After reading the reviews for this hotel, my boyfriend and I were very dubious about booking our two week stay here.
However, we must say that we had a brilliant time at Alp Pasa.
The staff are very friendly, (although there is a language barrier at times), the food is fantastic and the food selection is good. Piano player at dinner in the evenings was a lovely touch.
Our room was supposed to be a deluxe double.... However our double bed was two singles pushed together... This along with the paper thin walls (so you hear every noise, bring ear plugs) and the fact that you have to get a new wifi code every day from reception were our only qualms.
The hotel itself is beautiful! And very relaxing. The swimming pool is tiny, and not very inviting. We went to a gorgeous place down the road to the right of the hotel called blue sea gardens. They have a lovely pool surrounded by lime trees and a large rose garden plus free sunbeds and they don't mind if you use them if you buy a few drinks. Worth a visit if you want to relax.
One thing we will say is that the drinks at Alp Pasa were ridiculously expensive. Orange juice in the morning is charged to your room, without them telling you. And wine is stupidly priced. We had a bottle of white Angora 2011 priced at 69 TL.
We found the exact same bottle in the local Migros (their version of a tesco express) for 13 TL. We weren't happy!
Alp Pasa do have a happy hour, which is worth it for two for one drinks. Saves the pennies if you are there for a while. .
Kaleici is an amazing old town, there are lots of bazaars, and shops to visit. The marina is very special and the restaurants are good. We went to the Favouri restaurant a lot as they have free wifi, and the food is fantastic as well as great value for money. The owner, Lokman is wonderful and speaks good English.
There are a lot of excursions to go on, some of them quite pricey. We compared different companies and found the Nirvana travel company to be the best value for money and the most organised. We enjoyed a wonderful day trip to Pumakkale which is amazing and we'll worth it.
Kaleici is situated in a city, which is good because you get the best of both worlds, Old cosy town or big city outside the walls. There is a local tram and bus service about five minutes from Alp Pasa, which is fairly new, clean and both cheap to use if you don't want to pay out for taxis.
There are hundreds of shops and eateries, often cheaper than the restaurants in Kaleici. Bring pocket money as the leather bags, shoes and accessories are amazing and cheap as chips compared to the UK.
All in all, Alp Pasa is a great place to stay, it's one of the better hotels in Kaleici. Especially as a good base for exploring.
We had a wonderful holiday and wouldnt hesitate to go back.
So much to do and see and eat, it's great.
Its worth buying a map from reception as well to get your where abouts.
If you have any question please email me: Kiara.email@example.com, i would be happy to answer any questions.
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