Orient Hostel




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The Orient Hostel is a popular place to stay on the Turkey backpacking trail. You will meet people here and most likely meet them again and again through out your trip. It is a clean hostel in a good area. You can see the blue mosque from some windows.

The hostel has internet service, however it is quite slow and more expensive than faster internet cafes. Backgammon and chessboards are provided. Movies are shown for free each night by the staff, and are new films that are still in the movie theatres. There is a bar and it has pretty cheap drinks. This place is really popular in the summer time, and there is also a roof-top bar. Water pipes can also be used.

Food is available at the hostel, but it's not really very good, and there is a lot better, cheaper food available in local restaurants. The dorm rooms are clean, but the carpets are really dirty and need replacing. The beds are comfortable, and sheets and blankets are included. The bathroom and showers are clean and roomy.

Security is good, there are free safety deposit boxes at reception, which is easy to access. However losing your key could have drastic consequences as that means someone has 100% access to your box, and you have 0%.

To get there from the airport catch the Harvas bus, go to Yenikap then catch a train to Sultanahmet. It will cost around $4US.
by Will Ockenden
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
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Yeni Akbiyik Cad 9-13, Sultanahmet - Old City, Istanbul (İstanbul), Istanbul Province, Turkey
41.005939, 28.980667 (accuracy not guaranteed)
+90 212 517 9493
+90 212 518 3894
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Good deal for the money
Can't beat the location, it is excellent. Cleanliness is ok and they had fabulous hot water for 3 of the 4 days there, not sure what happened on the 4th day because at 430 in the morning I didn't have competition. The restaurant at the top is a good deal with a great view. The employees were very helpful as well, there is laundry nearby and plenty of not so cheap restaurants. The bathrooms tended to smell a bit but wasn't because there weren't being cleaned.
Age 35, Canada
Just ok
Overall, the Orient Hostel has everything you need. The beds/rooms are nice, the bathroom is clean, the breakfast is good, and the location is excellent. The only downside to the hostel is the noise. Some nights it can be very noisy as they have a bar area on the ground level of the hostel and some nights the music would play until 2 in the morning. Also, the staff wasn't very helpful; they have a travel agency inside, but they too are clueless. Finally, when we told them we were leaving a day early (and we gave them a couple days notice) they were really belligerent, but after asking several times they did refund our last night.
An ok hostel, but there are better options.
An ok hostel, but there are better ones. They try too hard to extract money from their guests by pushing their travel agency and cafe that inside the hostel. They have a rooftop terrace for their guests as do most hostels in the area, but unlike most hostels they try to tell you that you can't eat your own food and drink up there (they expect you to pay their overpriced prices). The 10AM check-out time is also unnecessarily early (most other hostels let you stay until 11 or noon).
  I stayed in a room across the street. It was very noisy from the street and difficult to sleep although I was wearing earplugs. I'd definitely not go there again! The room was ugly and a bit dirty, it was the worst hostel I stayed at in Turkey, and also the most expensive!!
  I stayed in a 4-bed dorm that was really smelly and dirty. They didn't clean it, not even once in the 5 days that I stayed there. They only emptied the full garbage basket when I showed it to them after 2 days. The carpet is so old and dirty and smelly that it doesn't need cleaning anymore — it has to be removed. Bathrooms were ok, quite clean compared to many others. Breakfast is ok and the guys in the bar are nice, while the guys at the reception desk are quite rude. The terrace on the rooftop is nice, but I saw all the hostels around with the same kind of rooftop with the same view, so maybe you should check another one without smelly carpets.
  This hostel was a bit mixed. The dorms looked fine, but the private room we had was hilarious. It was tiny and smelly and dirty. The breakfast was really good, and the bathrooms were fine. The roof bar was nice and the view from the terrace was really good. The HI discount wasn't actually a discount; it was just 10 percent off and then you didn't get breakfast. The discount was the cost of breakfast, so it was actually just that HI members had the right to choose if they wanted breakfast or not. But it was not such a big deal. Maybe HI is more of a seal of approval in other countries. The Internet was free. Most of the bar staff were really friendly and nice. The main reception guy was fine but there was one who had a real attitude problem. We were told we could pay by Visa and so we didn't get any money out to pay. It turned out we couldn't use Visa because the travel agency was closed, so we scraped together the money and asked if it was ok to pay the last 10L (£4) in the morning. The staff person snapped at us and told us none of us would get our passports till he got the money. There is a bag storage place, another bar with belly dancers below and shisha. On the whole it was ok. It is probably a really great place to stay in season, but then all of the hostels in the area had roof terraces and bars so maybe they were better. Go to the little restaurant in the market next to the Blue Mosque as you get to the main road, there are whirling Dervishes and a really good Turkish atmosphere. The hostel had a travel agency, too, which was good. There wasn't that great of an atmosphere. It was pretty quiet, but maybe it was good in season. There was an ant infestation in the room.
  I stayed here for almost three weeks. It has great views, and a very friendly, helpful staff. I met some incredible people there. There is free breakfast, with eggs cooked to order. The Internet is free for those staying at the hostel.
  Good views from the roof terrace, good location, great for meeting other travelers. Just don't drink the "wine" in the restaurant. Bleugh!

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