I stayed at the Piya hostel with a friend and it was perfect for us two twenty year old girls backpacking through Turkey. It's in a great location by the main sights in Sultahnamet (blue mosque and aya Sofia) and is very clean and comfortable. The breakfast is very filling and traditionally Turkish, and the hostel owners are extremely friendly and accommodating. Their English is not the best but they really make an effort and with a little extra patience you can be easily understood. They also provide you with a great map! Someone is at the front desk 24 hours to help you with whatever you may need.
The hostel is easy enough to find with he written directions, the only thing to note is that the directions they give tell you to get off the metro at Yusufpasa, but that is actually the name of the tram station you walk to after the metro to tram to the sultanahmet. You want to go all the way to the end of the metro line, it starts with an A... The hostel is in a somewhat sketchy location and as two white females addressing white females traveling on your own, do not wander around too late at night. We tried to be at the hostel for 9 or 10. Another thing to watch out for is that there is not a shared kitchen so no cooking allowed, but there a tons of little markets in the area and restaurants as well.
Overall, fantastic stay at Piya Hostel. They were like our family for a week. 4.5/5
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- PIYA HOSTEL is the newest addition to the Istanbul network. Piya Hostel boasts three floors of modern, stylish, budget accommodation just five minutes walk from Sultanahmet Square. Perfect for young backpackers who want to be in the heart of this historically vibrant city. ... more less
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