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“If you don't mind noise, this is perfect” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Orient Hostel International
Ranked #11 of 1,175 Specialty Lodging in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
New York
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44 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“If you don't mind noise, this is perfect”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2011

Since I have a hard time sleeping in noisy locations, this was NOT the place for me. The hostel is well-located on Aykbyk Cad, with a lot of restaurants and bars, and not a far walk from Sultanahmet stop. I did get turned around a bit but then I wasn't following a really good map. Staff is helpful. I could have done without the late-night music. My single room on the second floor was barely bigger than the double bed in it. One bathroom and two shower stalls on the floor were relatively clean. It helped that I had a room in my sink. No fan. The window was probably a 1-foot by 1-foot square and on the hot day, didn't do much for air movement. I stayed here one night and relocated to a better for me location on Divan Yolu [old city esma hotel] for my other four nights in Istanbul.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank sjk1976
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2011

The Bride & I have not stayed in an hostel since our late teens - until early July 2011. We had been in an excellent hotel nearby but after inspecting the rooms at the Orient and at the urging of our 16 & 23 years old sons we transferred. We were shown into a double room with en suite, spectacularly clean, airy & roomy. Cheery greetings from everybody as we inspected the breakfast & dining room, the kitchen, terrace, rooftop dining area with magnificent view of the Golden Horn to the SE, the 'Blue Mosque' to the SSW, Agya Sophia to the WNW & Topkapi to the NW. All in the heart of Old Istanbul, the Sultan Ahmet precinct. Meals were available from early morning until well into the night - all were excellent eating & value. Ask for an Efes tower with your meal - and wait for a local or an Aussie to join you. The alfresco street level frontage is the window to the ambience and the soul of the Orient's success. We always felt cared for, not fawned over. We saved a lot of money by taking up the staff suggestions for shopping, trips, a bath at a marvellous haman - and dining mostly in house at a fraction of retail prices elsewhere. When we left, Sadir met us at 0630 with the gift of a parcel of splendid sandwiches and a free transfer to the airport!!! No prize for guessing where we stay next year. Thanks to ALL the wonderful staff, cleaners, drivers, cooks, the grand old gentleman owner & management. Photos to follow soon. Orient rules!

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank Brehon64
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Kuala Lumpur
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39 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2011

Great location, clean n comfy, friendly staff. There is female dorm. that's the most reason why we chosed this hostel. Breakfast not so bad.(basic n almost the same with others).

  • Stayed September 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank miss_rafter
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Istanbul, Turkey
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19 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2011

Orıent hostel ıs an excellent hostel. very clean, roof top bar has excellent vıew. locatıon ıs perfect many sıtes, bars and restaurants near by. bazzars, traıns, trams & ferrıes are wıthın walkıng dıstance. staff were welcoming, very helpful & frıendly. tourıst offıce ınsıde hostel very very useful to plan your perfect trıp. Defınately 100% recommend the Orıent hostel

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank HollyShanahan
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11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2011

This hostel was in a fantastic spot on a street full of bars and restaurants, walking distance to the blue mosque and tram stop.

Cheap tours to Gallipoli compared to other places on that street.

Don't stay in the 30 bed dorm! Crowded, damp and feels unclean.

The rest of the hostel seemed fine

  • Stayed July 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Eggdrady
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Adelaide
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2011

The hostel is for the STAFF (not the guests) who laze around, turn the music up full volume and the bar staff are often reluctant to serve drinks because they are playing card games! The hostel gets angry if you dare go to another bar for drinks! The food is very mediocre. The only saving grace is the ladies who serve breakfast. They are friendly and helpful as are the reception staff. The hostel should be a nightclub - it is not suitable for accommodation.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Thank mbradich
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2011

We stayed at the Orient for 10 days and had a blas! The staff are great, the bar always fun, the location really convenient and the rooms fairly priced! The 30 person dorm was surprisingly quiet, and always pretty clean, and the breakfasts (which are included) were amazing. Food at the restaraunt wasn't bad.. More convenient than well priced. We had absolutely no problems with this hostel (it was probably one of the best we have stayed in in Europe) until we realised that the in house travel agency really ripped us off on bus tickets! Moral of the story, stay in the hostel, but go accross the road for travel advice and tix.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank rosaandrosa
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Property: Orient Hostel International
Address: Akbiyik Cad. No 9 | Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34400, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 1,175 Specialty Lodging in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 12
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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