As Turkey’s capital city, Ankara is known as the calmer and more organized bureaucratic sibling to Istanbul. For tourists, the city has plenty to do and plenty of excellent hotels to choose from. We’ve rounded up some of the best, so you can make your reservation with confidence.
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Located in Söğütözü (Ankara’s business, politics, and shopping center) Wyndham Ankara is the perfect choice for business travelers who also like to take a little time off after a hard day’s work. With free services necessary for work, such as high speed internet, indoor and outdoor garages, and technical equipment, the hotel also stands out with a ballroom equipped with a 360 degree mapping system. For some necessary down time, the hotel’s Salix Spa offers the traditional Turkish bath as well as sauna, steam room, and hot tub, while the two restaurants are known for gourmet cuisine and private dining.
One of the more classic hotels that’s set right in the residential Çankaya neighborhood, the Ankara Hilton is a great place to stay if you want to be steps away from Tunalı Hilmi street where locals spend most of their time shopping. As expected of a Hilton, all amenities are offered without fail, whether you’re a business traveler or a family with kids. Comfortable rooms and suites with a contemporary style, the Greenhouse Restaurant with a garden view, and the relaxing Lotus Bar and Lounge, are some of the standouts. By the way, if you’re a fitness junkie, the Hilton is a particularly good choice with its pool plus tennis and squash courts.
The Sheraton Hotel Ankara has become somewhat of a city landmark overlooking the Çankaya neighborhood from its high-rise perch. The 311 guest rooms have great views of the city while the Diplomatic Suite, with 105 square meters of contemporary design and comfort, is something for those on a larger vacation budget. The hotel’s Skyroam service, which allows guests to be online even when they’re not in the hotel, is also a huge perk. From the Brasserie One restaurant that takes low calorie, diabetic, and vegetarian diets into consideration, to the sophisticated Copper Sports Bar with drinks and a pool table, the hotel’s dining options are also up to par. Sheraton’s health club is available for fitness enthusiasts, while also offering massage services for some much needed relaxation.
One of the more historic accommodations in Ankara, the Divan Çukurhan is located within a beautifully renovated structure dating back to the late 16th or early 17th century. Located opposite the Ankara Citadel, the stunning brick and stone building with wooden planks and bays used to serve as an Ottoman city caravanserai and underwent a meticulous restoration period from 2007 until 2010. Visitors can expect a lot of nostalgic charm as well as the elegance and modern amenities for which the Divan brand is known for all throughout Turkey and abroad. Individually designed rooms, the gorgeous Safranhan Brasserie and Avlu Bar in the main historic arcade, and a location in the city’s center close to all of Ankara’s main sights are only a few attributes that make Divan Çukurhan quite unique.
One of the latest offerings on Ankara’s accommodation scene, the striking modern architecture of the JW Mariott Hotel Ankara really makes it stand out. Located in the heart of Ankara’s business district, the hotel comes with all the modern amenities expected of the JW Mariott brand including spacious rooms and suites with floor to ceiling windows, beautiful marble bathrooms, and designer bedding. The hotel’s restaurants include the JW Steakhouse and the Skye Vue Lounge & Terrace, which offer great dishes and city views, while the Karma Spa Wellness & Fitness is the place to unwind amid a touch of luxury. Last but not least, this hotel also happens to have Ankara’s largest ballroom, in case you’re thinking about hosting an event while you’re in town.