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“Fun hostel and fantastic staff!”
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Cheers Hostel
Ranked #4 of 1,246 Speciality Lodging in Istanbul
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Reviewed 6 December 2013

Showed up out of the blue...not once but three times and each time was met with the smiles of old friends. The place is spotless clean, breakfast is wonderful, and everyone is exceedingly helpful and kind. One of my favorite hostels by far.

And İ should also mention the bar upstairs has a view to die for and the music selection ıs deliciously eclectic.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 5 December 2013 via mobile

Cheers is fantastic! Stayed there for a week, left to explore more of Turkey, came back again for a few more days. Have nothing but recommendations for this place for anyone who is visiting Istanbul. It's right in the heart of the old city, a literal 3 minute walk to the Hagia Sophia and Sultanahmet transit station. The place is super clean, the beds are comfortable, they offer both dorm style and private rooms, a free breakfast, and an awesome bar upstairs. The staff is ridiculously helpful, ready to offer advice and suggestions for the city, and always go the extra mile to make sure you have an excellent stay. Seriously can't recommend this place enough just for its location and amenities, but the best part is that the atmosphere is perfect for meeting other people and making new friends.
Also, Olga is the best. Seriously. Stay here. Meet her. Thank me later.

Stayed: December 2013, travelled with friends
Thank Spidermonkeyfx
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Reviewed 5 December 2013

If you are travelling alone and it's your first time in Istanbul, I don't think you will find another hostel as great as Cheers. I will enumerate the reasons to make it easier:

1.) Value for money. I stayed in the female dorm (Lemon Tree) 3 bunk beds. Huge room, plenty of space to open your suitcase without bothering another's. There are tiny wood lockers for your passport/money (and maybe if your suitcase or backpack is tiny enough, it might fit there).

2.) Location. It is literally 2 blocks away from the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Blue Cistern (Medusa heads). It's in between Gulhane and Sultanahmet tram stops. And you will never get lost if you follow the tram line, it will lead you to the corner going to Cheers.

3.) ROOFTOP BAR! As you can see in the pictures from people who stayed in the hostel, this place has an amazing bar with a beautiful view of the Blue Mosque. Visit it at early morning and late night to get the best shots (and pair it with shots of Raki!!!).

4.) THE STAFF: You will never find a more fun bunch of people who manage Cheers--
Tarik - the sweetest receptionist. He knows and remembers everyone. My first night, I arrived around 1930 and I was confused as to whether or not the payment was in Euro or Turkish Lira. But he took care of that. Then he immediately asked what my plan was for that night. Because I was travelling alone, he made sure that I was going to dinner with other people at the hostel who were also travelling solo (and now I'm glad he did because we are now all friends!).
Onur - The owner of Cheers. He is a character and you will remember him forever!
Selim - The party-thrower. He knows where to go for late night drinks/nargile (hookah). Never a boring time with this guy around!
Olga - My gal, tour guide and glad to say, my friend. She is the sweetest, and she knows everyone in the neighborhood. Because of that, be friends with her and ask her where to buy Turkish Delights and spices for the best prices. I will miss her the most!
Ahmet - Quiet but friendly and will go out of his way to give you what you need.

Now, because of the rooftop bar that's open until around 0100, if you don't like to party and just sleep, better to bring earplugs. But come on, are you really going to sleep at 10pm? The people who stayed and met at the hostel are the best human beings I've met so far in my life. The bar area has the most awesome sectional that guests can use to relax, have some drinks and get to know each other. Sleep when you're dead!

Anyway, I just can't get enough of this place. I am definitely coming back to Turkey and will be staying here again. My home away from home!

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 3 December 2013

Stayed for 9 days and every single second was absolute perfection. Perfect location, perfect service, and AMAZING people. Tarik, Olga, Onur, Ahmet and Salim are a great bunch of people and i hope to see them again. Rooms were great, breakfast was great, and the Bar.. you don't need anything else!!!

Room Tip: No real tip, double rooms are great and private, dorms are dorms.
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled solo
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1  Thank Khalil P
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Reviewed 28 November 2013

The hostel is right in the centre of the old city, and you get an amazing view of Agia Sofia from the hostel bar on the top floor! Really,its just in front of you!:)

The staff is what really makes this place amazing though. Very friendly and always willing to help! We came back at 2:30 one night and the staff on duty opened up the bar for us to finish up our night! The following night a bunch of us all met up and another one of the staff took us out to a local coffee place! Really couldn't have asked for friendlier people.

There's breakfast every morning, until 11, great if you had a big night and can't make the early breakfast schedules. The food is fresh and the fruits are yummy!

The establishment is clean and even though it was full when I was there, I never had to wait for the bathroom or the shower for more than a minute.

Alex

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank alexandroschr
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Reviewed 28 November 2013

We were 8 friends who spend time in Istanbul, during 3 days. We arrived with interval, but no worry: Cheers Hostel welcome each of us with smile and kindness.
The hostel was our meeting point, and break time. The personnel is friendly, and funny, they take care of us; accomodations are nice. It's a place very welcoming, and just nearly Ayasofya, close to the tram.
The terrace's view is just amazing!!!
Thanks guys (and Girl !) for this good time in your place.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank LisaPat43
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Reviewed 28 November 2013 via mobile

Perfect location, super friendly and helpful staff, nice and clean rooms. The bar has an incredible view at the top of the hostel which is a welcomed bonus :)

I recommend this place to anyone who wants to visit Istanbul with a bunch of friends.

Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
Thank Benoit O
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Additional Information about Cheers Hostel

Address: Alemdar Mah. Zeynep Sultan Cami Sok. No:21 Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul 34400, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 1,246 Speciality Lodging in Istanbul
Price Range: £12 - £36 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Cheers Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cheers Hostel Istanbul is located in a perfect location right in the very heart of the Old City of Istanbul, in Sultanahmet. We are only 1 minute walking distance from the most famous sights like Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, the Underground Cistern and Topkapi Palace, not to mention the Grand Bazaar and many other sightseeing attractions of oriental Istanbul.Our boutique Istanbul hostel offers a comfortable, clean and budget stay in a warm and friendly atmosphere. In our lounge area with TV and free Internet & Wi-fi access, you can enjoy a cup of coffee or Turkish tea, read, play backgammon or have a good chat with the other international travelers visiting exciting Istanbul. ... more   less 
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