Some of the cheapest
beds in Istanbul are
in hostels and pensions in
the most convenient hotel
only a few minutes' walk from the Blue
Mosque, the Byzantine Hippodrome and
most of the city's top
Hostels may be simple and spartan,
or they may have a variety
of accommodations from double-rooms-with-shower through
multi-bed dorm rooms sharing common
facilities to space on the roof where
you can roll out your sleeping bag.
Some hostels can be elaborate establishments
with bars, restaurants, travel
agencies and other services.
Cheap doesn't necessarily
Pensions and guesthouses have a more family atmosphere and even
variety in accommodations.
Some rooms may have their own plumbing,
others may share bathrooms. Because rooms vary,
it's a good idea to look at several
if possible before choosing yours.
If your needs are simple and your
budget slim, here are excellent places to stay:
Most of this fine little hotel's rooms are of three-star quality, but there are also tidy 4- and 6-bed dorm
rooms with a bathroom for each room. More...
Another great lodging value in ever-more-expensive Istanbul, the Antique has a range of clean, comfortable rooms, good facilities, a very convenient yet quiet location, good-value rates, and a youthful spirit. More...
Otherwise, Hostelbookers is
the best place to check rates and availability:
The alternatives to hostels and pensions
are 1- and 2-star hotels. These tend
to follow standard hotel format, with
expected services: 2-person rooms with
private shower and toilet for a budget
price. But there are exceptions.
—by Tom Brosnahan