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“seedy, overpriced, sparse and smoky rooms” 2 of 5 bubbles
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Antikhan Hotel
Ranked #33 of 93 Izmir B&B and Inns
Melbourne, Australia
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28 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“seedy, overpriced, sparse and smoky rooms”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2011

Our first poor hotel experience in Turkey. The room was incredibly overpriced for the quality - had the look like it might have been a grander hotel once but has since gotten a bit decrepit. The hotel was practically empty but we were given a twin room when I had booked a double, it reeked of cigarette smoke and there weren't even any ceiling lights (but there were floor lamps).
All rooms overlook an internal courtyard, and a group of men sat in there right under our window talking loudly until about 11pm.
Breakfast was a big selection of food, but none particularly fresh.
On a positive note, the staff were pleasant and spoke some English. The location is good, but there were plenty of hotels in the area.
Disappointing.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2010

Although the hotel is technically walking distance to the waterfront, it is almost a 30 min walk to the nicest areas of the city. It is also off a slightly run down road near the Bazaar. Rooms are simple and clean but smell like smoke. The hotel is a little pricey for its condition.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Turkey
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8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2008

All the staff at Antik Han was very pleasant and welcoming, both when making the booking and during our stay. However there was something about the hotel which made me uncomfortable. I stayed with my parents and my mother had the same feeling, although my father was fine. So in general I would say that maybe as a lone woman I would not stay here.

Apart from this, It is located in a very nice, restored old building. Rooms are fine and spotlessly clean. They also have aircon which is nice as it gets hot in summer. Beakfast is ok.

They serve food in the evening but I would not recommend this apart from for convenience as the quality was not great.

The area around the hotel is quite conservative so I would advise anyone staying here to dress modestly (more than in other parts of Izmir) if intending to walk around.

  • Stayed August 2008
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank MemberTurkey
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UK
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92 reviews
79 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2008

I found myself in Izmir and needed a hotel for a couple of nights (I was stopping off to visit Ephesus, on my way from Istanbul to the Agean resorts in the south). Izmir is not a very touristy destination, just a big, bustling (and to be honest quite ugly) city, but is a convenient stopping off point. This hotel was recommended by my guidebook, and is on a pedestrianised street that starts near the train station and runs towards the waterfront. Sorry, can't remember the name of the street or the address, but the hotel close to the end of the street closest to the waterfront.

The rooms are a reasonable standard (nothing amazing or particularly modern or stylish), but clean with new sheets and bedspreads, and it was fine if you're just looking for a place to shower and sleep. I looked at two rooms, one at the front (which I was afraid might be a bit noisy in the evenings, as the pedestrianised street had a lot of cafes and street life) and one that faced the internal courtyard, which is used as part of the hotel's restaurant. When I was there the hotel seemed mostly empty, so the courtyard wasn't too noisy in the evening, but it could have been a problem if there were lots of guests using it. However the restaurant does close by 11:00.

There was AC in the rooms (which worked very well - the room went from stuffy and hot when I returned after a day out to lovely and cool in about 10 minutes flat) and for some reason there was unscrambled porn on the tv (not something I expected to find while innocently channel surfing).

As I said, there are lots of cafe's (with mostly food that's been precooked and is either sitting around on a hot-plate or reheated) but not many places nearby to get freshly cooked food (for travellers with nervous tummies) so I ate in their restaurant one night. It was nice (simple menu, mainly shish, salads, etc), freshly cooked when I ordered, and a good price.

The staff didn't speak much english (not surprisingly, as this isn't a touristy town). The only thing that annoyed me was when I went to pay the bill. We'd agreed on a price in Euros (as all hotels in Turkey do) and they used a terrible conversion rate to change it to Lira (about 15% more than it should have been). So if you do stay here, make sure you bring Euros with you and pay the bill in cash to avoid them overcharging you.

Local tips - there are a couple of internet cafes near the train station, but none of the staff speak any english (and I don't speak turkish) so I had a terrible time trying to use them. There's some nice mini-markets along the street, so you can buy cold drinks and fresh fruit (there was a mini-bar fridge in the room). On the waterfront, there's a big modern shopping complex that caters to the wealthy and foreigners (you need to pass through metal detectors on the way in) that has an english language bookshop, and a couple of nice (but pricey) cafes/restaurants with outdoor tables over the water.

  • Stayed May 2008, travelled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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59 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2008

the Antik Han Hotel is a hidden treasure in Izmir! it's in a historic building -- the former home of Ataturk's father -- and it's charming. centered around a lovely courtyard, the rooms are spacious and comfortable, have free internet access, and it's so quiet and peaceful you'd never guess that just outside is the bustle of a major city intersection. even better, it's right behind the ancient agora of Smyrna (the old name of Izmir), which is one of the best attractions of Izmir - a fascinating ruin to wander through and explore. the staff of the hotel are friendly and helpful, and the included breakfast is good. as for the service -- the staff even returned the camera we had inadvertently left behind, sending it DHL to our USA address. we thought it was gone forever, but there it was, intact and with a very kind note, when we returned home.
Antik Han is a fantastic value -- budget prices for a boutique-like experience-- and a truly wonderful find in a big city.

  • Liked — good location, charming accomodations, excellent service, fantastic value
  • Disliked — initially, a little difficult to find
  • Stayed May 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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4 Thank hadashi
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Property: Antikhan Hotel
Address: Cankaya Mah. Anafartalar Cad. No:600 Kucukyali, Konak, Izmir 35230, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Turkish Aegean Coast > Izmir Province > Izmir
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #33 of 93 B&Bs / Inns in Izmir
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Antikhan Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 30
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