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.
- 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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