A city of contradictions and beauty in its chaos, Istanbul attracts young backpackers and student travelers who come to bask in its cosmopolitan magic. Of course for these travelers on a budget there are plenty of hostels that are as cool as they are affordable.
Hush Hostel Lounge, Istanbul
Hush Hostel Lounge, Istanbul | Courtesy of Hush Hostel Lounge
Downright cool with street art murals on the walls and super friendly staff, Hush Hostel is a great place to stay if you want to meet some locals and stay in a more residential part of Istanbul’s Asian side. The private rooms or dorms are simple but clean and always have a touch of color and cool.
Bunk was established in 2011 with the idea that budget accommodation could also be stylish, clean, and of high quality. The result is Istanbul’s first design hostel with 32 beds (dorms, twin rooms, private doubles), a heated rooftop, a lounge, live music, and a daily happy hour at the bar.
Another design hostel that stands out with its sleek interior and cool vibe, Stay Inn is located in the heart of Taksim for travelers who want close proximity to the city’s main center. Rooms are decked out in white and include dormitory rooms as well as double rooms with a terrace.
One of the best places to stay in Istanbul’s cool Karaköy neighborhood, Portus has plenty of comfortable space whether it’s a double room or a triple with a shared bath. Free use of the common kitchen and a daily breakfast are also part of the package, while the 1930s Art-Nouveau building that houses the hostel is an aesthetic delight in itself.
One of the best hostels in the touristic Sultanahmet neighborhood (close to the major sights such as Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque), Mansion by Cheers Hostel is super laid back. A welcome drink, fresh towels and linens, free breakfast, late check-ins, and extras such as airport transfers and tours are all part of an unforgettable stay.
Another excellent choice on the Asian side of Istanbul, Bahane is located on Kadife Street, which is famous for its cool nightlife. Rooms are simple and modern while the on-site bar and restaurant offer an excuse to hang out a bit longer before your bedtime.
One of the newest additions to the young and trendy Moda neighborhood, Juliet is a design hostel that doesn’t feel like a temporary abode. Located within a lovely renovated house, the hostel rooms are modern and comfortable including marble bathrooms and an amazing Turkish breakfast in the outdoor Juliet café.