Sarniç, the Turkish word for cistern, takes its name from the fifth-century Byzantine cistern beneath the hotel, which guests can explore from 9am to 6pm. After changing ownership, Sarniç underwent major renovations in 2010. Another five rooms were added on the top floor - recommended for the views of the Blue Mosque.
All other rooms have been tastefully decorated, and include flatscreen TVs. The small top-floor terrace makes a scenic setting when the sun sets and there's a bar/breakfast room below ground. There are popular half-day cookery courses in the hotel kitchen. The hotel is only a few minutes' walk from the Hippodrome.