I stayed at this hotel for 7 nights with my family in the the middle of August. We had a triple room on the first floor, which had a double bed and a single bed. The room itself was quite reasonable - wasn't that big for a triple room but big enough for us since we spent the whole day and evening outside anyway. Importantly, it had good air conditioning, as it was baking hot outside. The hotel is quite hard to find but we did find it ourselves on foot with a combination of google maps and asking at nearby shops. As mentioned by another reviewer, it might be easier to ask for the Armada Hotel instead, a larger hotel about 50m down the same obscure road. However, I thought the location was pretty good: within easy walking distance to the Blue Mosque and other landmarks in the Sultanahmet district, as well as being a stone's-throw from the sea (no swimming though - there's no beach nearby). The buffet breakfast on the rooftop was quite nice. There's not much hot food but I really enjoyed the selection on offer - all looked pretty fresh to me too. Despite being booked last minute, it was one of the cheapest available (~GBP 77 per night) in the area and I was pretty pleased with it overall. I can't really understand some of the bad reviews this hotel gets!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- ARN Aruna Hotel is one of the newest jewels of the Old City (Sultanahmet) / Istanbul. The hotel is located in the heart of the historic peninsula "Old City". It is only 5 minutes walking distance away from the must-seen treasures of the area such as Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Hippodrome, Basilica Cistern, Grand and Spice Bazaar etc... ARN Aruna is a brand new hotel with exclusive interior decoration and its 16 carefully, well designed and elegantly decorated rooms (5 Suites "3 of them with Turkish Bath and 2 with Jacuzzi", 7 Deluxe Double and 2 Deluxe Triple and 2 Deluxe Single rooms) for the comfort of its guests, an indoor restaurant and a terrace cafe bar where you can enjoy watching the unique Bosphorus and the Marmara Sea as well as the Asian Side of Istanbul. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aruna Hotel Istanbul