We stayed here for a week and were very happy with the location, it was so easy to walk to all of the attractions and surprisingly there wasn’t a noise problem. We booked a "suite" and were shocked when we discovered there wasn't enough room to open both our cases, we would have had to keep one on the bed. We asked if it was a mistake, but they said that suite meant cable TV. However we were given the option of a slightly larger room, here we could put one case on top of the bar fridge & the other on the small table. The room was very small, very difficult to get in one side of the bed. However it was clean and freshly decorated.
The main problem we had was with the in house travel agency. Everything we said we wanted to do they said wasn’t possible or too expensive e.g. rent a car, catch a train or catch a bus that didn’t involve overnight travel. They had no interest in helping us as they didn’t think they were going to make any money from us. They just sat at their desk and ignored us until we left!
In contrast we went to another agency around the corner who were very helpful & free with information although he knew we weren’t planning on buying from him. The Orient travel agency only wants to sell the standard backpackers day & overnight bus trips.
We ended up doing everything we wanted, as we had planned very easily, without one overnight bus trip! That included: Canakkale (Gallipoli), Izmir, Seluck (Ephesus), Pamukkale, Bodrum, Fethiye, Antayla, Goreme & Cappadocia.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Orient Hostel is situated on the hillside in Sultanahmet, located a few minutes walk from tourist favourites Topkapi Palace, The Blue Mosque and Haghia Sophia. The Orient offers clean accommodation ranging from dorm rooms to private rooms with either shared or private bathrooms. Our attentive and helpful staff, make you welcome with a friendly atmosphere and fun belly-dancing and water-pipe (hookah) nights in the terrace café-restaurant during the high season ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Orient Hostel International Hotel Istanbul