I stayed here for almost 6 nights in December 09 and January '10 in the female dorms. The dormitories are very clean with equally clean bathrooms and showers. It is also located very near to the historical attractions in Sultanahmet. While some individual bed curtains and night-lights would have been welcome additions to the hostel, the best reasons to stay here are the very helpful staff and the view from the roof terrace.
The staff are, like a reviewer mentioned below, genuinely helpful and nice people. I have seen the staff helping other guests with travel arrangements, sightseeing and meal recommendations and even general things like making phone calls around Istanbul and etc. One of the staff members also helped me write down clear instructtions for getting to Goreme Cappadocia from Istanbul.
The other highlight of the hostel is the rooftop terrace. This is where breakfast is served everyday - the view is great, overlooking the Bosphorus where ships regularly sail across.
Overall, my stay here was good. I would definitely recommend my friends to stay here because of the good value for money, genuine helpfulness of the staff, cleanliness of the dorms, and great location.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hostel Big Apple Hotel Istanbul