Turkey’s capital is a great (and slightly less hectic) alternative to Istanbul, for those looking to experience the country’s culture via a city break, or en route to a beach holiday. It contains the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, a Byzantine Citadel, and the Mausoleum of Atatürk, as well as other museums, art galleries, and archaeological sites related to several different eras. Spend an evening with the Turkish State Opera, Turkish State Ballet or Turkish State Theater companies and eat your way around the city, tasting the best local baklava, doner, grilled fish and Turkish milk desserts.
JW Marriott Hotel Ankara
Boasting the capital’s largest ballroom, the JW Marriott Ankara is a five-star sanctuary. Here, Turkish tradition blends with European facilities. It houses the Karma Spa Wellness and Fitness with indoor and outdoor swimming pools and 17 meeting rooms. 413 suites and rooms have soundproofing, USB outlets, iPod docking stations, bathrobes, slippers, lighted makeup mirrors, marble bathrooms, and floor-to-ceiling windows. Enjoy a meal in the all-day dining restaurant Fires and Flavors with its open kitchen, the JW Steakhouse (try the cheesecake, it’s legendary), the spa cafe and with epic views at the Skye Vue Cocktail Bar and Terrace . The elegant JW Lounge serves traditional afternoon tea.
Lugal, a Luxury Collection hotel
Located in Kavaklidere, Lugal has 90 rooms and suites with great views, state-of-the-art technology and butler service. The on-site restaurant, Aruni, serves indigenous dishes a la carte, allowing international guests to experience a taste of Turkey on-site. And a room service menu caters to people of all ages, with a selection, especially for kids. Guests staying here have access to the Sheraton Ankara Hotel Health Club (access is via a private elevator and tunnel) which offers a rooftop tennis court, large gym and massage services ). Lugal is Green Key certified and is committed to sustainability within the hospitality industry.