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Istiklal Hostel Reviews

Divanyolu cad no 70, Sultanahmet/Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey

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145 Total Reviews
  • 86%Value For Money
  • 83%Security
  • 96%Location
  • 88%Staff
  • 85%Atmosphere
  • 80%Cleanliness
  • 78%Facilities

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Great location,friendly sttaff


The only facility that is missing is cooking facility, but who needs to cook, the streets are lined with cheap eating places.


I am unhappy with the hostel and I am not recommending it to anyone. First, I could not connect to WiFi by my laptop from my room. Second, Despite I payed 54 euros for taxi from and back to the airport, on my way back, taxi first didn't show up and after the owner called for another taxi and I was taken to the airport, the driver insisted that I pay him another 40 lira. I regret I didn't simply take the metro.


This place is amazing! The location could not be better, the people are so nice, breakfast is really good, I can keep going. You guys are doing a good job, so keep it up! If we ever return to Istanbul, we will definitely stay here again! :)


I would like to thank you very much especially the owner as he was so kind and willing to help and make sure that you are happy during your stay . It was clean, nice terrace and good service..

  • 24th Jun 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Turkey
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)


The hostel is really well located (less that 5mts walk to the main attractions in the old town). The owner is a really nice guy and very gentle. But my friend and me had some issues that made our days there kind of uncomfortable: 1. we paid a 4 bedroom place and As soon as we arrived, we were offered a 7 bedroom because the one we booked was in another building. He told us that actually the 7 bedroom as more expensive for being more comfortable. We were tired and we accepted but we soon discove


very nice and friendly people both staff and manager, still need an improvement for the wi-fi facility in the other hostel building (not reaching inside the room)

  • 20th Jun 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Indonesia
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


excellent location, clean beds, good staff. I will definitely choose Istiklal Hostel again when I go to Istanbul again!


Best hostel ever! The host are so nice! We watched the World Cup in the living room. So nice atmosphere and great humor from the host!

  • 16th Jun 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Taiwan
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


I had a superb experience in the hostel, the owner and his team of workers were splendid in their customer service. Friendly, helpful, and genuine. Lockers were available and the room was always clean. The staff were prompt in cleaning any mess. Highly recommend. Ps: apart the 7 storey climb during your check in, everything else was perfect!


I was with family there for one week it was great place with friendly staff ,location was the best . I really liked the place maybe next year i will come again to the same hostel . I want to thank all of u for great service :). Mashed jeena

  • 7th Jun 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Finland
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


No cleaning/new sheets/towels for 4 days Payment by card was specified on the page of the hostel (and in the confirmation email as well) but manager didn't accept it, we had to withdraw money from ATM, was an unnecessary burden. Was expecting more helpfulness and friendliness. A baggage locker would be nice at the bottom of the house so we didn't need to take the luggages up 4 floors..


If I'm going back to Istanbul, I'm sure gonna stay here again :)


Amazing location, staff, everything. They change the sheets and provides new towel everyday! It's almost like a hotel. Only thing to know is that you have to walk all the way up to the top floor to check in.


Best hostel I stayed at in Turkey and made a great first impression when I got to Istanbul. Terrace is lovely and comfy and breakfast is good and simple. Felt very home-y here. Tram line right outside the door, not to mention that at least 4 of Istanbul's biggest attractions are less than 5 minutes away on foot. Thanks Dodo!


The private room are located 8min away from the hostel!!!!!! it's not close to the blue mosquee.


- We were a couple and they put us in a 4-person bedroom (one double bed + 2 individual beds) - The double bed was so bad and so dirty that my girlfriend and I had to sleep in the individual beds. That is a total shame when you go on holiday with your partner - We couldn't reach the wifi connection all the time - The bathroom was very dirty. - The reception girl was absent most of the time so you can't get any advice.. She doesn't speak english at all - The breakfast is at another place..


I LOVED THIS HOSTEL!! located perfectly, right neat all the main sites and right on the tram line at Sultanahmet station. Don is brilliant and can't do enough to help you. I will go back here every stay in Istanbul.


Easily one of the greatest hostels I have ever stayed in! Our welcome into the hostel was friendly and warm and the service immpecable. There is a bit of hike up some stairs to get to the main part of the hostel, but the view from the terrace is worth it! If you have a large suitcase, plenty of help is offered to carry it up. We were literally a 2 minute walk from the Blue Mosque and the Haiga Sofia and the Sultanahmet tram stop which will take you all over the city.


We booked a private room and ended up in a totally different hotel with average facilities. We had booked with this hostel twice and ended up in another totally different hostel on our second trip back to Istanbul. It was average in this regard however all three hostels were in a great location, they were clean and the staff are really friendly

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