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Ares Hotel Sultanahmet

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

From the owner to each staffer, the folks at Ares Hotel want to make your stay comfortable. Clearly they take great pride in the place and their work. The lobby and hallways look brand new. The hotel is literally a minute or two walk to the Hagia Sophia. It's amidst dozens of restaurants with $10-15 entrees (including its in-house "Hotel Palmiye Restaurant", with a cafe out front, a 1st-floor and an outdoor rooftop restaurant with great views). The owner offered to show me a couple rooms and gave me a choice. It's the smallest room/bed/shower I've ever been in, but certainly adequate for one person. Plenty of outlets for charging computer and phone (bring adaptor, of course). The AC worked fine, and could be beeped up and down a few degrees from bed with a remote control. I was on the 4th floor overlooking the busy pedestrian-only alley in front of the hotel, and noise wasn't a problem. There were a couple mothballs in the sink, apparently to keep any bugs in check, but it's easy enough to close the bathroom door if you happen not to like that aroma. A previous guest's hairs were on the throw pillow on my bed each day, but everything else was immaculate, and I wouldn't hesitate to go back.

Alemdar Mah. Incili Cavus Sok. No 17 Istanbul Istanbul

Hotel highlights

  • Steps from Basilica Cistern and Hagia Sophia
  • Free buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining

Located in Old City, Ares Hotel Sultanahmet is adjacent to Hagia Sophia and within a 10-minute walk of other popular attractions like Blue Mosque. This 25-room, 3-star hotel has conveniences like 2 restaurants, free breakfast, and free in-room WiFi. Grand Bazaar and Topkapi Palace are a short walk from the hotel, which is in the historical district.


Free buffet breakfast is served each morning from 8 AM to 10:30 AM. Enjoy dining at one of 2 onsite restaurants including Palmiye, which specializes in Turkish cuisine. Order from 24-hour room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room, get a quick pick-me-up at the coffee shop/café, and mingle with other guests at the free daily manager's reception.


All 25 air-conditioned rooms feature minibars, safes, and phones. LCD TVs come with satellite channels, and free WiFi keeps guests connected. Beds sport premium bedding and bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries.

Property features

Ares Hotel Sultanahmet features free WiFi in public areas, a business center, and coffee in a common area. Parking is available for EUR 13 per night (EUR 15 per night for valet parking), and there's also a train station shuttle. Multilingual staff at the 24-hour front desk can assist with dry cleaning/laundry, tours or tickets, and luggage storage. Additional amenities include express check-in, express check-out, and a terrace.

Room options

Standard Double Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Standard Single Room

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Standard Triple Room

Twin 3 | Sleeps 3