#bunk taksim, istanbul
#bunk taksim opens its doors in march 2014. it will be our flagship property in istanbul and consists of 170 beds (22 quad, 9 sixer, 6 twin and 8 double rooms). we spent 2013 renovating a historic building with stunning results. the 6 floor luxurious hostel with elevator is located in taksim, commonly regarded as the centre of the city.
the hostel is walking distance from lutfi kirdar convention & exhibition centre (icec) and taksim square where you will find many shops old and new as well as trendy cafes, restaurants and nightlife. the old city (blue mosque, grand bazaar) is 10 minutes by car, there are also excellent transport links (tram, bus and metro) from the hostel.
#bunk taksim boasts stunning city views from the top floor café/bar (vanga) where an extensive buffet breakfast is served from 7:30 a.m every morning. the top floor terrace also hosts a long bar, pizzeria, table football and cinema projection screen for the various events we host as evening entertainment for all of our new #bunkfriends.
in addition to complimentary linen, towels and free wifi access we also provide a business centre, laundry room, and a tour desk that will ensure your every requirement is catered for in istanbul.
Taksim is the centre of business, shopping, theatre and entertainment and it’s famous square is commonly regarded as the heart of Istanbul.
#bunk is located a 5 minute walk from Taksim Square where you will find tram links to the old city, metro links and coach stops connecting both major airports.
Taksim Square is connected to the quaint streets of Galata, Beyoglu and Cukurcuma by one of the busiest pedestrianised shopping streets in Europe, Istiklal Caddesi (Istiklal Avenue). On Istiklal Avenue you will predominantly find large global retailers however some of the quaint family owned shops remain.
Passed #bunk beyoglu and at the end of Istiklal Caddesi you will see the stunning Galata Tower, this is also a perfect area to find quirky design shops, vintage clothing and antiques.
#bunk taksim is within walking distance to the following convention centres:
- Istanbul Convention Center
- Lutfi Kirdar Convention Center
- Hilton Convention Center
- Harbiye Open Air Theatre
And the following museums are also easily accessible from the hostel:
The Pera Museum
The Pera Museum, which opened its doors in early June 2005, is the first step of a comprehensive cultural endeavor that the Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation has launched at this distinguished venue in the city for the purpose of providing cultural service on a variety of levels. The first and second floors of thePeraMuseumhouse three permanent collections belonging to the Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation, with the Sevgi and Erdoğan Gönül Gallery on the second floor. The third, fourth, and fifth floors are devoted to multipurpose exhibition spaces. There is an auditorium and Pera Education room in the basement, and on the ground floor are the reception desk and Perakende-Artshop and Pera Café.
The M. Rahmi Koc Museum
The Rahmi M. Koç Museum is the first major museum inTurkeydedicated to the history of Transport, Industry and Communications. Housed in magnificent buildings – which are prime examples of industrial archaeology - on the shore of the historicGolden Horn, the collection contains thousands of items from gramophone needles to full size ships and aircraft.
Yapı Kredi Vedat Nedim Tor Museum
The Vedat Nedim Tör Museum was established in 1992 for the purpose of scientifically assessing the Bank’s collections and exhibiting them to contribute to the country’s cultural life. Various collections, including coins, embroidered textiles, fabrics, calligraphies, tombac (metal alloys), prayer beads and Karagöz figures, accumulated by the bank since the 1950s, are displayed around central themes in rotation. The collections of coins and ethnographic works and the special Atatürk section of the museum have raised International interest.
Istanbul Modern Art Museum
The Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Turkey’s first private museum to organize modern and contemporary art exhibitions was founded in 2004 and occupies an 8,000 square meter site on the shores of the Bosphorus. Istanbul Modern embraces a global vision to collect, preserve, exhibit and document works of modern and contemporary art and make them accessible to art lovers.
Istanbul Toy Museum
The Istanbul Toy Museum is a story which Sunay Akın wrote for the beautiful tomorrows of his country. It was opened on 23 April 2005. The galleries host more than 4000 toys acquired in 20 years, from various antique dealers all over the world and through internet auctions.
With the events and activities it organizes, santralistanbul aspires to be an international platform for arts, culture and learning, inspired by a comprehensive, multi-dimensional and interdisciplinary vision which promotes urban regeneration. Opening its doors on 8 September 2007, santralistanbul is one the most exhaustive conversion projects to be carried out in Turkey in the field of arts and culture.
Divan Literature Museum
The Galata Mevlevihanesi, or dervish convent, built in 1491, was one of the first Mevlevi dervish convents in İstanbul. Closed down in the 1920s during the early Republican period, this Mevlevihane was reopened as a museum in 1975. The Semahane and adjacent rooms house a collection of manuscripts of the works of Mevlevi Sufi poets, as well as samples of calligraphy and Mevlevi memorabilia.
Adam Mickiewickz Museum
Adam Mickiewicz Museum is a historic house museum dedicated to the life of Adam Mickiewicz, renowned Polish poet. The museum houses some manuscripts of Adam Mickiewicz, historical documents and paintings.
The Quincentenial Foundation Museum of Turkish Jews
The Aim of the Museum is to promote, both within the country and abroad, the story of 700 years of amity between Turks and Jews, beginning with the Ottoman conquest of Bursa (1326), continuing with Bayezid. It's warm welcome of the Sephardic Jews who preferred expulsion from Iberia to giving up the faith and traditions of their ancestors and carrying on until today.
Saint Antoine Church
The Saint Antoine Church is located on İstiklal Street in Beyoğlu, Istanbul. Construction began on August 23, 1906 and was completed and opened for religious services in 1912. Its architect, Giulio Mongeri was born in Istanbul. The church was governed by Italian priests and is the greatest Catholic Church in Istanbul with the largest number of congregation. It is a beautiful sample of tolerance and religious acceptance.
Galata Tower, being one of the oldest and the most important towers in the world, was built by the order of Byzantium Emperor Anastasius in 507 under the name of Lighthouse Tower. The first man, who flew in history, in 17th century, Hezarfen Ahmet Çelebi, put wooden wings to his arms and flew from Galata Tower to Üsküdar.
Sakıp Sabancı Museum
Sakıp Sabancı Museum presents a versatile museological environment with its rich permanent collection, the comprehensive temporary exhibitions that it hosts in its conservation units, model educational programs and the various concerts, conferences and seminars held there. In 1927 Prince Mehmed Ali Hasan of the Hidiv family of Egypt commissioned the Italian architect Edouard De Nari to build the estate, now the museum's main building, and it was used as a summer house for many years by various members of the Hidiv family; for a short time it also served as the Montenegran Embassy.
#bunk is conveniently located a 5 minute walk from Taksim Square tram link, where you will need to make one change in order to arrive in the heart of the old city, Sultanahmet (total journey time about 15 - 20 minutes) where you will find:
- Topkapi Palace
- Blue Mosque
- Hagia Sophia
- Spice Bazaar
- Grand Bazaar
24 hr reception/ security
friendly helpful team is on hand 24 hrs a day to answer all your questions. there is no curfew at #bunk ... we want you to enjoy yourself! check in is from 3pm and checkout is by 11am.
secure pin operated luggage storage located on the ground floor of the hostel - perfect for the days when you want to explore the city but you have to check out of your room!
CCTV on every floor and entrance of the building
fully equipped emergency/ first aid kit
Full time cleaners to keep the hostel immaculate at all times
Washing and drying machines located on the ground floor of the hostel, tokens available at reception.
Your one stop travel shop that works with the best and most economical tour operators in town. Our well practiced and experienced tour desk can give you all the advice you need to make every minute of your trip in Istanbul fun, cultural and interesting. We can give you all the inside info on the most popular bars and clubs and the most useful day trips and tours. Advice, tickets, timetables and maps are available at reception to help you get from A to B as well as a list of the best concerts and latest movies in English.
The airport is circa 25 km away from Taksim. There are shuttle buses that operate regularly between the airport and Taksim Square (5 minute walk from the hostel). Prices start at 6 euro per person one way and should take around 30 minutes depending on traffic.
sabiha gökçen airport
The airport is circa 50 km away from Taksim Square. There are shuttle buses that operate regularly between the airport and Taksim Square (5 minute walk from the hostel). Prices start at 7 euro per person one way and will take between 1 -2 hours depending on traffic.
directions from taksim square