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“Small, cosy and clean” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Rapunzel Hostel
Ranked #53 of 1,012 Istanbul B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Berlin, Germany
Level Contributor
13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Small, cosy and clean”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2013

Been here in summer & winter and would come back anytime. It is a well run Hostel in the best part of town to stay really. And the staff is extremely nice, helpful and flexible.
This is my favorite place to stay in Istanbul and I will come back as long as it exists.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Toronto, Canada
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2013

Very charming hostel, would definitely recommend it! Friendly and helpful staff. Great location - very close to the Galata Tower, tramway, as well as a 20 min walk to Taksim square. Had a very clean private room & bathroom. Awesome rooftop terrace with amazing views of the city. Breakfast provided. WIFI everywhere - always a plus.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Toronto, Canada
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37 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2013

Rapunzel was more expensive than other hostels I've been to in Turkey, but it was worth the 18 EUR/night price.

Staff were helpful in giving directions and recommending places to eat. They also let me keep my luggage there for three days after I had checked out -- too accommodating!

Breakfast was good; your standard Turkish fare (cheese, tomatos, bread, olives) but lots of good spreads (hazelnut, jam, butter) and treats (cookies, brownies). Unlimited free water, coffee and tea throughout the day.

Lockers in dorms were a good size and the lock was sturdy. Bathroom was big and clean, although it sometimes smelled at the end of a long day because toilet paper was to be thrown in a garbage bin, not flushed (thankfully, bathrooms were cleaned every day).

A 5-min walk south takes you to Galata Bridge and the tram and a 5-min walk north takes you to Istiklal Caddesi (shopping) and the metro.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
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Thank msgee39
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Barcelona, Spain
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20 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2013

I spent 3 nights with my girlfriend in October. Couldn't be better.
Very nice welcome from the owner who offered us a tea while he was doing our check in.
Since it was not full, we got an upgrade to a bigger double room.
Hot shower all the time, towels and linen for free.
It is a very good starting point to visit this wonderful city.
Situated in a quite street, but few minutes walk from Isticlal Caddesi.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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geneva
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2013

We spent a week there in July with 2 friend, and we just loved it. The guys/girls who work there are really nice and helpful. Have drinks with you on the wonderful roof terrace, take you out, etc. The athmosphere in this hostel is just very particular, there is something in the air... Music, also, very nice music! The place is also very clean, no negative points! I cant wait to go back there! :)

Room Tip: We stayed in the 3 beds room, which is on the last floor, just in front of the roofterrace.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London
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12 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2013

I've stayed at Rapunzel for four nights at the end of May and had a fantastic time.
The place is clean and friendly, the area safe and ideally located between Istiklal Caddesi and Sultanahmet.
Galata Bridge is 5 mins walk downhill, very convenient for jumping on a ferry, enjoy a fish sandwich or yummy baklavas - just ask Furkan or Atlantik where the best shop is!
The roof terrace is cosy and perfect to meet people for breakfast or for a chat in the balmy evenings. The atmosphere is chilled, the music groovy and the views over the city at sunset soothing.
The only tiny downsides were the loudspeakers from the neighbouring mosque and the flexible check-in time which means people coming in at 2am and fiddling around with lockers etc.
Nothing major though, just carry some earplugs if you are a light sleeper.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled solo
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2013

The hostel is centrally located and close to most tourist attractions. The neighbourhood is very nice, there are a lot of shops, restaurants and cafés. The rooms are good and clean. The owners are very helpful and friendly. Good breakfast and there is a very nice rooftop terrace with nice views of Istanbul.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Rapunzel Hostel

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 #53 of 1,012 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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