The Buyuk Antakya Hotel has the air of aged dignity. The building is a distinctive two winged ziggurat that dates itself with an abstract gold leafed frieze.
The service here is simply amazing. The staff materialize out of nowhere with cups of tea, and are always happy to answer questions with a smile.
The hotel is situated in the heart of the city, catty-corner from a nice urban park where the locals promenade at twilight. Happily for me, it is also in the patisserie epicenter of the city, and the baklava and dondurma (ice cream with orchid root flour) are to die for. The Mado right next door is very popular with locals for coffee and dessert.
There really is not much in Antakya for the independent tourist except perhaps the amazing mosaics in the archeological museum. If you find yourself here, for whatever reason, the Antakya makes for a nice travel rest stop.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- WE ARE IN CITY CENTRE NEAR ASI RIVER.OUR HOTEL IS SO CLOSE TO EVERYWHERE(MOSAIC MUSEUM,LONG BAZAAR,POST OFFICE ETC...) ... more less
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