At ground level, the open-air lounge under the three Club floors rotates with the rooms.
At Marmara Antalya in Turkey, a new spin on hotels
The Loft at the Marmara Antalya, housing the hotel’s 24 Club rooms, can rotate a full 360
degrees. The building completes a rotation every four hours.
By Nadine Godwin
T W PHO TO B Y NADINE GOD WIN
Guests at the Marmara Antalya hotel in Antalya, Turkey, can while away a lot of time trying to see nearby buildings move past their room’s broad windows. I know I did. The five-star property, which de- buted in 2005 on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast, comprises two buildings, one a
four-story circular tower that is constantly revolving.
Tuna, who was until recently
marketing and sales director for
Called the Loft, it is capable of
rotating a full 360 degrees in two
to 22 hours. The fastest speeds
can be uncomfortable for guests,
so the motion is set at four hours
This small, moving tower,
which houses the hotel’s 24 Club
rooms, is just one reflection of
Marmara Hotels & Residences’
determination to ensure its properties are “not boring,” said Arzu
The Club rooms, eight each on
three levels, are slightly wedge-shaped. The bed, with its simple,
white color scheme, sits in the
middle of the room. A bathtub
and two sinks abut the wall behind it, and a desk/dressing table
serves as the headboard. There are
an opaque-glass-enclosed water
closet and a separate shower.
A small sitting space is backed
by the room’s only large patch of
color, a wall that is startlingly pink.
The windows arc from end to end
on the room’s exterior wall, the
better to watch the world go by.
At ground level, the open-air
lounge under the three Club
floors rotates with the rooms. The
2,750-ton building, designed by
Turkish engineers informed by
shipbuilding techniques, extends
three levels into the ground and
floats in 478 tons of water.
By comparison, the exterior
of the other
Marmara Antalya building,
with 208 rooms,
But on the inside, there are
splashes of color
all over the place
(lots more deep
pink), and the art is whimsical.
Rooms in the larger building
are brightly painted and edgy.
The ceilings are raw concrete.
Entry is at reception on the
seventh floor, but the piece de
resistance, one floor below, is the
gargantuan lobby/restaurant/rec-reation area.
Called Marmara Tuti, it is designed for a wide range of activities in a single “living area.” At
nearly 13,500 square feet, Tuti occupies the entire sixth floor and is
faced on three sides by two-story
Aside from tables, seating and
even a bed, the space accommodates mealtime buffets, a bar,
a billiard table, a rock-climbing
column, an art exhibit, a library,
swings for children of all ages, a
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free cybercafe and a graffiti column where guests can leave notes.
Tuti is loaded with classy
touches such as white couches
and floor-to-ceiling displays of
liquor bottles, library books and
kitchen paraphernalia. It is particularly stunning in the late-day
However, this setup means in-hotel dining is in a community
room. For those who want something more discreet, the great
consolation is off-site dining in
Antalya, a resort city well supplied with fine choices.
Some of Antalya’s restaurants
are a few minutes’ ride from the
Marmara in a pleasant downtown
that, from its cliffside perch, overlooks a charming harbor scene.
The Marmara sits on a cliff, too,
and mountains provide a distant
backdrop in three directions.
Tuti’s windows, a large pool
and manicured gardens face the
Mediterranean. A private beach
and its bar, below a rocky cliff,
are accessible by elevator. Here,
guests can scuba dive as well as
swim and sunbathe.
Other activities include kayaking on the property’s man-made,
325-yard Crazy River, April
through October; skiing in the
Taurus Mountains as late as April;
and sightseeing in a country loaded with ancient sites. Aspendos
and Perge are close enough for a
A private beach and
its bar, below a rocky
cliff, are accessible
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is Turkey, so options include
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The Marmara collection comprises six hotels, three residences
and an event site, all owned by
Turkey-based Marmara Hotels &
Residences; all are in Turkey except
an all-suite property in New York.
The chain aims to have 40 hotels within the next 10 years, including further growth in New
York and in European cities.
For rates and more information, visit www.themarmara