I stayed here for 3 nights in September and flew into Istanbul late in the evening. The hostel was easy to locate (- follow the directions provided in your booking confirmation if you're arriving from the main airport) and although located outside the historical area of the city, was close to a tram stop, one of the ferry ports for day trips and some good restaurants. The centre of the city was also accessible via foot if you enjoy walking.
A big plus for this hostel is the staff. I found Mustafa, in particular, to be extremly knowledge and friendly, so if you're like me in that you havn't visited the city before or don't have a well planned itenerary, I'd recommend this place. Also of assistance was the travel agency, as it was easy to book cheap tours and shuttle services to and from the airport (including San Gochen). The bathrooms and dorms were clean and the breakfast was also of a high quality, which included fresh fruit and salad.
This hostel attracts a mix of travellers, which I enjoyed. The rooms are sufficient and include ample storage space for each guest. As I don't speak Turkish, the only downside was the staff member at night doesn't speak alot of English, although he tried his best to assist. I'd happily stay here again if I returned to Istanbul, as the service & advice I received from the day staff helped make my stay an enjoyable one.
- 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