Orient Hostel




The Hostelz.com Review

Orient Hostel is a large one; it houses a tour agency and there is a fabulous cafe/bar on the third floor, and there is even a more fabulous rooftop!

The Location

The hostel has a great location in the Old City, the Sultanahmet area. Both the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia are less than a ten-minute walk away, and you can even watch them from the rooftop! The neighboring streets are full of other hostels, restaurants, and shops -- this is basically the place to be. It's a very touristic area though, so you might want to watch out for the regular tourist traps.

Rooms and Bathrooms

It's a large building, but not a very new one, so things are old. Not all the doors stay shut when you close them, and some of the locks don't lock so easily, but mostly things are in working order. All the areas are kept nice and warm. The rooms are pretty large; there are basic lockers in the dorms, which you can use with your own lock, but the reception encourages guests to use the free safes in reception for storing valuables. There is a little sink in the room, which is kind of useful. There is only one light, but it's enough. There are not too many power outlets, though.

The shared bathrooms are very basic; the shower head doesn't move and the water pressure is a bit weird, but there is hot water in abundance and that makes us happy. There are plenty of hangers as well. The shared toilets could use some more cleaning, but overall they're fine.

Common Spaces

There is a large cafe on the third floor, and there is a bar and that's where a lovely Turkish style breakfast buffet is served in the mornings. The breakfast is very nice and there is even cereal! There is also good coffee. Of course, you can hang out here during the day, and don't forget checking out the roof! It's one of the perks of staying in this area, as the view is fantastic and you can soak up some sun! There is free Wi-Fi throughout the building; though it's not working properly all of the time, it can load basic apps.


This is a great place to stay that is good value for money, plus the staff are professional and nice at the same time. We had a nice time!
by Markovka
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
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(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "Orient Hostel" at Yeni Akbiyik Cad 9-13.)


Yeni Akbiyik Cad 9-13, Sultanahmet - Old City, Istanbul (İstanbul), Istanbul Province, Turkey
41.026410, 28.703500 (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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