Orient Hostel, 7 Aussie girls and a bunch of traveling orphans
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I've been traveling roughly on and off since 2002, and I
took my first trip to Mexico for two weeks back in 1997... so I guess I can say
I've been around the block a little bit... not as much as others, but I've seen
my fair share.
So I give you that little prelude so that when I make this next statement it is not one said out of sentimental, naivety.
I have never experienced such a bonding mix of random people as I have and in such a short time as I did my first few weeks at the Orient Hostel. It all started when I befriended an Irish photographer/programmer who gave all up to travel and then later a rambunctious Aussie bloke, an alcoholic ex-bartender from Jersey and later seven Aussie girls. We later found we had all befriended not just each other, but the exact same people. We had also all gotten along, very well with the staff, the bartenders Ivor and Serder at the Orient Hostel.
The Orient became a beacon for us and a second home for those of us that needed a place to be familiar for a while. Many a night I returned from a late night out with my Turkish friends and saw that our crew was still going strong. More than five times we partied and drank and smoked the water pipe and talked deep things and not so deep things till the sun came up. We greeted the sun with a beer and a tired smile on more than five occasions and even helped Ivor with breakfast duties and always helped clean up our own shit.
To this day I’ve never seen people from so many different and random areas bond like this. And I’ve never met seven of the coolest, friendliest and most wild girls as I did in those seven Aussie gals.
What makes the Orient so conducive to such moments is a very social open top floor café/bar and a roof terrace with a sick view of the Bosphorous on one end and the Aya Sophia and Blue Mosque on the other side. The staff at least when I was there, and later when I worked there is also the friendliest and most helpful on the block.
I highly suggest it and I will post a review of the Orient on this soon with all the details you need to book a room there. Book ahead in July and August and probably September as well and especially Anzac Day!