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“A home-like stay”
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Rapunzel Hostel
Ranked #66 of 1,061 Istanbul B&B and Inns
Beijing, China
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
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“A home-like stay”
Reviewed 10 May 2013

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.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 23 March 2013

Nice and friendly place. Basic but clean. Good heating and shower. Perfectly located between galata bridge and istiklal. I recommend the place for people travelling alone or with friends. Couples and families might want something more cosy though.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 6 March 2013

I LOVED staying at rapunzel! the people at the front desk were so friendly, helpful and knowledgable. the location is great- just across the bridge from all the touristy things but also close to istiklal street and all the taksim nightlife. the area by the hostel is well lit at night, close to many shops, restaurants, 2 supermarkets and a pharmacy. they are always playing awesome music, you can hang out in the dining room, lounge or rooftop terrace (with great views), and i found it was realllly easy to meet people there, which was great since i was traveling alone.

i can't recommend this hostel enough, next time i go to instanbul i will for sure be staying here again.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled solo
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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Reviewed 24 February 2013

We were greeted by friendly staff to a clean hostel in a super conveniently located hostel - just near Galata Tower! It's in a great location as a beginning point for walking to lots of major attractions, and there is a nice little bar/coffee area just around the corner. We stayed on the 1st floor and had 2 twin beds and our own bathroom. The room was nicely heated for cold February and the wifi was fast. Breakfast was okay, but just left more room to go out and sample all the good Turkish food! Plus there was great free coffee and tea available!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 23 January 2013 via mobile

My boyfriend and I stayed a few nights here while in Istanbul. The hostel itself is very charming, with a nice common/breakfast area with music playing and lots of information around the place about what to see and do. There's also a great rooftop terrace which would be lovely in the warmer months.

Living up to it's name it has a rather steep staircase, which I thought added to the charm of the building. It could be a bit noisy at night with people walking up and down but this didn't bother us at all.

Free tea/coffee all day and a free breakfast which is simple but nice.

Location is great, we walked everywhere but you could get a tram nearby if you'd prefer.

Last but not least the staff were all fantastic. One staff member in particular went out of his way to help when my boyfriend wasn't well, so thank you!

  • Stayed January 2013
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed 10 January 2013

True to being a hostel Rapunzel is very basic. Every person we came across managing the front desk was quite pleasant and decently knowledgeable to help us around the city. The rooftop has decent views and I would guess it can be quite pleasant on warm days.

The most important bit was the terrific location. Right next to Galata tower it makes most places one would want to go to (monuments, mosques, shopping, nightlife) in Istanbul within walking distance. The tram is also nearby if you prefer to not walk.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with friends
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Angers, France
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Reviewed 26 September 2012

We stay in a 6 bed rooms durıng september durıng 3 nights. Rapunzel is a good place to stay. You can enjoy the day and the night life in İstanbul and ask the reception for advices and tips. You feel like home and the breakfast is nice.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: Rapunzel Hostel
Address: Bereketzade District Bereketzade Cami Str. No:3 Arapcami, Beyoglu, Istanbul 34420, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Beyoglu
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #66 of 1,061 B&Bs / Inns in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Rapunzel Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 7
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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