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!