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Orient Hostel International
Ranked #12 of 1,204 Specialty Lodging in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Miami Beach, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Best Hostel I've ever been too”
Reviewed March 2, 2013

Location it's perfect, right between where all the nightlife is. The bar and restaurant at the hostel was also great. Good food, fun atmosphere, great service. The people that work at this hostel are friendly and are happy to make recommendations on what to do and where to go. We were ther in winter so the terrace was closed, but we saw it and it looks like it would be a lot of fun in the summer.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Istanbul, Turkey
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Reviewed February 21, 2013

We had an amazing time at The Orient. We were so impressed with the location (easy walk to all of the main cultural sites) as well as Fantastic location, just behind Hagia Sophia. Eggy Bread on the breakfast buffet. Cheap beer and wine in the bar - cheapest we found, infact. Beautiful roof terrace for breakfast and drinks. Staff were brilliant & even made us sandwiches on our last day since we were checking out really early. Book exchange. Free internet & wifi.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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4 Thank serdar57
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Tehran, Iran
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14 reviews
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Reviewed February 18, 2013

A very goood and lovely hostel in a touristic place of istanbul, the staff are cool and friendly and we are always welcomed there and they help as much as the can, the building is a little bit old but still good





  • Stayed July 2012
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1 Thank Ashkan D
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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
20 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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Reviewed January 18, 2013

We stayed at the Orient in March 2012 after having it recommended by a friend. Since we are past the youthful backpacking phase, we chose to stay in a private room with it's own bathroom.
Getting to the room was a bit of an adventure because it is at the rear of the establishment, but the room was clean and comfortable and even had a small bar fridge.
The staff were all great and we had breakfasts there, which consisted of the typical Turkish breakfast fare plus a few other choises.
If you are looking for 5 star this surely isn't for you But if you are looking for something that is comfortable, close to transport, and with some of the major landmarks also close by for a budget price, with some great personalities to boot, this is it. I'd stay there again.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Kuwait City, Kuwait
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
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Reviewed January 18, 2013

The location is really good. Very close to hagia sofia, blue mosque, grand bazaar.. and a fish burger place(a must try).. A currency exchange is also close by. I stayed here in the dorm in december 2012 for 3 days. The room was very clean. Sheets were nice. Bathrooms were shared but all really well maintained. (I had lower expectations). The staff was really great and very informative. Ended up chatting with everyone there well past mid night. They also have airport transfers (which I used). This is where I am going to stay next time am there.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
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Brezice, Slovenia
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed January 7, 2013

I stayed here in december 2012, for 6 days, with my friend and it was great! Very nice, kindness and helpful staff. It's the best location in Istanbul - in a prime location. It is a less than 10 minutes walk from the Topkapi Palace, Blue Moque, Hagia Sophia and the tram station which will take you to all areas in Istanbul. It's clean, secure, safe. Good food – very good breakfast that is included in the price. One of the best views in the city, from the roof terace. Wifi all over the place. The best atmosphere!!! Otient hostel team is the best!!! I recommend it to evryone!!!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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5 Thank Petra M
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Sofia, Bulgaria
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed January 6, 2013

The Orient Hostel might be the best hostel I've stayed in. If the street scene and free (amazing, home-cooked) breakfast didn't draw you in, from the open rooftop seating area, you can easily see the Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, the Sea of Marmara, and across it to the Asian side of Istanbul.

I was traveling with 6 friends and we stayed in the large, 30-bed co-ed dorm. There is a locked room where you can store stuff during the day, but we were comfortable enough to leave stuff on our beds. Staff was helpful and super nice and the place was pretty clean the whole time.

I will definitely be back.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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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 #12 of 1,204 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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