I have stayed a couple of times at the Chillout Hoatel in Istanbul and it's a great little place if you like a chilled out bohemian atmosphere and do not mind that the accomodation is a little simple.
The place has both private rooms and dorms and i have always opted for the private rooms as i am getting a little old and comfortable.
The private rooms are simple, but painted in fancy colors and i am totally happy with these rooms even if i have to s´hare bathrooms with the other rooms on the floor where i stay.
Staff there is very genuinely friendly and makes the stay even better.
They have a nice common area downstairs where you have a nice sitting are where they have free wifi and they sell beer at the common area too for low prices.
Unique Quality: Friendly place in a great location.
Directions: The Chillout Hostel is located in the taksim area so if you plan to go out at night then this is a good place to stay as you can walk home from the main bar district in 5-10 minutes and will not need a taxi.
I had a confirmed booking from Hostels.com and had paid a deposit. In fact I also e-mailed the hostel to let them know of my very late arrival:
1. No record of reservation.
2. Offer a 6 bedded room instead of single, in which it turned out I was sleeping in someone elses bed who had not returned.
3. No water = no toilet (they were overflowing) - not even the morning after..
4. No word as to whether or not I would get a room.
5. Asked me to pay the bill for the room I did not get and they could not guarantee!
6. Staying in a great three star hotel (Hotel Troya 40 Euros per nite single - cable, bath, great buffet breakfast and wifi) for 10 Euros more a nite than the private room in the hostel form hell (30 Euros).
The rooms I stayed in was absolutely filthy - there was no table or storage space for six people in a room about 15 feet + 11 feet!! Noise was really bad - not because of guests but how the place is laid out - good thing it was not hot as there is no ventilation in the multibedded rooms.
I just remembered that the internet did not work and the idiot there just keppt saying wait for a manager at 11:00AM... I have stayed in some dumps - read about some of the hell holes in Bombay - but this takes the cake in terms of everything being awful - its one thing not being able to bathe, it is another not being able to relieve yourself!
Great location though!
Unique Quality: Dirty
Nasty staff (something I have never encountered in Turkey)
I just want to give my opinion about this hostel. In march we went to Istanbul and we planned to stay in Chillout Hostel for one week. We didn't stay for long, only two nights because we found it very dirty and not worth the money. There were few toilets and showers, cats trying to get into our room or even trying to eat our breakfast. We paid 20 euros for a double room, which we didn't get because they had some problem with the bookings. I know that you get what you pay for, but in this case it was far too much money.
The breakfast was good.
Directions: Beyoglu, Taksim.
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