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Akbiyik caddesi. No:20/1Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey

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322 Total Reviews
  • 73%Value For Money
  • 67%Security
  • 93%Location
  • 73%Staff
  • 80%Atmosphere
  • 67%Cleanliness
  • 73%Facilities

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Emailed ahead for early check in after long overnight bus ride when we arrive no staff are around eventually get our room which had blood stains on towels and Wet toilet roll so decided not to stay and went to denizs house where we stayed previously in Istanbul for lower rate per night.


We really love our stay. The staff is amazing. Lovely place and in a really good location.

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It's so nice place, and staff there very helpful and politics. It's really good hostel.


The location is not that good. Not easy to find. There is no sign in front of the building and we asked many people but no one knew. It may be close to Ayasofia and Topkapi but not close to tram station. Especially if you have to walk in the rain and cold. There are also many restaurants (pub/bar?) nearby so the night was quite noisy. We booked a room for 2 persons but there was only 1 towel. The room is small and quite cold at night. The blanket is thin. Wifi only 1st floor.


If you are coming to Istanbul, New backpackers is the place you should stay at! The host is such a good person, so friendly and helpful. We stayed here for two nights, a great experience. I love the way this hostel is decorated, really artistic. The street it is situated on is really nice, full of amazing restaurants. 5 minutes walk to blue mosque and hagia sophia.


Really good location, right next to Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. The staff is really friendly. Impossible to get a better cost-benefit in Istanbul! We are satisfied with the days we spent there and also with the price we paid.


location is really great in the middle of sultanahmet sites. The staff is really nice and helpfull and really capable in solving any problems. It was a really great stay, thanks a lot!


Not a place to meet people but good location, very comfortable rooms! The street can be loud at night but if you can sleep through some noise it shouldn't be a problem.


We were 6 South African girls staying in the New Backpackers a few weeks ago - we had a lovely time and found everything excellent and the staff very friendly and helpful. Yusef is the heart and soul of this vibrant hostel and restaurant and were always welcoming us so friendly when we were out. Whenever we had a problem, he was always there to quickly sort it out for us. Their food is excellent and it was nice to stay in the centre of the vibe.


Bring your earplugs this area is LOUD!!! I would recommend staying a few blocks in any directions from this hotel. This location is TOO noisy. There is club music from several establishments until 2-3am every night. The hotel itself is actually pretty quiet, but just in a really noisy area. The people that run this place are sort of strange and not overly friendly. Price was good, but you'll want a good night's sleep after seeing the sights in Istanbul.

  • 28th Sep 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 31-40
  • (1 review)


We were a group of 6 women 30+ to 50+.The staff mostly pleasant and obliging. I must mention Jusef ,especially. He MADE my stay , was respectful , kind ,thoughtful , ALWAYS pleasant . More attention paid to "housekeeping " .Not necessary to ask for toilet paper when you book into room for first time . I know it is a backpackers but a gradual update on the curtaining , bedlinen ,provision of blankets would be a +.Hakan most helpful with organising transport and the local haman.


The hostel is at walking distance from Topkapi, Agia Sophia, Blue Mosque and so on. It's located on a very noisy street so keep that in mind if you're planning to go to bed before 2AM. The room was small but clean. Most of the staff was friendly and helpful.


Hostel is great. Our room was clean and big. The location is excellent, you are located only a few minutes of walk from Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and Cistern Basilica. The staff is friendly and helpfull. Down stairs is a great restaurant wih excellent food. I would stay here again.


the hostel is in a really good location, five minutes walking to the blue mosque and well connected to reach every area of Istanbul. Clean, kind and friendly staff, helpful and nice people. It's perfect to spend one week in a great city like Istanbul

  • 7th Sep 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Italy
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)


The staff were helpful and friendly. The breakfast was OK. The dormitory (in the basement) was actually quieter than I expected despite the variety of music happening at street level. The shower was good but it wasn't kept very clean. The Wifi signal was poor most of the time - I understand this is common. Overall I had a pleasant stay but not exceptional. I guess you get what you pay for.


A brilliant little hostel with extremely friendly staff, delicious food and an amazing location. We stayed for four nights and couldn't have been happier with our choice.

  • 24th Aug 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • South Africa
  • Couple, 31-40
  • (1 review)


I absolutely recommend this hostel for its excellent location, friendly staff, good food and lively atmosphere, but I suggest to bring the bedsheets (and maybe even the towels) from home because ours, though they clearly had been washed, had permanent stains.

  • 23rd Aug 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Italy
  • Couple, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Friendly staff and good location. Free breakfast was nice. They didn't answer my e-mail-request for a airport transfer so I had to phone them to confirm. The dorm downstairs smelled like cave and was quite humid.


The breakfast was a bit small, and the room directly above the bar is loud at night, but has WiFi. The staff are friendly, and the room was well furnished. Good value for your money.


The location is brilliant, easy walking distance to most attractions and transport links. Staff are friendly and helpful but owner of attached cafe really pressures you to eat or drink there every time you arrive/get back. Wifi works in restaurant but not at all in rooms. There is no kitchen and no common area other than the restaurant. Easy to find but look for siva cafe as no backpackers sign. Don't pay 25 euro for a airport transfer either places nearby have them for 4 or 5 euro.

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