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“Chillout room - great place to meet fellow travelers.”
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Bada Bing Hostel
Ranked #81 of 1,224 Speciality Lodging in Istanbul
Kristiansand, Norway
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90 reviews
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“Chillout room - great place to meet fellow travelers.”
Reviewed 1 March 2012

Great location in the new part of town. Near Galata Bridge and the mouth-watering fish sandwiches. Also near Taksim. Worth the price. Told the manager about the need for more lights in the rooms. That was on his to-do list, so it should be taken care of soon.

  • Stayed February 2012
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Thessaloniki, Greece
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Reviewed 28 February 2012

Bada Bing's perfect location allows you to explore the Galata area, meanwhile still within walking distance of Sultanahmet and the other historical areas. Volkan and the rest of the staff were also incredibly accommodating and helpful. They helped us plan our sightseeing itineraries, navigate the city, and make reservations for our Turkish bath. The facilities are nicer than expected - rooms clean with a safe underneath each bed. There are bathrooms on each floor, with several stalls, showers, and sinks. They even supplied hairdryers! I would definitely recommend staying here.

Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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San Francisco, California, United States
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Reviewed 25 February 2012

Agree that the staff here was very friendly, though some of the front desk guys were better than others. Stayed in both dorms and doubles and thought the rooms were kept quite clean, and appreciated the lockers in the dorms.

The bathrooms, however, could get quite run down. While we were staying there (a total of about 10 nights) toilets were getting clogged becoming useless, and no one seemed to take care of it very quickly. This meant that for the 40 plus people staying there, we were forced to share just 4 toilets.

The lights are also on motion sensors, which is a great idea, but some of them are on ridiculously short timers so they just flicker on and off constantly. Very annoying!

With a couple of tweaks, this could be a really nice place to stay. The location is great!

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 18 February 2012

Staff is welcoming and friendly, and Volkan is very helpful. He knows all the good spots and I have had many local delicious meals thanks to his advice. Turkey is one of my favorite places to visit and I have been there 4 times. I've stayed in mutiple locations, and this is one of the better, more convenient locations. Decor is fabulous too and all brand new!

Bada Bing is a clean, safe hostel and I would highly recommend it.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 15 February 2012

Bada Bing Hostel has tons of character, great staff, and definitely comfortable and warm beds. The only draw backs were the time of year and the less than warm common room. Everything else was absolutely great.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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Uppsala, Uppsala Län, Sweden
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Reviewed 15 February 2012

Excellent hostel! Very clean, great location and Volkan goes over and above to help his guests and make sure that they feel welcome. Staying here is like a home away from home, and the hostel is situated in a great location. Overall an excellent place to stay, would definitely recommend it!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
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Reviewed 17 January 2012

Boys and girls,

Being on erasmus in Istanbul, I was looking for a cheap and well-situated hostel... This is how I got to Bada Bing! A great and very welcoming team took good care of me both times I stayed here! Knowing the city, I think it's an excellent situation because it's on the tramline to go visit the historic center but also 10 minutes walking distance from the popular Istiklal Street where you can go out for shopping, dinner, drinks... or just to enjoy the extremely buzzy atmosphere of Istanbul!
I stayed here a first time with my boyfriend in one of the private double rooms, and a month later with my brother and sister in a dorm! They were very flexible about us changing rooms.
Bada Bing staff all speak english, are young and very welcoming! They're always ready to help carry luggage, get information for a visit or so!

In the nicely decorated hostel, you'll also find a room with tv and cushions to enjoy a turkish tea or nargile! One morning, we also got offered a typical breakfast with sweet Borek and other pastries... Something delicious I actually hadn't tried in four months here!

What could I ask more? They can't do anything about the weather, but they represent very well how nice Turkish people are! If you have a few days in Istanbul and are looking for something else than a big tourist hotel in Taksim, this is the place to be...

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: Bada Bing Hostel
Address: Kemer Alti Cad. Serce Sok. No:11 Karakoy, Beyoglu, Istanbul 34425, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Karakoy
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #81 of 1,224 Speciality Lodging in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bada Bing's neighborhood is an up-and-coming area that gives travelers the best of both worlds: a central location that inspires effortless travel to Istanbul’s most worthy destinations. Its strategic locale is within walking distance of the real, modern, buzzing district of Taksim, and the awe-inspiring historical district of Sultanahmet. But if you want to sleep away from the overwhelm of Taksim’s nightlife and Sultanahmet’s hiked-up tourist prices, Bada Bing’s neighborhood is right for you. Wherever you choose to go on a given day, your journey will start in the heart of Istanbul. ... more   less 
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