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Ares Hotel
Ranked #186 of 1,163 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 9 June 2014

We stayed at the Ares Hotel on our second visit to Istanbul during our two week tour of Turkey. We chose it to be near friends who wanted a central location. It is a short walk to the cistern, Hagia Sophia, tram etc and it's convenience can not be underestimated. Our previous hotel had been a longer walk away but a hard act to follow in all other respects. On checking in for our first night at the Ares we discovered a room at the side of the hotel, with no natural light and little room to move on the first floor. We asked to be moved the next day which they happily did. We then had a room facing over the street which was lighter, pleasanter and better laid out if not actually bigger. The noise from the street, despite the double glazing was excessive on the first night in this room but quite ok on the second night so we think the noisy night was an aberration. As one of the staff pointed out it is in a cafe strip so noise is to be expected. I don't think he realized the extent of it though. The staff were always friendly and I was pleased with the obliging way they changed our room when we asked. We were offered tea any time we walked in which was a nice touch. Breakfasts were satisfactory if not excessive and we discovered on our second one that the chef would cook an omelette if you asked. I would have liked some cereal available but as we only had two breakfasts didn't get round to asking. The dining room is spacious and light and faces on to the street. For various reasons we ate elsewhere in the evening so can't comment on the food there. There was a sense of everyone trying hard and apart from those couple of hiccups we were happy with our stay. The location can't be faulted and there is an efficient lift to the upper floors.

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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 June 2014

Nice hotel from sultanahmet good staf very good breakfast nice lokeysyon mr yusuf very halp full he gıve me Every time aplle tea hotel near the tramw near the sultanahmet park every thıng very very azzy they have very nice restaurant good weewe good hotel

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3  Thank Mich54du
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Reviewed 6 June 2014

The Ares Hotel has very nice sightseeing to see Hagia Sophia and Blue mosque, you can only use 3mins walk to the sultan ahmet square, there are many kinds of restaurants near the hotel. The boss and waiters of the hotel are very friendly and helpful. The apple tea is free to drink, if you need some help, they would be pleased to help you. For example, if is raining, they will provide umbrella, and if you need changeover plug, they will lend to you. Ares Hotel is a very good choice to live and you will absolutely have a unforgettable memory!

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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled solo
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3  Thank Bert520
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Reviewed 5 June 2014

The hotel is just a few steps away from Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, tram station and less than 10 minutes walk from Grand Bazzar. The staff is very helpful and friendly, and the rooms cozy. The breakfast is typically turkish and they bake their own pastry so the whole restaurant and lobby smells nice in the morning. :) Don't miss the rooftop as it has one of the most beautiful views on Sultanahmet.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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2  Thank petras2408
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Reviewed 3 June 2014

My husband and I stayed at the Ares Hotel from May 26th. till May 31st. What a little gem, nothing fancy or frilly, but clean, cozy and definitely comfortable. The location of this little hotel is FANTASTIC! You can walk to the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi within a couple of minutes. There is also a tram within minutes. Plenty of delicious restaurants all around the hotel, and great shopping as well. Right next door is a little grocery store, very convenient. We also walked to the Grand Bazaar. The staff at this cute hotel, are friendly, helpful and just lovely. You feel as though you are staying with family. We look forward to returning back to Ares Hotel in the near future.
Sincerely, Cheryl and Jeff

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank CherylN60
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Reviewed 2 June 2014

We staying Ares last may with my mam. Our room was 406 small but very clean and cozy. Hard to find hotel street close for traffic you have to walk 200mt to reach hotel.thanks to staff that they pick up us and help out suitcase. Breakfast was okay. Yusuaf breakfast staff very helpfull and very good service.and if you need any information ask Ayhan he is the expert of city. Thanks to all. Have a good season guys

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Reviewed 1 June 2014 via mobile

Hotel near to most of tourists attraction's. Blue mosque is just distance walking and Bosporus is about 10 minutes walk. Tram station is 2 minutes from the hotel, all restaurant available near the hotel.

  • Stayed: May 2014
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Address: Alemdar Mah. Incili Cavus Sok. No: 35 | Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul 34400, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #186 of 1,163 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range: £22 - £86 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Ares Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Ares Hotel Istanbul is a 3 star hotel offering classically decorated, luxurious rooms right in the centre of Istanbul's old city. Staying here, you've got it all at your fingertips, since the main historical and cultural attractions are within short walking distance of the hotel, such as the Bosphorus, Topkapi Palace, Haghia Sophia, and the Blue Mosque. In fact, from the terrace of the Ares Hotel, you can enjoy panoramic views of all of the above, and more sights of Istanbul. Taking a walk around this area, you'll also find plenty of restaurants, shops, and other things to do and see. There are 21 spacious and comfortable rooms in total in this elegant hotel, with the choice between staying in a single, twin, double, or triple room. All of the rooms have private bathrooms, and you'll also find all the amenities you'll need, such as hair-dryer, safety deposit box, heating, air-conditioning, telephone, TV, and Wi-Fi Internet. Also, the list of the hotel's services include a left-luggage office, 24 hour reception, restaurant, bar/café, and a TV lounge. Finally, the icing on the cake is that your breakfast is included in the price of your stay. A private car park is also available (extra charge). ... more   less 
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