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Aga Hamam Hostel

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Hostelz.com's Review
Aga Hamam Hostel offers clean, shared rooms that are good value for money! The hostel is in a great location -- approximately five minutes' walk from Taksim Square in Istanbul. It is really close to bars, restaurants, and shops. The hostel provides breakfast daily, free Wi-Fi, and has a Turkish Bath downstairs to relax in! While only one staff member speaks English, the staff are really helpful and it’s a really nice, quiet, central place to stay while visiting Istanbul.

The Location

The hostel can be a bit hard to find as there is only a small sign above the entrance door and can be easily missed. If you are coming from either Ataturk or sabiha gokcen Aiports, get a bus from the Airport to Taksim Square. From Taksim Square, walk down Istiklal Cd. Turn down the Fourth street on your right onto Sadri Alisik Sk. Walk approximately one hundred meters down the street (it is down bit of a steep hill) to an intersection which is at the bottom of the hill. The Hostel is three shops to your left and is across the road from an Antiques shop. There is a small sign above the entrance door. If you get lost, ask around -- the local shops near by are very helpful! There is no parking available at the hostel.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The hostel offers clean, shared dorm rooms. The rooms are lockable, and the beds are comfy! There are no in-room lockers, however, valuables and passports can be left in a safe at reception. There are two bathrooms that are quite small and old, but are currently under renovation. They are fairly clean and the water is hot! There is space to change in the bathroom, there are power points for electrical appliances and hooks available for hanging up towels.

Common Spaces

The hostel has a common area that has been refurbished. It has lounge chairs and a dining table, and is pretty quiet most of the time. The kitchen has a large fridge and oven. A computer is available downstairs for the internet, and fast Wi-Fi is available for free. There are Turkish Baths on the ground floor of the hostel -- they are great to relax in after a day out exploring the city!

Summary

Overall, the Aga Hamam is a clean, quiet, central place to stay in Istanbul. It is a great value for money and the staff are very friendly! As mentioned, the bathrooms are under renovation, but it will look great when it is finished!

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Aga Hamam Hostel Reviews from the Web
Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
4   GOOD APARTMENT THIS IS MY FRIST TIME OF COMING ISTANBUL-TURKEY. THE HOSTEL IS 550 YEARS BUT WHEN YOU ENTER IS LIKE HOTEL OF 5YS. IT IS A GOOD HOSTEL I HAVE GIVEN MY FRIENDS COMING FROM NIGERIA THE CONTACT MORE PEOPLE WILL KNOW THE HOSTEL.  , NIGERIA ()
4   Good and bad I'm torn with this joint, mainly because of the owner. He was nice enough, but I'm pretty low key. The partiers of the hostel ran up against the "24 hour reception" a few nights in a row. Returning at 6-7am shouldn't be an issue according to the hostel, but in reality the owner yelled at several guests for doing so. He sleeps about two hours a night, and spends the rest prowling the floors, alternating between coffee and liquor, insisting on "Hamam, hamam" for any one that might relieve his insomniatic boredom. On another occasion, there was about 12 of us lounging about in the (admittedly very nice) upstairs common area. A couple of them were napping between expeditions into Istanbul by resting their heads in their arms, so instead he shook them awake and gestured for them to go to bed! Perhaps he was being nice. One of my friends had been staying a few nights and was expecting another friend to arrive shortly. Due to a language barrier mix-up, my friend was moved, while the incoming guest put in a different room. Bear in mind, the place was empty, I would estimate, 15+ beds available. They asked if they could just sleep in the same room, but the owner wasn't having it. A few guys I've spoken to have been told the place is full -- it isn't, I'm typing this from a 6-bed room with only me in it, I have two mates downstairs in separate 4-bed rooms, plus I have seen that the larger 12-14 bed rooms are half empty! It's all very weird. ON A MORE POSITIVE NOTE: It's cheap, there are loads of places to eat and drink nearby, the owner's daughter is lovely and really cute, PLUS she drove some other friends to the airport shuttle up the road when she saw all of their luggage! Like I said, good and bad. Personally, I was fine, but didn't like seeing the way others were treated.  , New Zealand ()

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