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Istanbul Harmony Hostel
Ranked #81 of 1,234 Speciality Lodging in Istanbul
Reviewed 10 September 2013

I stayed at Harmony Hostel back in May before beginning a fellowship that took me across Turkey.Harmony was definitely a great experience-- due to three of the staff. Ahmed, Mahmood, and Rami were great. Very helpful and personable. Ahmed and Mahmood cooked breakfast every morning, which I have to say went beyond what you'll find at other hostels in Sultanahmet (most hostels provide the usual cheese, fruit, bread, cucumbers. etc., but not french toast or scrambled eggs!) Rami was very helpful in terms of check-in and front desk operations. All three should get raises or at least the owner should greatly appreciate everything they do for Harmony Hostel because the staff is what makes that place great.

The hostel itself (rooms, etc.) weren't particularly special and like with any hostel anywhere, bring an eyeshade and earplugs). but again it was the staff that would make me recommend Harmony Hostel to people. The rooftop did allow travelers to meet each other and hang out. And the staff went the extra mile in making recommendations for things to do, not only in the surrounding touristy section of Sultanahmet, but also across the Galata in Taksim, which is slightly less touristy and much more fun at night.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 7 September 2013

Excellent place to stay! With great and always friendly stuff.
All the big sights are 5 minutes walking, tram-station close by. Breakfast is very enjoyable :) and the roof terrace even better. If you are lucky you even get the pleasure of drinking a bear there with the big boss.
I can only advice everyone to go there.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled solo
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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!

Room Tip: The six-bed room is right under the terrace, so it can be a little loud late at night. If that bothe...
  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled solo
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Address: Hoca Pasa Mah. Hudavendigar Cad. No:26 Sirkeci, Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
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Ranked #81 of 1,234 Speciality Lodging in Istanbul
Price Range: £10 - £17 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 19
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