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SPOR HOTEL, ANKARA

sporThis externally unexciting Ulus hotel is a long-time favourite of mine, in part because its location is so handy for sightseeing and public transport and because it's an example of that increasingly endangered species - the really well-run two-star business hotel. 

The Spor doesn't concern itself with boutique flourishes in the decor. On the other hand the beds are extremely comfortable, the TVs have a few channels in European languages, the air-con keeps the Ankara summer heat at bay, and the bathrooms, while old-fashioned, function perfectly effectively (new showerheads might be a good idea).

The staff at the Spor are old faithfuls who bother to remember my face. Better still, the breakfasts in the ground-floor dining room are wonderful with a choice of hot and cold items more usual in a three-star hotel and guaranteed to get its largely business but also tour-group clientele off to a good start in the day. 

The downside to the Spor is that it's in an area with a lot of bars and somewhat seedy nightclubs which means that young single women might prefer to stay somewhere else.

Thumbs up: Excellent breakfasts, efficient management, comfortable facilities

Thumbs down: Somewhat seedy surroundings

Tel: 0312-324 2165

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