Kaleiçi, or Old
Antalya, the historic Roman/Ottoman center
of the city (map), was
declared a historic district decades
In recent years many
old mansions have been restored as
luxury or near-luxury boutique
hotels with old Ottoman
ambience but all modern comforts
Here's a description of the various mahalles (neighborhoods) of Kaleiçi, their locations and advantages. More...
Here are Kaleiçi's top
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
breakfast is included in their
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! For over
two decades the Tuvana has hosted visitors
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 hotels are not).
I've arranged with my friends at the Tuvana to offer valuable bonuses to anyone who follows these rules:
1. Make your reservation directly with the hotel via its website or by telephone. (If you use a booking or travel-agent service or website, you do not receive the benefits. You must click here and reserve.)
2. Be sure to mention TurkeyTravelPlanner.com. If you do not, you will not be entitled to the bonuses.
—by Tom Brosnahan