Miles of beaches and centuries of history are all waiting to be discovered. From the boutique to the historic, here are the best hotels in Antalya.
Antalya is Turkey‘s biggest Mediterranean getaway, but it’s not all resorts and all-inclusive hotels (although there are lots of those, too). Choose from secluded guesthouses hidden within the historical old town, modern beachfront hotels offering private pools, and a sociable budget-friendly hostel complete with its own beer garden.
A luxury boutique hotel located in the centre of Antalya’s ancient Kaleici, this is one for the comfort-loving sightseer. Delight Deluxe Boutique Hotel is just a short walk from Hadrian’s Gate, Antalya’s most famous Roman-era landmark, which dates back to CE 130. You can walk the 40 steps down to the Old Town harbour before enjoying the city beach; when you finally get back to the hotel, there’s a swimming pool awaiting alongside a Thai-themed spa and the Bencil Restaurant.
Elegance East Hotel is one for travellers who revel in a little architectural splendour. Located in a traditional Antalayan building in the midst of the historic Kaleici neighbourhood, this boutique hotel only offers 25 rooms set around an open courtyard. Take an early morning dip in the outdoor swimming pool before enjoying the buffet breakfast and local dishes through the day around the poolside restaurant.
The Tuvana Hotel in Kaleici embodies an ancient Hittite concept (known as Tuvana), which celebrates the harmonious coming together of people from different backgrounds. As a guest here, you will get a hospitable Turkish greeting. This boutique hotel is found within a restored Ottoman-era mansion, complete with traditional whitewashed walls and a not-so-traditional (but very welcome) outdoor swimming pool. There’s a pizzeria, mixology lessons and fine dining restaurant, plus a Latin-Mediterranean fusion bistro where you’ll be enticed by grilled fare.
For travellers looking to unwind away from Antalya’s city centre, the Golden Orange Hotel has the perfect location overlooking Konyaalti Beach. Rooms are compact, but offer balconies with sea views or garden views. You can be on the beach enjoying the Mediterranean Sea in minutes, or take it easy on the sun loungers around the hotel’s swimming pool.
If you’re a fan of Antalya’s Ottoman-era architecture, then you’d do well to book into the White Garden Hotel. This boutique hotel was formerly an Ottoman mansion, lovingly restored to its former glory in 2016. This hotel is located in the historic Kaleici district and features a rooftop terrace, boasting both sea and mountain views. Sip a glass of red under the bougainvillea or dive into the courtyard swimming pool.
The Marmara Antalya is one of Turkey’s most unique hotels. This five-star, luxury accommodation boasts 360-degree views of Antalya, as it is the world’s only revolving hotel. Book out a revolving loft room, complete with wide, open windows and continually changing views of the Mediterranean and the Taurus Mountains. If that’s not enough, enjoy the view with cocktails at the Revolving Lounge, or take a break from the endless spinning at the stationary clifftop Beach Bar.
Drawing on the mixed heritage left behind by Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman civilizations, Hotel La Paloma is situated in a boutique mansion, formerly the residence of the priest of nearby St Paul’s church. Today the traditional architecture is contrasted by the addition of a modern, outdoor swimming pool (surrounded by orange trees) and al fresco dining options during the summer.
This truly is a hotel for history buffs. Minyon Hotel is found within the walls of Antalya’s old citadel. You can stroll down to the Venetian harbour, explore the Roman-built Hadrian’s Gate or enjoy views of the ancient Hıdırlık Tower. Inside, the hotel has original Ottoman-era wooden floors in all its rooms, plus air conditioning and free outdoor parking. Plunge into the outdoor pool after a hot day exploring the city.
That’s right, in Antalya, you can stay in a hostel that has its own beer garden. At night, the walled garden comes alive with music, cold beers and a snack menu to nibble from. Rooms are clean and simple – choose from a dormitory bunk bed or private room all to yourself.