Bada Bing Hostel Istanbul – Roof Terrace, Comfort, and Travel Agency

A: “Man this place is cool” B: “The hostel?” A: “Ya!” B: “Right, I like this place too…”

These were two American travelers talking in the lobby of Bada Bing Hostel Istanbul, talking with beers in their hands, while checking their iPhones. And they were right, this amazing BadaBing Hostel in Istanbul is indeed a cool accommodation.

Bada Bing Hostel in Istanbul

Sometimes I can find it quite difficult to decide which place to stay when I’m traveling. Therefore I thought it would be useful for you backpackers, and my friends if I write a short description about my accommodation here in the fascinating city of Istanbul. And here is why I would recommend you to stay at this budget accommodation.

Hostel Location in Istanbul is King

Location is the main thing that matters to me when I look for a place to stay. Located on narrow quiet street parallel with Kemeraltı Caddesi, Bada Bing Hostel is very near many famous sights in Istanbul, like Galata Tower, Istiklal Street and Istanbul Modern Art Museum. Just a 3-minute walk from the hostel is the tram station, and so is the ferry. 2-minutes away there’s also a Carrefour Express (Supermarket). I know you’ll want to buy water, and some goodies. Just have a closer look on the hostel map below. This accommodation is also close to Hagia Sophia and the Grand Bazaar. Hostel map Istanbul

Istiklal Street is the place where everything is happening: bars, restaurants, cafes, shops that are open till late at night. The array of Turkish food that you can find around here is never-ending. Interesting fact: 3 million people walk this street every Saturday and Sunday. I know it sounds crazy, yet a distinctive kind of craziness. Hostel Street of Bada Bing Colorful stairs next to Bada Bing Istiklal Street - colorful atmosphere in IstanbulStreet vendors, women with the wail, women without the wail, street artist, tourists from all over the world, handsome Turkish guys, backpackers, well-to-do people. The mass is colorful and vibrant at Istiklal Street. Everything you want in Istanbul is here, anyone you want is here. I don’t remember when I saw a wider variety of people.

From Solo Travelers to Groups

Now lets come back to our budget accommodation. The reception has been recently renovated, and the BadaBing hostel has a wide array of room choices for you. Even if you travel alone, as a couple or as a group, there will be a room suitable for you: double, three or four-bed rooms, female and mixed dormitory. They even have a suite apartment with kitchen, bedroom, living room, bathroom and balcony. Book Bada Bing Istanbul here Apartment in Istanbul Bada Bing Apartment Private room Istanbul common bathroom istanbul at bada bing Hostel Games in Istanbul

International Vibes at the Roof Top Terrace

The feature that made me like the hostel in the first place was the rooftop terrace where you can have your quiet breakfast. But on weekend nights, it turns into a very dynamic place, full of people from all over the world, drinking, talking, laughing, having so much fun. My plan was to stay here for a very short time, yet I ended up staying a week as I felt immediately comfortable, in a friendly way, since their staff are so helpful and welcoming. Hostel Roof Top Terrace

Barbecue, Pub Crawl, Hostel Life

BadaBing is also a place with lots of activities: barbeque night, Friday and Saturday – pub crawl. The party starts on the top roof bar and moves to the bars on the buzzing area around Istiklal Street. The other benefits that I consider useful to mention here are: the hostel has its own kitchen where you can prepare your tea, cafe or meals, 24 h check-in, free Wi-Fi, and air conditioning in all the rooms (oh, you will love this during summer in Istanbul!). Istanbul is also famous for shisha or hookahs. Feel free to smoke some hookahs on the roof top terrace and share some interesting conversations with other travelers.

What’s included at Bada Bing?

Included in the price

  • WIFI
  • Bed Linen
  • Breakfast
  • Lockers
  • Communal Kitchen
  • 24h Reception
  • Common Areas

Social Areas

  • Roof Top Terrace
  • Lounge
  • Organized Pub Crawls starting from the Hostel
  • Barbecues

Bada Bing Travel Agency

When you check in the friendly receptionist will give you lots of information about the city – what to visit, when, what kind of activities and more. What I also found different to other places I have been is that this hostel has its own travel agency, where you can book bus, airplane tickets or tours around the rest of the country like Pamukkale (by the way here you can find all Hostels in Pamukkale), Cappadocia, Ephesus and so on. This is powerful, useful, cool, simple, and everything else! Just come here, and you will get all information about Istanbul and all around Turkey! Don’t worry about any missing information, this travel agency knows it all – an extra point for the BadaBing Team!

Bada Bing Travel Agency


So if you’re looking for a great place to stay in the heart of the city, look no further than hostel Bada Bing. This place is located perfectly for a hostel (European site) , from here you can reach everything in Istanbul everything easily. You can even take the ferry to some islands, or the other site of Istanbul.

  • Top Hostel Location
  • Roof Top Terrace
  • Shisha/ hookah Chillout sessions
  • Cool Hostel Events (BBQ, Pub Crawls, …)
  • Travel Agency to travel around Turkey
  • Cool Hostel Facilities to make you feel like home

This hostel in Istanbul is a great choice for social travelers looking for an authentic experience. And … go travel, because travel is living twice.

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Travel Guru Polixenia RodinaThis post was created by Polixenia Rodina, a passionate traveler and backpacker exploring the world. After a decade in sales and marketing, Polixenia needed to do something closer to her soul – and that’s where she discovered the final passion for travel. Follow Polixenia Rodina here on Facebook and her Instagram Stream here.

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