Ideally located in Sultanahmet, listed World Heritage site and considered one of the world’s greatest open air museums, the Arena Hotel is the perfect base for exploring the rich history of Istanbul.

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Strolling along on foot is the best way to visit Sultanahmet. Most of the city’s historical gems are within walking distance from the Arena Hotel including the Topkapi palace, the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia Museum, the amazing basilica cistern, the Arasta Bazaar which houses the Great Palace Mosaics Museum and many more.


Spa & Wellness Center

The Arena Hotel Spa offers you a welcome break in its cosy Turkish bath with its domed ceiling and comfortable under floor heating. Decor is luxurious with magnificent hand-decorated wall ceramics.

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Then pamper yourself at our Wellness centre where our experts will offer you a good choice of professional massages so you can unwind and re energise before enjoying a refreshing drink from our vitamin bar. Our selection of massages include Rubbing and Foaming, excellent for blood circulation, Therapy massages for a deep relaxation experience, Energy massages for muscles and joints or our Arena special applied by one therapists to give your body extra fitness.



At the Arena Hotel, the Delight restaurant and Garden restaurant offer you a warm welcome for both lunch and dinner. Enjoy the cosy and comfortable atmosphere of our dining room, or dine al fresco on our quiet patio.

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Our chef offers Turkish or continental cuisine carefully prepared with top quality ingredients. He will introduce you to a variety of mezes, prepare elaborate vegetarian and fresh fish dishes each day.

You can also enjoy our excellent choice of quality Turkish wines. The Delight restaurant caters for all budgets and tastes, so you can unwind and enjoy a great culinary experience.

  • Upon request, Delight Restaurant offers organic menu for its guests.

Cooking Class

As Istanbul's endless variety fascinates its visitors, Turkish cuisine is another heart of foreign people. It is considered to be one of the three main cuisines of the world.

Thus Arena hotel offers the best quality service to its guests, with its cooking class. The aim is to introduce people to the delicious Turkish food, and teach them how to cook Turkish food.

The actual classes will take place in Arena Hotel’s kitchen, with the best quality ingredients, within a clean environment. The guests are going to cook and then enjoy the amazing Turkish food, in Arena Hotel’s Delight Restaurant. At the end of the class, the variety of Turkish recipes, the use of natural ingredients, its flavors and tastes that appeal to all palates; will be one the most unforgettable memory of the visit to Turkey.

The classes will be in English.

Suggested number of people in class is min 1 and max 4.

It’s time to discover the taste of life, which is hidden in Turkish food!

For further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us..


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High Tea

Everyday between 15:30-18:30, Arena Hotel offers an international selection of teas, coffees and delicious local pastries to its guests.

The high tea is our treat to the guests on check-in day.

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Marbling Art

Paper marbling is a method of aqueous surface design, which can produce patterns similar to smooth marble. The patterns are the result of color floated on a viscous solution. It is then carefully transferred to an absorbent surface, such as paper or fabric.

Marbling Art is done with %100 natural and herbal paints. There is no chemical at all. Every art piece created is ONE and ONLY. Seçil Özyıldırım is master at Marbling Art. On Fridays and Saturdays, she is teaching marbling to our guests at Arena Hotel. You can have your own marbling.

Have a try!

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Seçil Özyıldırım was born on 17 January, 1956 in Düzce, Turkey. She studied accelerated-design in three different places in London. She worked as a designer and at the same time she designed wedding dresses at Harrods, London. (1992-1996) Between 2008-2010, she worked at S.oliver as a designer, she exported her hand-knitted designs to S.oliver in Germany.

After working as a designer with many companies in Turkey for seven years, she met Marbling Art in 2008 at Firdevs Çalkanoğlu Atelier and in 2012 she received a ratification declaring she is an educator of Marbling Art. Since then, she gives private lessons of Marbling Art. Besides Fridays and Saturdays, upon request, she comes to Arena Hotel on other days of the week as well.

Exhibition at Taksim Metro station of 19 pieces of Marble.

Exhibitions at Astoria AVM and Pelikan AVM.

Exhibition at Arena Hotel of 50 pieces of Marble.



Our concierge is the point of contact for hotel guests who seek information or assistance during their stay.

Concierge service is available for 7/24 for any reservations for restaurants, bars, concerts and theatre events, sightseeing tours.

Do not hesitate for further information about travel and meeting planning, personal shopping.

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Daily city tours w/o private guides (Guides have sertificate from Ministery of Tourism and Culture.)

Trips to other ancient cities of Turkey such as Cappadocia, Ephesus,Gallipoli..

Restaurant Recommendations and Reservations

Theatre, Concert, Match tickets

Car Rental with chauffeur , Smart Car Rental, Rent A Car

Courier Services

Tour Recommendations and Reservations

Post Office Services



  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Restaurants
  • Bar
  • Garden
  • Newspapers
  • Open Buffet Breakfast (included in room price)
  • Non smoking rooms
  • Lift
  • Easy check in/out
  • Luggage room
  • Air conditioning
  • Heating
  • Smoking area
  • Safety deposit box
  • Room service
  • Dry cleaning and laundry service
  • Ironing service
  • Baby-sitting service
  • Airport transfers
  • Car rental
  • ATM
  • Meeting Room for 30 people
  • Special decorations for special occasions (honeymoon, valentine's day, wedding anniversary)
  • Guides speaking different languages
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