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“Great location, great friends” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Second Home Hostel
Ranked #4 of 1,175 Speciality Lodging in Istanbul
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Abuja
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4 reviews
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“Great location, great friends”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2014

Second home hostel turned out to be a great pick for me and my girlfriend. We stayed there for 5 nights, and thoroughly enjoyed the central location and great people. The highlight was easily the hukka smoking on the rooftop overlooking Istanbul. The hosts of the hostel are amazing, and they make the stay worthwhile.

Most of the old city attractions are within walking distance, and its minutes walk away from the water. I will definitely go back there again.

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Cleanliness
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Nelson, New Zealand
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15 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2014

Having stayed in hostels in many countries we were a bit wary of what to expect in Istanbul, especially with the prices as high as those in Singapore or New Zealand. No worries here. Second Home was all we could ask for in a fantastic location in the old city, but on a quiet street. The room was simple, but very clean, as were the bathrooms and toilets. The free breakfast was about the best we have had at a hostel. Most important though was the incredible hospitality of Memo and his staff. You just don't expect this level of care in a hostel that sees so many folks come and go. No question, Second Home made our stay in Istanbul more comfortable and enjoyable and at a very reasonable price. Thanks.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Goreme, Turkey
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2014

I went to Istanbul for tourism fair last week. I stayed in Second Home Hostel. This hostel is really nice. Second Home Hostel is centrally located and also near historical sites of Istanbul such as Hagia Sophia,Blue Mosque just 5 minutes by walking.
Staffs of Second Home Hostel are very friendly. You feel like your home. They help you all kind of your need. Many thanks to Mr. Can(Owner of the hostel), Mr.Kaan for his nice Turkish Tea, Mr. Mehmet(Recepsitionist), Mr. Omer(Public relations of hostel). I would like to stay Second Home Hostel if I go to Istanbul again. Strongly recommended who wants to visit Istanbul.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Brisbane, Australia
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2014

Having visited Istanbul before, I would say this hostel is the perfect for the first-timer to explore this amazing city. Located right in the heart of the Old City, all major attractions are easily walk-able in just 10 minutes. Rooms are basic but clean and well-priced. There's good wifi, computers, a laundry service and they can help you with your visits to other parts of Turkey.

To top that, you get excellent service from the staff - they really do treat you like family. They take time not only to give your suggestions for your stay but to also get to know you. I owe the great time at this hostel to the staff. I now have a second home in Istanbul!

Big thanks to Susie, Can, Huseyin, Omer and Memo!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank joanniez
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3 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2014

I am writing this from the perspective of someone who has never visited Turkey before, but I can tell you that having stayed at Second Home Hostel, I am now someone who can't wait to visit again! Although the rooms are not extra-special as far as hostels go, they are definitely clean and they're properly heated/air conditioned, they have adequate wifi (best in the common area), and they're comfortably spacious for one or two people. I should mention I stayed in a single room. The staff were excellent, they welcomed me when I arrived from a very long flight with open minds and Turkish coffee. They were in no rush to check me in or receive payment, and that set the tone for the entire trip. I've never had staff present themselves in this way before, not since. They way they make you feel at ease is truly unique. Also, they went out of their way to get to know you, make recommendations, and arrange outings to clubs on Istiklal Cadessi (major shopping and nightlife avenue near Taksim Square) which are somewhat hard to find and understand if you've never been. I was actually even invited by one staff member to dinner with him and some friends when I had no plans one evening. Needless to say if you're considering staying at this hostel you must want to be near the sights, and it's literally a 5 to 10 minute stroll uphill or downhill from the hostel. Everything you'd want to see is easy to get to because the tram to other parts of town is also located at the end of the street on which the hostel sits. It may also be worth mentioning that the crowd here is not necessarily backpackers, during my stay I actually met other young travelers like myself who preferred something just a touch above rock-bottom hostel prices, as well as many masters and PhD students in town for studies or seminars, and even some older folk coming through for business or travel. I highly recommend this hostel for anyone seeking some refuge in the midst of a chaotic and wildly fascinating city.

  • Stayed January 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2014

We stayed at Second Home hostel during our first few days in Istanbul. The hostel is very clean, with a good system regarding the shared bathrooms. It is also located in Gulhane, very close to a lot of restaurants, the Egyptian Bazaar and public transport. The staff is amazing, we had quite a few nights of entertainment with the staff as well as the other guests and it was a great introduction to Istanbul. The hostel is within walking distance to the Blue Mosque and Aya Sofia, as well as many other attractions. Memo was also a great help in helping us to arrange the rest of our tour in Turkey. A special thanks to the amazing staff - John, Memo, Suzie and Omar :) And thanks again for the lovely apple tea!

Room Tip: We had a private room, but all the rooms seem lovely.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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San Diego, California
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2014

I could tell by smiles on people I met staying at Second Home that it would be a terrific place to stay, so I transferred there quickly. The staff is superb ....friendly and warm, and they know how to keep a good atmosphere, and to have a good time too! Can ("John"), the manager, makes sure that rooms and baths are clean and well organized. Unfortunately, Zsuzsanna will be leaving, but the other staff is very attentive too. The floors are quiet and guests seem very respectful. Being an older, solo traveler, I'm probably more critical than some others, but everything was satisfying at Second Home. Good price, good quality, great company. Highly reccommended.

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Second Home Hostel
Address: Ebussuut No: 19 Sirkeci, Istanbul, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 1,175 Speciality Lodging in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Second Home Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to your 'Second Home' in Istanbul !We have been providing a welcoming, clean and safe place for visitors with the best location since 2009 !Dormitory, hostel rooms, private rooms or suites; we have every kind of accomodation choices. So there will certainly be something to match your budgetTravelling alone or in a group, there are plenty of opportunities to socializeWe can arrange tours in Istanbul, give helpful tips and information about the city, and help with any other of your travel needs.We are looking forward to seeing you. ... more   less 
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