I wanted a single room as I like my privacy -- I was given a tiny room on the third floor. It was dingy and not so clean- who cares
Unique Quality: In the middle of everything
Directions: Follow the road along the Hippodrome next to the Blue Mosque follow the road down the hill and you will eventually come to a torquoise wall with a sign for the Hostel on it.
World Peace is Inevitable, according to Sinbad...but how about a decent night's kip? This hostel has numerous dorms and double rooms. The problem being with the double room is it's more of a broom cupboard, and the door only opens halfway before hitting the bed, making it difficult to squeeze in with a backpack.
There is only about a foot gap around the bed, meaning that you have to do pretty much everything actually standing on the bed.
The receptionist is a little nutty, and there seems little provision for actually helping travellers save money. The only place you are allowed to eat meals is in the dingy little alleyway of a kitchen, and prices for beer and other stuff isn't any cheaper than some of the bars and restaurants in town. And at thirty euros a night for a tiny double, we felt more than a little short changed.
Unique Quality: Sinbad's one saving grace is it's terrace, which gives you an awesome panoramic view of the Bosphorous. The city stretches as far as the eye can see, and when the minarets call to prayer, it's an amazing place to chill out with a narghile (waterpipe).
Directions: Almost in the shadow of the Blue Mosque. Find a Taxi Driver who's in cahoots with the owner, and the hostel will pick up the fare.
This was a rather sketchy, but cheap hostel near Sultanahmet area in Istanbul. It's quite close to the "touristy" area, but right on the border in a dodgey neighborhood. I was a female travelling alone, and I wouldnt recommend walking alone at night. The hostel was 5 Euro a night, and I also had free pick up from the airport. It didnt' include breakfast (it seemed a little more expensive and you can probably just pick something up in town for less). You can't expect too much for that price- the sheets seemed clean, but the wool blanket was a little scary (bring a sleeping bag) the toilet stopped flushing, and the shower didnt' work all that well. I ended up moving to a pension that I split with 3 other people...was only a few dollars more but it was worth it! For single travellers this might be a better way to go though...
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