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Hostelz.com's Review
Agora Guesthouse & Hostel is an excellent pick for Istanbul. It is immaculately clean, spacious, and in an excellent location. Agora also provides an exceptional breakfast buffet at no extra charge. The Turkish-style, all-you-can-eat buffet includes hard boiled eggs, meats, cheeses, breads, jams, cereals, yogurt, fruit, cakes, and coffee and tea. There is strong Wi-Fi throughout the hostel, including the dorm rooms. The hostel accepts both Turkish lira and euros.

The Location

Agora is well located in the Sultanahmet area of Istanbul, within walking distance to everywhere in Istanbul, but especially close to the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cisterns, and Grand Bazaar. You can walk to the Taksim area or take a tram. The hostel is on a nice, quiet street, but right around the corner are heaps of shops, bars, and restaurants.

Rooms and Bathrooms

There are four-, eight-, and ten-bed dorm rooms, plus private rooms available. The four-bed dorm is on the smaller size, but the larger dorm rooms are overly spacious. The bunk beds have large lockers underneath. The rooms are not kept locked, but the hostel is overall very secure. There is a twenty-four-hour reception and video surveillance cameras in the hallways. The mattresses and pillows are comfortable. There is one large bathroom for all of the dorm-room guests. Though it is a mixed bathroom, the toilets and showers are all individual, private spaces. Each shower has its own dressing area. The showers have great water pressure and hot water.

Common Spaces

Agora's common space is on the top floor. There is an indoor area with tables and chairs, sofas, and a TV and also a large outdoor patio with excellent views. The outdoor patio, however, is only open until midnight. There is a kitchen on the top floor that is used for breakfast, but it is not available for use by guests. They do have luggage storage at no extra charge. Agora is not a party hostel, but the dorm rooms and common areas provide opportunity to meet other travelers. Drinks are available for purchase.

Summary

Overall, Agora Hostel is a top choice for Istanbul. It caters to both hotel-type travelers as well as backpackers. The staff are friendly and can assist with booking tours, taxis to the airport, and providing information about the area.

by Stella
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
March 2014
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