Arena Hotel Istanbul

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Average rate: $31 - Hotel class: 4 stars
Kucukayasofya Mah Sehit Mehmet Pasa Yokusu Ucler Hamam Sokak No 13-15, Istanbul, Turkey

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Arena Hotel Istanbul Reviews

jesa145 jesa145
42 reviews
Cozy hotel with a nostalgic feel Dec 30, 2013
We had booked a 5 night stay for the TB NYE Party and weren't sure of the type of room or hotel it was until we paid. Arriving and checking in, I was pleasantly surprised as it's location is somewhat hidden yet close enough to the rest of Sultanahmet (15 minutes walk) and to the Blue Mosque, Hippodrome and Hagia Sofia.

The rooms were somewhat small, we were located on the 4th floor (top most floor), so the ceiling was somewhat low. Bathroom was big though the position of the tub made it difficult to shower (unless you were below 5').

Overall, i thought it was a real cozy hotel, breakfast was the same every morning, but sufficient. The staff friendly and it still has the feel of an old family home with the lounge/ living area filled with comfy sofa seats, family potraits on the walls. There was internet in the hotel and in the rooms though at times signal can get a little weak.

Getting there is a bit of a walk from all the main locations. There isn't a tram/ train station nearby. The nearest being Sultanahment tram stop about 15 minutes away. For those who don't like to walk, prepare to walk up a little steep slope. Don't worry, it won't kill you.

I loved the fact that it wasn't smack amidst the hustle of the city. If I'd stay there again? Maybe but it was a worthwhile experience.
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Arena Hotel Istanbul Overview

The Arena Hotel is located in the old city part of Istanbul known as Sultanahmet, which is known as one of the biggest open air museums of the world. The hotel is an excellent example of a 19th Century Ottoman stone house. The owner was born here. She has restored and decorated it to give guests a glimpse into the Istanbul of yesteryear. Public areas have been decorated with antique furniture in order to give a warm and elegant atmosphere. In the lobby there is a 2. 5 meter high, 16th Century, 24 carat gold-leaf mirror. Other features include and 18th Century Vienna Console stone mirror with intricate Hand-made designs on the frame, a unique Chinese-style hand-embroidered silk prayer rug. The sides of the bar in the garden have been covered with Kandira stone. There is also an antique fountain in the garden. The Hotel entrance has a Hand-made ceramic Tree of Life panel. According to Selcuk Turkish tradition, it will bring good luck. Also in the lobby there is a Hand-made velvet Bridal ‘Kaftan’ embroidered with gold threads as well as a 19th Century seating group which surrounds a display housing examples of Turkish silver household items. The hotel's charming owner was herself born in this very house, so maybe that explains why she took such meticulous care to ensure that none of the building's original character was sacrificed in the transformation. We believe the hotel has created a special and different home within the Turkish ideal of hospitality and the guests will have a memorable stay.

Arena Hotel Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Room Service
  • High-speed Internet
  • Parking
  • Pet Friendly
  • Airport shuttle
  • Concierge
  • Valet Parking
  • Tour Desk
  • Massage / Beauty Centre
  • Elevator / Lift
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Babysitting / Child Services
  • Air Conditioned
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Currency Exchange
  • Medical Assistance Available
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Safe-Deposit Box
  • Sauna
  • Mini Bar
  • Refrigerator
  • Cable / Satellite TV
  • Porters
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Coffee / Tea Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • TV
  • Laundry service
  • Excursions
  • Garden
  • Desk
  • Direct dial phone
  • Ticket Service
  • Massage
  • Spa & Wellness Centre
  • Steam Bath
  • Internet Connection (wireless)
  • Bathrobes
  • Shower
  • Cots
  • Coffee Shop/Cafeteria
  • Luggage Storage
  • Express Check-In/Check-Out
  • Shoe Shine
  • Free Parking

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