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A Cool Time in Istanbul Starts at Bahaus

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bahaus hostelOn my first visit to Istanbul back in October, I spent my first night in a hostel that seemed a bit on the rustic side. Although not bad in the least, when friends asked me about the hostel, I didn’t feel as though I could give a good answer as I hadn’t experienced any other hostels to use as a basis for comparison in Turkey.

Well, now, I feel as though I can give an answer after staying at Bahaus. In comparison to my first hostel, Bahaus had it all — and it was just what we needed after our 20 hour flight from Sydney.

Pat and I wandered into Bahaus at maybe 8 am — much too early to check in, but we were still able to store our bags and enjoy the Turkish breakfast upstairs. That was when I knew that Bahaus was cool.

Bahaus dining area

Bahaus dining area


At the entrance was a lounge area strewn with floor pillows, ripe for some hookah smoking, and traditional Turkish knick knacks — all of which lead you to the dining area decked with old dark wood tables covered in vibrant patterns next to open windows peeping on Istanbul streets.

Bahaus window full view from dining area

What a cool window setup.

I wanted to sit there, right there, and drink coffee until my body felt like I was finally in Turkey.

Bahaus chiling, Pat drinking coffee

Pat drinking coffee at Bahaus

But, that would’ve taken all day. Instead, we ventured out after a single coffee to book our bus tickets to Cappadocia, and just wander through the streets of Istanbul — those of which lead straight to the Aya Sofia just 3 minutes away!

Of course, our little jaunt was more of a trek than we thought, so a midday nap back at Bahaus was in the cards.

Bahaus twin room

Very Turkish! We needed a nice, long nap.


We needed to rest before meeting up with other travel bloggers for dinner. It was there that we met up with Andy, Ali, and Yvette, and also discovered that Yvette didn’t wake up until 1pm that day because she was recovering from her hostel pub crawl from the night before… with Bahaus!

Pat and I walked home with Yvette that night (now that we realized we were at the same hostel) talking about Istanbul while working off the calories of our meal. The hostel owner was standing out front when we arrived, which is when he started chatting to Yvette about the pub crawl last night just before inviting us up to the rooftop bar for a drink. If only we weren’t so smashed with jet lag and sleep deprivation we would have loved to partake!

bahaus hostel sign
But score another one for Bahaus for fulfilling another criteria of what I look for in a hostel: an owner that wants to take visitors out and show them a good time.

Bahaus is a hostel I would have loved to spend more time at, but unfortunately our 10 hour (that turned into 12 hour) bus ride to Cappadocia left at 8am the next morning. Next time!

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Bahaus and Hostelworld teamed up to provide our stay free of charge, but the words are my own. If you like the look of Bahaus in Istanbul, you can book, or just learn more, on the Hostelworld site.

Bahaus Hostel: Akbiyik Cadessi, Bayramfirin Sokak No 11, Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey

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8 Responses to A Cool Time in Istanbul Starts at Bahaus

  1. Lissie April 16, 2012 at 2:48 pm #

    I must have stayed very close to this hostel – Hagia Sophia was actually across the road! I love Istanbul and that area. You could spend a week looking at things and not be more than 500m from your hostel. Don’t miss the underground Roman cistern – very, very cool

  2. Yvette April 16, 2012 at 6:47 pm #

    Hey, in my defense I *only* slept in until 11am, as I beat the pub crawl back a touch earlier… there were definitely folks sleeping in until 1pm who I chatted with though. 😉

    Hope you’re having fun!

    • Brooke April 17, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

      Haha, ok I thought it was 1 🙂 There’s nothing wrong with that

  3. Amy April 17, 2012 at 6:36 am #

    How fun! You got to hang out with Ali and Andy! I’m bummed I didn’t get out to see her again while she was in ATL before heading back to Germany/rest of her world tour.

  4. Katina April 22, 2012 at 5:00 pm #

    I reckon the hostel I stayed in was close to that one too… not nearly as enticing, rather ‘rustic’ to put it nicely. Geez, that even looks better than the ‘HOTEL’ I stayed in for the part of my stay where I was on tour. Well done.

  5. PJ April 26, 2012 at 4:43 pm #

    This is what I take from this story:
    That you and Paddy were invited to the roof for a drink, by the Hostel owner and you declined.
    SOFT.
    Love your work.

    • Brooke May 2, 2012 at 3:31 am #

      Oh PJ, you have no idea the day we had had prior 🙂

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