"Good but not so great." Bahaus Guesthouse Tip by jannieomani

Bahaus Guesthouse, Istanbul: 199 reviews and 0 photos

If you are a hostelworld junkie, this sounds like the dream hostel on their website (I have issues with it but for another day) with over 500 hundred ratings singing the praises of the place. It's not that this was not a good place to stay, especially at 9 Euro a night just a short skip away from the Sultanahmet (blue) Mosque that dominates the area, it's just that it's not a great as the hostelworld webpage makes it out to be. The 8 bed dorm was fine and had huge lockers which are only good if you have your own padlock. Only one bathroom on the top floor where I stayed so folk on the roof nip down there too. The free brekkie is nice but not filling. The restaurant offers one meal a day for 8 Lira (4Euro) total but you can just have soup for 2 Lira, although this is cheap for western travellers you can get excellent chıcken kebabs for 5 Lira nearby if you move away from the hardcore tourist areas. The internet is totally crap, save yourself a headache and go to find another place, the time that would take would be the time it would take Google to load at Bahaus!! The wonderful soundıng DVD lounge was also a no go as DVD player was not working (guests apparently broke it, so why didn't they throw it away and buy a new one? It was sitting in the cabinet!) The 4 staff members I encountered ranged from a little sleazy to Mr 'I hate my job' Grumpy although Nojuh (spelling?!) was really helpful and attentive. Maybe I have been too harsh on the place, it was a good base in Istanbul for 3 days but, in the style of Columbo, there is just one more thing bothering me. If they have received hundreds of ratings through hostelworld, why did I not receive an email to rate them like I have for other hostels? Just how do they keep that glowing reputation??

Unique Qualities: The rooftop bar was a nice touch but September evenings can be pretty chilly!

Address: Sultanahmet
Price Comparison: less expensive than average
Directions: Akbiyik Cadessi
Bayramfirin Sokak No 11, Sultanahmet

othercontact: bahausguesthouse@yahoo.com
Phone: +90 212 638 65 34
Price: less than US$20
Theme: Hostel
Website: http://bahausistanbul.com/

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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