Cordial House Hostel
Lonely Planet review
Cordial is a very friendly option well away from backpacker-central, Akbĩyĩk Caddesi in Sultanahmet, but still very close to the sights. There is a huge selection of rooms and a great bunker-style lounge/bar. It's also the closest budget option to the Grand Bazaar.
You can't miss the hideous exterior of the oversized Cordial, but inside the managers have enlivened the somewhat industrial feel of the place by painting it in every colour of the rainbow. There are a variety of well-kept rooms, some with ensuites, some without. Those looking on to the street are lightest. Dorms have six or eight beds, are reasonably roomy and well-kept, though some of the carpets need replacing. En suites are good and clean too, though shared bathrooms may remind you of school camp. Because it's so huge and labyrinthine, once people go to their rooms they seem to disappear. Luckily this is no Hotel California: the big plus of Cordial is the gigantic lounge. Guests congregate here at night on the bar stools or the comfy couches. There's cable TV and a pool table.
Services & facilities
- 24 hour reception
- 24 hour security
- Tours/travel desk
- Airport transfers
- Shuttle bus
- Bicycle parking
- Book exchange
- Cable tv
- Common room
- Games room
- Pool table
- Ceiling fan
Bureau de Change/ATM
- Currency exchange
- Free internet access
- Free Wi-Fi
- Internet access
- Housekeeping service
- Laundry facilities
- Linen included
- Luggage storage
- Safe deposit box (front desk)
The Cordial House Hostel offers an unbeatable combination of economically priced rooms and a perfect location for quality seeking budget travellers in the center of the old town, Sultanahmet.
Since Cordial House opened its doors to budget travellers it has rapidly gained a reputation as the Istanbul's No.1 hostel accommodation for quality seeking budget travelers.
Cordial House has a central Location in Sultanahmet, Istanbul. Just a few minutes walk from the Grand Bazaar, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, the Underground Cistern, Topkapi Palace and all the main attractions.
Cordial House is also close to trams, buses, trains and airport shuttle stops. Which ever way you arrive into Istanbul, Cordial House is easy to get to.
Walk out the door and down two blocks for a stroll through Blue Mosque or Topkapi Palace or perhaps you would prefer to walk to Grand Bazaar and engage in a festival of shopping. You are even within walking distance of the Bosphorus.
Some of the major attractions one images as part and parcel of Istanbul are within walking distance.
- Blue Mosque (250 metres)
- Santa Sophia (350 metres)
- Topkapi Palace (650 metres)
- Underground Cistern (300 metres)
- Grand Bazaar (200 metres)
- Orient Express Railway Station (800 metres)
Cordial House has a full range of facilities for its guests to enjoy at the end of a hard day visiting the sights.
Common room: A very lively and air-conditioned common area where you can meet other travelers.
Bar: You can enjoy famous Turkish pilsener 'Efes Pilsen' as well as International spirits and local Turkish drinks.
Cafe: Our cafe has a tasty variety of Turkish and Western food at affordable prices. Our cafeteria is even popular with the local university students. It is open from 7 a.m. until mid-night.
Information desk: From our information desk you can find the answers to all your turkey travel questions. From here you can also book a variety of Istanbul and Turkey tours.
Computer/ internet: We have a computer dedicated solely for our guests to use for catching up on E-Mails or just surfing the web.
We also have '' WIRELESS INTERNET CONNECTION' FREE FOR HOSTEL GUESTS'
Satelite TV: News, sport and movie channels like ESPN, Fox Sports World, Eurosport, Sky News, CNN, Star Movies, National Geographic, Supersports and many more.
Hot water: Cordial House has 24 hour Hot and Cold running water.
Luggage room: A luggage storage room is available free for our guests use. Free luggage storage for 1 day usage, Long term luggage storage for a fee.
Safe: Our safe is also available for our guests to store valuables.
Wake -up Service: A Wake-up service is available 24 hours a day.
Airport Shuttle: An airport shuttle can be booked to pick you up from Cordial House day and night.