Stayed 3 nights in May 2104. I honestly did not know what to expect from Ankara or Sahinbey, but I loved them both.
Hotel room was clean and larger than I would have predicted. Twin room had two sitting chairs and a desk. Bathroom was large. Everything was clean and in great condition. I have no complaints at all about the room.
Top floor breakfast room offered sweeping views of Ankara. Spectacular way to start the day. Breakfast itself was pretty standard -- boiled eggs, breads, and the unavoidable-in-Turkey cucumbers and tomatoes. Coffee and also-unavoidable tea, too.
Location is pretty nice, although the hotel is a bit tricky to find your first time. You are at the foot of the hill on which Ankara Castle sits, so that puts you maybe 15 minutes walking time from the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations. I tend to walk everywhere, and the hotel is a good 30-40 minute walk from the train station.
The staff was great, although they speak almost no English. One of my big goals for Ankara was to do a day trip to Hattusa. I could find nothing on the internet about how to do that, but hotel offered to assist. When we got there, I asked. Because of language issues, they first thought that I wanted to go and stay over, so they offered bus connections. I managed to explain that I just wanted a day trip. They arranged a private driver (who also spoke almost no English), who took my companion and I there in his car. Cost was $150 total, for both of us, which was WAY cheaper than the private guides on the internet. Hurrah for the Sahinbey staff.
As I mentioned, I loved Ankara. Lots of un- or under-developed attractions. Friendly, helpful people. Government buildings with massive Attaturk banners. Good food. The city is not at all touristy, so it leaves you with the feeling of being really local.
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