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ANTİK BEYAZIT HOTEL, ANTAKYA

anbe1Housed in a lovely 27-room stone mansion in the French Quarter of Antakya just steps away from the Governor’s Mansion, this small hotel offers spacious rooms with tiled floors and furniture picked to evoke its early 20th-century heyday when even Mehmet Akif Ersoy, the composer of the İstiklal Marşı, the national anthem, stayed here. Overall it has the feel of a rather grand family home accidentally turned into a hotel. 

On my most recent visit I stayed in a slightly less glamorous room up in the eaves where I felt a bit like The Little Princess. Even though it had a carpeted floor and wooden furniture instead of the tiles and Louis Quinze-style furniture of the lower floors it was still very comfortable and I opted for a longer stay. anbe2

The room was spacious albeit with a skylight rather than a proper window. It was rather over-dominated by a big TV that turned out to have only Turkish programming. The minibar was slightly stocked, but everything worked well - the air-con, the wifi, the shower.

On a more recent visit I had a lovely room with a small front balcony - and AlJazeera on the TV. 

Generous breakfasts are taken on a mezzanine floor suspended over the lobby.

The ground floor sitting area looks very inviting if you're not too hung up on modernity. It didn't seem to get much use which was rather a shame.

Thumbs up: Great central location, comfortable rooms, discreet service

Thumbs down: Big TVs but no foreign-language channels, no lifts so not great for anyone with mobility issues

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Tel: 0326-216 2900, www.antikbeyazitoteli.com, Hükümet Caddesi, Antakya

 

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