We humans can be a lazy bunch sometimes. Instead of exercising the breadth of our creative being in the pursuit of originality, we make existing things a bit better, stick the word ‘boutique’ in front of them and then parade them anew. Thus, boutique hostels came into existence, and became the sanctuaries of those who wanted the design-led experience of a hotel without the hefty price tag, and the communal feeling of a hostel without the bed-bugs and Australians.
Now, where were we…? Right! The Bunk Hostel Beyoğlu. It’s a boutique hostel, it’s much slicker than your average and it’s got a hashtag in front of its name — so you know it’s bang on-trend and might struggle to apply grammar correctly. Jokes aside, there’s a really satisfying sense of locality here, with the decor mimicking the architectural style of the surrounding city. The in-house cafe, spilling out onto the street out front, is a great place to grab a beer, hang out with fellow explorers and soak up some sun, too.
Admittedly, you could accuse the rooms — twin, double or dorm — of being a little too clinical, but that’d be splitting hairs as a bed in a dorm’ll only cost you between 45 and 60 lira. If it is likely to rankle though, try and bag yourself a spot in the ‘Mosque’ room, and spend your time staring at the hypnotic silver ceiling design.