I was only coming back to Istanbul for one night and wanted somewhere cheap since I was leaving early for the airport. I paid 13 lira for a dirty mattress that looked like they pulled it out of a crack house. There were 6 mattresses on a covered balcony, supplied with dirty looking fleece blankets and pillows without pillow cases. The bathrooms were poorly equiped and they technically make you buy their beer and prohibit outside beer.
There was only me and another guy in the dorm room during my stay so security was less of an issue, but if the 16 or so bed room was full I would be concerned since the room is unlocked and there are no lockers.
This has been the best hostel I have stayed at during my time in Turkey. I slept wonderfully in the cave-dorm room, since it stayed nice and cool and was pitch black at night. The staff was exceptionally friendly and helpful with everything imaginable. Their freshly cooked breakfast served in the morning was great. The hostel had a good atmosphere for meeting and hanging out with people.
A decent hostel, but the key system is a little annoying. There is only one key for the room which allows you to turn the lights on and when people leave they take the key back to the front desk. On occasion I would go to the washroom and return to a locked room and would have to go to the front desk. Also, there is only one sink for a floor, makes things a little busy at bedtime.
The hostel is in a great location and the main guy running the show is really helpful, but the hostel is not ideally set up. The 10 bed dorm only has one bathroom and the room gets really hot and stuffy. I stayed 3 nights and never had a decent sleep.
Stayed at this hostel twice and both times were brilliant. It's really clean, the staff is amazing and the atmosphere is nice and relaxed. More hostels need to be like Shanti 2.
Sunny Lake is fantastic, has such a great atmosphere.
Definitely the cleanest hostel I have ever stayed in and the staff is so friendly and helpful.
The hostel had a lot of character and blended the hostel world and the riad world. The staff were exceptionally helpful and friendly and when you first arrive they sit down with you and show you where things are on a map. The breakfast has variety and is served fresh when you wake up. The only down side was the number of beds in a small room. I was in a room maybe 8' x 15' and there were three bunk beds and practically no space for everyone's bags.
It was a simple room, was clean and the owners are exceptionally nice and helpful.
The hostel has a great atmosphere making it easy to meet people and the staff were always really helpful. I would definitely stay at St. Christophers again whether that be in Barcelona or somewhere else.
Comfortable bed, clean facilities and a great breakfast. The one downside was when I arrived there was no one at the hostel regardless of me ringing the doorbell, so I had to walk around and find a phone to call them, but it was relatively painless.