Style, Comfort, and Fashion at the Sheraton
Probably my favorite western chain hotel in Ankara is the Sheraton. Easily identifiable with its signature tower, the Sheraton also has location on its side. And, if the Sheraton’s own shops, galleries, and chocolatier are not to your tastes, the Sheraton is perched on a hill situated directly above the Karum Mall—a multi-story establishment housing a range of small local shops with designer brands. There are several very good local cuisine restaurants and clubs near by if the Sheraton’s own establishments don’t suit you. As always, a Starbucks is nearby, approximately 10 minutes up on Arjantin Caddesi (no: 17/2).
While the standard room certainly will meet anyone’s basic requirements and is quite comfortable, I would recommend a club room. The standard room does have a separate two-chair/small table seating area. However, the club room is a bit more like a studio apartment in that the sitting area usually comes with a two-seater couch and a separate desk/sitting area. And, if you do have a club room, you will get access to the Club Lounge (20th floor)!
The Brasserie One, just one of three establishments at the Sheraton, is a very fine restaurant serving international cuisine from morning until midnight (including the all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet). As with many of the chain restaurants, breakfast is NOT always included so double check first or you may be paying a hefty 20 Euros for a modest breakfast bar. The service is very, very good. Our waitress did not hover, but always seemed to know when we might need her.
The Sheraton’s business center is standard with several computers and free internet access for hotel guests. You can have wireless in your room; however that is an extra charge. For those who really like to stay on track with their workout regime, the Sheraton’s pool is very nice—better than the Hiilton (in my opinion), and the work out facility is above average with several optional pieces of state-of-the-art exercise equipment.
I think what sets the Sheraton apart from places such as the Hilton just a few blocks away or the Swiss Hotel across town is the sincerity of the staff, from the bellhops and concierge to the reception, business center, restaurants, and facilities employees. As I spent a good deal of my mornings in the lobby, I had the opportunity to witness interactions of staff with each other and with other guests. I saw more smiles, more handshakes, and more genuinely happy employees at the Sheraton than I did anywhere else.
While not cheap (has hosted many world leaders), my experiences at the Sheraton are more pleasant and more relaxing than anywhere else. If you have the option between the Hilton, the Swiss Hotel, or the Sheraton—I would wager your experience at the Sheraton would be that much better.
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