Most of Istanbul’s budget accommodations are concentrated in Sultanahmet, but Beyoglu is becoming more and more popular with travelers looking for cheap rooms. The main advantage to staying in Sultanahmet is being close to the major historical sights, while residing in Beyoglu brings you closer to the city’s culture and nightlife. Accommodations on the Asian side and in the more conservative districts like Fatih and Fener are sparser, less conveniently located, and generally lacking in English fluency. Besiktas is home to mostly upscale hotels. Avoid staying in hotels in the Aksaray area, which is the city’s seedy red light district, or Tarlabasi, the run-down neighborhood close to Taksim. Another option is to rent an apartment, especially if you’re thinking of staying for a few weeks (or a semester).
*Metro: Sultanahmet. Near Ishak Pasa Mosque. From the entrance to Topkapi Palace, go downhill and turn right onto Kutlugün Sok. Take the 1st left, go down 2 blocks, and turn right. The hostel is on the left. Breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi. $ Co-ed dorms €17-18. Female-only €18; singles €40; doubles €48, with bath €70-80; triples €84; quads €88. Reception 24hr. www.metropolishostel.com
Hush Hostel Lounge
*Metro: From the Kadıköy ferry terminal, cross the street and head north. Turn right onto Iskele Sok. and continue up the hill. HUSH is on the right. Dorms €13; singles €31-45; doubles €35-55. Rates vary according toA/C and ensuite bathroom availability. Bring your Let’s Go book for a 10% discount. Reception 24hr. www.hushhostelistanbul.com
Hush Hostel Moda
*From Kadiköy ferry terminal, go on Sögütlü Cesme, then turn right onto Mühürdar Cad. Continue and turn left onto Sarraf Ali Sok. Take the 1st left onto Günesli Bahçe Sok. HUSH Moda is on the left. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast and linens included. Luggage storage and laundry facilities available. Fluent English-speaking staff. 8-bed mixed dorms €14; quads €16-18; standard doubles €41-53; singles €40-50. Reception 24hr.
As Albion Hotel
*Metro: From the ferry terminal, head up Sögütlücesme Cad. Turn left at Osmanaga Mosque, stay left, walk 2 blocks, and turn right. Breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi. $ Singles €26; doubles €40; triples €53, with extra bed €66. Reception 24hr. www.ash-otel.com
*Metro: Tünel or Karaköy. From the entrance to Galata Tower, head down the hill on Camekan Sok. and take a right turn at the Berekzade Mosque. The hostel is on the right. Breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi. 6-bed dorms €18; doubles with bath €60, triples with bath €75. Reception 24hr. www.rapunzelistanbul.com
*Metro: Tophane. Walk uphill on Bogazkesen Cad. for 5min. The hostel is on the right. Breakfast included. Lockers included. Laundry 10TL per load. Wi-Fi in lounges, lobby, and 1st fl. only. Dorms €9-12; singles €20; doubles €28, with bath €34; triples €39. Cash only. Reception 24hr. www.hostelneverland.com
Chillout Cengo Hostel
*Metro: Taksim, walk down Istiklal, turn right after the Aga Camii mosque, and continue down Atif Yilmaz. Take the 2nd left and the hostel’s unmarked gate is on the left. Breakfast 5TL. Laundry 10TL per load. Dorms €12; doubles €40, with bath €60. Reception 24hr. www.chillouthostelistanbul.com
*Metro: Tünel. Breakfast included. Laundry 6TL. Wi-Fi only in the lobby. Dorms €12-16; doubles €50; triples €60. Reception 24hr. www.worldhouseistanbul.com
*Metro: Cemberlitas. From the tram station, walk toward Vezhiran Cad. and take the 1st right. Cordial House is on the left. Some rooms include free breakfast, otherwise it costs €3. Dorms €12; singles €35, with bath €50; doubles €45/60; triples €60/75; quads €80/90. Reception 24hr. www.cordialhouse.com
*Metro: Sultanahmet. Near Ishak Pasa Mosque. From the entrance to Topkapı Palace, go downhill and turn right onto Kutlugün Sok. Take the 1st left, go down 2 blocks, and turn right. The guesthouse is on the right. Breakfast included. Bathrooms ensuite. Free Wi-Fi. Dorms €15; singles €40; doubles €50-55; triples €60. Reception 24hr. www.tulipguesthouse.com
*Metro: Sultanahmet.Follow the tram tracks down toward the Hagia Sophia, and take the 1st left after Donyang Hotel. The hostel is on the right, where the road bends. 10-bed mixed gender dor €16; 8-bed mixed dorm €17; 6-bed female only dorm €20; 4-bed dorm €20; singles €50-60; doubles €60-70; superior rooms (fancier and for 3-5 people) €80. Cash only. Reception 24hr. www.cheershostel.com
*Metro: Sultanahmet. From the entrance to Topkapı behind the Hagia Sophia, walk downhill and take the 2nd right onto Akbıyık Cad. It’ll be 2 blocks down on the left. Breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi. Dorms €10-15; singles €30; doubles €40, with bath €55; suites €60-85. Rates 10% higher for non-HI members. Reception 24hr. www.orienthostel.com
*From the Fatih bus stop, go to the end of Fevzi Pasa Cad. and turn right onto Feyzullah Efendi Cad. Breakfast included. A/C. Free Wi-Fi. Singles €30; doubles €45; triples with foldout bed €60. Reception 24hr. www.hotelpianoforte.com
*From the Fatih bus stop, walk south down Fevzi Pasa Cad., past the mosque walls. Take the 1st left, and the hotel is on the right. i Breakfast included. A/C. Free Wi-Fi. $ Singles €20; doubles €40. h Reception 24hr. www.otelerciyes.com.tr
Fatih Resadiye Hotel
*From the Fatih bus stop, walk south down Fevzi Pasa Cad., past the mosque walls. Take the 1st left, then the 2nd right. The hotel is on the right. It’s a straight shot from the mosque’s southeastern exit. Breakfast included. A/C. Free Wi-Fi. Singles €33; doubles €48; triples €60. Reception 24hr. www.fatihresadiyehotel.com
*From the Besiktas bus station, walk down Ciragan Cad. toward Yıldız Park until you see Müvezzi Cad. on the left, just before the park walls start. The hotel is at the base of Müvezzi Cad. on the left. Alternatively, the hotel is very close to the Ciragan bus stop.Breakfast 10TL. Wi-Fi available in the lobby and in the restaurant. Singles €30; doubles €41; triples €52. Reception 24hr. www.ciraganhotel.com
*From the Besiktas bus station, walk inland onto Ortabahce Cad., which intersects with Dolmabahce Cad. near the Naval Museum. After a few blocks, the hotel will be on the left. Free Wi-Fi. No English spoken. Singles €30; doubles €35. Reception 24hr.