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“Excellent place, friendly people, perfect location, value-for-money.”
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YenI Hotel
Ranked #439 of 1,159 Hotels in Istanbul
Reviewed 12 May 2012

With few reviews of Yeni Hostel and the low room rate, I did not expect much, besides it’s the cheapest place in Istanbul (versus all my previous stays).

I walked in and got a room facing a construction at the back of the hotel but closing the (sound-proofed) window filtered the noise.

Location was perfect, for people who loves walking, Yeni Hostel is positioned between Sultanahmet and the Galata Bridge and the Bosphorous which are both about 7 – 10 minutes walk away. But if you’re the lazy type, then it’s also between two tram stops – Gulhane and Sirkeci – which are a couple of minutes walk away. Gulhane is the nearest station. From these tram stops, you can take the tram to most tourist sights of Istanbul. Very convenient.

The father and son tandem of Mr. Ahmet and Mustafa manning the reception and helping guests with their luggages is a very welcoming. The father is a charming old man - the son is equally polite, extremely friendly, accommodating and sincerely helpful. The building has no elevator but the staff will insist on carrying your luggages - tip is not tolerated.

The room as expected was basic, the shared 2 toilets and a huge shower room in every floor were clean. The toilet is small but very clean and never run out of toilet papers, whereas the huge shower room (not cubicle) has hot water. Luckily, the 2 single rooms facing each other are both just beside the toilet. Rubber slippers available inside the rooms.

Surprisingly the first room I got was big enough (approx. 12sqm) for a hostel, high ceilings with a cabinet, a big desk and a small couch, single bed was comfortable, towel provided, strong internet inside the room was a bonus.

No breakfast but there are several places neighboring the hostel where you can take a good breakfast, and also down the road along the tram track is a discount supermarket where you can buy foodstuff. Tea and coffee are available free of charge at the cafeteria area at the ground floor.

After 3 nights I got uncomfortable staying in the room (with a number 13 on the door and the key) plus I got sick with a swollen face from gums infection. So I’ve requested a transfer to the room facing it (14) which was accommodated of course. Although 14 was a smaller room without cabinet but with several hooks to hang clothes, smaller desk with chair but with a sink inside the room. Mr. Ahmet even offered me an antibiotic for my swelling gums though I already bought a box.

Don’t expect any luxury, this ain’t the fourseasons or ICs or accors but the treatment of the staff towards their guests is luxurious enough -- priceless.

At EUR19/night for singles - this is a gem for travelers/tourists on a budget. I’ve seen several cram packed hostels in both Taksim and Sultanahmet area with 4 to 10 beds in one room at almost the same price of a single room (shared toilet/shower) at Yeni Hostel. Should you need privacy of your own space at a dorm price, this one is definitely unbeatable….that is, if you can find it. I hope you won’t, only the privileged must. =)

This is a gem. Extremely recommended = for travelers on a budget who aren’t looking for luxury.

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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 11 April 2012

Single traveller, booked a single room with shared bathroom. Room was modest (cupboard, table, chair, bed) but very clean and nice. It had been recently refurnished and painted, and furniture was also quite new. Towel included, heating working and silent during night. Toilet and a shower were separated along the floor (two toilets and one shower at least in my floor, the fourth) cleaned everyday, hot showers always available, so if you are used and don´t mind shared bathroom accomodations you will find utilities in this hotel just perfect, clean and practical. Staff was really very nice and will always help you in things such as booking a cheap shuttle to airport, offering tea, about the free wifi available.. I found them very nice and trustable indeed. Location is perfect just steps away from the Topkapi Palace or the Galata bridge and you can really walk to everywhere from there. Relation price-quality of the place is excellent and I would booked back there without any doubt in a future trip to Istanbul. I was very happy with my stay.

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Reviewed 5 April 2012

- The room was really small, the view on window was extremely poor, the furniture is old.
But:
- Free Wi-fi available.
- The man at reception was kind, but he didn't speak too much English.
- The location is great!
- It was one of the cheapest option during the period I stayed in Istanbul.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled solo
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Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 August 2017
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  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled solo
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Stayed: June 2017, travelled as a couple
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Address: Nobethane Cad. Dervisler Sok. No: 12 | Sirkeci, Fatih, Istanbul 34112, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet , Sirkeci
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #439 of 1,159 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range: £14 - £23 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:1 star — YenI Hotel 1*
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Yeni Hotel has soundproof rooms with free Wi-Fi, just a 5-minute walk from Gulhane Park. Just over a quarter mile from Eminönü Ferryboat Terminal, the hotel organizes car rentals.Yeni Hotel has simply furnished rooms with shared or private bathroom facilities. Some rooms have air conditioning, a wardrobe and a side chair in the sitting area.There is complimentary tea and coffee. There are also many restaurants, cafes and bars around the hostel.At Hotel Yeni, the front desk is open throughout the day and helps with pick up and delivery of guest laundry. The staff also provided information about local attractions. A shuttle service to Atatürk International Airport is also offered (charges apply).Hotel Yeni is a 5-minute walk from Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. Gülhane Tram Stop is 257 m away. Fatih is a great choice for travelers interested in museums, monuments and architecture. This is our guests' favorite part of Istanbul, according to independent reviews. ... more   less 
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