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Orient Hostel International
Ranked #14 of 1,187 Specialty Lodging in Istanbul
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Vancouver, Canada
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22 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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“Cool place to hang out”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2013

I stayed in a 4 bedroom dorm. It was an average room. It was clean and the shared washroom on the floor was relatively clean. You get the atmosphere of a party hostel though. Until 3 AM you will hear people in the hallway. The 30 bed dorm is on the ground floor, the main bar is on the ground floor too. There is also I terrace and another bar on the top floor. There is people mingling for most part of the night. It wasn't hard to sleep through but for some people it may night be admirable. If you enjoy drinking and meeting travelers, then you will love this place. The staff is very accommodating and friendly. You are in the Sultanahamet so the restaurants that are near by are expensive. If you want to eat close the hostel, be prepared to spend close to 20 TL or more for a meal. You are close to all the major tourist spots. It was a fun experience but I would stay in a different part of town next time. For a first time Istanbul traveler, this location is perfect.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2013

Stopped at this place by chance looking for another bar. So glad we did. Great location in centre of hotel area of Sultanahamet. Very friendly staff and good service. The music was great - varied with something for everyone's tastes. We didn't make it to the roof terrace but have heard that it is one of the best for views. They also offer sisha pipes. A quick drink turned into a four hour visit. Really nice place and don't be put off by the fact it is a hostel. Well worth a visit.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2013

Fun little gem of a spot! Perfect place to lay your bags while you are out playing! Safe and accommodating...staff is great and friendly! Walking distance to Grand Bazaar, Blue Mosque, tons of shops, boat rides and restaurants! The restaurant staff and shisha is lovely as well...guaranteed to have a good time right on the patio! Enjoy your time with this easy on the budget place!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2013

The location couldn't be any better, the staff is really friendly and helps you with everything, there's a really nice breakfast room, everything is very clean.Roof top bar has awesome view of the bosphorus sea.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2013

This place was real nice. My room was clean and spacious. I especially enjoyed in-suite the shower!Roof top restaurant, free breakfast and a great hookah spot in front. It is literally in the middle of all major sights in Istanbul. Great for a short stay. Would recommend.

Room Tip: I got my own room. Definately ask someone to help you with your luggage. Tight stairwells. My room w...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2013

Location, ambience, convenience, friendliness and plus.. I got it all at this hostel for my stay of 4 nights.

I stayed in a single room with shared bath and I was upgraded to a/c room on 3rd night. Room was extra-clean as per the hostel standards and so were the bathrooms.

I can't believe that I was just stone throw away from Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque and "THE" hustle-bustle that Sultanahmet has to offer. Grand Bazaar and Cemberlitas is just 5 mins walk which becomes negligible when browsing shops till Grand Bazaar.

Evening view from the Hostel Terrace is magnificent which gives 360 of Sophia, Blue Mosque and Marmara Sea. I met people from other hostels who came to their terrace for this view!

Airport Transfer from Hostel to Ataturk airport was arranged by Hostel reception which costed 12 liras which is much better than tram and train combined.

My stay was perfect and I will stay here again whenever I am in Istanbul.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
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Leszno, Poland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2013

Everybody is writing about location of the hostel. Yes, it is trully amazing! Just next to Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and Blue Mosque.
But for me the most important here vas the atmosphere. After one month of traveling in East Turkey finally I ended in typical backpacker hostel with vivid atmosphere, friendly and funny stuff and great parties. You come here alone but you leave the place with dozens of friends.

And something that made me love this place and it's owner till death: after few days in Istanbul I was attacked and robed. I didn't have money for staying more days in Istanbul (and I needed to stay to go to consul and police) but the owner offered me staying for 2 nights for free + invited me for a dinner. That shows true and warm heart! Just stay there!

Room Tip: triple rooms on the first floor are really comfy!
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  • Stayed August 2013, 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 #14 of 1,187 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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