There are at least 34 Hostels in Istanbul. I’ve narrowed it down to 4 possibilities for myself.
In an attempt to narrow the selection down, I started by cutting them down based on location. I really want to stay in the Old Town area because that’s where most of the history that I am interested in is. This eliminated 17 possibilities.
The next thing I did was narrow down based on how much information was available online. Did the hostel have a website? Was the website at all helpful or did it just refer me to hostel.com or some other booking site? What amenities are offered? I was surprised at how much this narrowed the selection down. I was then at 6 selection! I cut two out based on price (they were much more expensive than the other 4, but didn’t necessarily look any better. So here’s what I am left with:
Nobel Hostel – 4 bed dorm
Orient Hostel – 4 bed dorm
Cordial House Hostel – 8 bed dorm (females only) – Unsure of free breakfast?
Sultan Hostel – mixed dorm (didn’t specify bed #)
I’m leaning towards the Nobel Hostel or The Orient Hostel.