ARN Aruna Hotel
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- Continental Breakfast
- Shuttle bus service
- Non-smoking hotel
- Wireless internet connection in public areas
TravelPod Member ReviewsARN Aruna Hotel Istanbul
+5 clean, near to every historical place, 2m walk to the sea
- 1 no restaurant, no view ( just from the top )
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TripAdvisor Reviews ARN Aruna Hotel Istanbul
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... had to brush off my haggling skills. I relearned how bartering can be exhilarating and satisfying, but after a couple of days you really just want fixed prices. Annie was awesome to watch haggle. Always calm, never any ********, very straight forward. At one point she lags behind me for a bit and then pops back beside me with a new pair of sunglasses. She said they asked for 65 Turkish lira, and she got them down to 10. Took her all of 30 seconds. We also went to ...
... to experience properly, some of the experiences were things like having Turkish salesman saying "Best quality for you, 30 Lira, no 20, just for you", they were very pushy, some even going as far as trying to hold you or push you into their shop, but luckily i am good at telling people no, I would just say "Hayir, Tesekkur ederim"(No, thank you). if you said it in the right way, they were guaranteed to leave you alone, I will leave it to you to guess which way I had to say it. It ...
... city has changed since then! It is now a cosmopolitan, tourist destination full of quaint shops, restaurants and hotels. English is common and it is very easy to get around town.
Dinner at the sidewalk cafe near our hotel was especially fun when the guitar player started playing 'Hotel California' once he learned we were American.
... convinced by a street salesman to eat at his restaurant. There we all had a great meal except kanalli who has strong food allergies, especially to mushrooms. They stuffed up her order twice and it became a joke. Luckily enough the guy who convince us to eat there felt bad and gave us free tea, kanalli free chips and dessert and the group three free nargile's! After dinner we met the rest of the contiki group and had a beer before making it ...
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There was a photography exhibit but I'm not a big fan of photography in general. One piece that stuck out was a man who photographed his wife everyday as she went off to work. My first thought was, why did she marry him? Also, how did she dress in a different outfit (albeit with some repeating pieces) for 30 days? Those questions were probably not the ones the artist had hoped to ...