Rapunzel is very conveniently located, just behind Galata tower, which is only 5-10minutes walk from Istiklal street, main location in Istanbul's downtown for shopping, a good dinner, couple of drinks, clubbing, watching a movie or visiting an on-going art exhibition. Though the property is tiny, it only benefits from its size being very cozy and making it easy to catch up with follow travellers. I stayed in the dome room (female dormitory, 6 beds). It was pretty much first time I shared a room with complete strangers, but I did not find any difficulties spending 7 nights in it, since the room, shared bathroom, trash bin have been always kept clean, each of us had a big safe locker, where you can not only put your money, passport, but also the whole bit of the camera gear or other valuaables (that one is pretty much important to me, as I was carrying quite a bit of camera stuff). Each bed also has an individual reading lamp, which is very thoughtful, because you do not need to disturb roommates with switching the light on/off, in case you need to wake up early/go to bed late. The hostel provides brkf, which is included into the room's price. For the sake of diversity I 've been eating out couple of times, but if you are not the staying that long, the breakfast in the hostel is a quality one and its huge, I could never finish one, in standard western way, it's 2 brks, I'd say. I have to say a separate word about the owners: these guys are awesome!!! All of the team was very supportive and always ready to explain the way to the sight you plan to go, to recommend the most optimal visiting schedule, if you are short of time. They also regularly publish the list of what's on in the city, guiding you to the main concerts, exhibitions, performances, etc I really loved the experience and the hosts' personal attitude, hope to be back one day and thanks once again to Rapunzel team for making this journey a really memorable experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rapunzel Hostel is centrally located in the hip and happening area of Istanbul, "Galata" (in the Beyoglu district) offering a budget hostel next to the famous Galata Tower. Istiklal Street, with its nightlife, shopping and famous cosmopolitan atmosphere is only 5 min away;as is Tunel square, which is officially the trendiest place in Istanbul right now, with a mixture of cool cafes and bars. The old city "Sultanahmet", which holds all the principal monuments of Istanbul, is also 5 min away by tram. The nearest metro station is 2 min, tram and bus stops are 3 min walking distance away from our beloved hostel. It is a place at the heart of the city, offering you a cosy and comfortable base from which to explore the unforgettable beauty of Istanbul. ... more less
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