In 1984, the builders of the Antik Hotel happened across the remains of a structure that the staff of the Istanbul Archaeological Museum determined to be late roman (450-500 A.D).
Following restoration work, the ancient cistern was brought to life and has been transformed into the Antik Cisterna, a facility that combines culture art and history in the form of a gallery that hosts exhibits, meetings and special events. This is continued throughout with artefacts discovered during the initial excavation being displayed around the hotel. Each floor of the hotel also carries the name of Istanbul as it was known throughout the ages and the rooms and hallways are designed to reflect the culture and art of that period and civilisation. The hotel has 94 rooms including 2 deluxe suits, 4 corner suits, 4 family rooms, 82 standard rooms, 1 room for disabled guests and 1 connected room.
The first floor and fourth floors (Byzantium and Istanbul) are also non smoking and must be pre-requested. One of the best features of this hotel, other than the gallery and fantastically themed floors is the rooftop terrace restaurant that has a view of the Marmara Sea and beautiful minarets of the Blue Mosque as well as old and new Istanbul. Located in the European Old City of Istanbul, the Antik Hotel and Cisterna is only moments away from a tram station and a few minutes walk from almost every major tourist site in Sultanahmet, giving you the best opportunity to see this fantastic city without having to spend loads on taxis.