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Hostelz.com's Review
World House Hostel is located at the end of the busy shopping and entertainment street of Istiklal Caddessi.

The Location

The hostel is located at the end of the biggest shopping and entertainment street in Istanbul, Istiklal Caddesi. It's located in the Beyoğlu/Taksim "new town" part of Istanbul (as opposed to the "old town" area of Sultanahmet, which is where the Blue Mosque and historic sites are located). But Sultanahmet isn't far and can be reached by walking about 20 minutes or a 5 minute tram ride. Many hostels are located in Sultanahmet, but the advantage of being in this area is that you can visit Sultanahmet during the day, and then come back to this area to enjoy the cafes, restaurants, and late night shopping in the evening. The neighborhood is safe and busy both during the day and at night, with lots of tiny little (cheap) doner kebab and fresh juice stands, as well as cute little cafes. And as the guidebooks will tell you, the food in this part of town is much better than the consistently mediocre choices in Sultanahmet.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The rooms are bright and clean, if a bit spare. There are large windows with some nice views, simple bunks, and lockers in each room. Private rooms are also available. The rooms are lockable, though there are only one or two keys per room, and you must leave them at reception when you leave the building. The bathrooms are this place's downfall. There is usually one bathroom per floor, and the sink, toilet, and shower are all in the same room, with no shower curtain or door or anything to separate them. This means the bathroom is usually a mess because it gets soaking wet every time someone takes a shower.

Common Spaces

The cafe downstairs (located at the front of the building near reception) is charming, with plenty of chairs and tables to hang out and read, eat, or drink. This is where you get your delicious Turkish breakfast in the morning (included in the price) and much of the hostel seems to linger there over coffee and a book, or talking to friends. There is both indoor and outdoor seating available. Apart from the cafe, common spaces are rare. There is an internet computer (for pay) in an upstairs hallway, or free Wi-Fi if you have your own computer. The hostel is friendly but not overly social and the relative lack of common spaces probably contributes to this.

Summary

Overall it's a very nice hostel in an excellent location.

by Cam
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
September 2009

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World House Hostel Reviews from the Web
Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
3   Good and some bad I stayed for 5 days in the 8 bed dorm room. The location was close to Istiklal Street and a 5 minute walk down the hill to the metro. However, it was also a busy and touristy street and above a record place that plays loud music through the night. There was also a mosquito problem (but that may be anywhere in Turkey in the summer) that gave one of my friends 30 bites in one night. Internet is 1 TYL per 20 minutes and there is free wi-fi in the lobby. Free Turkish breakfast is bread, jam, cheese, slices of cucumber and tomato, olives, and tea. It's the delicious the first day, but sickening by the fifth day. Nevertheless, it's quite generous. Laundry is 10 TYL per load. Airport pickup is 25 TYL (but I'm not sure if it varies by the number of people picked up at once), so taking the metro (3 TYL) might be better if you arrive before 10 (when the metro stops running).  , US ()
5   Great staff, nice rooms with sunlight, common spaces, and great juice! I came to Istanbul for 10 days and stayed in 5 hostels. This one had the best staff, the nicest location, and a great juice stand across the street. My travel companion complained of occasional smokiness in the common spaces, but I think it may be hard to escape smoke in Istanbul. (Everyone smokes) During my stay the guests were especially awesome...but I can't guarantee that of course.  , USA ()
5   Great hostel, great location. We ended up trying a few hostels during our stay in Istanbul (mostly in the Sultanahmet area), and this one ended up being our favorite. The hostel itself is bright, clean, and friendly. But really the best aspect is the location. It's located in the new part of town that's popular with the locals and is a great alternative to staying in Sultanahmet which is entirely for tourists. The best cafes, dining, shopping, and people-watching is in this part of town. But Sultanahmet is still close enough to walk to or take the tram for 1.50 TL. On the downside, the bathrooms aren't great. They're a little small and there aren't enough of them per floor, but they're still adequate. Also the current inconsiderate staff person likes to smoke outside the front door with the door open which causes the whole place to fill up with smoke. But hopefully that's a temporary problem.  ()

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