In the heart of the old town in Istanbul, Cordial House hostel offers a great combination of reasonably priced rooms and wonderful location, just a few minutes’ walk from the Grand Bazaar, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, the Underground Cistern and Topkapi Palace.
Cordial House provides 40 colourful rooms, free Wi-Fi, a lively air-conditioned common area where you can meet other travellers, a bar were you can enjoy famous Turkish pilsener 'Efes Pilsen' as well as international spirits and local Turkish drinks, and a cafe that has a tasty variety of Turkish and Western food.
Attractions nearby include the Hagia Sophia Museum, the Turkish and Islamic Art Museum, the Istanbul Archaeology Museums, a cinema and the Cemberlitas Turkish Bath.
What travellers think
Upon our arrival to Cordial's door we encountered a locked door. We booked this in May and received a confirmation email on May 12. As we stood in front of Cordial, two men approached from across the street to tell us that the hotel had closed one or two months ago. When I called the "help" number I got a message all in Arabic. I don't understand Arabic. The two men got us in connection with another hotel which found us a second hotel at the same cost as Cordial would have been.
Fri 04 Dec 2015
Mosquée Bleue, Sainte Sophie, Palais Topkapi, Grand Bazar, Bazar aux épices et croisière sur le Bosphore
Wed 07 Oct 2015
Budget meal tip
Not a meal suggestion but the Sultanamet Hotel is a good one offering fantastic views of the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia from the 6th floor facing East.
Fri 04 Dec 2015