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Stayed 4 nights in the Arena Hotel, what a lovely hotel was made to feel welcome from the minute we walked through the door. Room was small but comfortable, good selection of food for breakfast. We booked all our excursions through the hotel by Ulas,...More
It was a great experience. The location was perfect, the staff were friendly and the rooms were clean. Good breakfast as well.
We stayed there from 8 to 12 feb 2018. I also liked that they had a 24h opened reception, and they offered little...More
We visited Istanbul in winter so we needed a cosy hotel to recover from long days spent walking around. I'm very happy to say that the hotel was absolutely lovely.
We landed quite early in the morning and from the beginning, we were accommodated very...More
Spent 4 nights at this superbly located hotel which is in within walking distance to the major highlights of Istanbul.
Very ottoman "oldy worldly" style. Friendly staff and when we arrived we were advised about a Fish Restaurant. We were picked up to and from...More
I stayed at Arena Hotel during low season for tourism. I loved it. The hotel feels very much like a home, not a hotel. The rooms are comfortable and lovely. The daily breakfast is an incredible spread of fresh and homemade Turkish dishes. I ate...More
With so many unmissable attractions within a mere stroll of each other – and all set around the site of an ancient Byzantine hippodrome – Sultanahmet is an overwhelmingly popular tourist destination, and a prime location for visitors to be wowed on a truly epic scale. Beyond the wonders of the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and more, this relatively small area of Istanbul somehow manages to
retain an air of peace and calm. It offers visitors a significantly less celebrated but nonetheless pleasant network of quaint lanes and side streets, majestic panoramas of the Bosphorus, and an impressive assortment of accommodation options for all budgets and tastes.
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The rooms my friend and I got were more or less the same. Small and no service. The bedding did not even fit. We would leave early for our daily tours and not once on arrival round about 5pm,was our room made. It was a... More
The rooms my friend and I got were more or less the same. Small and no service. The bedding did not even fit. We would leave early for our daily tours and not once on arrival round about 5pm,was our room made. It was a terrible experience and i will never recommend this hotel
Sorry about delay in finding your question. There was no sign of any swimming pool at the Arena but they claim to have a haman (Turkish Bath ) and I did see a lady in a white coat who would seem to be the attendant... More
Sorry about delay in finding your question. There was no sign of any swimming pool at the Arena but they claim to have a haman (Turkish Bath ) and I did see a lady in a white coat who would seem to be the attendant.
Swimming pools do not seem to be high on the list of facilities in the sultanamet area, I only saw one on the roof of an up-market hotel. This property prides itself on being OLD, I don't doubt that it is on the site of the old family property but the info in the lobby states that a lot of work was done and it would appear to be a major reconstruction. But there is no space for a pool, the "garden" is a courtyard - with tables and chairs.
One good thing which I failed to mention in my review, our room had a comprehensive adaptor plug in the bedside table so one could plug in and charge without searching for a suitable adaptor.