Istanbul’s Asian side is uncharted territory for most visitors, but Kadıköy is a vibrant neighbourhood with its own nightlife and markets, plus easy connections by ferry – my favourite way to get around – to both Beyoğlu and Sultanahmet. I like to take visitors to the area because it shows them a more local side to the city. The hostel is on a quiet street a short walk from the train station, ferry pier, and bus stops.
The private and dorm rooms are basic, with metal-framed beds, wooden floors, and pale-pastel walls, but clean and reasonably large for hostel accommodations. The occasional colourful wall hanging adds a homey touch. Free WiFi is available throughout the building.
With its dramatic modern chandelier, bright red pillows, and boldly patterned couch, the comfy lounge transcends the utilitarian nature of the rooms. Guests can also chill out on the roof terrace and in the good-sized garden area.
Eating and drinking
The hostel serves a hearty breakfast and offers other eating options at the nearby Hush Restaurant/Café and Art Gallery. There’s also a fully equipped kitchen for guests to use.
Musical instruments, DVDs, CDs, board games, and video games are available for guests to borrow.
The staff are friendly and helpful; most speak good English and sometimes other languages as well.
Who stays there
Young and not-so-young backpackers and budget travellers from around the world.
Students and teachers get discounts for stays of one month or longer.
- High-Speed Internet
- Backpackers / Students
- No fuss
- Chilling out
Pros & Cons
- Friendly, relaxed vibe
- Nice garden and terrace
- Basic rooms
- No A/C