan to be drunk & have no expectations of cleanliness. I know this is a super mixed review, but let's just say that my experience there was enough to overcome the annoyances.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This Hostel is our passion! Chillout Cengo is our new Baby! We have renovated the complete building inside out and are now ready for the season. We will try to offer you a home far from home and want to make your stay in Istanbul as relaxed/chilled as possible. The kitchen is ready for cooking and the common areas are your living room. please stay:) ... more less