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“Cold hard boiled eggs and staffw”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Istanbul Hostel

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Istanbul Hostel
Ranked #473 of 1,129 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Cold hard boiled eggs and staffw”
Reviewed June 7, 2013

We stayed a week in the 21 person dorm. Although somewhat reminisent of a dungeon the room was spacious and airy. Ladies if you plan on being friendly towards the staff be aware that they will ask you out, and upon rejection, severely ignore your presence for the rest of your stay. If you do plan on showering, which we hope you do, use the bathroom next to your friends at reception as only these gaurantee water out of the showerhead (as opposed to the hose in the dungeon). The free breakfast features cold egg, dry tomato and shrivelled olives...something that made us others sceptical of the 91% rating found on hostelworld...

  • Stayed May 2013
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed June 5, 2013

I had a great time at this hostel. The folks are very nice, and do everything they can to make you comfortable.
Bathrooms are clean and beds are sturdy and comfy. Extra blankets if you ask.
The view from the rooftop is just gorgeous with the Hagia Sophia and the Bosphorus in plain view. A great place to enjoy the complimentary breakfast!
Close to practically everything, including; Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar, Column of Constantine, Walls of Rome, Spice Bazaar (go there!) Mosaic Museum, Bath of Justinian and transportation. For those who care, a Starbucks is just up the street. Great restaurants all around this hostel.
Stayed in many Hostels in Europe and North America. I highly recommend this one.

  • Stayed May 2013
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New Delhi, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed May 23, 2013

This is a very clean hostel with an amazing terrace cafe overlooking the Bosphorus. You will find guests from different countries staying at the hostel. The staff is very cooperative and the stay is quite affordable.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed May 9, 2013 via mobile

We arrived to the hostel from an 11 hour flight, from the moment we walked in the staff were so friendly and helpful. They told us 'go get you shower and we will have a drink waiting for you when you get back up' when we arrived back to the reception there was three local beers waiting for us.
Dan - booked our entire Turkey adventure. We were planning on booking as we go but he hooked everything up for us from our blue cruise from Fethiye to our hot air ballooning in Cappadocia. Everything was booked correctly and we had no hassles while in Turkey.

The hostel itself was clean and had what we needed for a budget hostel.
Will definitely be recommending this hostel to our family and friends!

Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Galway, Ireland
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Reviewed May 6, 2013

I stayed in this hostel for 3 nights. The main reason for my stay was to meet up with friends and do some sight-seeing in Istanbul. We stayed in a 9-person dorm room. The room was simple; the safes inside were very handy, just be sure to bring your own padlock. Overall, it was great value for money.

The location is fantastic. It's really close to some of the main tourist attractions (only minutes from the Blue Mosque, and a short walk (15/20mins) from the Grand Bazaar. There is a lovely cafe/bar nextdoor to the hostel, and there's a great choice of bars and restaurants on a parallel street.

The staff in the hostel were very friendly, and helped us to arrange taxis/shuttle buses to our next destination. I would definitely stay here again if I was to go back to Istanbul.

Room Tip: Just make sure to bring a padlock if you want to use the lockers!
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 28, 2013

Fantastic location to all the sights in Istanbul and lots of places to eat and drink just a street over. Great roof top for afternoon drinks and watching sunsets. Really good value for money. The staff were really friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Eilat
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed April 22, 2013

A functional and adequate breakfast with polite staff I have to admit I liked staying here even though the basement downstairs was quite cold and dark. The staff are helpful althought there's no common lounge area, the large dorm. area downstairs is able to provide a decent enough place for people to meet.

No visa cards accepted though - which I found slightly primitive. No laundry facilities. Decent enought wireless though.

Room Tip: I only experienced the dorm which was large, open, slightly dark but probably quite cool in the hot...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
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Additional Information about Istanbul Hostel

Property: Istanbul Hostel
Address: Kutlugun Sok. No:35 Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
#16 Best Value Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Istanbul Hostel is the place for you!We have dorm rooms that can sleep four or more guests on comfortable, extra long single mattresses. Our double rooms are neat and clean with extra large king-sized mattresses. The bathrooms are located outside the rooms and are continuously maintained. All our rooms are non-smoking and have central heating.For those who want to keep in touch with the world while in exotic Istanbul, we offer Satellite TV (showing English news and sports events). ... more   less 
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