The advertising description and photos suggest that as an Old City establishment the decor and presentation of the Mediterra Art Hotel provide a particular charm and character.
It does – but not quite enough to match the promise of that advertising ... and not when the weather is very hot.
Cleanliness – score 3/5
In a Superior Room, there was mould around the edges of the jacuzzi where it joined the wall
The floors of the stairs and landings (all dark timber) often showed obvious dirt
Location – score 3/5
From a tourist perspective the hotel is well sited, probably about the geographic middle of the Old City. So Hadrians Gate, the Clock Tower, Tophanme Park, the Old Harbour, the Harbour Beach are each no more than 10 minutes walk away. But ... the walk down to the harbour is very steep – and the walk back up seems steeper particularly in hot weather. There is no footpath, so there is need to be alert to vehicles.
A taxi rank (operating 24/7) and a convenience store (open long hours) are each within a 100 yards walk.
Restaurants, bars, and market traders are all located close by
There are no ATMS within the Old City. The nearest ATMs (4 of them) are opposite ‘Miami Doner’ which is directly across the tram line from the Clock Tower
Rooms – score 2/5
Based on having occupied a Superior Room – which in size and appearance was very different to any of the photos used in the hotel advertising.
Our room was small and very dark – timbered floor, some timbered wall paneling, and very heavy drapes. The furnishings and general decor seemed ‘heavy” and the heat build up in the room accentuated this feeling.
Our room faced east into the central courtyard, which meant no street noise (and minimal impact from the morning call to prayer from nearby mosque.
Our room air-conditioning was provided by an individually controlled unit above the door. This unit was barely able to keep up with the demands of very hot days and very hot nights. It seemed that the siting of the air-conditioner was inappropriate to the size and shape of the L shaped room.
The room safe was located on the bottom shelf of the wardrobe. To access it required kneeling on the floor and even in the daytime having to use a torch to get enough light to read the dial
The doorstop in the bathroom was inconveniently located right where one needed to step out of the jacuzzi .. making this a hazardous process.
The entrance way to our room was so dark that it was extremely difficult to fit our key into the lock to open the door ... even in the daytime.
Service – score 3/5
The staff seemed a bit tired and a bit disinterested (perhaps a combination of working very long hours and nearing the end of a long hot tourist season?). But all of them seemed to brighten up and lighten up at an attempt to speak very basic Turkish (‘hullo’, ‘please’ ‘thank you’) to them.
The hotel has a pool (and is within easy reach of the beach) – but does not, as a matter of course, provide swimming towels. They do however exist if you ask at reception for ‘yellow towels’. There is no cost to obtaining these towels
At reception there are a large number of voluminous folders offering a variety of tour brochures and lists of things to see and do et al .... but this material is all in German.
The advertised cost of a hotel arranged transfer to/from the airport was 40 Eur per person. The taxi fare for 2 passengers for the same journey was only 20 Eur.
The price of a 500ml bottle of water from the nearby convenience store (located within sight of the hotel) was 0.25 Eur. The price of the same size bottle in the hotel was 4.0 Eur.
Sleep Quality – score 2/5
Based on having occupied a Superior Room.
There were no spare pillows.
Unfortunately the bed was located in the most airless section of the room i,e, furthest from the overworked airconditioner.
Presentation – score 2/5
The pool directly abuts the restaurant and some of the tables are sitting on the edge of the pool. So if you swim, you are seeming to do so almost in the restaurant. Unless you sit in the restaurant you can’t actually sit by the pool
There was no air-conditioning in any of the public areas – so dining in the restaurant was unpleasant if no breeze.
The rooms are located on levels 1 and 2 .... there are no elevators, and the stairs are quite steep
Often the front desk was unmanned, so unauthorised access to the rack of room keys by anyone off the street would be easy enough.
- Also Known As:
- Mediterra Art Antalya
- Hotel Mediterra Art
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Are you ready to be away from the stress of city life and to have an enjoyable journey while you are strolling amongst old houses surrounded by high walls? Welcome to Antalya, which has become the host of various civilizations since the Stone Age to Bronze Age and various empires such as Lycia – Persia – Roman Empire – Pergamum – Byzantium – Seljuks – Mongolian Empire – and Ottoman Empire. Mediterra Art Hotel is located in Kaleici –Antalya which is surrounded by ancient city walls which was formerly called Attaleia (159 – 138 B.C). Kaleici has 2000 years’ history and has preserved its identity since then. Mediterra Art Hotel is formed by three buildings and has been renovated by means of Ottoman architecture including ancient fireplaces, hand-made doors and wardrobes. An Ottoman tale….. Mediterra Art Hotel welcomes you with 26 inviting rooms, 9 deluxe, 1 super deluxe Suite and 16 standard rooms all en-suite. We have the Free High Speed WiFi, LCD TV, Satellite TV, Air conditioned, Mini bar, Music, Telephone with direct connection, Internet, Safe, en-suite bathroom with hair dryer, 24 hour room service and fire alarms in our every rooms. Let the moonlight cheer you up while you are chatting and enjoying the authentic tastes. Art Gallery: Mediterra Art Gallery was opened by a crowded group of participants who are interested in Fine Arts on 1st of May 2010. Its historical atmosphere provides an excellent opportunity to feel pleasure during the exhibition. The Hotel was activated in August of 2007, before the ruins of a mansion with 200 years of history to its original look, achieved as a highly modern life has found. "Art" word is in the hotel name comes from 150 years old of a very special original hand-made ceiling decorations in the restaurant. Mediterra Art Hotel serves to both guests and visitors together with superior service in Historical and Modern place. Mediterra Art Gallery welcomes you from 10.00 to 18.00 hours everyday during all year round. In our indoor and an outdoor restaurant you can enjoy international and traditional cuisine. Our bar is always at your service. As soft as velvet… Enjoy the Turkish sunshine on the patio by our pool and you can have a chat or enjoy reading a book in peace. Make your dreams come true… ... more less
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