My husband and I have stayed twice at the Ottoman Palace and we will certainly return.
The first time, we chose a small suite on the 6. floor, which is a bedroom with separate living room. The living room has no windows and a tiny flat screen whereas the larger one is in the bedroom, a bit strange. Maybe it would suit a family with small kids and the kids beds can be set up there.
We also took a 'regular' room on the 7. (top) floor that had a balcony. I loved sitting on the balcony watching the sunset. The balcony has movable window panes, a large wicker/glass table and two wicker chairs, which is nice too and useful for drying bathing suits. The balcony offers complete privacy.
+All the rooms we saw are spacious and the bathrooms are big enough too.
+The views from all the rooms is lovely: green fields, some houses and view on the mountains (from some).
+ Clean, nice smelling towels and plush bathrobes as well as simple slippers.
+ Best breakfast buffet we have ever experienced. Even during super peak Eid hoildays ( after Ramadan when hotel was filled to the brink with kids and wedding parties) staff was able to handle 'onslaught' of hungry and picky mouths.
+ Plenty of staff and we were always able to communicate somehow, with a smile, gestures, writing things down or they would find someone who speaks English, Arabic or German.
+ Cushy prayer mat and qibla direction.
+ Good A/C or heating unit.
+ Easy parking
+ Wonderful, segregated by gender, spa area with huge swimming pool ( indoor and outdoor, though outdoor is naturally mixed), several hot mineral pools, steam room, sauna, turkish bath with excellent 'scrubbing' service, good massage services ( medical, relaxation, etc.), pedicure, hair stylists. There is even a gym, though I think it is mixed.
+ Many possibilities to go for long walks straight from hotel.
+ Best value for money in this area.
+ Even when hotel was full, it was fairly quiet and we had good nights sleep.
+ There are recycling bins at elevators and you can choose how often you need bed linens and towels changed. I love that!
+ Good location as you are quickly downtown ( hotel even has their own shuttle service which was great before we knew our way around with own car) and good proximety to airport and highway to mountain areas Belen and for exploring Iskenderun and other areas.
Negatives or things that could be improved:
-The decor in all the rooms is gaudy to our tastes: lots of swirls and gold leaf wood but it is clean, not stuffy. The blanket is not enough for me, I like a warm blanket so we ask for an extra and I double mine. The light blanket comes in handy during the hot and humid summer months though: my husband loves it as it is airy. We just turn the air conditioner up to 27 and it stays warm enough. However, would be nice to have a warmer option in the wardrobe.
-There are no proper blackout curtains so it gets quite bright after 7am. On the other hand, this saved us from missing breakfast, which is something not to be missed.
- Showerhead was not in best order or of high quality and there was mold along the bottom of shower door railing. I understand it is quite humid in the summer but this could be cleaned better.
- Us bothered the art work in the room. We felt it was not appropriate as is the spa ad on the door, both showing nakedness.
- The drinking glasses were not changed, even though it was clear they had been used. I asked for fresh ones and of course they were immediately replaced.
- When the hotel was full, it took quite a while to get up/ down on elevator. There are 4 or 5 elevators and they get quite warm and stuffy in the summer. This was fine in cooler months though.
- Can be a bit tricky to book during peak times when nothing is avaliable through booking.com, etc. Ring and ask and be prepared to fax or scan and email some forms as per Turkish tourism regulations.
- You must be very careful driving on the country roads around hotel. Narrow, not two ways and big cars race towards you, mostly on your side. Occasional cows, donkeys, ducks, dogs, cats, etc. stray onto the street. We had many near misses, especially with delivery vehicles coming back from the hotel. Surely, the government will expand even these roads ( we are amazed how much improves very quickly between visits) but meanwhile, be alert!
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