We stayed here for a consulting trip and had an absolutely fabulous time. It feels like you are living in an old mansion and sharing the experience with others. Our rooms each had a balcony overlooking the old city and, holy smokes, the Mediterranean. We were there in March and April (2.5 weeks there!) so we didn't use the pool but it looked gorgeous.
The main restaurant was fantastic and the live music was great. Breakfast was hearty and constantly refreshed. We had our dinners at the side restaurant (the one without the glass front) and it was so-so, mostly because we had it 17 straight nights. They only have about 4 meals on rotation, but it is traditional Turkish food with soups, cold veggies, and some meat dish. If you do not like dill, make sure to skip this restaurant.
The staff we had were exceptional and tried to help with everything from food options, to sight-seeing trips (paragliding 3 hours away, for instance), to night life for a bunch of 30 year old American guys (that was a stretch). The only weird thing was that each day the number of towels and pillows we had in our room changed. More comedy than tragedy, though.
A few things to consider: the rooms are mostly small and the walls are THIN. You can hear everything in your house, including other families with kids. People like the place quiet past 1030PM. You are at the epicenter of 3 dueling mosques for call to prayer. At 5 AM it feels like you picked up the phone and they are screaming in your ear type call to prayer. You are close to the heart of the old city but the more raucous nightlife is out near the big hotels on Antalya's "wings." We found a few places to have a quiet beer but most places aren't friendly to Westerners in terms of putting up with no Turkish. I don't blame them.
Finally, remember Chef Dill in the restaurant. Beware Chef Dill.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Boasting the classification of "Special Class Hotel", this grand old manor is an oasis of relaxation and quiescence, ensconced in the heart of the historical Mediterranean metropolis of Antalya. The Tuvana Hotel was once the centre of prestigious imperial visits during the early 18th century. Now it has been transformed into a distinguished boutique hotel, surrounded by lush and verdant gardens laden with orange, plum, tangerine and pomegranate trees, creating a fragrantly nonpareil atmosphere. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tuvana Hotel Antalya