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“Exceeded expectations!”
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Bada Bing Hostel
Ranked #77 of 1,200 Specialty Lodging in Istanbul
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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92 reviews
54 hotel reviews
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“Exceeded expectations!”
Reviewed April 18, 2012

We stayed at the Bada Bing for three nights, paying £34 for a private double room with shared bathroom on the first floor. As other reviews have mentioned, the hostel has a really convenient location to everything Istanbul has to offer, situated on a quiet side street five minutes from Tophane tram station or a leisurely thirty minute walk to the sites of the old Sultanahmet district and twenty minutes to Istiklal Avenue and incredible Beyoglu bars/restaurants (our taxi driver struggled to find Bada Bing but once you get your bearings you really appreciate the location).

The staff at the hostel are also really friendly and knowledgeable, giving advice on our onward travel to Bulgaria and making suggestions of things to do, nothing was too much trouble. The rooms were basic but very clean and included a safe, free Wi-Fi and air-con/heating unit so it was always warm. I’m usually apprehensive about using shared bathrooms but the shower cubicles and toilets were spotless, it was like they were cleaned after every use and we never had to wait (there’s also a separate bathroom for females on a higher floor at certain times of the day and hairdryers available). We didn’t use the common room or eat breakfast so can’t comment but overall there’s nothing negative to say about Bada Bing, Istanbul is an amazing place and if I’m lucky enough to visit again I’d definitely consider staying here.

**We arrived at the Sabiha Gokcen airport at 2am and had read in guidebooks that we would need to get a taxi as the Havas airport buses stopped at midnight, this wasn’t correct as the bus is timetabled with arriving flights (http://www.havas.net/en/shuttle-parking/istanbul-sabiha-gokcen-airport/). Head outside from arrivals and get the bus to Taksim square, the hostel is then a twenty minute walk or short taxi ride)**

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 17, 2012

As noted by others, the location of Bada Bing is great; near the Galata Bridge and the tram, all of Istanbul is accessible to you. The rooms are comfortable, and the bathrooms are clean, with plenty of hot water. The common areas are comfortable and conducive to convening and meeting others. Hot coffee and teas are always available. The staff was incredibly friendly and helpful, especially Bulent and Volkan.
This place is a great value for the budget traveller.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
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Kristiansand, Norway
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Reviewed March 1, 2012

Great location in the new part of town. Near Galata Bridge and the mouth-watering fish sandwiches. Also near Taksim. Worth the price. Told the manager about the need for more lights in the rooms. That was on his to-do list, so it should be taken care of soon.

  • Stayed February 2012
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Thessaloniki, Greece
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Reviewed February 28, 2012

Bada Bing's perfect location allows you to explore the Galata area, meanwhile still within walking distance of Sultanahmet and the other historical areas. Volkan and the rest of the staff were also incredibly accommodating and helpful. They helped us plan our sightseeing itineraries, navigate the city, and make reservations for our Turkish bath. The facilities are nicer than expected - rooms clean with a safe underneath each bed. There are bathrooms on each floor, with several stalls, showers, and sinks. They even supplied hairdryers! I would definitely recommend staying here.

Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
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San Francisco, California, United States
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Reviewed February 25, 2012

Agree that the staff here was very friendly, though some of the front desk guys were better than others. Stayed in both dorms and doubles and thought the rooms were kept quite clean, and appreciated the lockers in the dorms.

The bathrooms, however, could get quite run down. While we were staying there (a total of about 10 nights) toilets were getting clogged becoming useless, and no one seemed to take care of it very quickly. This meant that for the 40 plus people staying there, we were forced to share just 4 toilets.

The lights are also on motion sensors, which is a great idea, but some of them are on ridiculously short timers so they just flicker on and off constantly. Very annoying!

With a couple of tweaks, this could be a really nice place to stay. The location is great!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed February 18, 2012

Staff is welcoming and friendly, and Volkan is very helpful. He knows all the good spots and I have had many local delicious meals thanks to his advice. Turkey is one of my favorite places to visit and I have been there 4 times. I've stayed in mutiple locations, and this is one of the better, more convenient locations. Decor is fabulous too and all brand new!

Bada Bing is a clean, safe hostel and I would highly recommend it.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 15, 2012

Bada Bing Hostel has tons of character, great staff, and definitely comfortable and warm beds. The only draw backs were the time of year and the less than warm common room. Everything else was absolutely great.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Bada Bing Hostel
Address: Kemer Alti Cad. Serce Sok. No:11 Karakoy, Beyoglu, Istanbul 34425, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Karakoy
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #77 of 1,200 Specialty Lodging in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bada Bing's neighborhood is an up-and-coming area that gives travelers the best of both worlds: a central location that inspires effortless travel to Istanbul’s most worthy destinations. Its strategic locale is within walking distance of the real, modern, buzzing district of Taksim, and the awe-inspiring historical district of Sultanahmet. But if you want to sleep away from the overwhelm of Taksim’s nightlife and Sultanahmet’s hiked-up tourist prices, Bada Bing’s neighborhood is right for you. Wherever you choose to go on a given day, your journey will start in the heart of Istanbul. ... more   less 
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