As there were four of us travelling together, we hired a 4 bed room for the week which was brilliant as it meant we didn't have to worry about security or lockers at all. (Although they were in our room, so maybe they are only in some or the owner has since added them?)
Ahmet (the owner/manager) is pretty useful for information and if you are interested in going to a hamam, we went to the cheaper one he recommended which was really nice. It is family run and just round the corner and wasn't at all as scary as we thought it might be. Having not been to any others I can't really compare but as newbie's to the experience the friendliness, cleanness and fact that it was pretty much empty definitely made for a really relaxing experience.
Noise is going to be an issue in that area wherever you stay, and the fact that you could walk out your door and onto a street that had people and music and laughter was something I really liked, but having stayed over there as well, it is definitely quieter than the other side of the mall, where the main partying seems to happen. Having said that, inside the hostel itself is pretty quiet.
Its in a great location for seeing Istanbul while avoiding the overpriced "touristy" areas around the blue mosque.
Say hi to the pirate guy for me...
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- The best hostel in Istanbul: Chambers of the Boheme. Located in the heart of Istanbul's most popular district, Taksim, Chambers of the Boheme is truly the most beautiful hostel with an unbeatable location, extreme comfort and sincere customer service. Just steps from Taksim Square, Chambers of the Boheme puts the best of Istanbul's unparalleled nightlife at your fingertips. Our tourist information desk will give you FREE city maps and all the information you need about Istanbul & Turkey. Don't book any tours in Istanbul or in Turkey without asking us first! Whether you fancy a night of Turkish delights and nargile, a cruise on the beautiful Bosphorus, live music and all-night dancing, or a glance at Istanbul's historical sights, all are within reach when you stay with us. With hundreds of bars, cafes, and clubs within walking distance, you can kiss those car keys goodbye. Situated in a beautifully restored 19th century building, Chambers of the Boheme offers the glamour of the Bohemian lifestyle, without compromising modern comforts. Private, semi-private, and family-style rooms are available. Relax in our large common area and patio, or socialize with other global travellers in our newly renovated espresso bar. Named Turkey's #1 Hostel in 2009, we're certain your stay in Istanbul won't be the same without staying at Chambers of the Boheme. With over 750 positive recommendations, you are sure to be delighted with your experience. We look forward to welcoming you soon. Istanbul'a Hos Geldiniz! ... more less
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