Arena Hotel

4 out of 5 stars4 Stars

Kucukayasofya Mah. Sehit Mehmet Pasa Yokusu Ucler Hamam Sk. No: 13-15 , Sultanahmet, Istanbul

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Satisfaction Excellent
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Value Score Great Value!

Costs 33% less than similarly rated 4 star hotels

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  • obcbreeze's Profile Photo

    Right in the Sultanahmet (Old Town)


    This adorable boutique hotel in located in the Sultanahmet, giving you easy walking to most attrractions. With a stay of 3 nights or longer, they will send a car to the airport and pick you up. This is a definite plus, as navigating through the streets of Istanbul is quite a challenge.

    Unique Quality: The owners were in the lobby to greet us when we arrived. Breakfast is provided on a lovely outdoor patio. A free dinner is provided with a 3 night stay. The rooms are grand. Robes, slippers and toiletries are provided.

  • WulfstanTraveller's Profile Photo

    A Very Well-Run, Elegant Hotel


    The Arena is a great, comfortable, and stylish place. It is very well-appointed with attaractive furnishings, etc., and run with professionalism and efficiency, as well as warmth and courtesy. The hotel is extremely well maintained and very modern, more so even than some more expensive places.

    It has a comfortable, attractive patio for meals and the food is excellent and high-quality.

    Moreover, it is in a very good location in the old residential area of the city, with narrow, quiet streets near At Meydani (Hippodrome), Sultanahmet, Kucukayasofya, etc. There is also a small park/playground nearby for kids.

    In the red (in 2000 and 2004) apartment building across the street from the front lived some very friendly people who fell in love with our daughter and insisted on giving her a toy monkey, being very true to our experiences of Turkish hospitality and friendliness.

    Unique Quality: It has a great location, and is very nice, with a good restaurant and attentive staff. Of course, in my experience, most of those traits are rather common in Turkey. However, this seemed to us to be an exceptionally well-run and well-maintained hotel.

    Directions: Near Kucuk Ayasofya area south of At Meydani and Sultanahmet.

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Forum Posts

getting from sabiha airport to findikzade

by mismand

Hello, please can you advise the best way to get from sabiha gokcen airport to Findikzade market?
After that we need to get over the other side where we are staying in sultanahmet.
Many thanks for the help.

Re: getting from sabiha airport to findikzade

by mitata

There is shuttle bus services. From the airport, take bus number E10 and get off at the last station in Kadikoy. You can find the bus timetable from the below link. Cost is around 2$

From Kadikoy, take ferry to Eminonu. The port name is “Eminonu Iskelesi” and there are ferries in every 30 minutes. It costs 1$.

After getting off the ferry, you will see the tram line, take tram to “zeytinburnu” direction and get off at Findikzade station. It is eighth or ninth station

Re: getting from sabiha airport to findikzade

by Mikebb

We took the airport shuttle bus when we visited Sept'10. Door To Door service and a very nice bus.

Re: getting from sabiha airport to findikzade

by cachaseiro

Good advice that you got so far.

I would just like to add one little thing.
When you exit the airport there can be quite a lot of busses, but look for the one that says "havas".
That is the shuttle to the center.

Travel Tips for Istanbul

The Grand Bazaar.
The Grand...

by eladr

The Grand Bazaar.
The Grand Bazzar also known as the Covered Bazzar is located in the old city. In this labyrinth of streets and passages are more than 4, 000 shops with each having its own area: the goldsmiths' street, the carpet sellers' street and so on. The foundations of the Covered Grand Bazaar were built right after the conquest of Istanbul by Ottomans. First the old bedesten and Sandal Bedesten were built. The bazaar grew in time with additional shops and halls, the resulting arcades and halls were covered with arches. Each street became the center of one particular trade such as the slipper-makers, furniture-makers, quilt-makers. The bazaar comprises 4400 shops, 40 hans on 50 streets, 2200 rooms, 19 fountains, hamams, mosques making it a city within itself. Covered Bazaar suffered from fires during 1943 and 1954 which destroyed much of its authenticity. However it still remains as a big attraction as the center of Turkish Jewelry, carpets, embrodery, antiques, etc.

Turkish hospitality

by Bigjones

When we were in Istanbul, a lot of Turkish people offered us a cup of tea without asking anything as a counterpart. They just wanted to talk a little bit, explain their way of life or show parts of their city. No reason to be afraid, this is turkish hospitality.

Binbirdirek Sarnici - Cistern Of 1001 Columns

by H-TownJourneyman

Unlike it's much more famous cistern counterpart, Yerebatan Sarnici, Binbirdirek Sarnici is rarely seen by visitors to Istanbul. Also known as the Filoksenus Cistern in honor of the Roman senator Philoxenos who was responsible for it's construction in the early days Constantinople, it is unknown why the name Binbirdirek, which means "1001 columns" in Turkish, was given to this structure. It is thought that after the Turks captured the city in 1453, they named it Binbirdirek because it did indeed contain many supporting columns, but only 224 to be exact. During Ottoman times, it ceased to exist as a functioning cistern, & became a yarn manufacturing center. Then, after the establishment of the Republic in 1923, the cistern was used as a dump for the city's waste. In the 1990's, a restoration project was begun on Binbirdirek, & after 7 years of cleaning out garbage and renforcing it's overall structure, it was opened as a museum in 2002.

Binbidirek is now not only a functioning museum, but also a popular location for small concerts & events. Weddings & receptions are frequently held, & there is even a fashionable bar & restaurant located here. In late 2006, the Byzantium 1200 exhibit opened within Binbirdirek, displaying numerous computer-generated graphics and miniature models of buildings & structures that were present in Constantinople in the year 1200.

Binbirdirek in located west of Yerebatan along the Divan Yolu street & train, near the Istanbul Justice Palace & Hotel Accura.

Taksim's maksem

by solopes

watering Istanbul was always a big problem, wit several solutions added along the centuries. The complex system used several different structures, some of them above ground, some other below. In Taksim, a polygonal building named maksem was a distribution chamber built in the 18Th century, and still operating... it seems!


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Address: Kucukayasofya Mah. Sehit Mehmet Pasa Yokusu Ucler Hamam Sk. No: 13-15 , Sultanahmet, Istanbul