Big Apple Hostel & Hotel

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The Hostelz.com Review

We have finally found the hostel where the real backpackers are staying at while in Istanbul -- Big Apple Hostel & Hotel! Well, it might not be the only one, but it's definitely a major backpacker hub, and we love it.

The Location

Big Apple is located in the Old City, on the European side of Istanbul. There are many historical sites, museums, and other tourist attractions to explore in the area and there are various means of transportation to take you anywhere in the big city. It's also a great base if you want explore the city by foot. There are obviously many restaurants and shops around. Ataturk Airport is easily accessible via public transportation.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The rooms are massive and spacious, and it doesn't even feel like there are fourteen of you in there (that's as big as the large dorms get). The building is a bit scruffy (as are the rooms and bathrooms), but that just gives the place an authentic feeling, like this place has been hosting backpackers for quite a while. The beds have curtains, tiny reading lights, and personal power outlets. There are large lockers under the beds; keys are available at reception. It's a bit hard to get a solid sleep if you're not a heavy sleeper, as people are coming in and out all night and you can also hear noises from the next rooms, so pack an extra pair of earplugs if you're worried about that.

There are two showers and three toilets in the room. They're not in great condition and they're pretty smelly and dirty, but they get the job done. Towels are not provided, so bring your own.

Common Spaces

There is a spacious lobby, with a bunch of little seating areas. There is drinking water, plus plenty of complimentary tea and coffee. There is also a large TV, some books for exchange, and the rooms are quite suitable for hanging out as well! There is also a roof terrace where the free breakfast is served. As the staff are very easy-going, they don't mind offering a packed breakfast if you're leaving early. There is also a bar up there where you can enjoy drinks, snacks, and hookah. It's also always nice to check out the view, which isn't bad. There is free Wi-Fi and routers on every floor, so it works really well.

Summary

Even though the building is old and not that clean, this place is fun and friendly and has a social international vibe. We highly recommend it and we're very grateful to the staff for taking such good care of us!
by Markovka
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
2018-04-14
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(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "Big Apple Hostel & Hotel" at Cankurtaran Mah. Akbıyık Cad. Bayram Fırını Sok. 12, Fatih.)

Location/Contact

Address
Cankurtaran Mah. Akbıyık Cad. Bayram Fırını Sok. 12, Fatih, Sultanahmet - Old City, Istanbul (İstanbul), Istanbul Province, Turkey
Coordinates
41.005229, 28.980298 (accuracy not guaranteed)
Location
Website
www.hostelbigapple.com
Telephone
00 90 212 5177931
Fax
00 90 212 5177932
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How is Big Apple Hostel & Hotel rated on other websites?

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Hostelworld
(2391 ratings)
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HostelBookers
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HostelsClub
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Hostels.com
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Priceline
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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews

 
Good value, nice location, friendly staff
Clean room, had a triple, room enough for all. Good bathroom, Breakfast was very ample with good selection. Located in old city quite near the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, and Topkapi Palace. Tons of restaurants around, some of them even good. Not expensive. I'd recommend to anyone who doesn't mind walking stairs, no elevator.
E.J.
Age 67, USA
2014-10-03
 
5 stars ... that simple
Location, facilities and people ... this place has nailed it. Stayed in a 6 bed dorm and didn't want to leave. The breakfast is insane! They have a spread like you wouldn't believe including dips, cheeses, meats and fried foods. Great hostel! If I'm to be picky then the internet was a little bit slow but other than that, awesome place.
Laurence
2014-09-07
 
Clean and spacious
I booked a 6 bed dorm and it was very spacious. The bunk beds were comfortable, new-looking, cherry wood colored, big rug in the center of room. AC was great especially now that it's so hot. There's enough room for bottom-bunkers to sit completely straight up (don't worry about hitting your head against the top bunk). Overall I loved it.
Vivi
Age 19, USA
2014-06-30
 
Friendly, clean, great.
This is a great hostel / hotel. It's cleaner and nicer than most hostels in Istanbul and the staff is exceptionally friendly and helpful. During our stay is wasn't as lively and social as some other hostels perhaps, but that's ok. The rooftop terrace is great and the Turkish breakfast is one of the best you'll find anywhere (bread, eggs, olives, yogurt, cheese, jams, etc.).
Anonymous
2010-02-07
 
Clean, Close to attractions, Free lockers
linen, bathrooms, and toilets are very clean. breakfast buffet is simple but good. manager Mehmet is very nice and helpful.
Tan
(USA)
2009-06-16
 
Spectacular
The staff are awesome. The people coming in are great. The view and atmosphere are great. It is in a good location right behind the Haga Sophia as well.
Kenneth Page
(American/Turkish)
2008-09-02
 
Great!
We stayed there for three nights this july and we were more than satisfied. The location is great, only steps away from the major sights, rooms are clean, and staff are friendly and very helpful. Definitely to recommend!
Ivana
(Croatia)
2008-08-21
 
Not everything is perfect
Staff are great, place is the best cause you are just two streets away from the Blue Mosque and Haghia Sophia. Rooms are not cleaned (I was there two weeks and they did not even once clean the floor, which was dirty). Bathrooms are a mess -- just once a day cleaning, hair and dirt on the floor. No phone or BBQ.
visitor
2008-07-29

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