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Big Apple Hostel & Hotel
Ranked #39 of 1,202 Speciality Lodging in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
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“Friendly staff, clean rooms, great breakfast”
Reviewed 8 July 2014

I stayed in the Big Apple in June 2014 and I was very impressed with everything about the hostel. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful, and could speak good English. I wasn't expecting a breakfast to be included, considering the price, but alas, one of the best buffet breakfasts I've ever seen was included! The rooms and bathrooms were clean and reasonably sized, and the beds were comfortable. The rooftop lounge was very sociable; my friends and I would sit there in the evenings and it was easy to get chatting to other travelers. The location was within walking distance of all the sights. Lots of good restaurants in the vicinity as well.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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mehmet b, Genel Müdür at Big Apple Hostel & Hotel, responded to this review, 11 July 2014
My dearest guest, I am Mehmet,the Manager of the hostel , I would like to thank you for your review about big apple hostel on tripadvisor.I appreciate your kind comments. we will be very happy to host you with the same passion in big apple hostel when you come back to Istanbul. Warm regards from Istanbul
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 July 2014

Stayed in the 6-bed bunk which was quite comfy. The staff at the hostel were great, happy to chat and were helpful with getting to know the city. The breakfast is superb!!! The best place to hang out is on the roof where people are easy to meet. The location is great as you are only a 10 minute walk to the Blue Mosque and near the tram which can take you all over the city. Would totally recommend staying here!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled solo
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mehmet b, Genel Müdür at Big Apple Hostel & Hotel, responded to this review, 9 July 2014
My dearest guest, I am Mehmet,the Manager of the hostel , I would like to thank you for your review about big apple hostel on tripadvisor.I appreciate your kind comments. we will be very happy to host you with the same passion in big apple hostel when you come back to Istanbul. Warm regards from Istanbul
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Maidenhead, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 4 July 2014

Stayed here recently with a group of friends. I have to say the hostel exceeded my expectations. From the moment we arrived, the staff were super friendly and welcoming. The room was great and bathroom clean (although it'll benefit from having additional toilets on the ground floor). I think one of the perks of the Big Apple is the roof top terrace which had great views of the sea and blue mosque. It is close to quite a lot of the main tourist attractions as well as restaurants so you'll be spoilt for choice. If I ever come back to Istanbul, I won't hesitate staying here again! Thank you guys for making our graduation trip enjoyable & memorable

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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mehmet b, Genel Müdür at Big Apple Hostel & Hotel, responded to this review, 9 July 2014
My dearest guest, I am Mehmet,the Manager of the hostel , I would like to thank you for your review about big apple hostel on tripadvisor.I appreciate your kind comments. we will be very happy to host you with the same passion in big apple hostel when you come back to Istanbul. Warm regards from Istanbul
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 July 2014

I recently stayed here with a group of friends for 4 nights and I must say the Big Apple is the nicest hostel I have been too. The staff were incredibly friendly and welcoming, the breakfast was amazing, and the rooms were cleaned regularly. If I go back to Istanbul, I will not think twice about staying in this hostel.
Also, the location is great, lots of nice restaurants and shops nearby, The hostel has a nice rooftop where we had breakfast and chilled in the evenings. I simply cannot sing its praise enough!!!!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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mehmet b, Genel Müdür at Big Apple Hostel & Hotel, responded to this review, 9 July 2014
My dearest guest, I am Mehmet,the Manager of the hostel , I would like to thank you for your review about big apple hostel on tripadvisor.I appreciate your kind comments. we will be very happy to host you with the same passion in big apple hostel when you come back to Istanbul. Warm regards from Istanbul
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 2014

I stayed here with a group of 6 people for 3 nights. This is the nicest hostel that I've ever been to - the rooftop area is awesome!! The breakfast is absolutely amazing, and the staff is super friendly and helpful. The only downside is that there are a lot of single rooms and not really a central hang out space so it might be hard to meet people if you're traveling alone.

Also the location is absolutely perfect!!! It is on a really cute street and even closer to the Blue Mosque than I expected.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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mehmet b, Genel Müdür at Big Apple Hostel & Hotel, responded to this review, 8 July 2014
My dearest guest, I am Mehmet,the Manager of the hostel , I would like to thank you for your review about big apple hostel on tripadvisor.I appreciate your kind comments. we will be very happy to host you with the same passion in big apple hostel when you come back to Istanbul. Warm regards from Istanbul
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2014

These comments come from a 75 country explorer and tourism professional. 'Big Apple' is an awesome choice for Istanbul. Its location in Sultanahmet is ideal.. just steps away from dozens of restaurants, and all the famous mosques and sites and tram. The staff are so very kind, helpful, respectful and welcoming. Kuddos to Mehmet and Enver... two of the nicest people you'll meet in Istanbul. Breakfast is plentiful and with a gorgeous deck with views. Can easily arrange airport transfers.

Shared bathroom / shower is small.
Really need one additional toilet and shower for dorm use.

Room Tip: Shared bathroom is not located on every floor, so perhaps plan accordingly.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled solo
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mehmet b, Yönetici at Big Apple Hostel & Hotel, responded to this review, 29 June 2014
My dearest guest, I am Mehmet & Enver ı,the Manager of the hostel , I would like to thank you for your review about big apple hostel on tripadvisor.I appreciate your kind comments. we will be very happy to host you with the same passion in big apple hostel when you come back to Istanbul. Warm regards from Istanbul
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 June 2014

A friend and I were travelling to Istanbul for a week holiday. On arrival the staff were welcoming and acomodating. Despite myself arriving at 1am, they allocated me a private room at no extra cost to avoid upsetting other guests.
They were knowledgable about the area and even helped us book trips to Cappadocia (a must see). The facilities were clean and up to a exellent standard. The location is second to none. With the Blue mosque a stroll away. Cannot recommend this hostel enough. Ideal for backpackers, couples, solo travellers and even familes.
Thanks alot for the memories guys.

Regards Michael (the doctor)

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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mehmet b, Genel Müdür at Big Apple Hostel & Hotel, responded to this review, 29 June 2014
My dearest guest, I am Mehmet,the Manager of the hostel , I would like to thank you for your review about big apple hostel on tripadvisor.I appreciate your kind comments. we will be very happy to host you with the same passion in big apple hostel when you come back to Istanbul. Warm regards from Istanbul
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Property: Big Apple Hostel & Hotel
Address: Cankurtaran Mah. Akbiyik Cad. Bayram Firini Sok. No:12 Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #39 of 1,202 Speciality Lodging in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Big Apple Hostel & Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
By air - we have a 24 hour pick-up service. We can collect you from the Ataturk airport (Main Airport on the European side) for 30 € this cost is not only per person but for up to five people in total. Please meet at the Meeting Point pick up next to the information desk number 1. We will need to know your airline, flight number, arrival date and time. Please also specify if you are arriving at Ataturk airport or Sabiha Gocken airport. Please email us this information at least 24 hours before you are due to arrive. ... more   less 
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