I've stayed at Bada Bing several times throughout my trip as I used Istanbul as a base for exploring the middle east. In total I stayed around 9 days punctuated over different stays.
The staff are great, they are the backbone of the hostel. Everything from advice on sights, eats, etc... to watching the games with you and taking you to the pubs.
The Hostel itself is really well designed. Aside from the oft-mentioned issue on here of the electronic lockers either not working or being broken there really isn't anything to complain about in terms of the dorm set ups. Everything is clean, works well. The internet is fantastic, the rooftop is a great bonus and the ability to get a beer or food if you're too lazy to stroll out is another plus.
The location is probably the final and greatest asset. It's away from Taksim so you don't have the noise issues of several of the hostels, and it's also outside of Sultanahmet, the overpriced tourist-trap. While still being easily accessible to both!
I'd highly recommend Bada Bing to anyone visiting Istanbul.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Bada Bing Hotel Istanbul