“What’s a hostel?” I hear you ask. Well, it’s an affordable form of accommodation offering cheap hospitality, food and a sociable atmosphere, in dormitory style rooms. Visitors can rent a bunk bed with a shared bathroom, lounge and kitchen. And the rooms can be mixed, single-sex or private rooms. Here are the best hostels you can find in Istanbul.
1. Cheers Hostel
As the name suggests this boutique hostel’s aim is to cheer you up with its cheap service and cosy rooms. Located close to the historic city centre, Fatih, and surrounded by cafes and restaurants, it’s just a 9-minute walk to the famous Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Grand Bazaar, Underground Cistern, etc. This cosy place offers free breakfast, free Wi-Fi and a dry-cleaning option. It offers female dorms, mixed dorms, and private rooms.
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2. Juliet Rooms And Kitchen
Located in a peaceful and modern district Kadikoy/Moda, this budget-friendly and quiet hostel has lovely caring staff. Perfect for travellers seeking a tranquil atmosphere, it also offers free bike rental. It’s close to the beach and city centre so you can easily explore Kadikoy’s modern stores with the taste of boho-chic style or take long walks in the sand.
3. #bunk Taksim
Close to Taksim square with all its bars, clubs, and restaurants, this hostel will steal your heart due to its great location and low price. The building is a mix of dormitories and private rooms with a beautiful rooftop bar & cafe. This peaceful and modern hotel is perfect for a night in Istanbul. Despite its central location you won’t hear a thing in your hostel room.
4. Jumba Hostel
Set in a non-touristy area of the Beyoglu, this family run hostel offers an authentic Istanbul experience. The owners take care of everything including cleaning, cooking, calling taxis and booking flights. They’re on hand to answer any queries or questions via WhatsApp with all of the services free of charge; even breakfast is included in the price. The price is not specified so you’ll need to call them to discuss your requirements.
5. Agora Hostel
All I can say is that this is one of the cleanest hostels I’ve ever seen! It offers beds and rooms to suit everyone and is located in Fatih, just a short walk from Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Spice Market, Grand Bazaar and Topkapi Palace. Breakfast is included with the hostel price so it’s good for travellers trying to keep their costs down.
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6. Hush Hostel Lounge
This cosy hostel will feel like a home from home. The staff are extremely friendly and it has a beautiful garden where you can take part in morning yoga. It also has great transport links which you can take advantage of no matter how you’re travelling. The rooms are spacious with a modern touch and are also very clean.
7. Taksim Green House Hostel
This historic building has spacious yet comfortable rooms, with air conditioning, private bathrooms, and 24/7 hot water. The front desk staff are friendly, helpful and can answer all your questions about visiting Istanbul. Green House hostel is situated amid fabulous ancient surroundings and has great transport links so is ideally located for seeing all that Istanbul has to offer.
8. Chillout Lya Hostel Bar
Not too bad, not too good; this hostel is perfect for backpack budget travellers with its loud and proud bar. Located in Beyoglu/Taksim, it offers free breakfast served by courteous workers to ensure you have a great start to your day in Istanbul. You don’t even need to look for a place to drink since the hostel has its own bar with reasonable prices.
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