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“Nice room, great location, rooftop breakfast-with-a-view and friendly staff.”
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Route 39
Ranked #479 of 1,087 Istanbul B&B and Inns
Reviewed 25 April 2013

Our stay at Route 39 was the longest in our 7-month-so-far trip, aside from visits with family. We stayed a total of 10 days (almost enough for a brief look around this lovely city!), and were very comfortable, enjoying the room, the location, the good rooftop breakfast-with-a-view and the friendly staff.

This hostel is well situated between Taksim Square and the Findikli tram stop. Their website gives clear directions on how to reach it. This spot is very handy by tram or metro to the main sights of Istanbul, and close to Kabatas ferry terminal, which heads to Adalar (Princes Islands), the Maiden's Tower and Kadikoy, on the Asian side of Istanbul. There are several corner shops and a supermarket nearby, with plenty of dining options at your doorstep. Literally - Domino's Pizza is just downstairs, not that you'll need to resort to this; they have a popular in-house burger restaurant open at night (with stunning sea views), and countless other cafes nearby. A local standout is No 19, about halfway up the hill from Route 39 on the right hand side.

Due to a change of plans, we needed to check in one day early, and through email conversations, we were accommodated in a small twin bunk room for a single night. This room was close to the reception area, and a bit noisy (what we call an "E & E" - one requiring earplugs and eyemask), but we were grateful they could fit us in at short notice. Perhaps we had turfed out a staff member?

Our next room was basic, but spacious and comfortable (we were lucky to get a complimentary upgrade to an ensuite room), with a a comfy double bed, and a good sized, hot shower (a bit of mouldy grout in the corners). There is a radiator, which is good in cooler weather. Wifi access was a bit hit and miss, but that is our only complaint during our stay. We never had to resort to Starbucks (also down the hill by Findikli tram stop) for access, so no major problem.

This hostel has all the usual amenities, such as public computer, share kitchen and fridge, book swap, free laundry wash (10TL to dry), and the staff can help with your travel plans and general information. They also offer free tea all day, free luggage storage for short trips away, and have I mentioned the views? Well worth another plug for location, location, location.

A nice spot to settle for a little while, and we would be happy to return.

Room Tip: the room behind reception next to the computer can be pretty noisy
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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 February 2013

The location of the hostel is amazing. It takes 2 minutes walk to the east direction to findikly tram station which leads to sultan Ahmed and the old city. With distance estimated by 5 minutes walk to the west direction to taksim square(the center of istanbul). A marvelous view over marmara sea and the posphor. You can enjoy the view by looking from the rooms or the roof. Owners are kind and helpful. You can feel familiarity and friendly with other residents specially on breakfast.thanks to all workers there.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 4 February 2013

Stayed here with some friends in February. For the price it was really good. The owner was very helpful. Cleanness wise its ok as well. I would definitely stay here again.
Note: There are a few sets of dumbbells for customers who like working out! haha

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank metripgo
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Reviewed 15 December 2012

two times we have been to this place and surely there will be more!!
u got a certain vibe from this hostel that gets u in the istanbul spirit immediately!!
nice breakfast, frindly owners, clean bathrooms...
what u want, is there!!!
we love it!!!

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank ciujema
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Reviewed 7 December 2012

amazing place, 10 walking from taksim square... clean, friendly, nice breakfast, great to meet other people from all over the world...
budget so u dont need to spend a lot of money in instanbul...
check it out!!!

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled solo
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Thank manalilaki
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Reviewed 5 September 2012

we really enjoyed our stay here, the hostel is right by the taksim square and very close to the tram so you can get everywhere really fast. in addition to that, we absolutely LOVED the roof terrace AND the 3 super cute baby cats they have :)

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank KatharinaB12_12
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Reviewed 11 August 2012

excellent hostel ın a very good locatıon of modern town. well connected wıth publıc transport - tram and busses.
very clean and comfy rooms and good ratıo of bathrooms.

breakfast plentyfull but a lıttle strange ıs on the roof that adds an extra value

Room Tip: choose a room on the 4th floor
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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Route 39

Address: Mebusan Yokusu 39 | Taksim Findikli Beyoglu, Istanbul 34433, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Beyoglu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #479 of 1,087 B&Bs / Inns in Istanbul
Hotel Class:1 star — Route 39 1*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Centrally located, the Route 39 is just over a quarter mile from the lively restaurants, bars and shops of Istiklal Avenue and Cihangir area. The hostel has a terrace and rooms with free Wi-Fi.All rooms at the Route 39 include heating. Some rooms have a private bathroom while others include shared bathroom facilities.You can relax with a cup of tea and coffee during the day on our rooftop-terrace with a Bosporus view. The friendly staff can provide you with local information and help you arrange activities. Laundry service is also available on site.The Findikli Tram Stop which provides easy access to the historic Sultanahmet area, is 215 yards away. Kabatas Ferry Port is a quarter mile, Taksim Metro Station is just under half a mile from the property. Ataturk Airport is 12 miles from the property.Beyoglu is a great choice for travelers interested in Galleries, Street Musicians and Beer. ... more   less 
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