Tuvana Hotel

Antalya, Mediterranean Coast, Turkey Book from

A collection of historic houses in the heart of Antalya’s Old Town, with garden restaurant, courtyard pool, high-spec rooms and old-fashioned Turkish hospitality
One of the fastest growing cities in Turkey, Antalya is busy and booming: a necklace of low-rise development spreading along the Mediterranean shore, against a backdrop of Taurus Mountain peaks. But beneath the city’s resort hotels and tree-lined shopping boulevards, there are layers of history - Hellenistic, Seljuk, Ottoman - and its old-town heart remains almost unchanged. Kaleici (meaning Roman Fortress) is a walled labyrinth of narrow, car-free back-streets, steps and alleyways; cafés and carpet shops; fountains of bougainvillea trailing from jasmine-scented gardens.

On a hillside above the harbour, this traditional old-town hotel sits right in the historic zone, providing a great stopover or a short break. It consists of three listed buildings (the original, the former home of an Ottoman officer, has been in the same family since the early 19th century). All are half-timbered, with jettied upper storeys, and beautifully restored. There are 46 rooms, a handful of restaurants and a bar, and a pool. The town beach is 5-minute walk; ancient remains at Side, Aspendos, Termessos and Olympos can be seen in a day trip.


  • Central location on quiet side street in historic zone between Ataturk Caddesi (the main shopping street) and the sea
  • The service, presided over by efficient manageress Nermin, is warm and attentive
  • Pretty gardens linked by cool pebbled courtyards shaded with fruit trees (orange, lemon, banana, plum and pomegranate)
  • Easygoing shorts-and-sandals atmosphere
  • Good quality, unpretentious Turkish food served indoors or out


  • Some of the rooms are on the small side and only 6 have any private outside space
  • The pool area smacks of package-holiday hotel and can be busy - but, hey, the sea is just down the road
  • Piped elevator music throughout the hotel can be a little tiresome (though it is optional in the rooms)
  • As is usual in Turkey, smoking is permitted just about everywhere - ask for a smoke-free room

Best time to go

Spring and autumn, as Mediterranean Turkey can be very hot in high summer (and wet in winter). The hotel is open all year round.

Great for...

  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 46
  • Restaurants and bar (open daily)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Jacuzzi
  • Bicycles Available
Room: Premier


Tuvana’s collection of 4 restored listed buildings offers a choice of 46 rooms, spread across 8 categories: Economy, Standard, Premier, Deluxe, Prestige, Superior, Pacha Suites, and Family Rooms. The so-called “main building” (for reception, pool and garden Seraser restaurant) accommodates most of the cheaper rooms; while the posher, pricier rooms are within 3 villa-style annexes on the opposite side of the street.

Though they tend to be fairly compact, the rooms are surprisingly plush for Turkey (especially on the coast, where ceramic floors and stripped pine furniture are the norm). The Economys and Standards are plainer, but all rooms are fitted with mahogany-finish furniture, hand-made Turkish carpets, air-conditioning, satellite TV, minibar and marble sinks in the just-revamped bathrooms (most of which have a bath tub and shower). In the Prestige, Deluxe, Prestige and Superior rooms, the furniture (bedhead, vanity unit, wardrobe) is inlaid with bronzed or gold-leaf bling, the rugs are laid on polished wood floors, and there are downy pillows, rich red damask drapes and dingly-dangly mini crystal chandeliers. Some rooms have coved Ottoman-style ceilings. Pacha Suites and Family Rooms are larger still and feature gorgeous exposed stone walls and wooden beams.

The all-marble bathrooms have Jacuzzi baths as well as showers, and there are lots of extras like thick towelling bath robes, hairdryers, fresh fruit and flowers. All rooms offer free WiFi internet access and 24-hour room service.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Cd player
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet access
  • Internet access
  • Jacuzzi
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Satellite tv
  • Terrace
  • Tv
  • WiFi


The outdoor garden restaurant, named Seraser is the heart of the hotel: a place where guests can enjoy a beer, a Turkish coffee or a sandwich and salad, or just hang out, any time of day. In the evening (candlelit tables, light muzak), the restaurant offers a more sumptuous dining experience. The menu features a huge range of fine-dining dishes such as octopus carpaccio with duo caviar and seafood fettucine. It also offers a selection of sushi. Zerbaft bar (adjoining Seraser) serves a wide range of drinks.

In one of the Residence buildings across the road is pizzeria Il Vicino that serves traditional pizza from its wood-fire oven; decor is more modern and brighter. You could also opt to eat traditional Turkish and Ottoman dishes at Tuvana's Kaftan restaurant.

Breakfast is a banquet of a buffet served in an impressive galleried hall and offers a choice, or a combination, of Turkish, continental and English breakfasts (everything from cereals and fresh fruit, to cold meats, salads, cheeses and eggs cooked to order).

If you want to eat out, just wander down to the harbour where rows of traditional fish restaurants line the quayside - a great place to watch the sun go down over the Mediterranean.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service
  • Vegetarian menu
Eating: il Vicino


  • Explore the old town of Kaleici on your doorstep: a walled labyrinth of narrow, car-free back-streets, steps and alleyways; cafés and carpet shops; fountains of bougainvillea trailing from jasmine-scented gardens
  • Head to the waterfront for tree-lined shopping boulevards, mountain-ringed sea views and big resorts offering all manner of food and entertainment
  • Take a taxi or a local bus to the excellent Antalya Museum on the western outskirts of the city: with over 5,000 artefacts and works of arts, from prehistoric to Ottoman, it is one of Turkey’s largest museums
  • Besides the small pebbly Mermerli cove by Antalya harbour (250m away, and okay for a quick dip), the nearest proper beaches are Konyaalti (to the west) and Lara Plaji (to the east), both of them busy bronzing/socialising strands
  • For a more secluded beach experience, take a boat trip from the old harbour (or a dolmus if you prefer) to Olympos, Kekova or Side; these trips, often negotiable in price, take a full-day and include beaches, swimming, sight-seeing and lunch
  • The hotel can arrange diving (at a nearby school), sailing and water sports (from the harbour); you can also borrow bikes to explore the city
  • Take a dolmus to Upper Duden Falls (10km), a cool shaded spot with beautiful scenery, a teahouse and picnic areas (though best avoided in the height of the coach-trip season)
  • Visit the ruins of Perge (18km east of Antalya), where you can see the remains of an anicent theatre, Roman baths, city walls, gates and a colonnaded street; you might want to combine this with a longer trip to Aspendos and Side
  • Take a half-day trip to Termessos (35km): set in a national park in the Taurus Mountains, the ancient fortress city, abandoned in the 5th century AD, consists of a ruined theatre, odeon, cisterns, tombs and, high above them, a necropolis, all scattered around a large area of rocky terrain with spectacular views (take stout boots, and plenty of sun protection)
  • Hit the town: Antalya’s nightlife is the best on the south coast, with numerous bars that double as discos; in Kaleici, Ally’s nightclub and Club 29 (restaurant / bar / live music, overlooking Antalya marina) are the best all-night dance spots

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Golf
  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Sailing
  • Scuba diving
  • Shopping / markets
  • Snorkelling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Traditional cultures
  • Windsurfing


Children are welcome and under 6s stay for free, while 7-12 year olds stay at 50% of adult rates. The pool and the leafy gardens make this a good family hotel.

Family friendly accommodation:

All of the rooms can fit an extra bed and a baby cot, but the Family Rooms are best as they have a double bed and 2 single beds set in the room


Babysitting available by arrangement

Baby equipment:

Baby cots available on request

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

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