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Best Island Hostel
Ranked #550 of 1,258 Specialty Lodging in Istanbul
Reviewed August 28, 2013 via mobile

That's a simple place, will probably suit your needs if you're a student travelling on a budget. They have hostel rooms with more places but we stayed in a double room which was 70 liras for a night as I remember (we booked it in place almost in the morning). The room had no a/c, just a fan. It was small and the showers/toilets are shared. Door of the toilet was impossible to close but they had more toilets on other floors. Nothing fancy but the room was clean. The location is really good and easy to find. You get breakfast outside.
The staff was really nice.

Thank lukasijus
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

Best island hostel is pretty good and cheap. Staff were friendly enough. A very strategic location, close with sultanahmed street and historic attractions in istanbul. Bathroom should be repaired, the door is not functioning and cleanliness therein. Should be more friendly with customers. Should provide tour packages to customers.

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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank NOTOFICATIONS
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Reviewed May 9, 2013

We stayed for two nights, in early May 2013, in a double bedroom. We had three main reasons to book this hostel:
1) the location: at a short walking distance to Topkapi Palace, Aya Sofia and Blue Mosque
2) the price: cheapest hostel in Istanbul
3) (the pictures of) the bar at the roof terrace

After our stay, we came to the conclusion the only reason to be positive about is the first. So we'll start this review with the location: excellent! The hostel is in a touristic neighbourhood, so the restaurants/bars are expensive. However, with a short walk (15 minutes) you're in a less expensive and just as good aera with bars and restaurants. An advice: drink/eat where Turkish people drink and eat --> better quality and a better price. But, the hostel itself has nothing to do with this...

Then, one other positive thing about Best Island Hostel is the dedication of (some of the) staff. We saw the cleaning lady/waitress and the young man at the reception working for the guests (bringing us tea), even while they were being yelled at by the people who are the owners.

That directly marks the first main negative point: the owners seem to view the guests as annoying. And we got to know that, since our double bedroom was directly next to the reception desk. We could hear the arguments between reception and clients and we concluded that the staff/owners were primarily unreasonable and only interested in money.

The bar on the roof terrace is simply not available: there are people sleeping on the terrace. Nice for them, but we booked the hostel because of the terrace. Not possible to go there to have a quiet beer. We advice the owners to be honest about this in the brochures and in the adds.

We didn't check other prices, however on hostelworld.com this hostel was the cheapest. So you can't be too critical, but Best Island hostel is simply not worth it...

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank R J
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Reviewed May 8, 2013

It is a scam. We booked a double room; upon arrival the helpful receptionist (which quickly changed in the course of what happened next) took as to the basement room with no windows, no furniture no nothing besides a twin bed. After our amazement, he promised to move us upstairs the next day when a room gets free. Since we arrived pretty late, we accepted. The next morning though a "lady receptionist" showed us our new room...which was again in the basement, this time with a tiny window on top.
Pointing at the fact I was provided utterly wrong information, I wanted to move out and asked my money back. Not only were I disapponted with the state of our room (no light, no air, no room for luggage) I was literrally shocked with the rudeness of all the hotel staff after I expressed my objections to what I paid for (i.e. what was advertised on the website) and what we were actually offered.
This was by far the worst experience I have ever had with a hostel. The cherry on top of a cake was a mouldy bathroom, "delicious" rotten veggies for breakfast, no kitchen amenities and constant noise (loud music, thin walls allowing to hear everything).
Eventually, we moved out and found a nice and clean accommodation for the same price in the area.
It's a shame what some people dare to advertise as accommodation.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 6, 2013

This place is awful. In the day me have been stolen there. The service is bad, and staff unfriendly. Many Problems with the staff. If you ask, the staff did not respond in English, I asked for the loss of money and have insulted me and shouted in Turkish, in addition to open my room to insult, horrible place!

Room Tip: Don't stay here!!!
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled solo
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2  Thank Dany_zul
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Reviewed February 22, 2013

The location of hostel is perfect. All Old Town and Istanbul you can have easily from here. Unfortunately building was under construction and smell of paint was everywhere.
Room was very cold and wet.
There's only 1 shower for everyone and Internet is really poor..
But the staff is really nice and for that value of money and location it's definitely a place worth to stay.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 1, 2013

This is a simple place, probably not the brighter one but cheap and with a very friendly staff. It is in the heart of the city, just near from the blue mosquee, and the tramway is very close. It's very practical to move on.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled solo
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Additional Information about Best Island Hostel

Address: Kutlugun Sok. No:5 Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service
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Ranked #550 of 1,258 Specialty Lodging in Istanbul
Price Range: $11 - $16 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 16
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