Mavi Guest House

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3 Kutlugün Sokak, Istanbul, Turkey
(0212) 517 7287

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Mavi Guest House Istanbul Reviews

andrejav andrejav
717 reviews
Mavi Guesthouse Jun 09, 2013
Mavi Guesthouse was the cheapest place I found on online booking, and I did not want to search for the place to sleep on early morning after 16h flight. Location of the guest house is in the great place, right under great Aja Sofia museum and almost spitting distance to Topkapi palace. It was 14$ for 24 bed dorm including breakfast.

Bathrooms are in horrible shape, divided with plastic doors and made into small cubical that are not comfortable in any way. Few times I had serious issue to close door without acting as a Houdini. Extremely poor ventilation is guilty for most of the mold and bad smell that spreads from the showers around the room. There are couple restrooms and bathrooms on the floor and in the front of the door there is always some water therefore it is very slippery. I went for bathrooms on the other floors but they were not much of the difference at all. I had really tough time saving my clothes from the water in the shower.

Dorm is located on the third floor and you get there by climbing steep stairs that are not backpackers friendly, or not friendly to anyone aside of mountain climbers. Right above the dorm you will find nice terrace that has nice view of Aja Sofia and half view of the sea. You could see that sea area too, but they made wall of old bunk beds (that area not protected in any way, and look like they are ready to be used…) Few chairs and tables make rooftop nice area for reading, enjoying the sun and the view. Internet is not available on the roof, but you can get good connection on the bottom floor and in outside sitting area.

Dorm room is so crowded that most of the people smell someone feet… Officially there is 24 beds in that room, but there is space for maybe half of that number. Beds are extremely suspicious because of the small holes that look like bed bug heaven, but I did not get any bites. Some of the beds are on the three levels which are not too much of the issue, but the last bed is way too close to ceiling. I could not fit in between that area… Good lockers and bunch of mirrors are excellent add on to this room.

Breakfast was disappointing in every way. I came to Istanbul few times before and in every hostel I stayed you had fresh coffee, tea, some cheese, olives, eggs, veggies for your sandwich, but here it is instant coffee with packaged cheese butter, a bit honey and an egg… pathetic excuse for a breakfast in the city that prides itself for great food. I could not believe when new guest was told that he can join the breakfast if he pays 5e! For 5 euro you can get sandwich of your dreams and something to drink, or have huge variety of options in many cafe shops in the area…

The only shiny star in this hostel are people that work there. Simply awesome, almost like a family that awaits you any time you come home. Aside of the staff I can’t recommend this place to anyone. There is at least 20 affordable hostels and guest houses in the area and it is fairly easy to find perfect accommodation.
Very steep stairs
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