This being my first trip to Istanbul, and not knowing any Turkish, I was a little nervous about staying in a tiny little hostel. Completely unfounded nervousness. This was an amazing hostel that deserves attention.
STAFF: 24-hour reception which is great, but that's only a minor perk compared to the rest of the staff. The staff was incredible! They were so friendly and personable, more so than any other hostel I've ever stayed at. Instead of hanging out in my room as usual, I found myself hanging out in the reception area a lot, just chatting with the guys there. They were a lot of fun to hang out with and they offered me free tea all the time.
FACILITIES: Sparse, but decent. Free breakfast was nice. Never had a problem with the WiFi, which was great.
SECURITY: Lockers in-room (provide your own lock). That's all I really need in a room.
ATMOSPHERE: See my comments about the staff. Great atmosphere, plus I made a few friends there.
LOCATION: Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque are only 2 minutes away. Sultanahmet tram station only 3 minutes. Grand Bazaar an easy walk, or two tram stops away. AMAZING location for the price.
CLEANLINESS: My shower left a lot to be desired, plus it didn't look like they cleaned under the beds often, but the bed itself was clean.
VALUE FOR MONEY: So totally worth it. Such a low price for such an amazing experience. My first trip to Istanbul was so amazing, the hostel being one of the high points! If I make it back to Istanbul in the future, Yakamoz will be the only hostel I will consider. You guys rock!