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“Great all-round hostel” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Cheers Hostel
Ranked #3 of 1,175 Speciality Lodging in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Sydney, Australia
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69 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Great all-round hostel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2014 via mobile

Despite not being picked up from the airport as arranged via email we had an amazing time at cheers. Incredibly friendly and helpful staff directed us to the important sites of Istanbul and made sure we had a good time. The 6 bed girls dorm was great- lovely big windows. Nice rooftop bar with views. Would recommend staying at Cheers!

Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Dallas, Texas
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21 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2014

I stayed here for 2 days after which I had to move to another hostal because the hostal staff messed up my reservation. I had emailed to reserve space in advance and received an email back confirming my reservation. Upon arrival, I was told that since I had not provided a credit card number, they did not have a reservation for me. However, they had NEVER indicated by email that a credit card was needed. I assumed the confirmation was just that, a confirmation. I thought this was just a mistake but I watched this happen to at least two other people while I was there. They seemed just as bewildered as I was at the Confirmation-That-Wasn't-A-Confirmation email response. The staff offered to let me sleep in the upstairs bar for a reduced price but who wants to wait up until 3 a.m. for everyone to clear out of the comfy seating area in the bar? They also failed to mention that they had another Cheers nearby (Cheers Lighthouse) with plenty of room. They only mentioned this as I was getting ready to go out and find another hostal on my own.

Overall, the original Cheers has a fun atmosphere. The upstairs bar has great views of the Haggia Sophia. The breakfasts are good, they are the standard Istabul breakfast faire - hard-boiled eggs, apricots, veggies, olives, bread, and coffee.

Negatively, besides what is mentioned above, I would say that their system for storing luggage leaves much to be desired. Your luggage is basically just set at the bottom of the stairs with everyone else's. While this is directly across from the reception desk, it still wouldn't be difficult for someone to walk off with your luggage any time of day.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney, Australia
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92 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2014 via mobile

We stayed in Istanbul for 5 nights and were very impressed by this hostel! Clean, cheap, great views, ideal location and helpful staff made our stay pleasant and enjoyable! Lots of opportunities to socialise and meet new people, but also plenty of room to chill out and take in the magnificent views from the rooftop bar! Highly recommended to anyone looking for a hostel stay in Istanbul!

Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2014

Very nice Hostel, perfect position, clean and joyful. I was in Istanbul for 4 days as a single traveler and the Cheers Hostel was a perfect accommodation. I liked having a beer in the pub on the terrace (amazing view) after a tiring day visiting the city. The staff of the hostel are very kind and careful to your needs. The dorms are better than the single room.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Melbourne
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2014

Fantastic hostel with very friendly, welcoming staff who are extremely helpful. It has a great bar with amazing views and cheap drinks! Within walking distance to all major attractions. Rooms are spacious and clean and are also reasonably priced. Would recommend!!

  • Stayed July 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank lxplzzl
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Perth, Australia
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2014

Look no further, this is good as it gets. Staff helpful and friendly at all times. Excellent location and value for money. The choice of rooms reflect the cost from dormitory to the best rooms which are in a building adjacent to the 5 star Hagar Sophia Hotel.....fabulous location.

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Alan2872014
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2014 via mobile

Cheers hostel location is perfect, it is walking distance to everything you are visiting Istanbul for! However what makes Cheers stand out is the people. Tony and the other staff members are amazing for information and just to hang out with. The bar upstairs is a great common area where I became friends with the staff and everyone else in the hostel while having a beer and watching the World Cup. I would definitely recommend you stay here!

  • Stayed June 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Evan W
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Additional Information about Cheers Hostel

Property: Cheers Hostel
Address: Alemdar Mah. Zeynep Sultan Cami Sok. No:21 Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul 34400, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 1,175 Speciality Lodging in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
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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