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We heard so much about the iconic Hush Hostel Lounge before we came and we were really excited to check it out. It's a very sweet hostel that feels like home, but perhaps our expectations are a bit too high, as it could improve on some things.
The hostel is set on a quiet street; there are some cafes and shops around, but mostly it's away from all the hustle and bustle of the center. The waterfront is a few blocks away and can be seen from the roof. The ferry piers are about twenty minutes' walk away, as is the vibrant Kadikoy center.
Rooms and Bathrooms
The rooms are generally ok -- they are warm and not too stuffy. The bunk beds are a bit weird, as the top bunk is too low, so if you got the bottom one you'll keep hitting your head if you try to sit up in bed. Also, the ladders are in the middle instead of on the side, so basically you'll find yourself doing some yoga maneuverings every time you try to get in and out of bed. When you're actually all tucked in, the beds are very comfy, and that's what really counts, right? If you got a lock you can use the lockers in the hallway.
The showers could be better too; some of them don't lock and there's no space to hang your towel. There are more showers than toilets, so at least you don't have to wait too long. In general, this is quite an old building, so it's probably hard to keep it in a good shape, but we think they're doing a pretty good job after all. Just note that it's five floors all the way to the top and there's no elevator, so brace yourselves for a little workout if your room is up there.
The whole ground floor is full of little, cute rooms where people can hang out; there is a communal computer, plus a fully equipped kitchen where you'll find people cooking constantly. There's a machine for washing the dishes, which is a bit weird since a lot of dishes end up being dirty most of the time, since there's no point running a half-empty machine; it would probably be easier if everyone just washed after these. There's also a cute patio and a doggie whose name is Soda (you can play with the doggie, but you should avoid feeding). There is a great TV room with loads of DVDs and books, and they even have movie nights a few times a week. There is free Wi-Fi throughout the hostel, but the signal is pretty poor and doesn't cover the top floor.
We love the complimentary breakfast and the coffee is great. We thought the breakfast hours could be a bit longer (they serve it from 8 to 10 a.m.) -- in the last hour it gets pretty crowded and sometimes there are not enough seats for everybody.
All in all, this is a very chill and social hostel, and everyone seems friendly and easygoing. We had fun here.
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Published on Feb 14, 2018
Location and Contact
• From the Kadikoy Pier walk towards Haydarpasa Railway Station along seaside on Rihtim Caddesi(Avenue). • The sea should be on your left hand side. After a few minutes of walk, you will see a red building (Deniz Hotel) on the right hand side across the road. This building is at the corner of Iskele Street. Turn right into Iskele Street. Walk for a minute, we are on the right hand side of the street. • From Sabiha Gokcen Airport : • Local Bus E-10 brings to Kadikoy Center (Pier). • For bus timetable : http://www.iett.gov.tr/en/ • Also you can take Havabus Shuttle Buses to Kadıköy. • From Istanbul Airport : • The easiest way to get to the hostel from Istanbul New Airport is HAVAİST shuttle. You can reach to Kadıköy bus terminal with it. You will be walking uphill from İskele Street. We are on the right side and the number is 46. • From Harem Couch Terminal : • Taxi (it costs around 20 TL, 5 EUR) • From Haydarpasa Railway Station: • Railway Station is 3 minutes walking distance from the hostel. • From Railway Station: • http://tcdd.gov.tr