Let me start with saying this hotel is absolutely beautiful! With all the decorations, you really feel the history and age of this building.
Perfect location! You're in beautiful old Kaleici and you're only a few minutes walk to the water!
The hotel itself is awesome! Large, comfy room, with high ceilings, uneven floor and stairs which felt as if they might break under your weight (yes, I put this under pros because it shows how old this building is and how much history goes with it!) and interesting art everywhere. Go hang out at the bar/pool at night. It surprised me that no one was ever out there during the 2 nights we stayed. The pool changes colors and the drinks aren't too pricey. The bartender (not sure of his name) is really nice.
The service was...interesting. When we first arrived no one was at reception and we finally caught the attention of the man tending the pool. We told him we had a reservation. He didn't say anything and a girl who we learned usually sits at reception was just standing and looking at us. The look they gave us was as if we had walked into a random person's house and said "Hey, we're going to stay here!" Finally a man sunbathing on a chair gets up and checks us in. He hands our key to the girl who then hands it to the pool man who takes our luggage upstairs, shows us the remote for the air conditioner then leaves. After the warm, friendly welcome we received at our previous hotel (Hideaway Hotel in Kas), we were a bit perplexed. The next morning when we went for breakfast, I noticed the girl from reception who had said nothing the day before offer a little girl some candy for Bayram. Then, two older women came in and she talked lively with them and offered them candy as well. However, when my fiance and I walked right past her as we left the hotel, she again just stared, no smile, no candy offering, nothing.
They didn't provide us with shampoo or conditioner, only 2 boxes of hand soap (though upon opening one I discovered it was empty.) Also, no matter which direction you turned the shower, it would either have an average temperature or be scalding or freezing. It seemed to decide when it would become these temperatures and you couldn't do much about it. It was a bit miserable.
We stayed in the main building and our room faced a somewhat busy alley. Cars and motorcycles were constantly driving past and you could hear every sound from cars, people and cats, who I believe have decided that this particular alley is their favorite place to either kill each other or to do...something else because several times a day you would hear the piercing howl of a cat. Super annoying.
Breakfast is pretty meager, or at least compared to the large layout we had at Hideaway. Olives, bread, cheese, meat, corn flakes.
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