Kaleiçi (Old Antalya; map) is my favorite part of Antalya because of its Roman ruins and Ottoman mansions, picturesque narrow winding streets, yacht harbor ringed with restaurants, and quiet neighborhood lifestyle right at the heart of a sprawling big city.
From budget-friendly pensions to luxurious boutique hotels, there is something to suit every traveler's taste and budget in Kaleiçi. Many hotels are housed in beautifully restored Ottoman mansions, boasting a captivating mix of historical architecture and contemporary comforts. These establishments often feature courtyards, lush gardens, and terraces with stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea, allowing guests to fully immerse themselves in the region's rich history and culture.
Kaleiçi hotels are conveniently located within walking distance of the area's main attractions, making it easy for guests to explore the district's narrow streets, visit historical sites, and dine at authentic Turkish restaurants. With the Antalya Marina nearby, visitors can also embark on gulet cruises around the Gulf of Antalya for a truly memorable experience.
In addition to their prime location, Kaleiçi hotels offer top-notch services and amenities, ensuring that guests have a comfortable and enjoyable stay. Many establishments provide swimming pools, on-site restaurants, and spa facilities, catering to the needs of both leisure and business travelers.
Activities around Kaleiçi
All the hotels in Kaleiçi are centrally located and within walking distance of the pleasing spots of Kaleiçi. Most non-beach things to see and do, including strolling and shopping, cafe-sitting, and nightclub dancing, are in or near Kaleiçi.
Here you can also enjoy the old city by walking through narrow streets, visiting historic sites, and trying delicious Turkish cuisine in local restaurants. As well as visit Antalya Marina to take a trip with one of the gulets that take visitors out into the Gulf of Antalya.
Hotel Types in Kaleiçi
Hotels in Kaleiçi can be divided into two categories: boutique hotels, inns and pensions. There are advantages and disadvantages to each type. Choosing the right hotel for you will be important for the quality of your experience.
Budget Pensions in Old Antalya
These small pensions in Kaleiçi are much like traditional houses, small boutique hotels, and inns, but simple, with lower prices.
Boutique Hotels in Old Antalya
There are also Ottoman-style inns and pensions with an outdoor pool. Staying at a boutique hotel offers more services along with higher room prices.
Best Kaleiçi Hotel
Our top recommended hotel to stay at in Antalya is Tuvana Hotel. It is one of the best hotels in town because of its convenient location, amazing hospitality, outdoor swimming pool, stylish rooms, free Wi-Fi, and high-quality on-site restaurants. Read more about the amenities and see why it's the perfect hotel to stay at in Kaleiçi.
Where to Stay in Kaleiçi
Kaleiçi offers a wide variety of accommodation options, ranging from hotels and pensions to boutique establishments featuring stylish rooms in prime locations. For a truly authentic experience, consider staying in one of the lovingly restored Ottoman mansions, where you can immerse yourself in the rich culture and history of the region.
Kaleiçi is divided into several mahalles (neighborhood districts). The name of the mahalle (mah-HAH-leh) is given in every hotel address, so paying attention to the mahalle can help you to choose, locate and get to your hotel.
This is the western district bounded by Republic Square (Cumhuriyet Meydanı, with the dramatic statue) and the Grooved Minaret (Yivli Minare) to the north and Antalya Marina (Yat Limanı) to the west. It's the most convenient location to the city center, bazaar district, and transportation.
This is the district northeast of Selçuk Mahallesi and includes the landmark Kalekapısı and Tekeli Mehmet Paşa Camii (mosque). It's also convenient to everything in the city center.
This district to the southeast of Selçuk Mahallesi and south of Tuzcular Mahallesi holds many of the cheaper boutique hotels and pensions. It's closer to Karaalioğlu Park, and only a slightly longer walk from Kalekapısı.
Nearby Places to Visit
- Hıdırlık Tower: This ancient Roman tower offers panoramic views of the old city and the Mediterranean Sea. It's a great place for photography enthusiasts.
- Antalya Marina: Just a short walk from the old city, Antalya Marina is filled with smart yachts and boats. There are also several charming cafes and restaurants nearby where you can enjoy the views of the sea and take artistic photographs.
- Karaalioglu Park: A large park offering scenic views of the sea. It's a perfect place for a relaxing stroll or picnic.
- Antalya Saat Kulesi (Clock Tower): Part of the ancient city walls, this historic structure is one of Antalya's most iconic landmarks.
- Antalya Museum: This museum hosts a large collection of artifacts from the Antalya region's history. It's a must-visit for history enthusiasts.
- Yivli Minare Mosque: This historic place of worship showcases stunning Ottoman architecture.
Transportation to Kaleiçi
You can always take public transportation to reach Kaleiçi. One example would be the Nostalji Tramvay (Nostalgic Tram) from Kalekapısı, a central point in the city. This tram will take you to many interesting places in Antalya, including Kaleiçi. Buses are also available, making it easy to reach.
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If you are looking to optimize your time we recommend taking a day tour to hit a few of the core spots in the city.
Kaleiçi, the historical heart of Antalya, offers a unique blend of ancient charm and modern amenities, making it the perfect destination for travelers seeking an unforgettable experience. The district's hotels, nestled within the winding streets provide a variety of accommodation options for visitors.
Staying in a Kaleiçi hotel allows visitors to step back in time and experience the captivating atmosphere of Old Antalya while enjoying the modern comforts and conveniences of today. This combination of history, culture, and hospitality creates an unforgettable stay for travelers exploring the wonders of Antalya.
We highly recommend Tuvana Hotel as the best option for staying in Kaleiçi.