We basically got the full effect of accommodation during our week taking pictures in Istanbul. We started out at a family-run hotel in Sultanahmet which was just a construction zone with a couple rooms in it. Then, we went over to the beautiful Hotel Ibrahim Pacha. Finally, we stayed at a hostel in Taksim called World House Hostel.
The fairly well-located hostel is an obvious favourite among backpacker and budget travellers for it’s cleanliness, helpful staff, and comfort. This is my review of the property.
This is a fairly standard hostel in terms of facilities. It’s not really lacking anything, but there’s nothing about it that will wow you. There is good high-speed WiFi throughout the hostel, even in the rooms on the top floors. There is a nice-sized kitchen that serves a decent breakfast in the morning which is included in the price of the room.
My only complaint was the fact that there was a hole lot of stairs and no lift. We had to lug our gear all the way to the top level of the hostel was on the 4th floor. If you’re going to have that many levels, you have to at least have someone offer to help drag luggage up the stairs.
The room we stayed in was good. We had a private room with our own bathroom. The shower had hot water, and the toilet was good although didn’t have the pressure to suck down toilet paper. The bed was alright, although it was a standard dorm room bunk bed and nothing fancy. The best part of the room was the view. Though the climb up the stairs might have been a bit of a pain, the view over the city and right out at Galata Tower made it worth it. Moreover, the rooms all have heater and air conditioning which is a welcome sign either winter or summer months.
The location of World House Hostel is decent, but not great. It is fairly central so getting to Galata Tower, Galata Bridge, and Taksim Square is relatively easy. The problem is that it’s right on the top of a hill which 1) makes it a serious hike to get to from the waterfront, and 2) makes it a tricky place for taxis to get to/find. Still, if you’re hoping to be on this side of the road rather than in Sultanahmet, it’s a good spot.
Hostel staff at the World House was good. They were friendly and always willing to chat. They were also very good about organizing a ride to the airport for us. I’m sure that if you were coming the other direction, they’d be a good bet to have a pick up waiting for you at the airport, as well.
It’s a pretty standard hostel. There’s nothing really that will set World House apart from the crowd. There are some nice common areas with tables for people to meet, but no true common area for travellers to naturally come together which means it might be a bit difficult to meet people. That being said, in terms of value, this is a great little find and definitely wont let you down.
For more information on the hostel, click here to visit their website.