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The Turkey Diaries: Bada Bing Hostel

During our entire time in Istanbul, Jeremy and I stayed at the Bada Bing Hostel which his co-worker had recommended to him a few weeks prior. It's located in the Galata neighborhood so it was only a quick walk to the Galata Tower and to the Galata Bridge. It couldn't have been more perfect. We ended up getting a private room instead of rooming in the dorm-styled bedrooms but we still got to meet a variety of different travelers, especially on New Year's Eve.

This was my first time staying in a hostel and I adored my experience. Upon our arrival we were offered tea and coffee and I felt right at home within a few minutes. The staff was young and they were always willing to help out and give their travel recommendations for within the city. We met the owner, Volkan, during the New Year's party and his friendly energy was so contagious. If you guys are ever looking for a great hostel to stay at in Istanbul, with cheap rates, definitely consider Bada Bing. And check out that lobby decor! ;)

I wish I had snapped more photos of our room or the shared dining area, but they have a few more pictures on their website if you're interested!


  1. Soon when I step in Turkey, I'd probably look for this hostel. I've never stayed in a hostel, too. Also, I wish I could meet up other travelers as well to gain friends! Haha :P

  2. This looks lovely! Glad you had such a great experience!

  3. Oh, staying in hostels is fun! When I traveled alone I used to pick dorms, I'll never forget the crazy time I had with the people I'd just met!

  4. it's look nice! ;)

  5. These shots are so cozy and inviting! I love the colors.

  6. Wow, sounds like a fantastic hotel to stay at!
    I've loved seeing your adventures in Turkey through the photographs btw, its been like taking a tour of the place with you <3

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  7. This kind of interior design is amazing!
    much LVE

  8. Lovely photos, looks like such a cool place!

  9. wow this looks like such an inspiring place to be. I can only imagine the experience!! =) Great photos!

  10. I'm so glad you had such a good hostel experience! When I did my three month tour of europe, I stayed in exclusively hostels - all my other friends got chances to stay in rented apartments or with friends...nope, I roughed it! Well, almost every time - once I was lucky enough to get a "private" room with four friends and it was like HEAVEN. Anyway, you can definitely read about it more on my blog and I might even do a hostel feature! :]

  11. The picture with the two pillows (one in focus, one blurred) makes me so happy. Not sure why haha.


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