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Rapunzel Hostel
Ranked #71 of 1,092 Istanbul B&B and Inns
Reviewed 9 June 2014

This quaint little hostel has excellent location and an awesome staff. The 3 owners which are almost always there make you feel very welcoming and right at home. They are super easy to talk to, hang out with you on the terrace, and very helpful. The location is perfect if your staying a few days and plan to travel back and forth between beyolgu and Istanbul mainland, where are the daytime tourist attractions are located. Istanbul mainland has nothing to offer after sun down and beyolgu has shops, restaurants, and nightlife. I highly recommend this place.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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RapunzelGuesthouse, Owner at Rapunzel Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded 22 September 2014

Thank you for your kind feedback.
It's a pleasure to hear that you enjoyed your stay.

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Reviewed 15 May 2014

I liked our stay in Rapunzel. The name made us a bit confused, as it states Rapunzel Guesthouse on booking site and Hostel on actual building and just for a bit we were wondering whether there's another. But that problem got solved quite fast. The staff was friendly and helpful, though they didn't mention the towel rental system to us and we went without a towel during our stay. But got cleaned in a hamam so that was solved as well. The rooms are basic but clean and comfortable, en suite bathroom allright. I really loved the terrace with beautiful views.

My only complaint is about the sleep quality. Firstly, that cannot be avoided, note that there's a mosque nearby and you'll be waken up very early in the morning by the call to the prayer. It's something that couldn't be helped with and if you mind, check other locations. However the inner room walls are also very thin so anytime someone went up or down the stairs and they were chatting, we heard and it disturbed us during our sleep. That's more a problem of the guests, but I would like to suggest the staff to remind the guest staying and talking on the corridors there are other people trying to sleep and they hear everything going on the corridor.

Haven't tried the breakfast as we always left around 7 in the morning, so can't comment on that.

Overall nice and friendly hostel in a good location ideal for young people.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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RapunzelGuesthouse, Owner at Rapunzel Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded 22 September 2014

Thank you for your feedback.
We are always flattered with these positive reviews.
Regarding the mosque nearby, there is no space in Istanbul that you don't hear the call for prayer since there are 3190 active mosques in the city. Last but not least, we also think that this belongs to the daily life in the city. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay and would love to host you again.

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Reviewed 12 May 2014

The staff is here is so great. They're super helpful with any question you might have. The rooms themselves are clean and spacious. It's close to Galata Tower, the main shopping street, and the main tourist attractions (about a 20 minute walk for the last one). The breakfast is delicious and the roof terrace was absolutely beautiful!

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 6 April 2014

The hostel was a little hard to find, so I advise arriving during the day, but other than that, our stay was lovely. The staff are very welcoming and can give you tips on places to visit, the beds are super comfy and clean, and the rooftop is a really nice place to eat breakfast. I highly recommend this hostel. In addition, it's a great location, close to Galata Tower and other major sites.

In some reviews, I've read that the call to prayer from the mosque next door can be disruptive, but I slept through it most of the time. It's also part of the cultural experience.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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3  Thank Emilia87SanFrancisco
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Reviewed 12 March 2014

Rapunzel has a great hipsterish vibe, with a fantastic terrace, and great accommodations. It's comfortable and clean with awesome helpful staff. The proximity to galata tower is really nice. The breakfast is also really good.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 January 2014

Great welcome at midnight (hot tea to warm me up and lots of smiles !!!). Great help with directions, cheapest taxi, more fresh mint tea after a morning of shopping, super clean, organized, oh and the breakfast !!!! Superb :)))) Perfect location, and wonderful decor, wi-fi works fine, well I think I ve made my point. Book now, and you won t regret it :) I didn't !!

Room Tip: I stayed in a dorm, the bathroom is inside, big plus !!!
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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 11 December 2013

My boyfriend and I stayed here our first few nights in Istanbul and it was perfect. Cozy, clean, super friendly staff, great little breakfast and an awesome location. I'd stay here again and recommend it to others. We had a very spacious room with our own bathroom. It was quiet and they have someone at the desk 24/7.
We loved this place.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Alyssa R
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Additional Information about 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
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Ranked #71 of 1,092 B&Bs / Inns in Istanbul
Price Range: £38 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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