17 Best Hostels in Istanbul (That I Love!)


Welcome to Istanbul, this mystical scene where East meets West, connecting two continents, a dream destination that holds more than a thousand years history, culture, and colors in its heart. Just like the other big cities in the world such as London, New York, and Paris, energetic and speedy Istanbul never sleeps either.

Not many cities are left on the planet with the rich legacy and heritage of Istanbul, the architecture, the food, culture, and the list goes on. So do not hesitate and start planning now to pay a visit to this magical city. Definitely on top of the list goes a decent place to stay and spend time while you’re visiting.

Naturally, Istanbul is loaded with hotels, hostels, and guest houses from affordable accommodations with sufficient facilities to high-priced luxurious lodgings, but in this article, I’m focusing on some of the best low-budget hostels located in the prime neighborhoods. Competent choices to meet new people, travelers from all around the world, hang out with the local hospitable crowd yet still close and convenient to main attractions in the town.

Hostels around Taksim

Chilloutlya Hostel & Lounge

This hostel is located literally 2 minutes away from the crazy nightlife in “Taksim” and only 5 minutes walking from public transportation in a prime location near Taksim Avenue and the main sights and shops. It offers a full bar from 13:00 to 04:00 in the morning.

Chilloutlya Hostel & Lounge/Facebook

There is an open buffet where you can have a Turkish traditional breakfast at 08:30 to 10:30, get Turkish tea and coffee for free while you meet people from all over the world, chill in the lounge room, watch world channels, DVDs or get books and magazines from the library and play board or group games together.

In the evening, you can enjoy your cocktails and beers at reasonable prices compared to the bars in “Taksim”. The hostel provides single and double private rooms assigned with bathrooms and showers as well as shared dormitories and common bathrooms.
Other facilities are

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Air-conditioned
  • Laundry service
  • Kid-friendly

Address: Hüseyinağa, Toprak Lüle Sk. No:1, 34435 Beyoğlu/İstanbul

Neverland Hostel

Opened in 2008 this hostel is a cozy and friendly atmosphere located in a converted textile building that is renovated. It’s 5 minutes away from “Taksim” square and walking distance to all public transports. It’s a homy space that provides single, double rooms and dormitories.

Neverland/Facebook

There is a common kitchen available where you can use the fridge and cook your own meals, there are free bread and water plus hot beverages like tea and coffee that you can enjoy while chilling and socializing with other travelers and locals.

Alcohol drinking is not allowed at the entrance but you can drink in the lounge although it is not served you can bring in your drinks. Remember credit cards are not accepted and check-in is 13:00 & Check-out at 12:00. Rooms details:

  • Single Room: 16 €
  • Mixed dorm with 9 beds: 7 €
  • Mixed dorm with 4 beds: 9 €
  • Double/Twin Room: 11 €
  • Double/Twin Room with Bathroom: 12 €
  • Triple Room: 10 €

And here is the list of facilities

  • Open buffet breakfast from 09:00 to 10:30
  • Free linens and towels
  • 24 hours front desk
  • 24 hours available hot water
  • Common bathroom and a shower on each floor
  • Free lockers in dormitories
  • Laundry service available
  • Water, tea, coffee are free of charge
  • Big common open kitchen.
  • A free wireless Internet connection is provided
  • A special discount for long staying begins in October lasts till March

Address: Firuzağa Mh, Boğazkesen Cd. No:96, 34425 Beyoğlu/İstanbul

Bella Vista Hostel

It’s located in the heart of “Taksim” besides providing easy access to the heart of fun, history, and culture of Istanbul. It offers a comfortable, clean space and relaxing accommodation. The reception is open 7/24 and
children under 10 years old are not allowed.

Bella Vista Hostel/Facebook

It is just 5 minutes’ walk away from “Taksim” Square, Only 7 minutes walk away from the nostalgic tramway, which is one of the symbols of Istanbul. “Tarlabaşı”, the parallel street to “Istiklal” offers a different experience with its old buildings and a diverse population of Kurds, Romas, and other expats. Let’s not forget the unique culture and flee markets.

BellaVista Hostel has 9 rooms (both dormitory and private rooms for 10,8,6,4,3,2 persons.) The hostel has 6 floors with a huge terrace. On every floor, common bathrooms and showers are provided. Besides, on the first floor, there is a Cafe & Restaurant (Fine Vegetarian Kitchen) which offers drinks, traditional vegetarian food, and breakfast.

There is free WiFi in public spaces and breakfast is included in the price. The team organizes social events such as movie nights, small parties, jam sessions at the terrace from time to time. It provides towels, iron, laundry services for low prices, as well.

Address: Bülbül, Turan Cd. No:60, 34435 Beyoğlu/İstanbul

Ottopera

The building of the Ottopera Hotel is one of the most beautiful and attractive examples of the 19th century Greek Architecture. The design brings the Turkish motifs and modernism together. Provides a special transfer possibility from or to the airport if you are interested and if not the public airport shuttles last stop is at the “Taksim” square which is within walking distance.

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There are 16 hotel rooms in the main hotel building,1 studio and 1+1 apartment in the outbuilding with the same architectural features. Rooms are Single, deluxe double room, superior double room, a twin room with a garden, eco basement room, and standard studio, and all the rooms include:

  • Tv with European Satellite Channels
  • direct-dial phone
  • wireless Internet connection
  • air conditioner
  • laptop-size safe box
  • minibar
  • coffee & tea maker
  • private bathroom, shower, hairdryer, slippers
  • wake up service
  • pillow menu
  • Turkish Delights at check-In

One of the charming features of the Ottopera Hotel is providing breakfast to the exclusive guests without any time limitation. The guests have the precedence of waking up late and having their breakfast whenever and however they request.

Address: Kocatepe, Feridiye Cd. No:95, 34437 Beyoğlu/İstanbul

Levanten Hostel

A laid-back hostel located in a quiet street away from all the hustle yet only a couple of minutes away from “Taksim” square and “Istiklal” street and all the shops, bars, and cafes. It offers single and double private rooms including showers and bathrooms as well as a mixed and female dormitory. The facilities and services are:

Levanten hostel/Facebook
  • Washing machine for guests
  • Dry cleaning
  • Babysitter
  • Cell phone rental
  • Medical services
  • Classic concierge service
  • Express check-out
  • Business center
  • 24-hour security guards
  • Walking distance parking/garage
  • Free wireless Internet
  • Housekeeping

Address: Cihangir, Pürtelaş Sk. No:42/ A, 34420 Beyoğlu/İstanbul

#Bunk Hostel

A renovated historic building near “Taksim” square, it’s a laid-back, zesty place to meet the youthful generation of travelers from around the world. It offers mixed dorm-style rooms with shared bathrooms as well as private single and double rooms, or private ensuite rooms.

Bunk/Facebook

Free delicious Turkish breakfast is served every morning and there are inexpensive food options available on the menu furthermore you do not have to book online as walk-ins are welcome in this hostel. The amenities include:

  • Fast free Wi-Fi
  • Free linen
  • Free business center
  • Rooftop bar and cafe with views of the city
  • Cinema screen for sports matches and film nights
  • Laundry service
  • Elevator
  • Pin code operated lockers per guest
  • Free communal secure luggage storage
  • Free use of desktop computer
  • Free duvets and bed linen
  • Free hairdryer
  • Air conditioning in every room and communal areas
  • Key card room access
  • Marble bathrooms
  • Concierge
  • No curfew
  • 24 hr reception/ security

Address: İnönü, Papa Roncalli Sk. No:34, 34373 Şişli/İstanbul

Hostels in Kadıköy

Hip, authentic and lively, this neighborhood is the perfect combination of the rich history and contemporary arts. A maze of spacious streets packed with bohemian, chilled and cozy cafes, seashore parks and traditional tea gardens with a view of the “Marmara” sea, plus the public transportation is within walking distance from the center of the “Kadikoy”.

Moda Drei-Concept Hostel

Welcome to the hippest area in town, located in a cultural and modern street in the neighborhood of Kadikoy’s “Moda” and the expo of the skyline over the “Bosphorus” sea. The staff loves to give top tips on where to drink, eat, dance, party, think, read, write, watch, talk and actually all the fun you can think of.

Moda Drei/Facebook

It offers two comfortable lounges, a shared kitchen, a terrace, a laundry room, and a patio to hang out, play games, listen to music and talk to people. Some rooms are traditional dorms with shared facilities, others offer more private amenities and come with showers, bathrooms and even your own terrace by your own choice.

Address: Caferağa, Ahter Sk. No:3, 34710 Kadıköy/İstanbul

Hush Hostel Lounge

It’s located in the heart of the Asian side of Istanbul, a neighborhood filled with art galleries, cafes, and nightlife. The common area of the hostel consists of a guest kitchen and a cozy lounge area. The hostel also has two spacious gardens for relaxation and a terrace with lounge chairs and an authentic view of the city.

Hush hostel lounge/Facebook

With its high ceilings and contemporary artworks, you will experience original and fresh hospitality. The West End Café at the ground floor with seatings available outdoors on the sidewalk is open to the public, serving fresh home-made cookies and desserts with hot beverages. Rooms and facilities are:

  • 8 Bed Mixed Dorm
  • 6 Bed Mixed Dorm
  • 4 Bed Mixed Dorm
  • 6 Bed Female Dorm
  • Ensuite Double Room
  • Standard Double Room
  • Basic Double Room
  • Basic Single Room
  • Free buffet breakfast
  • Free wifi
  • Laundry service
  • 24-hour reception
  • Air conditioner
  • Terrace
  • Bicycle rental
  • Free guest computer
  • Free luggage store

Address: Caferağa, Tellalzade Sk. 15/A, 34710 Kadıköy/İstanbul

Moda Hostel

A brand new hostel located in the local bazaar street, with antique shops and traditional stores selling fresh fruits, vegetables, and seafood within a walking distance. It offers a comfortable lounging area, a bar to spend your evenings and meet with other travelers while listening to a fusion of Rock & Blues music.

Moda hostel/Facebook

It provides a common kitchen where you can cook your meals and a restaurant, there are kitchens and bathrooms available in every private room and common bathroom for dormitories. A friendly and welcoming staff who are happy to give you tips and information so do not hesitate to ask questions.

Address: Caferağa, Tellalzade Sk. 15/A, 34710 Kadıköy/İstanbul

Hostels in Karaköy

The up and coming hippie neighborhood on the European side of Istanbul with funky bohemian cafes, vivid colorful buildings, and the famous rainbow stairs up on the hills. The major destination for artists, photographers, and history enthusiasts to capture the unique spots and artworks.

World House Hostel

The building was originally constructed in the year 1860, a quiet Genoese-style stone house in the neighborhood called “Galata”, of course, it’s renovated and designed very tastefully now. It’s a warm and restful place run by a hospitable team and they will arrange a private transfer from the airport directly to the World House Hostel by your request. The hostel offers:

World house/Facebook
  • Female Dormitory
  • Mixed dormitory
  • Double private room
  • Triple private room

There is a restaurant available where you can enjoy Turkish and European dishes, have your breakfast, play games and socialize with other travelers, some of the facilities are:

  • Laundry service
  • Free breakfast
  • Tea & Coffee maker
  • Board games
  • Bicycle parking
  • Free wifi
  • Luggage storage
  • Book exchange
  • Postal service
  • Air conditioning

Cheer Portus House

Located in a quiet backstreet in a historical building Centrally placed in the hipster quarter “Karaköy”, Cheers Porthouse Hostel is just a few steps away from bohemian bars, amazing small restaurants, clubs, and fashionable boutiques. It’s hardly recommended to visit the artsy and free-spirited “Harbor” district only a few minutes away from the hostel.

Portus House/Facebook

You can easily walk to the main sights of the town or catch public transportation, by the tramway you can reach the old city center “Sultanahmet” within 10 minutes to see “Hagia Sophia”, the “Blue Mosque” and “Topkapi Palace”.

They offer a comfortable and appealing double room, a single and a connection family room, double twin and triple twin provided with private bathrooms. Other facilities are:

  • Free wifi
  • Free breakfast
  • Trilingual staff
  • Daily housekeeping
  • 24-hour reception

Address: Kemankeş Karamustafa Paşa, Mumhane Cd. No:31, 34425 Beyoğlu/İstanbul

Hostels in Sultanahmet

Istanbul’s Old Town one of the most historic places on earth and major tourist attractions of Turkey. This neighborhood has been home to “Sultans” and the capital of the “Byzantine Empire”. Some of the most famous architectural landmarks and establishments such as “Blue Mosque”, “Topkapi Palace”, “Hippodrome” and “Hagia Sophia” mosque are only a few minutes walking away.

Big Apple Hostel

A cheery hostel that is recently renovated and decorated. It’s located only 6 minutes away from the “Marmara” sea beach and 8 minutes walking distance to the “Hippodrome” of “Constantinople”. It’s a vigorous, fashionable, and high-tech ambiance that offers simple, stylish, and inexpensive rooms.

Big apple/Facebook

Depending on lifestyle and budget, guests can choose a bed in 4 Bed Female Dorm Ensuite, 6 Bed Mixed Dorm Ensuite, 6 Bed Female Dorm Ensuite, 6 Bed Male Dorm Ensuite, and 14 Bed Mixed Dorm Ensuite or Private Double/Twin Room Ensuite, Private Triple Room Ensuite and Private Family Room Ensuite.

The staff will give you travel advisory and you could meet other travelers on the rooftop, have breakfast and enjoy the exclusive view of the “Marmara” sea. Shared rooms with bathrooms inside of them moreover there is a common shower and bathroom located on each floor. Other facilities are:

  • Private rooms with private baths
  • Widescreen TV with DVD player
  • Air-conditioner
  • Complimentary wireless Internet, and hair dryers
  • All shared rooms have air-conditioners, storage lockers under beds

Second Home Hostel

Opened in 2009, the hostel provides a welcoming, upright and secured place for visitors from all around the world. The staff is always happy and prepared to assist you in finding local attractions and historical places of interest. It’s located in the historic district which makes it easy to reach plenty of wonderful sights by walking.

Second home hostel/Facebook

The Second Home provides affordable accommodation as well as a comfortable lounge area on the terrace, based on your preferences you can choose a bed from

  • 6 Beds Female room
  • 8 Beds mixed dormitory
  • Single room with shared bathroom
  • Double private room with a bathroom
  • Double room with shared bathroom
  • Triple room with private bathroom
  • Double suite room
  • Family room

If you’re interested in group outdoor activities you could sign up for Street Food Tour and Pub Crawl & Night Out. Some of the facilities are:

  • Lockers
  • Airport shuttle
  • Laundry service
  • TV room
  • Breakfast
  • Air conditioning
  • Guest kitchen

Address: Hoca Paşa, Ebussuud Cd. No:19, 34110 Fatih/İstanbul

Istiklal Terrace Hostel

The hostel is located in the “Old Town” only a few minutes from the “Blue Mosque”, “St. Sophia”, “Topkapi” Palace, Underground Cistern and Historical Turkish baths, and only a minute to “Grand Bazaar”. Rooms are mostly 6,8 and 10-bed dormitories with individual lockers but it also offers a number of budget-friendly single, double rooms, triple rooms, and family rooms.

Istiklal hostel/Facebook

There are common showers and bathrooms on the corridors. Private rooms have air-conditioning and dormitories have fans and all rooms have heating. Linen and towels are included. There is a Wintergarden Panoramic Terrace Bar with a breathtaking view of the “Marmara” sea where you can relax and drink at nights or enjoy the breakfast buffet in the morning.

Note: Full payment upfront in cash is required. Travelers of all ages are welcome, however, no guests under 18 years of age or over 50 for dormitories. Guests over 50 years old can book only into private rooms.

Address: Alemdar, Divan Yolu Cd. No:70, 34110 Fatih/İstanbul

West Istanbul Hostel

The hostel is based in a quiet and peaceful street in the vicinity of the “Grand Bazaar”. Located near many historic sites such as The Church of Saint Sophia, The Topkapı Palace, The Blue Mosque and The Spice Bazaar. These sites are all within walking distance.

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On the ground floor, there is a large lounge room and a kitchen supplied with all the necessary amenities. Customers are free to use the kitchen and hang out in the lounge or you can play with the board games provided by the hostel.

All rooms- including the dorms are air-conditioned also double rooms with private bathrooms are available, one of them comes with a huge terrace that you can request for by the check-in. Some of the benefits of the place are:

  • All our mixed rooms have a luggage compartment under your bed to keep your valuables safe
  • (you can bring your own locks if you like or you can get them at reception for a small fee)
  • Our hostel has  24-hour security cameras
  • Feel free to contact the reception at any time of the day should you need some directions to the places you want to go to
  • Free wifi on every floor
  • 24 hour-hot-water-showers, also hairdryers are available
  • On top, a 4k TV-screen
  • You can watch videos, movies or listen to music on the TV
  • No curfew
  • All the rooms are absolutely non-smoking
  • The reception staff can wake you up at any time
  • You can ask the reception for a free city map

Address: Beyazıt, MİMAR Hayrettin Mahallesi, Teyyareci Kemal Sk. NO:7, 34126 Fatih

Cheers Hostel

Cheers Hostel has been voted the best in the ranking of Hostelworld.com in 2011! The hostel is located in an easy-access location right in the center of the Old City of Istanbul. Only 1-minute walking distance from the famous sights like “Hagia Sophia”, the “Blue Mosque” the “Underground Cistern” and “Topkapi” Palace, not to mention the Grand Bazaar and many other sightseeing goals of the city.

Cheers hostel/Facebook

It offers mostly 6 and 8-bed dormitories with individual lockers for each bed but also has a number of budget double rooms, triple rooms, twin-bed rooms, and family rooms. The private rooms are in the additional buildings next to the main building.

There are common showers and bathrooms available on each floor. Private rooms and dorm rooms are air-conditioned and all the rooms are provided with heating also linen and towels are included. Please note:

  • Check-in noon
  • Check out 11.00 am
  • Full payment upfront in cash is required
  • Please advice about arrival time
  • It is not allowed to bring alcohol from outside
  • Taxes are not included, 2 EUR per person per night

Address: Alemdar, Zeynep Sultan Cami Sk. No:21, 34110 Fatih/Istanbul

Agora Hostel & Guesthouse

A brand new hostel and guesthouse located in the center of the main attractions on the European side of Istanbul. Agora is a fusion of a boutique hotel and dynamic hostel initiated for insightful and modern travelers. There is a rooftop terrace available where you can enjoy the traditional home-made breakfast.

Agora hostel/Facebook

Depending on your budget and lifestyle, you can choose from a wide line-up of rooms and their facilities, from private rooms with private bathrooms to mixed dorm rooms and shared bathrooms in common areas. The amenities are:

  • widescreen TV with DVD player
  • Air-conditioner in all rooms
  • Complimentary wireless Internet
  • Direct-dial telephones and hair dryers for the shared rooms
  • Storage lockers

Please Note: Check-in: 2 pm (if your room is already available, you can check-in at any time)
Check out: 10.30 payment by cash or credit card on arrival day
Please inform about arrival time and you can bring your own padlock or you may also buy one from the front desk. No guests under 18 years or over 50 are acceptable for the private rooms.

Address: Cankurtaran, Amiral Tafdil Sk. No:6, 34122 Fatih/Istanbul

The residencies that you choose to stay in always have the location on websites and the best ways to get there and they will help you online but in case you are someone who prefers to plan ahead, there are express airport shuttles available at both Istanbul and Sabiha Gokcen airport. Price: 20 TL ($ 2-3) Remember to exchange money at the airport to Turkish currency “Lira ₺”. Have fun! 🙂

mahni

Hello, everyone, this is Mahni. I'm originally from Iran and I moved to Istanbul a couple of years ago. Here I mostly write about Istanbul and its fascinating aspects as a local and traveler to help you plan your trips and learn more about this city. Have fun! :-)

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