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“Good location, bad breakfast”

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Istanbul Harmony Hostel
Ranked #94 of 1,218 Speciality Lodging in Istanbul
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“Good location, bad breakfast”
Reviewed 29 August 2013 via mobile

The location is excellent, but really noisy street. The worse it was breakfast. It starts at 9! Most monuments start the visit at 9, so is not very convenient schedule. It is not very good and they charges even for a juice. Until second floor there is no elevator. Then you can take a creepy elevator and afterwards you can go upstairs two floors more to the terrace. Beds with an useful space under the bed, but not very comfortable.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Reviewed 28 August 2013 via mobile

The location is excellent, but really noisy street. The worse it was breakfast. It starts at 9! Most monuments start the visit at 9, so is not very convenient schedule. It is not very good and they charges even for a juice. Until second floor there is no elevator. Then you can take a creepy elevator and afterwards you can go upstairs to the terrace. Beds with an useful space under the bed, but not very comfortable.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Reviewed 20 July 2013 via mobile

Perfect location - only 5 mins walk from the Blue mosque & as its on the tram line it's easy to navigate to from everywhere - less than 10 mins walk from the ferry (Eminonu). The staff (Anya & Ahmed) are welcoming & helpful & really manage to help lone travellers join in with story-sharing at the end of the night on the terrace. Breakfast is great (especially when Ahmed makes French toast!), the rooms are scrupulously clean & huge with air con, large bathroom & shower, lockers & loads of storage under the mattress. Not having bunk beds or trying to cram too many beds into each dorm really makes for a comfortable stay & having a code on the door makes you feel secure. Overall, everything I want from a hostel & more than I expected. I won't stay anywhere else in Istanbul - thank you for a wonderful week :-) xx

  • Stayed July 2013
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Reviewed 10 July 2013

It is my second time in this hostel, the fisrt time was great, the location is very good and the commodities are exellent for the price and i've been really amazed this time as i discovered the hostel totaly transformed, the rooms are more comfortable, there are more services such as the bar in the terrasse with an amazing view on the city ! The staff is very friendly, and really knows how to wellcome the travelers ! I strongly recommend it!

  • Stayed July 2013
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Reviewed 1 July 2013

The location of Harmony is perfect, right by the Gülhane tram stop. Not that you need the tram, really. You're walking distance from everything in Sultanahmet, the Grand Bazaar, the Spice Market, and Galata Bridge. In fact, from the terrace you can see Aya Sofya on one side, and there are great views of Galata Tower from the other. The terrace is the star. It's the common room, and very uncommonly so. Pillows and couches, apple tea, other drinks too. Breakfast is delicious (tomatoes, cucumbers, bread, jam, cheese, eggs.) They play great music, Ahmed and Mahmood love their music! They were EXTREMELY friendly and helpful. And the beds were comfortable too!

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled solo
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Cape Town
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Reviewed 15 May 2013

Harmony Hostel is the best! The location is paramount to a vacation in Turkey as it is close to Ataturk Airport (40 minutes drive), local trams, eateries and all city sightseeing. The staff at Harmony Hostel are at hand 24-7 and are genuinely helpful and eager to please. Rooms and bathrooms are clean and regularly serviced. The rooftop terrace is a special surprise as the view of the city is amazing and one need not go looking for entertainment as this place is home from home. Internet, reading material and music always available.
I would not hesitate to recommend this hostel to anybody looking for the real Turkish experience.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Newark, Delaware
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Reviewed 15 May 2013

I *Loved* my stay at the Istanbul Harmony Hostel.
The staff is key - they are SO hospitable, SO helpful, SO respectful, and very accommodating. I felt they were just genuinely really wonderful guys. they made me feel more than comfortable and helped me out all the time.
The rooms are spacious, clean, comfortable, and I love how you keep your luggage underneath the bed (it opens up). there's also spacious locked safes for any valuables- you could fit a book bag (not totally stuffed) in there. The water pressure was great in the shower and there was always hot water when needed. The sweetest lady can be seen every day cleaning the place up making sure all is well and tidy. The owner is always around and is very respectful if you need anything. The rooftop terrace is ideal- lots of cushions and low tables, drinks and hookah and often they have barbeques and things like that - it's a great place to meet the other travelers (all of whom were amazing adventurers IMO) and just hang out.
It felt like a great slumber-party. I spent some of my time in the mixed room and the rest in the female-only room. Both were wonderful - the female only dorm had a nice dresser with large mirrors and sitting stool in addition to the mirror in the bathroom - great for doing make up and hair in the morning.
The location was PERFECT: within walking distance to hagia sophia, blue mosque, grand bazaar, everything around sultahnamet area and the metro is RIGHT there to get anywhere else. it's nearby a big gorgeous park where the red roses just smell so wonderful - go check it out! There's tons of cafes, restaurants, shopping, and more right on the street. Its a very safe and touristy area - I walked around every night alone and never had any problems or felt uncomfortable.
The internet also worked whenever needed and I just overall had a fantastic experience staying here. the place, location, staff, and other people staying there made for a beautiful experience! Highly recommend.

(Shiraz, America 2013 trip)

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled solo
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Property: Istanbul Harmony Hostel
Address: Hoca Pasa Mah. Hudavendigar Cad. No:26 Sirkeci, Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet , Sirkeci
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Ranked #94 of 1,218 Speciality Lodging in Istanbul
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Number of rooms: 19
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