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“Now the worst kept secret in Side”
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Kamer Motel
Ranked #11 of 87 Side B&B and Inns
Preston, United Kingdom
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“Now the worst kept secret in Side”
Reviewed July 20, 2013

I would like to aim this review at people who like budget travel/adventure/culture holidays.
After many years of traveling i have not stayed in a better budget B/B,motel.SERVICE.Nothing was any trouble to the owners/staff from problem solving to bar/ food service, the young staff where friendly and welcoming to all the guests,VALUE.When you consider what you get with the whole kamer experience i found it to be great value for money.SLEEP QUALITY. The bedding and towels are a little frayed sometimes, But are washed within an inch of there lives, clean crisp and sun dried,(its also the first time i have seen a pillow wash and change mid week)The FREE air conditioning ensures a good nights sleep,open the door and the only thing you hear is the music...... of the sea and the wind.
CLEANLINESS.Im not going to tell you the place is sparkling.But it is cleaned to a very high standard by the single very hard working room manager, the grounds and bar/food area are a credit to the bar staff/cook and owners.
LOCATION.wow and i don't just mean the ancient sites that are all within walking distance,
you are a very short distance from the two very very busy noisy/intimidating main streets selling all the tourist tat, the busy harbor area,and all the restaurants you will need,the kamer has its own little oasis, in a small square just out of the hustle and bustle.Tables on the street and in the bar great for the people watchers.
ROOMS.I have mentioned free air con and clean rooms/bedding.what i need to let you know is that rooms have a large ample size balcony with a sea view, inside is a good size room (im 6ft8 and i felt very comfortable) and bathroom with a small fridge the room furniture while not new was neutral and serviceable you also have access to a small safe (for a fee key from reception) a hair dryer is available in the bathroom. room 205.is fantastic for seeing all views.
Right i hope you will find the above helpful so here is a few paragraphs on our findings in the motel and side.The great plus is the sun deck over looking the sea, not crowded as a rule with private bathing on free beds with no sand in the places you don't want sand! they have a small veg plot with peppers eta and a few roman remains just hanging about, then there is the large easy decent on to the shore via some wooden steps,once there you have your own plunge pool to cool off,or you can walk out to the deep water but there are large rocks to negotiate, all this with a snack and drinks service that is the least pushy i have ever experienced in turkey.
We now move to the jewel in the crown the main decking and the area we called the captains table it is fantastic. and a great place to chill out with sea views, read,free WIFI on a tablet,have lunch out of the sun (you will not find cheaper any where in side with the views/location) The captains table is on top of one of the many defense towers built in the city wall and i loved it.
The bar area is open to the square and you will find shop owners playing back gammon in the shade or meeting up at the end of the day say hello they don't bite.The toilet in the bar is the cleanest ive ever seen (quote from the mrs)so i think you will get from that the owners and staff have a unique motel with a formula that is working very well
Now for my rant i read so many negative comments about breakfast WHAT do you eat at home!
yes eggs are the main stay but they are free range protein.not the rubbish we think are free range at home Breaki at the kamar is like a wedding buffet all you can eat and good value eat the curds and the dish of the day if you want McDonalds this is not for you! ,on that note if you look in the kitchen it is spotless.

The weekly BBQ is a must great food at a great price with great views
I would recommend the second floor rooms for views and not over looked.205
Take some buy some neoprene shoes for the rocky sea entry
British take pounds exchange for TL for better rate and cheaper haggling

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Preston, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

A little gem of a place in a beautiful historical setting. Stunning location, clean , tidy and spacious rooms with an amazing outlook of the sea and beach. This is a B&B but the choice at breakfast was more than ample with lots to chose from. Staff are friendly and helpful and cannot do enough for you. The weekly BBQ was excellent and great value for money and could knock the spots off the so called top class hotels in the area. The location for sight seeing is ideal as only seconds away from the temple of Apollo and the ruins and when you want a break from it all the bar of the hotel is in an ideal location to take a drink and watch the world go by. The hotel also offers excellent value for money meals. Lovely decking area for sunbathing and has its own little beach too albeit rocky but a welcome plunge into the Mediterranean just steps away!! I could write lots of positives for this hotel but feel I cant as I want to keep it all for myself!!!! Love Love Love this hotel x

Room Tip: all rooms are facing sea bit ask for an upstairs room to get the best views x
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sneek, The Netherlands
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Reviewed June 29, 2013

Lovely Hotel to stay in, breakfast was okay and even when you wanted lunch or diner was good.
Nice sun terras and de rooms were clean and nice comfortable, service was okay could be a bit better in the evening was also nice to sit in front of the motel nice bar and you sit at a square that is with shops in front of the hotel there is a little shop for medicine.
Everything is near by the Runes and the Apollo Temple

Room Tip: dos not need to every room is see side
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reading
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Reviewed March 20, 2013

As I say the best thing about the Kamer are the views which on a clear day in March include lovely sea views and in the distance snow covered mountains. Fantastic.

The rooms are spacious and cleaned everyday.

Breakfast are typical Turkish hard boiled eggs, tomatoes, cheese and jam.

The only slight problem was the balcony door would not lock, when this was pointed out we were given a piece of wood to jam door shut, which whilst not perfect is typically Turkish.

Beds are quite hard.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Telford, Shropshire
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Reviewed July 13, 2012

Stayed at Kamer motel many times.
Its a family run hotel, very clean rooms & all rooms have the most wonderful view of the sea & big beach. This hotel is in a fab location for all the shops, resturants & bars in the old town of Side.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 7, 2012

I decided at the last minute to join a couple of friends on their hols in Side.Being as tho' their hotel-The Beach House-was full,i decided on the Kamer,as it was close by.What an ab-fab decision that was...it is,as ohoy reported,a cracking little place.(i was there for the week 12th-19th May).Ohoy gave the full run down,i can only add my bit.I stayed in 108,with a lovely comfy king bed with a light duvet and a tv with wait for it--from 6pm-an english channel with movies etc!!Never had that in turkey before!!We had a couple of iffy days when the temp dropped,and the heating came on!! The guys in the bar are fab, Ercan,Veli and Borek.Ercan even treated me to a spin round Side on his motorbike-it was 2am and i had a couple of vinos in me!!All in all-i would DEFO recommend this little gem-in fact my friends preferred it to their place.By the way-i went to the dentist whilst in Side.in Manavgat.Her name is Halille-her clinic couple of doors from Burger King-a 3crown bridge for £275 done in 2 visits-amazing work!!Finally a massive big up to Emirs-a family run restaurant round the corner from the Kamer.Rustic charm,it was like eating in their home and the food-OMG !!with free starters.We ate there 5 out of 7 nights then back to the Kamer to end the mostly late nites !!This is a genuine tribute-you won't be disappointed-i live in Jersey and holiday everywhere-trust me.........

Room Tip: Sea views from all rooms.108 on ground floor but had roses outside the balcony
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 10, 2012

How can I praise this little, modest but lovely hotel enough? After a 2-week holiday in Side in Sep. 2011 I look back upon my stay at the Kamer Motel and find the it (along with the lovely Hotel Château de Ville in Icmeler, both in the ”small hotel” category) to be among my best holidays in Turkey so far.

The ”motel” (which in Side means a very small hotel – not a motel in the common sense) is built in 1975 and renovated in 2006. It sits on the rim of the rocks next to the sea in the very centre of old Side itself, with its own little ”beach” a few steps below. Consisting of two connecting 2-storey buildings, each with 8 surprisingly quiet double rooms (the somewhat noisy neighbourhood taken into consideration) - some double, some twins – there are only 16 rooms to go. Most rooms have excellent sea view – however, the ground floor rooms 105, 106, 107 and 108 with partly obstructed views are obviously allotted to DETUR, a Turkish tour operator strong in Scandinavia, while the remaining rooms (with better views of the sea and otherwise) are reserved for direct client. Fair enough, I think, as individual clients pay more for the rooms than charter guests do. Room 104, however, is heavily exposed to anyone who passes by to and from the beach or the big terrace, why occupants will have to pull the curtains at all times in order to maintain some privacy.

A street-side bar and café, an open-walled breakfast room and the accommodations themselves – that is about all there is, apart from a lovely sea-side furnished terrace with terrific views and a dining area for al fresco meals during the day or evening. Otherwise - no pool, no lounges, no lobby, no ”All Inclusive”. Not even a reception desk, but a small booth next to the entrance serves that purpose. It is all as simple as that.

PC users will no doubt cherish the fact that the Kamer offers free Wi-Fi all over the premises.

The appealing and reasonably well maintained and terracotta-colored rooms were almost spotless what concerns cleanliness and comfort with good firm beds, and being somewhat smallish the rooms still had a certain roominess about them – even space for an extra bed if needed. A satellite TV, a mirrored dresser with a shallow drawer, a phone, a closet with (a bit too few) hangers, two bed tablets with shallow drawers, a fridge ( no ice cubes, though, but efficient enough to keep your water bottles cool) and a safety box (for which you had to pay the good fee of € 2/TKL 3 a day). The air condition system was very efficient, but worked only with your key plate tucked into power-saving slot near the entrance door. A roomy balcony/terrace with two chairs and a table rounded it all up together with a rack to dry your wet swimwear and towels.

The bathrooms were roomy and comfortable, too - a nice and adequate shower cabin, lush (but worn) towels, a floor mat (which you'll normally find only in better hotels!), a hair dryer, a piece of wrapped soap, and that was it - all kept spotless by the one and only room maid, who also had to tend to all sorts of other odd jobs: sweeping the place in front of the street-side bar and breakfast room, help out in the kitchen, keep the beach sunbeds tidy etc. etc. No wonder that the last rooms on her daily routine were not made up until 4 o'clock in the afternoon! Too late for my taste – especially if you are among those who like a siesta nap.

The all-round safety on the premises seemed to be excellent. In fact we could keep our ground floor terrace door open at all times, day and night.

Located on a nice little 3-cornered ”square” with a popular bar in front the Kamer does not make much of itself, but that is part of its particular charm. Apart from the popular street-front bar/café the open-walled breakfast room also faces the square. Breakfast was, however, a very standard affair, Turkish, which did not change much; it was the the same fare every day, but it was fair enough. The coffee machine made excellent coffee, with or without milk, there were cereals, juices, cheeses, salami slices, youghurts, boiled eggs and a lot more. The bread, however, was a meek affair: white and soft, but edible.You needed not starve, however – but please bear in mind that this is not a 5-star hotel! In fact I would like to add that many 4- or 5-star Turkish hotels offer breakfast buffets not much better than that of the Kamer.

Speaking of food, the Kamer also offered a most delightful large seaside terrace area where lunch and dinner were avaliale at very modest prices – often half of what the other neighbouring restaurants would charge. In fact the quality was excellent - so good that many guests soon made the Kamer terrace their standard place to dine. Once or twice a week the Kamer would arrange a Bar-B-Que – a solid success among both residents and others. At the modest price of € 15/TKL 30, including a glass of absolutely passable Turkish red wine, you would enjoy an array of Turkish meze specialities and salads along with delicisous grilled chicken breasts, beef and köfte (tasteful meatballs). Delightful.

A few steps down the rocks from the hotel there is a small matted terrace with 8-10 cushioned sunbeds and parasoles free of charge, and yet another 4-5 steps down they have cleared the stony shore to make a rough, but absolutely usable ”beach” - a path out into the sea - from which you can swim further out into the clear and very clean waters. In fact the Kamer is the only hotel in old Side offering a ”beach”. However, for those who prefer a real beach there is one (charging € 4/TKL 8 a day for two) only three minutes walk away from the Kamer. Larger beaches are available within easy walk further out on both sides of the old Side peninsula.

No negative remarks? Well, looking closely enough one might always find something. I, for one thing, could do without the loud music the young bartenders would ”divert” their customers with at the lovely street-side bar in the late afternoon and evening. Most patrons were well over their first youth, if not retired, and more often than not the noice was so loud that they would only silently sit there, or they would have to shout to each other. Furthermore the ”music” in question was definitely of the taste of the very young bartenders and not that of the majority of their patrons. Supported by many of the other guests I several times tried to make the young men turn down the noise to an acceptable level, but alas, I spoke to deaf ears. They would do it, of course, but they were shroud enough to use the salami method and slowly turn it up again bit by bit until after five minutes it was back to what it was before. A pity, because the lovely bar/café deserved better. Fortunately the inferno could not be heard in the rooms according to my own experience and that of many of the other guests that I spoke to, and who agreed to my viewpoint in this matter.

Steep steps down to the sunbeds and the beach along with difficult-to-see steps and levels in the terrace area might present a certain risk to those not firm on their feet. This is not a place for the handicapped, all said.

I have tried to analyze the charm and attraction of this very modest but most comfortable 2-star hotel, but I fail. It is impossible to pin-point what it is that attracts clients from all over the world, who obviously can afford hotels of a much higher standard, but who come back again and again and ask to have the same room as last year. Is it the unique location, is it the very friendly and cordial staff of only seven, or what? Whatever it is, is works, and it asks for more.

There are – both confirmed and non-confirmed – plans to change/rebuild the Kamer within a year or two into a 12-unit upgraded ”boutique” version. I definitely hope they know what they are doing... That they take care of the unique and pleasant ”soul” of the Kamer. It is, alas, too easy to ruin an established success. As it is now, with its particular ambience and setting, it is one of a kind. I hope they will keep it that way.

Until then I give the Kamer 4 out of 5 stars - one for the good ambience, one for the most cheerful and helpful staff, one for the superb location with a ”beach”, and one for the excellent value for money. Maybe the ”new” Kamer, when it eventually emerges, will deserve the 5th and last star - that remains to be seen. At least they will have to turn down the loud bar music!

Meanwhile, check out www.kamermotel.net (it is, however, only in Turkish until further notice).

ohoy, copenhagen

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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Property: Kamer Motel
Address: Barbaros Cad 47, Side, Manavgat 07330, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Turkish Mediterranean Coast > Antalya Province > Manavgat > Side
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Ranked #11 of 87 B&Bs / Inns in Side
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Hotel Class:2 star — Kamer Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 16
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