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Bahaus Guesthouse Istanbul Reviews
Ba in da haus Mar 26, 2011
So man what is your name, I asked guy at the reception? Tony, Tony Montana, he answers, and yours… Finishing my check in I could not stop laughing at the good vibe in this place… And … not to forget my favorite bartender, that on the same question about the name answered, my name is Turkish Delight… Great guys work here!
Hostel is located between Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, better location is hard to find! It is pretty easy to get to it from airport, but you have to have some Turkish money (which I changed in the shop on the airport, which gave me much better deal than change office) to get on metro and trolley. Istanbul is easy to walk around and you should do it slowly because there are many things to see. Use trolley and funiculars or walk to go around, taxis are simply too much hustle (as in all other places around the world).
In the same area of the hostel, there are many other hotels, guesthouses and hostels where you can find different quality rooms, and there are many fine restaurants. Bahaus has three floors and rooftop terrace that is super nice for night chill out and enjoyment in views of the sea and Marmora sea coast line. Rooms are totally ok, and every bed has “privacy protector” curtain that goes all around and lets you sleep in your own area. I did not like bottom dorms for they were too close to the street, but one on the top floor is excellent. Third floor is also a dinning and hangout area. Breakfast is classic Turkish good salads with cheese, good coffie (just love the way how Turkish make their coffe) and super strong tea (tea needs to be mixed with water, do not drink it as it comes from the pot… it is way too concentrated). Most of the things look rustic, and there are many Turkish carpets and pillows all around. Place is clean, every room has strong metal lockers, and there are some larger lockers outside of rooms. Bathrooms are excellent, clean, enough showers for everyone, which is always a welcome change... Internet is available on few computers on the bottom floor, or you can use wireless. Reception provides info, maps, and will show you anything you are looking for.
Too many sights to see in old Istanbul, eat things that you never tried before, drink unusual things that you can’t get in your city, and you’ll have memorable experience. Close to the bridge there are few crazy jumping boats that sell fish sandwiches, which you MUST try. Do not forget that one week is not enough to see Istanbul.
We had lots of fun there, and they even had belly dancer to show us some moves (she was super super sexy) and dance with brave ones that dared to join her. On the rooftop they make good munchies, and there is fairly cheap and good beer available. I paid around $12 per night and one night in private room cost me $60, but it was more than worth it
Excellent hostel, warmly recommended.
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Great hostel! Feb 08, 2009
I only stayed here one night but it was really one of the best hostels I've stayed in.
The staff was amazing. The guy at the front desk was really helpful with recommendations and arranging taxis and airport pickup. He knew everyone staying by name and was always sure to show an interest in your day. He even upgraded us to 6-bed instead of the 8-bed.
It felt like you were staying in someone's home. The common room was cozy and perfect for socializing. Breakfast was really great and pretty typically Turkish, with meats, cheese, cucumbers, tomatoes, breads, jam and honey. Also had coffee, tea, milk and juice.
The room themselves were really cleverly thought out. Each bunk bed had a curtain that could be completely drawn around it. You don't have to worry about people coming and turning on lights because the curtains are pretty black-out. Each bunk has a reading light, so you can still see.
Finally, the location was amazing. It was literally about a block behind the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. It takes less than 5 minutes to walk to, and the other attractions are also surprisingly walkable.
Highly recommended for a stay in Istanbul!
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