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minimal English spoken, but willing to try. it's an easy walk from the station through the arcade - start looking to your right after you've passed the post office, the facade is dark wood, and the reception is IN the restaurant/bar. the mixed dorm can get loud, it's immediately over the bar, but not terrible. if you're cycling and need to send your luggage ahead by Black Cat, their office is conveniently right next door.
really awesome place!
ideal location, great free walking tour and very helpful map. staff could be a bit more cheerful and hostel could do with a makeover, but overall definitely a good place to stay.
has all you need, decent location halfway between station and A bomb museum, walkable both ways. staff was helpful. feels like a hotel with dorm beds, though, not much going on in common area.
the backpackers is above a really nice bar, which is great if you have some yen to spare but also leaves the actual common room pretty empty - so if you're looking for company it'll cost you! the bathrooms are fantastic and extremely clean, beds comfy, dorms large enough. easily accessible from the metro, but very far from the viby neighborhoods - and with the metro closing at midnight that means you'll have an unintended curfew or spend more than the accommodation cost on taxis.
Izmir has no hostels that i could find. so you'll end up in a cheap hotel like this one, and it's pretty good. rooms are ancient and small, but clean and cheap for what you get. location isn't great, but again you won't have a choice unless you spend lots of money. to get to where you want to be, walk along the Kulturpark rather than the waterfront, it's shorter. lonely planet describes the area as the "redlight district". don't know about that, but as a single female i felt totally safe.
what this place might lack in character is more than made up for by Omar and his guys who run it. you'll want to explore pretty widely and not only stay in Fethiye itself, and they are full to the brim of USEFUL advice and will go out of their way to make things happen. old-school hostelling at its absolute best, a fantastic travel experience, thanks Omar and co.!!!
a five min walk to Taksim square, and the stop for the Havas shuttle bus to and from the airport, location is great. modern Istanbul's drag is between Taksim and Galata, but closer to Galata the hostels are either ridiculously noisy or so cramped you can't move. this hostel has you close to the action but far enough away you can sleep totally peacefully. ps - don't stay in Sultanamet! from Taksim you can get the tram easily, see the "must see sights", then come back in the evening and have fun!
not sure why this place gets such great reviews. sure, there are travertine tiles, fluffy white towls and feather duvets. but the rooms are TINY - two people in a four bed dorm was crowded. the noise from the street and bars is a killer unless you are ok to go to sleep at 3am. staff ranged from lovely to totally disinterested, but all were clueless. breakfast was stingy by Turkey standards. if you can afford a private room, and are looking to party the nights away, great. otherwise, run.
only one member of the staff could speak english, and we only met her once in three days - when we checked in. it was impossible to get even the simplest advice, make arrangements, or find out why the WIFI didn't work. breakfast was dodgy eggs or fried rice, instant coffee. looked like we were the only ones staying at this place, and no wonder, with kaosan road and all its viby hostels five minutes walk away. on the up-side, it was clean, quiet and the room was big - at that price it should be!!
- Avid Traveller
- South Africa
- Female, 31-40
- (12 reviews)