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“If you want an adventure and don't mind dirtyness, sleeping outside, etc.”
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Bodrum Backpackers
Montreal, Canada
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8 reviews
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“If you want an adventure and don't mind dirtyness, sleeping outside, etc.”
Reviewed 23 August 2013

I recently booked the Bodrum Backpackers for 3 nights ( 9 to 11th of August) with total deposit of 26.24 CAN $ divided in two separate transactions:
We had reserved this hostel with deposit but the hostel was full due to HUGE overbooking. Hotel manager proposed we sleep on roof outside with no beds where 6 other people were already sleeping without any refunds.
When we said we had already paid and complained, they offered a shared room with one of the hostel employees (we had booked a private). The room was very messy and not clean but the hostel was saying that all the hotels in Bodum were full. As the Internet wasn't working, we paid a night at the hostel (80 turkish lira). In truth, there were many other places available in Bodrum - as we could see from an internet cafe nearby and by walking in the city and asking around (pensions-b&bs).

When we came back from our walk, our beds and room had been used by other people. For that reason, we went to another city (Turtugeis) and stayed at a friends instead. We asked for a refund but the hotel only gave half the money back (40 turkish lira).

We have also not been reimbursed for our deposit (for 3 nights) and the rest of our first night.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 July 2013

I had the most amazing time in bodrum backpackers. Orginally I had only intended to stay for 3 nights and ended upextended for 3 weeks. You will never want to leave.! Natasha the receptionist was so kind a great help. Owner and staff are all so friendly and willing to help with any situation (boat trips, moped hire, local food, street bargining).
The rooms and bathrooms are very spacious, clean and most comfortable beds. If you are low maintanence the best spot to sleep is on the terrace!!
Such a great vibe within the hostel. I was travelling alone and felt most welcome with a homely environment throughout the whole stay, you will gain friends from around the globe. The backpackers could not be in a greater location with only 5 minutes from all shops, beach and nightlife. Bodrum backpakers is a must see to experience the beat of bodrum. You will only regret your time in bodrum if you don't stay here!!

  • Stayed July 2013
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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 18 July 2013

I have travelled in a lot of hostels around the world and this is by far the worst I have seen. I really think you should NOT stay there... there is no reason for staying there at all! I stayed in a 5dorm beds for 30 Turkish Lyra. Usually in Turkey in hostels you pay 25 TL and that includes a breakfast and in your room you have AC and hot water.

However at this place: 1) Breakfast is not included 2) There is only cold water and 3) (worst of all) there is NO AC but they did not even bothered putting a fan in the room! So it is UNBEARABLY hot when you try to sleep at night... Especially right now its July so its always aroud 30 degrees in Bodrum (at night also). So it is really uncomfortable.

On top of that, the bathroom is just filthy. The smell is just disgusting! I dont know how to describe it but it just smells terrible so its really a pain to use the bathroom there.

On top of that the staff (all males) was making me a bit uncomfortable (I am a women alone). They kept entering the dorm without knocking first... its really rude to do that, you dont do that, especially when you know that the person inside is a women! One time one of the male staff just entered in the room while I was CHANGİNG and I started yelling and he didnt even apologize or went out he just stayed there... PERV!

The staff just seems to be stoned all the time and there are not really helpful if you need information about Bodrum or things to see and do..!

On top of all these things, the hostel is located directly on top of a karaoke bar and they sing allllllll night long. And its so loud, it felt as if the person was singing in my room next to me... until 3AM... not very fun!

Please go somewhere else! You might have to pay a bit more money but it will be worth it.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled solo
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Travellers are raving about these Bodrum City hotels

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Reviewed 8 July 2013 via mobile

It took a little while to figure out where this place was because it wasn't well signed but once we realised it was above Lyra Cafe, it was a very convenient place to be staying.
The room was pretty spacious, the beds very basic but not bad. Could have done with a flat sheet to cover ourselves with as the bed was only covered with a sheet and had one pillow. Sheets were clean.
The staff were lovely and eager to help, and the top bar was a nice place to cool off and hang with the other backpackers and staff who are very welcoming.
Wifi was a bit average, it only worked on the roof and it took a day before my iPhone would connect.
NO HOT WATER AT ALL. Not an absolute tragedy seeing as it is incredibly hot in the summer here and there is no air conditioning but would be nice to not be frozen every time you get in the shower.
All in all a very basic backpackers, could be better but I was pretty happy with my experience.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 10 March 2013

Don't stay here. My girlfriend and I are super low maintenance backpackers, we backpack, camp, etc. We have stayed in a lot of hostels, and this was pretty low on the quality index. Our double bed we reserved consisted of two twin beds we shoved together. The owner made me wait several minutes to pay while he chatted on his phone with his friend, ignoring me standing there with a fistfull of money. During the evening, we noticed that he was running a tattoo parlous in the bar, with multiple "buddies" getting tattoos. The distant hum of the city was barely noticeable over the drone of the tattoo needle plunging into his friends skin, and the zipping of the neighbouring mopeds was barely audible over the grunts of pain that somebody was inflicting on the patrons in the tattoo parlous/hotel bar/hotel lobby. Try Merhaba hotel up the road, it's cheaper but it doesn't come with a lobby tattoo parlour.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 October 2012

Pay a tiny bit extra and go around the corner to Bodrum Blu Hotel instead, breakfast included and a pool. We saw the moudly mattresses at Bodrum Backpackers and left. One of our rooms didn't even lock. It was like a cell room but without the security. The roof terrace was a mess - looked like it was in the middle of a refurbishment, but they just hadn't bothered to tidy up. They hadn't bothered to do much at all.

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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 17 September 2012

Owner was very kind and nice.
He helped us the whole time for finding the places and getting the info.
Room was 6 bed dorm room with a washroom.
People were nice and there was a fan in the room.
It is 1min to the beach and shopping street. Bus station is 5 min walk away, harbour is 10min walk away and Halikarnas disko is 10 minutes away.
There is also fridge in the hostel to use and a balcony with cozy cushioned couches.

Only minus was that you can hear the voice from mosque early morning. So you should have your earplugs with you !

Room Tip: Owner will always find you a room at this hostel! So just go there and ask Memet! No need to book ea...
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: Bodrum Backpackers
Address: Ataturk Cad. 37 | Hayri Bar, Bodrum City 48400, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Turkish Aegean Coast > Mugla Province > Bodrum > Bodrum City
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Ranked #37 of 85 Speciality Lodging in Bodrum City
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Number of rooms: 8
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