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Best Hotels in Kaleiçi/Old Antalya

Kaleiçi, or Old Antalya, the historic Roman/Ottomancenter of the city (map), was declared a historic districtdecades ago.

In recent years many old mansions have been restored as luxury or near-luxury boutique hotels with old Ottoman ambience but all modern comforts and conveniences.

Here’s a description of the various mahalles(neighborhoods) of Kaleiçi, their locations and advantages. More…

Here are Kaleiçi‘s top hotels, the ones I’ve looked at which are also highly rated by other travelers.

Most of these boutique hotels and inns have shady gardens, restaurants, swimming pools, and guest rooms equipped with private baths, air-conditioning, TV, wireless Internet, minibar and hair dryers. A good-to-great buffet Turkish breakfast is included in their rates.

Finding any of these places in Kaleiçi‘s maze of narrow, winding streets is a challenge on foot, and a near impossibility in a car. After making your hotel reservation, let your hotel know that you’ll want help in getting to it.

My Favorite

Tuvana Hotel

My favorite! For nearly two decades the Tuvana has hosted visitors to Kaleiçi, and it’s never been better: old Antalya houses with comfortable, even stylish rooms, a swimming pool surrounded by tropical verdure, a shady garden terrace (site of periodic barbecues), a Residence section for those who want even more space; Seraser,Antalya’s finest gourmet restaurant, and Il Vicino Pizzeria, for gourmet pizza and trattoria cuisine. Tuvana is open all year round (many Kaleiçi boutique hotels are not). More…

Other Possibilities

Doğan Hotel

Three old Ottoman houses across the street from a Roman stone tower have been renovated to create this fine small hotel with pleasant shady garden only a few steps from the Roman harborMore…

The Suite Apart Hotel

This highly-rated collection of boutique rooms in a quiet neighborhood near the Broken Minaret features several rooms with kitchenettes and balconies (hence “Suites”), but everyone gets to enjoy the swimming pool, sundeck and gardens. Fairly easy to find in otherwise maze-like KaleiçiMore…

Villa Verde

Good, quiet location facing the ruined Roman temple and Broken Minaret (Kesik Minare), the aptly-named Villa Verde boasts numerous trees and a pretty garden. More…

Alp Paşa Hotel

Beautiful Ottoman-style guest rooms, authentically creaky wooden staircases, and an odd arrangement whereby the dining tables surround the swimming pool, astonishing both diners and swimmers—in an amusing way. The Alp now takes up both sides of the street, and has a separate streetside terrace restaurant. More…

Frankfurt Hotel

Founded by a German lady and her Turkish husband decades ago, it has always meant cleanliness, order and advantageous rates in a decent location. More…

Aspen Hotel

This relatively large (36 rooms and suites) boutique hotel is close to the Roman harbor (marina) and its small beach, yet offers fine views from some rooms nd an air-conditioned restaurant. More…

Otantik Otel

One of the newer boutique hotels in Kaleiçi, its name translates as “authentic boutique hotel.” No real garden to speak of, but a good “wine house” restaurant-bar with tables inside and outside. More…

La Paloma Hotel

“The dove” is richly decorated and set at the end of a quiet little-trafficked street. More…

Mediterra Art Hotel

A 20-room Ottoman-style boutique hotel with garden and swimming pool. More…

Candles House

This tiny inn takes its name from Kandiller Sokak (“Street of the Oil Lamps”), its address. With only four rooms, you really feel like an honored guest. More…

Too expensive? Look at Kaleiçi’s pensions and guest houses.

—by Tom Brosnahan

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