Initially we were horrified by this hotel. Our beds were very hard, we couldn't open our windows as they opened big enough for a person to easily enter and we were on the ground floor, and the air was stifling. There is no hot water here until the solar panles have heated up enough to heat the tank on the roof, which means no showers till at least midday, which was a problem for us - we like to be up, showered, breakfasted then be out all day, and after a very hot night any shower taken in the evening seesm to have rather lost its effects! We soon go round this though, showering before dinner in hot water, but taking a very fast and very cold shower first thing in the morning!
The couple who own the hotel are very nice, the lady especially so - her English is good enough to make requests heard, and she is very smiley and friendly. Her husband is also lovely, but we were slightly put off one night... the night before, we'hd had a lovely, and relatively cheap bottle of wine at the hotel. We asked for the same the next night, only to be shown a different bottle and to be told it was much nicer. Daftly, we agreed to it without asking the price - turns out it was £20 as opposed to £6 the night before! We were a little put out by this...
The hotel location is second to none, right by the sea and just a few minutes walk to No Name beach. End of June, the sea was like getting into a giant bath, but a little choppy for my tastes. Roman ruins are very close to the hotel, and it's just 5 minutes to the Amphitheatre. Going right out of the hotel along the seafront takes you past many nice restuarants where you can sit with a sea view. It's about 10 minutes to the Apollo Temple, and 5 minutes to the start of the shops proper. All in, a great location.
Breakfasts were lovely - cheese, bread, usually watermelon, usually a boiled egg, some dates, cucumber, and occasionally some unidentified cooked omelette type thing. Filled the gap. However, we were offered tea or coffee - as I don't drink hot drinks, I asked if i could possible have orange juice. This was freshly squeezed for me and lovely, and my husband asked for the same each morning too. Unfortunately, just as we were leaving the hotel, i was told that this was extra, and was charged 40 lire! I was too flustered to really compute this until too late, and I was left fuming. It's little things like this that can ruin your perception of a place - if I'd been told of the cost at the beginning, at least I could have made my own mind up! Also, air conditioning is approx £4 a day, and at this time of year is a neccesity!
I'd return to Side, but not to this hotel, and I have learned my lesson this time - ask the price of EVERYTHING in advance!
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