I stayed at the Hotel Limani Canakkale for two nights in the 6th floor "Terrace Suite" July 6-8, 2013. That the Limani is the #1-rated TripAdvisor hotel in Canakkale is probably a testimony to what's on offer in this sweet little port city, which is the ideal (and really the only) option for exploring the Gallipoli battlegrounds / cemeteries / monuments, as well as Troy and the VERY sweet villages of Behramkale and Assos (not to be missed!).
I suspect that Canakkale enjoys an average hotel stay of only 1-2 nights (and most of these are 1-time only visitors), so the Limani Hotel owners may not perceive an incentive to invest in an upgrade or even in basic maintenance, as there's only a slim chance of repeat guests.
POSITIVES: 1) central location in the heart of the city, right on the port and basically overlooking the ferry boat landing, 2) super views of the harbor, the Dardanelles and the Gallipoli peninsula (see photo), 3) friendly, English-speaking service, 4) a decent restaurant on the ground floor, and 5) a copious and varied breakfast buffet selection.
NEGATIVES: 1) Terrace Suite ("the best room in the house") featured an air conditioner that was not working -- so I slept with the windows open to the exposed terrace, 2) a safe box that did not work (the front desk, the bellman and I could not figure it out after five attempts), and 3) unreliable hot water in the shower. This hotel just needs a little love and some investment to bring it up to a 3-star level.
BEWARE: Arriving or departing by car at Canakkale on Sunday any time between 11:00 and 16:00 is precarious. The Hotel Limani's main entrance is located on a one-way street overcrowded with traffic that is attempting to depart from or access to the ferry boat pier, so you and your car could get stuck in traffic for hours ...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel designed for guest comfort and you ll find your home comfort in Hotel Limani. From the moment you came to our hotel , you will leave with a feeling of being created by the convenience d if you don't mind a drive you can reach lots of pristine beaches and the neighbouring cities so you can easily use Hotel Limani lodge as a base for discovering Canakkale and the surrounding area.Hotel Limani is only minutes away from major sights and landmarks in town such as the old clock tower, ferryboat jetties to European side of the Dardanelles, City Museum, Cimenlik Castle, Naval Museum and Park ... more less
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