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Bestekar Osman Sokak,no :9 Divanyolu Cadeesi, Istanbul, Turkey

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149 Total Reviews
  • 91%Value For Money
  • 89%Security
  • 95%Location
  • 87%Staff
  • 78%Atmosphere
  • 91%Cleanliness
  • 80%Facilities

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Really nice hostel, I thought the staff were friendly and helpful. Also, I met some nice people in my room and we had some good conversations together.


The owner, Rifat, is always available to help in any way. Great location and close to the Hagia Sophia and the Grand Bazaar. It can be noisy due to all the restaurants and busy activities of the area and people coming in and out of the room. Normal hostel life! Bring ear plugs. Upstairs has a great view of the Blue Mosque. Be sure to step out onto the terrace. I watched many sunsets over the Blue Mosque here!


Negative: Very unfriendly staff. Towels were not included in the price. Breakfast was mediocre. Location and sorrounding area is super-touristic and "grabby". Bring a lock. Due to these reasons I left 3 nights earlier and didn't get any money back (might be ok policy-wise). Positive: Breakfast is included. A restaurant is attached to the Hostel with a cheap and good menu for Hostel guests. If you are into that touristic stuff the location is ideal. Roof-Terrace is great.

  • 25th May 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


I loved my stay here. The staff were wonderful and full of helpful advice. The location was ideal and it was easy to walk or use public transport wherever necessary. This was my second time staying, and I would not hesitate to stay here again.


Hostel was very cramped but rooms were extremely nice and very clean. Breakfast on roof was pretty basic but great location to see all the sites


Not all the staffs can speak English well except boss...

  • 31st Mar 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • China
  • Mixed Group, 18-24
  • (1 review)


The staff was great and helpful as ever. THANKS a lot. We really appreciated their attitude towards us since we had late change of plans and one person of our group abandoned us right before the trip to Istanbul. They made it possible to change the booking in the last moment, so we could feel safer in female dorm.


the hostel is in a great location, it has very spacious and clean rooms (the same for the bathrooms). Breakfast excellent and staff always available. highly recommended

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