light up the dim lamb again
let voices come alive from the empty wine glasses
Tuvana means a celebration of humanity from Hittite era (circa 3000
BC) where people from diverse backgrounds with different race,
ethnicity, religion, and language, all come together for this
special event. Tuvanas fate was set from the day it was first
constructed; place for such a celebration with the spirit of whoever
you are and where ever coming from. It was the home of a highly
decorated 18th. Century Ottoman Officer, Abdi Efendi, where
frequently visited by both local and foreign visitors. And that
spirit and tradition continues...
Tuvana took the responsibility to carry on to become the southern
representation of the classic Ottoman tradition of hospitality. The
place was constructed by the most skillful craftsmen of their times
specialized in wood and masonry work.
The long lasting well-kept Tuvana was a happy home for the family of
Emine Hanim, daughter of Apdi Efendi and her husband Mehmet Efendi,
a successful cotton merchant; staying in such a good shape only
became possible with thoughtful and timely attention and care given
to every stone, every corner throughout the years by this
traditional family. And Tuvana evolved over the years with new added
buildings, carefully restored with same care and carrying the same
spirit and tradition as it became one of the exceptional
establishments of Kaleici; it continues to host guests from all over
Then, Tuvana Hotel opened its doors after years of careful planning
with the sense of artful and disciplined restoration, and became the
knight that will protect, preserve and carry on the long lasting
tradition of the heritage of this old town neighborhood.
Tuvana is one of the few places of Kaleici where the traditions of
old times still come alive with the same intensity and liveliness.
Of course, this can only happen with you the guests...