I always read Tripadvisor reviews when I'm researching hotels and sometimes get suspicious when the reviews seem too good to be true. The Aren Suites was far better than I thought, based on the website. The location is perfect, about 5 minutes from the Blue Mosque. We had a triple room which was spacious with cupboard space, two chairs and coffee table, and a desk. The airconditioning was excellent, cooling the room most effectively. The shower was large and powerful. There were tea and coffee making facilities. Breakfast was excellent with lots of choices. I especially liked the egg salad and the yogurt. Afternoon tea with cakes, bisquits and rolls was self serve. There was always someone around to fetch some milk or whatever else was needed. Service was always with a smile. The view from the rooftop terrace was fantastic: Blue Mosque in one direction and the Marmara sea in the other. Note: wear earplugs to bed otherwise you'll be woken up by the muezzin call to prayer in the wee hours. My mom had a single room (202) which was very small but clean. She inadvertently left her dental plate in the room when we checked out. A quick phone call was all that was needed for the manager to forward it by courier to our hotel in Athens, asking them to hold it for my mom's arrival 10 days later. The parcel was in Athens and when my mom opened it up, the fragile dental plate was more securely wrapped than anything I've ever seen. They went to a lot of trouble to ensure that it arrived in one piece and it did. If we're fortunate enough to visit Istanbul in the future, we'll book into the Aren Suites right away. No need to look for any other hotels to compare.
- 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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