Fine location with lockers provided and clean rooms. But the atmosphere is dead, with no common room besides an empty cafe and a layout that discourages socialising. Internet is slow/ often fails to work. Staff did little to make you feel at home or encourage you to approach them. Perhaps upon check in, invite guests down to the cafe for a welcome drink/ show them the sights, best places to eat etc. Ok but needs a more personalised and homely feel! More effort and a ton more sociability!
Safe and secure. Just off of Taksim. Helpful staff who are very accommodating to many changes of plan etc. VERY clean! Especially by comparison to the other hostels of Istanbul. Usually quiet enough for getting a sleep but given that it's located in the centre you have to expect a bit of noise. Decent kitchen. Atmosphere is lacking slightly. It is not the most social hostel. People usually come in groups or pairs and keep to themselves. At least during my stays. My budget pick in Istanbul!!
Excellent location, friendly and helpful staff, nice atmosphere with dinners, tours etc organised by staff. Much cleaner than the majority of hostels in the region, if not all. Excellent facilities with fancy tech equipment for movies on demand in the common area and a playstation etc, A great place to meet interesting people and to learn about the Israel-Palestine conflict. Highly recommended! A home away from home!
AMAZING value, great staff and interesting + friendly guests. Facilities are top notch, Dahab is awesome and the diving centre seems to be professional, is good value and has cool staff. Said and Osama are very welcoming from the moment you arrive and are always there to help. Breakfast is a MASSIVE buffet of hot and cold dishes. You can even order up some pancakes, omelettes etc included in the price! I liked it so much that I made a reservation for a second stay already, and for much longer