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“Overall very poor hotel”
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Atalay Hotel
Ranked #112 of 174 Hotels in Ankara
Michigan City, Indiana
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414 reviews
64 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
“Overall very poor hotel”
Reviewed April 10, 2014

This hotel is located on a very busy & noisy street not really close to much of interest. Carpet in our room was very dirty. The property had a very out of date, faded quality to it. Some of us felt the bed comforters were way too hot. Others liked the comforters. Dinner & breakfast buffets were just average in light of other similar hotels. There was no complimentary water in the room. We appreciated the energy saver lights everywhere - including all hallways, but felt they clicked off too quickly leaving us on very dark stairways which we took because the 2 elevators were always busy. We would definitely not recommend this property to friends traveling here.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
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2 Thank Consultcinda
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devrim a, Guest Relations Manager at Atalay Hotel, responded to this review, April 14, 2014
Dear Consultcinda, Thank you very much for comments. Your comment are very important to our hotel.We will consider and assess your comments.Thanks to you to complete our deficiencies and increase service quality .We're changing the carpet and decorating all off room walls.We will be happy to choose our hotel again.
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Beauvais, France
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
Reviewed November 12, 2013

This is a really nice hotel in central Ankara. Our room was clean, modern and spacious. Despite being situated on a main road, there was not too much noise from the street. Reasonable dinner buffet and a good breakfast choice - only negative was that there was only instant coffee and powdered "fruit-juice".

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank WorldwideAtraveller
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devrim a, Guest Relations Manager at Atalay Hotel, responded to this review, November 13, 2013
Dear Richard N,Thank you very much for comments. Your comment are very important to our hotel. We wiill be happy to choose our hotel again.
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Spokane
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
Reviewed May 7, 2013

We stayed here for one night. We had room 1806 -- nice and very clean with a double bed, but way to small for two people. We had booked ahead through a reservation service. The hotel was full the night we where there because of a tour group, so perhaps that's why we were given such a small room. However, the room faced the back and was therefore very quiet at night. Breakfast was included and very good (buffet style). Staff was very helpful and spoke some English. The hotel is within walking distance of the citadel and the Museum of Anatolian civilizations -- but the walk is steep and uphill. Its easy to catch a Taxi from the hotel since they pass by there all of the time. Fine place to stay for a night.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 Thank TheBirdSpokane
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devrim a, Owner at Atalay Hotel, responded to this review, May 9, 2013
Dear TheBirdSpokane, thank you for your kind words, we are looking forward to see here in Atalay Hotel again, best wishes from Turkiye
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Oslo, Norway
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed April 22, 2013

I can recommend the Atalay Hotel if you are looking for very good service and good value for money. It is clean and centrally located. Very good choice for exploring Ankara.

Reasons to choose the Hotel Atalay:
- great and service minded staff; from the front desk crew to the bell captains, restaurant staff, gym manager and housekeeping crew. They were all very polite, professional, helpful and they contributed to make my stay an enjoyble one
- great value for money
- clean hotel
- complementary wifi and bottled water
- centrally located for exploring the old town
- possible to reach the hotel with bus 442 from and to the airport. Stops 300-500 meters away from the Atalay hotel
- good amenities


Reasons not to:
- heavily trafficked street right outside the hotel which means more or less continuously noise
- pollution from the traffic, road dust etc
- hotelareas which smelled strongly of old smoke


Service:
The staff at the Atalay hotel is great. They are very service minded and helpful. Not all of them speak English. This can create some challenges when it comes to communication, but I did not find this problematic for the service provided. The whole staff were very friendly and caring. I felt very welcomed.

Rooms:
The room was adequate, but not the most modern one. The important thing for me was that the room was clean. As mentioned in other reviews the rooms are not that big, but the bed was comfortable with nice linen. The hotel provides nice amenities. The challenge was that it was not possible to keep the window open at night because of the noise and pollution from the traffic. The room is equipped with air condition so this might be a substitute for lack of open window.

The gym was good and sufficient with nice dressing rooms and sauna. It lacked some weightlifting equipment, but has okay cardio equipment. Based on the room and general standard my evaluation is that this is a very good three star hotel, but not really a four star. Anyway, three star or four star - the Atalay hotel provides great value for money.

Breakfast:
Breakfast is served on 10 th floor with very nice view of the city. The selection is good with both hot and cold dishes.

Location:
There are so many buses going to Ulus, so there is plenty of public communication if you want to explore the city beyond range of walking. In addition the bell captain easily provides taxis. There are bus stops 50-150 meters from the hotel.

From the airport you can catch the Havas buses which takes you more or less directly to the Havas busstation close to Ulus (10 lire). It might be to fare to walk to the hotel, but a taxi is not expensive and brings you to the hotel. The other super alternative to get to Atalay hotel is to catch bus 442 which runs about every 20 minutes from and to the airport. The bus stop is about 300-500 meters from the Atalay hotel. Smooth and cheap. The price for the bus is about 5,25 lire and you can buy ticket as you board the bus. From the city the 442 bus has 4-5 stops after the stop close to the hotel and the trip takes about 30 minutes (no traffic).

Other comments:
Tourist information is located in the Ulus Park. It is open from Monday to Friday 0830-1600.

If you are sensitive for noise or/and pollution I recommend you not staying at the Atalay hotel. If not, this is very good alternative if you are visiting Ankara!

Room Tip: Ask for a room in a high floor - as much away from trafficsound and nightclub sound as possible.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
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devrim a, Owner at Atalay Hotel, responded to this review, April 24, 2013
Dear Reisse Kurre,Thank you very much for comments. Your comment are very important to our hotel. Atalay Hotel is 4 star hotel. Thanks to you to complete our deficiencies. Will be happy to choose our hotel again.
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Nowy Sacz, Poland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed March 22, 2013

Very good hotel... I spent here amazing time.. I stayed here for 6 nights with my friends from work and all we were surprized by a friendy, helping staff, professional service and amazing athmosphere. I loved the breakfast because of deliciouse food and kindly service. Rooms are clean always and people working here respected of our privacy, what is very important for me. In my opinion the location of this hotel is very good ... close to the metro, to the centre and old part of Ankara and the most important, from the restaurant we had the best view of the city ... Greetings from Poland

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
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4 Thank MonikaCetnarowska
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devrim a, Owner at Atalay Hotel, responded to this review, March 25, 2013
Dear Monika, thank you for your kind words, we are looking forward to see here in Atalay Hotel again, best wishes from Turkiye.
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Lakewood, New Jersey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed March 14, 2013

Room smelt so strongly of cigarettes and cigars it was nauseating. Could not open the window because loud music from the bar played until 2 a.m. Room was newly renovated and very clean. Beds were comfortable but there was no sleep to be. And as the night progressed, the room grew very warm. Could not open the windows now because pigeons perched right at the sill and cooed and flapped all night. Did not have much contact with staff, but they were friendly and helpful at the desk and in the dining room.
If the smell of tobacco is not offensive to you, I would say the hotel was more than adequate. Request a room away from the bar music and it should be fine. We were there only one night and one breakfast but if we had to stay longer it would have greatly interfered with the enjoyment of my trip to Turkey.

Room Tip: ASk to be away from the bar or wherever the music was eminating from. Perhaps bring room deodorizer...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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2 Thank NJGaGA
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devrim a, Guest Relations Manager at Atalay Hotel, responded to this review, August 28, 2013
Dear NjGaGA,Thank you very much for comments. Your comment are very important to our hotel.We will consider and assess comments.Thanks to you to complete our deficiencies and increase service quality .We will be happy to choose our hotel again.
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Boulder City
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130 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed March 9, 2013

Only stayed one night.
Pros: Comfortable queen size bed, bathroom amenities, robe, slippers and nice room size. Best coffee I had in Turkey, nice breakfast buffet in dining room on the 10th floor with a beautiful view. Extremley friendly and helpful staff.
Cons: Lobby is a bit small, when we arrived there was another group checking out and there was luggage everywhere, elevator was a bit slow, so we took the stairs. Neighborhood is a bit sketchy, went for stroll after dinner and the sidewalk was filled with "cards" of girls half naked.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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2 Thank CherRuss M
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devrim a, Director of Sales at Atalay Hotel, responded to this review, March 10, 2013
Dear Cmarshy, Thank you for choosing our hotel. Your comment are very important for we.Looking forward to host you in our hotel again.
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Property: Atalay Hotel
Address: Cankiri Caddesi No 20, Ankara 06030, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Ankara Province > Ankara
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites
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Ranked #112 of 174 Hotels in Ankara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Atalay Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 87
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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