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“Good hotel if you need to be this side of town.” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Bilkent Hotel and Conference Center

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Bilkent Hotel and Conference Center
Ranked #13 of 172 Hotels in Ankara
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Cambridge
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59 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Good hotel if you need to be this side of town.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2011

Warm welcome at reception and due to me missing a connection the night before (cheers BA) they changed my booking without charge. The hotel is huge with a few eating places (I'm in their 'pub' at the moment) and a large spa with a very small indoor pool. My room is huge but a little dated in appearance and dark unless you trot round and put all 7 lamps on by hand. The shower fitting is very low so you have to contort yourself to have a shower.

  • Stayed November 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
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Istanbul, Turkey
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27 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2011

Far from the city center but next to the ODTU and Bilkent university campus buildings and teknoparks.
rates are convenient. Spacious, comfortable and clean rooms.

  • Stayed September 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Baltimore Maryland
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33 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2011

The hotel accomnmodations for our wedding extending for three day stay there at the Bilkent
Hotel was superb and could not have been better.Too me bottom line it (the Bilkent Hotel) represents the new Turkey as envisioined by the Great Leader of Modern Turkey "Ataturk". Having previously lived in Ankara in the 1960's
training the Turkish PTT on a USAID contract, I could not have imagined more positive attributes for the better. The barrios are gone ..The only thing that had not changed was Ataturk's Mausoleum, the rail tracks, Embassy Row and Gazi Osman Pasha Boulevard,.
I should have known that when a third night was requested but not availble that these accommodations were sought after. Though our extra night was equally pleasant at the Gordion Hotel off Buklum Sokak.

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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Roma, Italy
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109 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2011

I recently stop by in this hotel for a meeting and after two days the overall impression was very positive. The hotel is nice and located in a quiet area. Staff is helpfull and smiling. The hotel's room are not so big but clean and with everything you may need during a stay. Breakfast was impressive with a great variety of food. If you are not looking for the top luxurious hotel but for a good hotel at a reasonable price, that's the place to pick.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Fab65Roma_Italy
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wolverhampton
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16 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2011

On the positive, the new ‘Pub’ in the lobby area servers a great pint of Efes beer and the best steak (with mushroom sauce) I have had in a long time. Free wireless highspeed internet all over the hotel ... very handy.

Now unfortunately the negatives outweigh any positives. I’ve stayed in quite a few 4 and 5 star hotels while on business in Turkey (Istanbul / Izmir), but this was my first stay in Ankara. The hotel is located about 40 minutes drive from the airport (100 TRL taxi fare), and about 15 / 20 minutes drive from the city centre. There is nothing to do or see around the hotel, as it is so far out from the city centre, but it was close to Bilkent University which is where I was working.

On the first night I asked for an iron and ironing board to be delivered to my room, 15 minutes later I called to remind them, 15 minutes after that they arrived, and on opening the ironing board one of the legs fell off of it! I called again, and once again 15 minutes later the new ironing board turned up. So it took 45 minutes to get what I had requested, and no apology from reception. The reception desk had never heard of the phrase “service with a smile”, and seemed to be miserable each time I went down to ask about anything. Breakfast was a bit hit and miss, a couple of times they had run out of certain food at the buffet, and I had a rotten tomato in my salad!

My complementary water was not replaced after the first day, and as you cant drink water from the taps (it was brown!) I had to but small bottles from the mini bar for £2!!

On the last night I was there, they seemed to be full with some kind of company sports event (lots of people in tracksuits wondering around), I didnt sleep for most of the night due to noise in the corridor outside and the TV / chatting in the room next door.

I can’t quite put my finger on it, but this place just isn’t up to scratch, and is no way on a par with any of the other 4 or 5 star hotels I have stayed in. I wouldnt recommend this hotel, stay in the centre of Ankara for the same price and get a taxi outside the centre if thats where you need to go.... thats my plan for my next visit to Ankara in a couple of weeks.

Stayed May 2011, travelled on business
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Hartford, Connecticut
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78 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2010

Stayed here for 6 nights during a conference, which was held at this hotel. If you are going to stay at the hotel and don't venture outside, the hotel is just fine, although overpriced. The restaurant serves pretty good food for dinner; their breakfast is excellent and it is included in the room rate. There is even an Irish Pub with lots of LCD TVs and a huge projector screen where we watched the games from FIFA world cup. Their outdoor pool is very nice, although you can hear (but not see) a busy road from there. My friends told me that the spa services (esp. Turkish bath with massage) are superb, but be prepared to pay about 3 or 4 times as much as you would for a similar service at an Istanbul hamam.

The biggest problem with this hotel is that there is absolutely nothing within a walking distance and the only available transportation is a taxi. Theoretically, one could use free shuttle buses that are operated by Bilkent University, but the bus stop is quite far away and the service schedule is nonexistent. At best, the shuttles to the city center run once an hour. A taxi ride to the old part of Ankara would cost about 40TL.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank stanberg
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Arnhem, The Netherlands
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2010

Stayed there 2 times for bussiness. Rooms spacious, all services are there, very polite staff, good breakfast en a very good (Italian like) restaurant. Two bars, good wines. Taxis never a problem, so allthought not in the city centre, transport is no problem.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Liesbeth_10
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Property: Bilkent Hotel and Conference Center
Address: Ihsan Dogramci Bul. No:6 | Bilkent, Ankara 06800, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Ankara Province > Ankara
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 172 Hotels in Ankara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:5 star — Bilkent Hotel and Conference Center 5*
Number of rooms: 235
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bilkent Otel ve Konferans Merkezi-Ankara, 235 oda kapasitesi, 21 toplantı salonu, Akdeniz Mutfağı restoranı ve The North Shield Pub'ı, açık yüzme havuzu, ücretsiz otopark, ücretsiz kablosuz internet hizmeti ve Sanitas SPA Merkezi ile, şehrin kalbi olan Bilkent semtinde, kaliteli konaklama geçirmek isteyen misafirlerine 5 yıldız profesyonelliğinde hizmetler sunuyor. ... more   less 
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