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Aren Suites
Ranked #41 of 1,159 Hotels in Istanbul
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

My son and I stayed at the Aren suites for four nights in May and had a wonderful time. The hotel was clean and the staff were really, really helpful. Breakfast on the terrace was a wonderful way to start the day and it was a short walk from the hotel to the Blue Mosque and other main sights of the old city.
We had a room on the second floor so the views were not great. Despite the proximity of the Blue Mosque, we were not disturbed by early morning call to prayers as the room seemed to be well sound proofed.
Unlike many hotels which promise wifi but fail to deliver - the wifi at Aren Suites was absolutely fine.

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Reviewed July 7, 2013

Aren suites are just delightful, small and personal. The staff are very attentive, helpful and are interested in ensuring you are comfortable. On check in they make sure you have all the right information, maps and even loan you a Tram card to utilise during your stay.
Room was well equipped, clean and one of THE most comfortable beds during our 3 month trip away. Great views from 5 th floor rooms.

Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 2, 2013 via mobile

Visiting Turkey as an adult family, we booked Aren Suites because of its location in the old town, close to most if the major attractions. We stayed for a total of 3 nights split over two stays in 2 rooms: a superior double (seaview) and a superior quadruple.

The location is excellent, in the centre of the old town within an easy (small uphill) walking distance to the Blue Mosque.

The staff are superb. Seriously, I can't remember the last time we stayed in a place where we felt totally at home and cared for, and we really appreciated this amidst the craziness of Istanbul. The reception staff were extremely helpful with attraction and shopping recommendatins and transport and local tour bookings (I would advise doing your research and picking a tour company beforehand, then getting the reception staff to book it as sometimes discounts are available for local bookings).

At one point, before heading out to dinner, I enquired about a laundry since we had 10kg(!) of clothes which would not be suitable for the hotel laundry service. The reception staff did not know of one, but when I returned from dinner he had found out and immediately informed me that there was one not too far down from the hotel; I super appreciative of the follow up.

The breakfast spread was delightful, enjoyed even by my parents who have a tendency to be picky at times.

After our first 2 nights, our itinerary had us leaving Istanbul for 3 nights and returning to Aren Suites for our final night. We had a lot of luggage, and there was absolutely no problem storing some of it at the hotel while we travelled. We even had breakfast laid out for us the morning of our very early 4am start!

There were a couple if things that perhaps weren't as we expected.

One was that the sea view room, due to the hotel, is not what you'd typically expect of a sea view room: you can see the sea, but it's a peeping view through buildings. This wasn't really an issue as the rooftop terrace offers breathtaking view over the old city, Blue Mosque and the sea and is accessible at pretty much all hours. Though had I known this, I would not have chosen to pay extra for a sea view room.

The other was that the quadruple rooms we had only offered one real bed that sleeps 2, with the rest of the bedding made up of either one double or two single sofa beds.

Overall, I wholeheartedly recommend Aren Suites. We really enjoyed our stay here and I don't doubt that others will too!

  • Stayed: June 2013
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Reviewed June 30, 2013 via mobile

*** I stayed at Aren suites for three nights. We had the family room downstairs. There was six of us; 3 adults and 3 children.

I am very fussy when it comes to cleanliness as I have asthmatic children. Aren suites was absolutely amazing. It was sooooooo clean. Staff were very helpful and polite. They helped us so much in terms of guidance around istanbul.
Breakfast was divine and to be honest, the food at Aren suites was much much bettter than food outside. Breakfast was versatile. Variety of food and tastes amazing.
I highly recommend Aren suites. We will be back for sure. Book in advance. We booked seven months in advance at great prices. A++++

  • Stayed: May 2013
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Reviewed June 26, 2013

Just a short walk from the Hippodrome and Blue Mosque, this small hotel is in an ideal location for exploring the Golden Horn. It is not cheap, but for your money, you get very clean and well appointed rooms, friendly staff, and a great roof terrace with views over the Sea of Marmara and the Bosphorus. A simple, but tasty breakfast is provided, and there is a huge choice of restaurants in the area. Our only negative comment is that rooms are a little small and not particularly well sound-proofed, especially the doors.

Room Tip: Rooms on 4th and 5th floors have views of the sea as well, so it is worth asking about their availab...
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Reviewed June 23, 2013

First of all management helped us to modify our reservation when bookings.com claimed it was impossible. Our stay at this small hotel was absolutely wonderful. The room was clean and nice the staff incredibly service minded and helpful. Breakfast was ok and the terrace at the roof fantastic. The staff helped us with everything and one evening we even met one of them down town, on our way to a restaurant, when he told us to find a better restaurant and helped us find one. That has never happened to me before! The location of the hotel is also perfect, a couple of minutes away from the Blue Mosque. Across the road is a fantastic sea food restaurant where the staff helped us book a great table at the roof terrace.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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ArenSuites, Manager at Aren Suites, responded to this reviewResponded December 2, 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 June 15, 2013

Aren Suites is a very comfortable hotel. From when we first arrived until departure the staff were helpful, friendly and a wealth of knowledge about Istanbul. The room was a good size and very comfortable.
The location is perfect to access the old city attractions easily and is surrounded by many excellent restaurants. The terrace on the roof was a fantastic place to enjoy an evening night cap while watching the sun set over the Bosphorous.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: Kucukayasofya Caddesi Gelinlik Sokak No.13 | Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #41 of 1,159 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range: $55 - $116 (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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