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Aren Suites
Ranked #41 of 1,181 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 28 February 2014

We stayed here for 3 nights and where very pleased with this hotel.Staff is helpful,hotel is clean and in a very good location,just a short walk for the blue mosque, Aya Sofia, Basilica Cisterna we highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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ArenSuites, Manager at Aren Suites, responded to this reviewResponded 3 December 2014

Dear valued guest
Thank you for choosing our hotel, and for taking the time to write a review! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your accommodations. Our hotel aims to provide a truly unique experience, and we are thrilled that we were able to exceed your expectations. We look forward to welcoming you back to our hotel in the future.
Sincerely,
Mehmet Sumengen | General Manager

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Reviewed 26 February 2014

Had a very good 3 night stay at the Aren Suites.

It is a small hotel in Sultanahmet, a little bit of a walk away from the Aya Sofya and the Blue Mosque, maybe 10-15 minute walk to the Sultanahmet tram station. The streets around the hotel are generally quiet but it is hard to sleep with the windows open due to dogs barking, odd construction noises in the middle of the night, and the proximity of the mosques and the calls to prayer.

We had an ocean view room that was quite spacious, but there is no closet and a couple of small armoires. The bathroom is small but clean and functional. The ocean view however is over the roofs of a few buildings across the street. The beds are fairly comfortable with good bedding.

The included buffet breakfast was not that impressive. There were a few kinds of bread, some cold cuts and sausages, a few different kinds of salad. OK, but not great.

The staff is very friendly and accommodating.

All in all a good stay, but I might pay a little more and try somewhere else next time.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank cmc002
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Reviewed 26 February 2014

We stayed here for 5 nights in February, 2014. For the price we paid we were quite pleased with this selection.
The hotel is in a great location. All of the sites in old town are within a reasonable walking distance, including the tram. There are many restaurants in the immediate area that served very good food at reasonable prices. There are also 2 markets on the same street where you can buy water and snacks.
We booked directly with the hotel which gave us a free private transfer from the airport - much appreciated after our long travels.
The front desk personnel were extremely helpful in making reservations for a Bosporus cruise, telling us how to use the tram and making recommendations for restaurants. They are happy to help anytime!
I would say though that our room was just OK. We were traveling from the U.S. for almost 3 weeks so we had 2 bags each. For some reason they put a huge chair and a table in our room which took up a ton of space and really wasn't needed. Because of this we had very little room in which to store our bags. The room also didn't have any drawers or cabinet space so we basically were living out of our suitcases. As others have noted the room was quiet even though again we were in the middle of everything.
The breakfast was nothing to write home about but not much different than the other hotels we stayed at in Italy.
I would recommend this hotel!

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Reviewed 24 February 2014

This is a great boutique hotel within a short walking distance to the Blue Mosque and Aya Sofia. We loved that we were close to everything but not in the heart of the touristy area so it was nice and quiet. The area around the hotel is great, the staff was always ready to help and offer suggestions in English and made several reservations for us as well. The beds were very comfortable and we had no noise problems at all. Breakfast was included and was very sufficient. In the afternoon they also offered complimentary tea/coffee/juice and cakes. Great hotel that we would absolutely recommend!

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Mehmet S, Manager at Aren Suites, responded to this reviewResponded 18 December 2014

Hello MeganandPaul
Thank you for choosing our hotel, and for taking the time to write a review! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your accommodations. Our hotel aims to provide a truly unique experience, and we are thrilled that we were able to exceed your expectations. We look forward to welcoming you back to our hotel in the future.
Sincerely,
Mehmet Sumengen | General Manager

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Reviewed 18 February 2014

Aren suites is a lovely little hotel within walking distance (5-10 min) to the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and other main sights. What I liked about the hotel was that it was not in such a touristy location, so it was rather quiet. Breakfast was great, service was impeccable and we loved coming home every night to our little oasis in Istanbul! Great value ! I would recommend this hotel to anyone!

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 17 February 2014

Aren Suite is a Boutique Style Hotel, very close to all Major attractions, because of the location I rate it. It on a small road, which apart from the road construction 50 meters away is pretty quiet. Downside there is no dedicated parking near the hotel, so if you have a hire car, beware.
The Hotel is clean and served its purpose very well for the few days we stayed. There is no kitchen in the hotel, therefore breakfast is very basic and continental style only.
The roof terrace is nice and in the spring and summer I would be happy sitting and eating there, not in winter though.
Only real negative is the price... Boutique in Istanbul means small and expensive...!! Unless you find a discounted site the Aren Suite is in my view over priced - 5 star prices without 5 star facilities.

Room Tip: Do not stay on floor above reception Room 203 I think.. very noisy
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 February 2014

We enjoyed our 4 day trip in Istanbul very much and that was also because of the great Hotel we have choosen. The suff is very friendly and helpful, the rooms are practical and clean and the Location near to blue mosque, hagia sofia and grand basar.
The room has been a little bit clairaudient but we recognized that only because we had very lound neigbours. Normally should be able to have a chalm and restful stay.
If we will be in Instanbul again, we will of course come back to that great Hotel! Thanks

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Address: Kucukayasofya Caddesi Gelinlik Sokak No.13 | Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #41 of 1,181 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range: £38 - £75 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Aren Suites 3*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nicely decorated boutique hotel in the historical area of the old city. For the ones, who want to feel at home away from home. Enjoy your stay with a complete sea view in a relaxing, friendly atmosphere and a warm hospitality. ... more   less 
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