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“Great Stay at BadaBing”
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Bada Bing Hostel
Ranked #86 of 1,240 Speciality Lodging in Istanbul
Reviewed 2 August 2012

My husband and I spent 10 days in one of the double rooms at Bada Bing and it was fantastic! The staff are friendly and so much fun. Special Shout out to Volkan who is stellar host - but the rest of the crew (Moustapha, etc) also went out of their to answer any question we had. The rooftop bar is convenient and cheap, wifi is fast, and the bathrooms are very clean. The hostel is in quiet street, but centrally located with 5 minute walks to the Spice market or Galata. If we go back to Istanbul, we will DEFINTELY stay with our Badabing family.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 July 2012

Great location, easy walking distance to the old town or a tram stop which will take you there in 2 mins. Rooms were clean and there was a massive locker under the bed for everything you could possibly bring. Air con in the rooms was amazing, and a must in Istanbul during the summer. Breakfast was included which was great. They try to supply a traditional Turkish breakfast but IMO more cereal and some toast would have been better!l Awesome rooftop terrace with cheap beer, great atmosphere at night and easy to meet other travelers. The owner Vulcan is there every night trying to start a poker game or taking people out to bars and clubs... Overall great hostel!

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Reviewed 21 July 2012

I just stayed at Bada Bing for a week with my friend and had a fantastic experience. The rooms are comfortable (although the beds are a little squeaky), and the staff is always on hand to go above and beyond to help you. Can (Jon?) especially was very helpful and friendly and gave great advice for what to do.

The hostel recommended an old, traditional Turkish bath house that they have a connection with and we had a great experience there. Also at night they play the football matches on the roof, which is great. Plenty of free tea, good internet, laundry, and comfy places to sit, as well as a buzz of activity always going in and out. I would recommend this hostel to anyone who wants to stay in a fun, central location in Istanbul, close to the tram, and meet a lot of friendly people. I would definitely return!

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 17 July 2012

We stayed for 4 nights in a 10-bed dorm and it was really a nice stay. We didn't hang out in the hostel much, but staff was really friendly and helpful, hostel nice and clean, roof terrace very nice and location is great. Just few minutes away is Galata Bridge with so much nice stuff (fish sandwiches are the best!), and everything else is also close. WiFi was good, rooms with AC, showers clean and availabe almost at all times... really nice hostel!

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 15 July 2012

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.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 8 July 2012

Amazing hostel! Excellent location, great price, awesome layout; bedrooms were clean with high ceilings, A/C and large personal lockers with a security system. The rooftop is fantastic- easy to meet people over a pint of beer, check emails with a strong wifi signal everywhere and order food from their cafe (or cook your own). Bathooms were clean and had hot water 24-7, best showers I've had at a hostel. Staff is amazing, friendly, and helpful in planning trips and navigating the city. As a single female traveler, I always felt safe and secure there. Thank you, Bada Bing! I'll be coming back soon!

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Reviewed 28 June 2012

While travelling up the coast of Turkey I met backpacker after backpacker who gave this hostel nothing but glowing reviews. I decided to heed their advice, and I'm glad I did.

The hostel was reasonably priced and clean. The showers worked well, and were also clean. The common area on the roof is awesome, with very comfortable beanbag chairs on the patio that proved a great evening hangout area. The two owners were very friendly, as were the many staff members. There is also someone whose job it is to show hostellers where the good bars are, which was far preferable to figuring it out on my own.

The few complaints I have are far outshadowed by the positives. Several of the lockers in my dorm were broken, and the combination locks beep whenever you press a number. This means that you're woken up whenever anyone needs to access their stuff, so expect to be woken up by both the early risers and the late-night bar crowd. Bring earplugs!

Overall my experience here was excellent, and I would definitely choose Bada Bing if I were to come back to Istanbul on my own or with a group of friends (can't speak to what it would be like for a couple).

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  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled solo
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Additional Information about 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 #86 of 1,240 Speciality Lodging in Istanbul
Price Range: £13 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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