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Taksim Lounge Hostel
Ranked #116 of 1,221 Speciality Lodging in Istanbul
Antwerp, Belgium
Level 5 Contributor
83 reviews
69 hotel reviews
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“Very good choice for Istanbul”
Reviewed 25 July 2014

Taksim lounge is very well located in the centre of the Taksim neighbourhood, a couple of minutes walk from Taksim square and the main shopping street and with many restaurants, bars and shops nearby. It's about 30 minutes walk from the old centre.
We had a big double room with a bathroom nextdoor, both very clean. Breakfast is included and quite decent (cheese, bread, jam and a boiled egg) and is served on the roof terrace. The receptionists were always very friendly and helpful.
The only down side was that the walls appeared to be very thin so we could hear people coming in and going out the whole night, this disturbed our sleep somewhat.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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11 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

First of all the location is awesome, it's near Taksim square and Istiklal street, you could get anything you want there.

We were staying on the 3rd floor female dorm, at first we found a bit weird that the door keeps opening. Sooner we found that its pretty safe and good for ventilation. Although there is no air-con, it's still pretty cool in June.
The bed is clean and the toilet also, The rooftop is the best place to chill and have a nice breakfast,
During World cup period, we spent every night with all guests and host on the common area and we even went to bar afterwards! nice chill out!

The staff is helpful, told us where to get cheap and nice turkish food and recommend a few plans for us! When he was cooking, he loves to share to us! (although I have no idea what he is cooking hahaha!)
Overall, I enjoy the time here with great hospitality, will definitely come back again!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Timisoara, Romania
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Reviewed 19 June 2014

Good value for the money, Breakfast was normal but i loved it, hot tea available all the time. The top terrace is a nice cozy place for relaxing and interacting with the other travelers.
Place is quite frequented and can be noisy sometimes but you can exchange experiences with tourists from all around the world. Nice place for a short stay, i enjoyed it.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Kuwait, Al Kuwayt, Kuwait
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26 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 April 2014

Taksim Lounge Hostel is located close to excellent eateries, shops, and sights as well as the tram (Tophane stop & the water is a 12 minute walk, which passes 6 ATMs and further cafes & shops). We spent 3 nights in a cozy double room which had a private 3 piece bath (hole in the wall and very poor lighting plus nothing for the shower nozzle to sit/rest in so we had to hold it ourselves in an already cramped shower cubicle), a wall of windows (facing the neighbouring hotel & their guest room windows) and a few pieces of furniture that took up more room than they were worth. The building itself was not easy to find but had loads of character (aka no elevator, with breakfasts on the rooftop terrace - thankfully it was sunny!). Staff were very friendly & helpful, giving us a city map with suggested sights and answering all questions at any time. Breakfast was very light: one hardboiled egg, a slice of cake, sometime a few slices of cucumber or tomato, a slice of feta, and a bread basket with self-serve tea or instant coffee, but no milk. We wouldn't stay again as it was very noisy within the building (freshly painted doors needed to be slammed to open/close: easily fixed with sandpaper) and cold with poor lighting.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 16 April 2014 via mobile

The Taksim Lounge is near Taksim Square and not easy to find.
It's pretty small inside, but there's also a place to eat and relax on fhe top of the building.
It's clean everywhere but also very old,especially the bathrooms. But it's worth for the price and location. It's a quite area at night.
The staff was friendly and helps with every problem. There's a breakfast included but its not much to eat and only one plate for a person.

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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 26 March 2014 via mobile

Very friendly and helpful staff, reasonable breakfast, central location and good atmosphere. The staff have good taste in music also - nice eclectic mix played on good speakers in the evenings. Much respect to all the guys who work there (shout out to Giray, Onur and all the gang) Ronan from Ireland.

Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 5 January 2014

I've visited Taksim Lounge Hostel in march 2012. The first thing I'm going to say is that it is one of the nicest hostels I've ever been, including a backpack trip of 6 months in South America and a couple of trips through Europe. Even now, almost two years later, I still remember Engin, Tahsin and Cengiz who were always nice and helpful, they have made such an impression on me. It wasn't very busy that month in the city of Istanbul so it was very quiet that week, so there was lots of time to kill. My friend and I stayed home two evenings and those were some great evenings. They work really hard to keep it comfy and to clean the rooms and I can imagine that it is really stressfull to run such a small hostel, but they were always super happy and nice. They made us feel like home from the first day. All the rooms are basic, but there are lockers and everything was always clean. Although it's near the main square, it's in a quiet street so there isn't much noise, so it's perfect a perfect place for both going out in the night, or having to start the morning early. Breakfast is basic and I liked it. There's always tea or water you can drink in the 'living room' and some couches to relax on. If you like a place where you can feel at home and you're not you should go to Taksim Lounge Hostel and have a great time in Istanbul.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Taksim Lounge Hostel
Address: Katip Mustafa Celebi Mh. Mucadele Cikmazi No:5 | Taksim, Istanbul 34433, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Beyoglu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites
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Ranked #116 of 1,221 Speciality Lodging in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Taksim LOUNGE HOSTEL has changed its name to InnJoy Hostel- If you are looking for a clean, quiet , comfy and central place where you can chill and have fun, Taksim Lounge is the right place in Istanbul.LocationTaksim Lounge Hostel has the perfect location to reach any destination in Istanbul with ease, as its right in the centre of Istanbul and very close to main bus routes and the Istanbul Underground and the Airport shuttle.Another advantage of our location is that we're only 15 min. away from most of Istanbul's famous tourist attractions(old town), we're also only a short walk from Sirkeci international train stationWant to relax?We have big and really nice terrace where you can chill and meet other travellers to share your story.Want to cook?We have well equipped kitchen to cook and use tea /coffee facilities for free.Want to sleep?We have really comfy beds where you can have good sleep.Need help or info?All staff that work in our hostel welcome you and hope to offer you a service that leaves you with fond memories of your stay.We offer you all the information you may need about the city: tourist, local information, the news and possible activities that you can arrange from the receptionHungry?We serve free continental breakfast in the mornings.Want to party?Our location is surrounded by thousands of bars and the very famous pedestrian street Istiklal street (long shopping street that runs to this square) within two minutes walking distanceFacilities:-Free Individual Lockers and Locks-Free Towels, Linens and Duvets-Free Coffee and Tea, all day-Free Breakfast -Free Wireless Internet Connection -Free Luggage storage-24 h hot water-24 h reception-No curfew or lock out We do not accept local guests .Please do not book with us .We can cancel your reservation and no deposit will be refund ... more   less 
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