Ankara Travel Guide
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Typically, Ankara was thought of as a supplement to a vacation to Istanbul, although it's Turkey's capital. But as Ankara grows to become its own important international business city, Marriott is ready to throw some weight behind the city with a J.W. Marriott in the Sogutozu district, due to open in October 2010. It will be Turkey's second Marriott hotel, but a first to have the "J.W." initials, meaning it's going to be a bit nicer than your average Marriott.
But why is it so special? Well, the 24-floor, 400-room structure from RMJM Architects will be super sustainable, with the building's complete design considered for maximum energy savings:
The hotel will bring innovative sustainable design to Ankara and will include a unique design of vertical stone fins that will act as solar shading devices on the east and west facades. The glass curtain wall uses environmentally friendly materials such as high-performing, low-e coating and tinting that contributes to the reduced solar heat gain. Plentiful bamboo trees and vegetation will be included in the landscape to offer additional shading at the site.
Despite these fancy eco elements, the above rendering of the building doesn't look like anything out of the ordinary; no crazy futuristic flourishes here, as green building finally catches up with taste. And just in case Ankara, and not Hawaii, is the wedding destination of your dreams, the hotel won't be all business as they're planning a wedding pavilion, a spa with indoor and outdoor pools, and three specialty restaurants, for wining and dining your guests with a lower environmental impact than your typical hotel wedding.
[Photo: RMJM Architects]
For the geographically challenged, the capitol of Turkey is not Istanbul, but Euro-infused Ankara.
Although it has the reputation as a university town and business center, tourism is growing. There might not be a lot to see and do in the city itself, but it's a great base to explore other areas like Anatolia, Cappadocia or the Black Sea coast.
Check into the new Swissotel Ankara, which officially opens on May 1. The 150-room hotel is located near the embassies and the Presidential Palace in Cankaya. No room will be without the basics: an espresso machine, DVD player, printer, and jacuzzi. If it's space you desire, the Swissotel now has the largest suite in the city.
Now, the hotel is offering introductory rates of $99 a night until August 31.
Will President Bush still stay at the Hotel Ankara this weekend if they know he's coming?
Security concerns were increased after two bombs went off in Turkey on Thursday. The first occured in front of the hotel which Bush was expected to stay on Saturday. Two people were wounded including a police officer.
The second bomb, which exploded on a bus in a busy commercial district of Istanbul, has killed three and wounded at least 16.
"Turkish authorities have linked the attacks -- which damaged an HSBC office, two synagogues and the British consulate -- to a terrorist group with ties to al Qaeda." CNN.comPresident Bush and several world leaders are meeting in Istanbul next week for the NATO summit.