The Hotel was picked for its location as we were attending a family wedding. It is in a lively area with everything one would need, shops restrurants and cafes. However the hotel itself is tucked away from the main street but a 3 minute walk from everything which was very convenient.
The Divan Ankara is one of a change of hotels that are well established and have a good reputation, they are also known for there pattiserrie shops and cafes.
On entrance to the lobby, it is quiet small but the outstanding feature was the politeness of all the staff at reception, very smartly dressed and very helpful.
We was one of the first to arrive from our party of 7 rooms and had to change rooms as unfortunately they are on the very small side.
I was travelling with two suitcases and there was no room to put them anywhere.
i was then offered a corner room which was slightly bigger but still felt squashed.
Windows could not be opened so in 33 degrees heat one relied on the air con which was a real pain, because it is centrally controlled and is turned off after what is fixed to be a certain temperature, well in actual fact it was off more then on. Having called maintenance 3 times in the end he said I will do it so that it stays constantly on for you, so he opened it all up in the ceiling and sorted it.
It became better but still not great.
The Divan does not have a lobby area that has seating in, to sit for a period of time so the only place to eat in the hotel or drink is the Divan bar/pub as they called it, a pleasant room with modern furniture.
But again if you wanted to sit to chat about anything there was only a corner consisting of a 2 seat sofa and that was it there is no where to go, because we became a large party of people we had no where to sit and discuss things.
The breakfast area was not suitable as when breakfast was finished you were obliged to leave for them to set up for early lunches at 11.30, evening they wanted to set it up for breakfast.
This is where we had breakfast.
The breakfast selection was disappointing my pet hate is when things are not labelled or restocked so you are going around looking at empty bowls.
There was not enough selection of breads, the diet area was very small and did not look appetising at all. Only a two cereal choice and poor set out.
The popular things like fruits were on a top shelf that could not even be seen and I never did get to eat a melon as once it was gone it was never refilled, they though request were made for it to be.
You could asked for cooked breakfast which was nice and this we did a couple of times. Once the rest of the party arrived and other people in the hotel came to breakfast the Breakfast staff lost there efficiency and we noticed a couple of long faces as if it was getting too much for them, so we were making the request straight to the kitchen chef through the hatch and then picking things up ourselves once they were ready.
The breakfast staff were not as good as the reception staff who both on night duty and day time were excellent.
On the whole the hotel was clean but just like the heading BIJOU both in rooms and public areas.
I was there for 4 days this was too long for this sort of hotel I think a two night stay is what it is better for. There are spa facilities but I never used them.
Would I go again Yes but not for more then 2 nights.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Divan Ankara is a strikingly designed boutique business hotel in Ankara with its finger on the pulse of the Turkish capital, designed to combine sophistication with a contemporary feel and superior functionality. Offering 83 elegantly appointed guest rooms, including 61 standard guestrooms, 17 corner rooms and 5 suites, the boutique hotel in Ankara is located in an exclusive business address within walking distance of key ministries, embassies and corporate headquarters. It offers not only outstanding accommodations but also gourmet dining at the Divan Pub and the Antrikot, as well as superb meeting facilities and a fully-equipped Business Centre. ... more less
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