Below are our picks for independent hotels in Ankara worth looking into for your stay. We arrived at this list by applying a few criteria to the capital city’s hundreds of hotels:
- First, the hotel must either be independently owned or part of a domestic chain. While international chains are nice, independent accommodations give you a little local flavor.
- Second, the hotels need to be English language-friendly. At minimum, that means a bilingual website so guests can understand what amenities the hotel offers, check-in times, etc.
- Finally, the hotel must have some kind of social media presence that is regularly updated. Guests like to know in advance the personality of a hotel, and social media are a great place to show that off.
These are the 17 hotels our search turned up.
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Opulent decor makes this hotel in the Cukurambar district, on the west side of the city, really stand out. Be sure to grab a meal on the 15th-floor restaurant (Turkish and Ottoman cuisines are the house speciality) to get a nice view of the city, then head downstairs to the hammam in the wellness center.
Modern, cozy rooms and a friendly, helpful staff make this hotel in the Gaziosmanpaşa district a reliable option for anyone doing business or meeting at the nearby embassies.
The Demonti opened in 2014 near the Atatürk Culture Centre with a collection of modern, comfortable rooms. Even the standard rooms looks pretty luxurious (those headboards behind the bed are a nice touch), and each room features a safe large enough to stow away a laptop when you’re out.
The very well-reviewed King Hotel underwent renovations in early 2015 to modernize its accommodations and facilities. The Atakule, the Historic Presidential Palace and the Botanical Gardens are all steps from the King Hotel.
This four-star hotel right in the middle of the Çankaya district scores big points for its convenient location, its reliably great service, and its reliably great WiFi access on every floor. The staff also do a good breakfast in the mornings, which is key when you have early meetings and some jet lag to deal with.
Hotel Midas is bright, modern, and responsive to the needs of business travelers with round-the-clock room service and wake-up service.
One block east of Atatürk Boulevard, the modern Eyüboğlu Hotel puts you just a few minutes’ walk from Kızılay Square and the Kocatepe Mosque.
This hotel might be the best option for anyone who needs to be near the busy OSTIM industrial park, in Yenimahalle on the northwest side of the city. Rooms are spacious and bathrooms are nice, both of which would be welcome after a long day of work.
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Design, design, design — this is easily one of the coolest looking hotels in Ankara. The woods and exposed brickwork are nice touches. If you’re game for a night out, definitely start with a cocktail down in the Rasa Brasserie.
We’re breaking our own rule about each hotel having a Facebook page with this entry. You’ll understand why when you take a look at the rooms. In the standard hotel rooms, you’ll find exposed brick walls with bright accent furniture. In the loft room, you’ll find some of the most beautiful leather furniture of any hotel in Turkey.
The Angora House Hotel is actually a restored Anatolian mansion just steps from Ankara Castle, the ancient hilltop fortification fought over by empires for centuries. The hotel has only six rooms, each luxurious, plus a great garden area for al fresco breakfast or coffees.
The Class Hotel’s simple elegance would actually be a welcome sight for both business and holiday travelers in the Çankaya district. Either would do well to check out the hotel’s sauna, too.
For any travelers looking to do some sight-seeing in Ankara, this hotel’s location in the central Maltepe district is hard to beat. Also, bonus points for having a fast WiFi connection.
This three-star hotel right on the southern edge of the city center would be a fine budget option for solo travelers or even families who want to be within walking distance of the city’s sights and public transportation (the metro stop is just three minutes away).
As impressive as the Alti Hotel’s lobby is, the spa is really where it’s at. There is a semi-Olympic-sized pool, a hammam, a salt room and shower massage therapy available.
Or, if you’re not content with just a pool and a spa, check out the Büyük Anadolu Thermal Hotel — it’s got its own waterpark. If you’re looking for something a little more therapeutic than a water slide, check out any of the 105 thermal apartments available for natural healing treatments.
This one is for travelers using Ankara as a base to explore the wider Central Anatolia region. In the city of Boğazkale, near the ancient Hittite city of Hattusa, you will find the Durak Hotel’s modern, cozy accommodations nestled among all those old, rugged hills.