Dedeman Hotel, Sanliurfa: Ancient city, modern hotel
1. Spacious room
2. Decent shower
3 & 4. Views from the 7th floor
5. Don't miss the museum
Sanliurfa's Dedeman Hotel was exactly what we expected from this Turkish chain. Big, modern, clean, efficient, comfortable .... and rather bland ... but after a couple of nights in, albeit wonderfully atmospheric, hotels fitted into the great stone walls, small rooms and idiosynchratic plumbing of mediaeval caravanserai conversions, even bland was an acceptable tradeoff for the comforts of a kingsize bed and a decent shower.
In just a two night stay, with such a lot to see and during the day, we didn't take advantage of the gym, the swimming pool, the sauna, the hammam, the barber or the babysitting service, but the wifi worked, the laundry came back on time, our room provided the wherewithal to make tea and coffee, the TV had a good range of English language channels and if there was any noise from the hospital over the road we certainly didn't hear it once our heads hit the pillows.
The hotel's location, a fair way from the city's old heart, and the tour arrangement of evening meals being taken in the hotel, meant that, yet again, once we had returned to the hotel for the evening, we stayed there. Hotel dining wasn't anything wonderful but our Sanliurfa lunches were more than satisfactory, so that was OK but anyone looking for a livelier night-time scene (other than the hotel's own nightclub) might well prefer to stay somewhere more central.
Would I stay in this hotel again, or recommend it to others? Probably not, not because there was anything wrong with it, and I have no idea of what other hotels Sanliurfa has to offer, but I'm sure anyone travelling independently would prefer to stay in a more interesting part of the city. If you're on a tour, unless you're the organiser, you're not going to have any choice anyhow.
If this hotel has one thing to recommend it over any other in Sanliurfa, it's its proximity to the city's museum, just 5 minute's walk down the hill. Nicely laid out, and with a charming garden lapidarium, it's not a huge museum, and variations of most of its artifacts can be seen in provincial museums all over the country but it holds one of the most extraordinary finds that have been made in all Turkey. We chanced upon it while taking a late afternoon stroll around the neighborhood; had we stayed in a more central hotel, I'm quite sure we would have missed it - everybody else on our tour did, and I would think that's the case with most tour groups.