Thanks to Sumocat Hostel and its stuff we had a wonderful, relaxing time in Istanbul. The brandnew, lovely made up (see the wall paintings on the pics) hostel is located in a calm street near the Istikalstreet - the heart of modern Istanbul. We were two girls travelling on our own and we felt in every time secure coming home late at night. In the morning we had breakfast in front of the hostel beneath a little tree, enjoying the everydaylife of Istanbul. For sure you have to be aware, that you are staying in a hostel and not in a hotel (I'm referring here to an earlier comment). But for this the price, the rooms and the service were really perfect! No "bathroom-lakes" in the bedroom and no smells - everthing was clean, nicelooking and comfortable. Also all rooms are airconditioned by your own choice - and if you're staying in august, you'll need this :) The transfer from the airport with the taxi is about 20 Euros = 40 turkish lira (not expensive for the half-of an-hour-ride) - but also you can make the way easily by public transport. As you can see on the map, the hostel is the perfect place to start one-day-tours through the city because it's between the old town (Sultanahmed) - three stops with the tram - and the more "modern" part - five minutes to walk. Around the hostel you can find many nice coffeeshops and little restaurants and the Galata tower with its lights invites you to stay the evening. Hopefully you will enjoy your trip as much as we did!