I spent 2 nights at the Candles House in May, and I thought it charming and well-located. It is a very small B&B – I believe it has only 4 guest rooms – just steps from Hadrian’s Gate in a quiet section of Antalya’s old town, or Kaleici – a perfect area from which to explore Antalya and the surrounding area.
The B&B has a lovely garden and the interior features some beautiful wood surfaces. My room was charming, with just a few minor limitations. It was a small and nicely decorated single with blinded windows that overlooked the surrounding gardens. I liked the basket of toiletries, mini-bar, and supply of extra pillows in the room. Hot water was readily available if one gave it just a little bit of time, and once it was hot, it was hot! It was, however, a bit hard to control -- even a very light touch could result in major changes in temperature. I was less satisfied with the absence of a bed table or bedside lamp.
Breakfast, which was individually served in the garden, was very good and included a generous array of tasty foods and a plate of perfectly cooked scrambled eggs.
The man who staffed the Candles House during my stay was a gracious host. He didn’t speak English, but he made sure that language was not a problem by effective use of non-verbals and, when necessary, resourceful use of his phone or internet connections. Our most difficult exchange occurred when I checked out: I had booked my room months in advance through booking.com. Shortly after doing so, I received an e-mail indicating that my credit card account had been inadvertently charged upon booking. As a response to this error, I was offered a discount and was told that I would be given it once there. No one seems to have told the young man, and it took a while for us to find the words to understand each other.
BTW, to park at the Candles House, I had to take a ticket from a gate that allowed me to drive into that section of Kaleici. It looked like there might be a small fee for parking and a very big fee if the ticket was lost. I presented it when I left the area and was waived through without a charge.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Candles House is the SMALLEST hotel of the Town.In the old part pf the city but very close to the centre.It is also very close to historic and naturel places of interst. An old house now transformed to a hotel,traditionally decoreted.Small garden with orange trees and colorful flowers. ... more less
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