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3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Kucukayasofya Caddesi Gelinlik Sokak No.13 | Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122, Turkey   |  
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Ranked #41 of 979 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Arlington, Virginia
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Great hotel in Istanbul”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

We very much enjoyed our stay at Aren Suites on our first visit to Istanbul. We hope to return to both someday soon. The staff was friendly and very helpful with suggestions for places to see, places to eat and arranging transportation when needed. Our room was fresh and clean and had a beautiful sea view. The rooftop terrace provided endless views and restful times. A wonderful holiday experience.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

My work has taken me all over the world. I have stayed in hundreds of hotels. I can say for certain that.Aren Suites is a great small hotel.

Only 17 rooms,but that has many advantages. The hotel is quiet. The staff is friendly, happy to chat, help with directions and information. The rooms are not huge, but they are certainly adequate. The mattresses are amazingly comfortable. And I doubt you will ever stay in a cleaner hotel, this place is the definition of spotless. As a bonus there is a roof terrace, perfect for early morning or evening nightcap. Up early the first morning because I was jet-lagged, I watched the sun come up over the Bosphorus with a Turkish tea in hand.

You step out of the hotel and you are at the intersection of two one lane streets. There is hardly any traffic, which is almost unbelievable is a city as busy as Istanbul. Turn right, walk three short blocks and you are at the ancient Hippodrome. A few steps more and you are at the Blue Mosque, a bit further is Hagla Sophia and Topkapi Palace just beyond. Even the Metro tram is close by. Hard to have a better location.

I went for 5 nights and ended up staying 11. And I expect to stay there again when I return. Suggest you book early, this place is a gem, and the word is getting out.

Room Tip: Forth and Fifh floors have best views, some of the 3rd floor rooms also see the water.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

We drove into Istanbul without a booking having stayed in Sultanahmet a week before. It was very busy but found 2 rooms available here. They are modern, nicely decorated and clean and the staff were very helpful. Parking in the area, we found, was a lot easier than we had been lead to believe. On both visits we found parking directly in front of the hotels. The people in Turkey bend over backwards to be helpful and Sultanahmet is a great location as it is within a 5 minute walk to the main attractions of the Blue Mosque, the Palace, Hagia Sofia and the Water Cistern - yet it didn't feel as touristy as those areas. Great Spot and Great hotel.

Room Tip: The rooms on the top floors would have views of the sea.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

Great boutique hotel in Istanbul. Close to all the sites and staff couldn't be more helpful. Breakfast was great also. Rooms spacious and clean. Really enjoyed our stay here and would definitely stay again. Thanks to Mehmet and staff for making our stay so enjoyable.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

This was our second trip in 4 months as we fell in love with Istanbul. This hotel is PERFECT - modern, clean, very comfortable, staff are so accommodating and friendly. They serve a perfect breakfast - no need for a full restaurant as there are plenty near by. It's very close to all the sites , and the terrace on the top floor was amazing and quiet overlooking the blue mosque...just perfect to unwind at the end of the day with a glass of wine and beautiful sites. Will stay here again!

Room Tip: Tip - we couldn't get a sea side room, but I would next time.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

We travelled together with our two children (3 and half years old and 9 months old) and the hotel was perfect. Very well located, clean, the superior family room was perfect for our needs. A very good choice in order to know Istanbul.

Room Tip: ask for rooms at higher floors with sea view
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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ArenSuites, Manager at Aren Suites, responded to this review, December 3, 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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Hamburg, Germany
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012

Everything you expect from a highly qualified hotel, you can find in Aren Suites. Very clean rooms, well furnished, minibar, air conditioner, perfect bed, perfect bathroom. Friendly and helpful staff, very good breakfast.
Position, as mentioned in other comments super!
I don't have any minus point to tell honestly, you can just trust this hotel, book and be satisfied with your choice. And don't forget to spend at least an hour on the roof, it has a fantastic view.
Thanks to Mehmet and his staff for the great time in the hotel.

Room Tip: Higher floors have best view.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Kucukayasofya Caddesi Gelinlik Sokak No.13 | Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #41 of 979 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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