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“Good location; rather pricey”
Review of Surmeli Ankara

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Surmeli Ankara
Ranked #112 of 177 Hotels in Ankara
Reviewed 14 April 2009

I stayed at the Surmeli on business on a bed and breakfast basis.
Good points: centrally located near a Metro station (Sihhiye); taxi rank just outside; walking distance from Kizilay (shops and restaurants); free wifi (strength OK in bedroom, better in the public area); good choice and range of food for breakfast; fast, efficient lifts; friendly staff; spacious public areas; bed not too soft or too hard; room clean.
OK points: reasonable choice of TV channels in room; reasonable size room (double room, single occupancy)
Not so good points: bedroom too hot; air conditioning did not function; noisy with window open (even at the back); swimming pool empty (and no guard rail!); pricey for Turkey (147 Turkish Lira per night = 883 for 6 nights) - it was booked by the conference organiser - I might have got it cheaper if I had booked independently

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled on business
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Reviewed 14 August 2007

We wanted a central Ankara location, preferably with a pool for a couple of nights on a family touring holiday in Turkey.

The hotel is crammed into a side street and the external appearance is a little shabby. However, the reception areas and dining room are well decorated and pleasant. The staff were generally helpful.

The hotel has a pool, but at the time of our stay it was unavailable "due to an inspection", I have a suspicion the "inspection" may have been in progress for a considerable period of time.

The rooms were comfortable and pleasant but even though the air conditioning unit was blowing large quantities of cold air into the room all night, the temperature in the room remained stubbornly high and uncomfortable.

The breakfast was very good, and despite the lack of a pool the hotel was quite a good base from which to explore the city.

  • Stayed: August 2007, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 July 2007

This hotel have only one good point : it is very cheap.... But people are very unpolite, rooms are old fashion and ugly. Equipment inside the rooms are out of order (leakage in bathroom, air conditionning is not working). The pool is dirty and not functionnal, breakfast is very bad...... I stayed there 2 nights and i will never go there again even if they pay mefor this !

  • Stayed: March 2007, travelled on business
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Reviewed 20 July 2007

This is still the designated hotel with Pacha Tours. We only stayed here one night. The rooms were big. There were 3 of us and the room was divided into two rooms with two beds each. The bathrooms were big and had a tub but they were very worn out. The halls were dark and they were doing work there.

The pool area is bad. The pool is about 1.6 meters deep and there is no shallow end. It was about 5 degrees C and we only lasted about 10 minutes in there before going to the hot tub. Which was also about 1.6 meters with no shallow end. It was hot after the ice water of the pool but when that wore off the water was only room temp. You also have to walk a long, long, way up and down stairs and it is slick.

The meals were buffett. The main meals were nothing exciting but there was a lot of food with a lot of choices. The deserts were great and there were a ton of them. The water is around $3 for 1 liter and they have signs in the bathroom not to drink the water. So we didn't even brush out teeth with the stuff.

The AC worked good enough. But it was noisy.

This hotel is a couple of miles from the airport and a couple of miles from the nearest farming community. Once you are here you are here. But it was quite and the beds were only sort of rock hard so it was ok.

Best of luck.

Chris

  • Stayed: July 2007, travelled on business
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7  Thank CER
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Reviewed 22 September 2005

I won't be going back to this hotel again. The first thing I did when I arrived was to call my office and ask them what they were thinking when they sent me there. The hotel had confirmed my booking in advance, but when I arrvived they had no record of my reservation.

The staff (besides one senior waiter) were cold and unhelpful. The hotel felt deserted besides the odd turkish businessman. The shop in the lobby was almost never open. When I asked about the 'indoor pool', I was taken down to what felt like a dark underground carpark. The lights were switched on and some brooms etc that had ended up there for storage were removed. It looked like an underground carpark where a hole had been cut out and filled with water. I very much doubt anyone every dared to enter that 'pool'. I looked back at the pictures on the website trying to figure out how they had managed to present it as looking to nice.

The whole place was very seventies in design, which would have been fine if it had been well-maintained, but it wasn't. The rooms were ok in that the beds were clean. The bathrooms were seriously run-down and everything else was old and stained. The TV only seemed to have about 4 channels that worked - not the satellite TV I had read about.

There are two restaurants, but only one seemed to be open in the evening while I was there. There is no business centre/internet, thought there was an Internet cafe opposite the hotel when I was there. The only really nice thing was the live piano player every evening.

In sum, it's size may give the impression of a top hotel, but the rest feels like a run-down 3-star hotel.

  • Stayed: October 2003, travelled on business
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leeankara, puclic relations at Surmeli Ankara, responded to this reviewResponded 17 February 2010

We are so sorry for your inconvinoncy to during your stay in our hotel.
We would like to inform you that we were make full renovation to our hotel between 2008 to 2010.Many point has improve and upgrade to all our guest satisfaction.We are apologize for your bed experience.

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Reviewed 25 June 2005

We stayed here for one night in June 2005. We had taken the Turkish Delight tour with Pasha Tours and this was their designated hotel in Ankara. Pasha classifies this hotel as a 4-star property. However, I am unclear how they came up with this classification when you get to the rooms.

The hallways are dark - made it hard to locate our room at night. While the rooms are large, management appears to have removed half of the furniture. The air conditioning did not work properly - room was like a sauna. Moreover, the bathrooms are not well-maintained. The grout in the bathtub/showers are blackened with mold and the faucets drip.

Management appears to be resting on the hotel's glory days (whenever that was) and apparently hasn't done any remodeling or refurbishment in years.

  • Stayed: June 2005
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27  Thank curlyloo
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Reviewed 27 April 2016 via mobile
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Stayed: April 2016, travelled on business
1  Thank Hakan S
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Additional Information about Surmeli Ankara

Address: Cihan Sokak No 6 | Sıhhiye, Ankara 06430, 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 ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#66 Luxury Hotel in Ankara
Price Range: £49 - £70 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Surmeli Ankara 5*
Number of rooms: 200
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