We recently stayed in the Atalay Hotel, Ankara, Turkey (2 nights in February 2013) and I would say that, overall, the hotel is in serious need of an update (hence my 3 with reservations). While the room was non-smoking, as we requested, the hallways and a number of the common areas were pretty foul smelling with old cigarette smoke.
We knew we were booking a cheaper hotel so we were not disappointed by some aspects of the hotel, including its decor and age. The room was clean but one had the feeling that it was more cosmetic than real and hence we experienced a certain level of uncomfortableness with same, ie I never walked on the carpet without some kind of footwear! The air condition never worked and we had to keep the window open for much of the time in order to keep the heat under control.
I do not want to position this review as unduly negative, however. The staff were friendly and tried their best to assist. Assistance in English was almost non-existent but enough was spoken so that we could manage (BTW: The lack of English in my opinion adds to the experience rather than detracting from same. I note it here because many people factor this in when considering where to stay). The breakfast buffet was passable although not particularly engaging. The fitness centre was abysmal except that one could do their laundry while working out since it was the same room. The wireless worked fine.
The BEST thing about this hotel is its location in the Old City of Ankara. My wife and I found it to be very close to everything we wanted to see including the Ankara Citadel, ruins of old Roman baths, historic mosques (one of which is literally around the corner) and the "neighbourhood" was very authentic. We had a great experience at one of the "cafeterias" where we were greeted like family and I was provided a traditional Turkish hello/goodbye with kisses on both cheeks by the male workers. Very real!
Bottom line: With some minor touch-ups, like getting rid of the 70's era carpets, this hotel could be a true 3 or 3.5 but, overall, it was acceptable and pretty much what we were expecting.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Atalay Hotel is located in the old city center Ulus, Ankara. All must seen places of the capital of Anatolia is just a walk distance. Easy to travel as it is in the main street, close to all kinds of vehicles. Ancient Roman Baths, Anatolian Civilizations Museum, Haci Bayram Mosque and many others are waiting for you. Be our guest and see the difference of our friendly personnel and clean, comfortable and warm hotel. ... more less
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