Wife and I stayed in Melrose House for a couple of nights so that we could have a full day to visit the World Heritage Site of the travertines, the Hierapolis and the thermal pools. We caught the Pamukkale bus from Selcuk at 3:30pm and were told it was a direct bus. But as has been mentioned by the others, you would need to change to a servis bus at Danizli Otogar. The Pamukkale bus was a medium sized (24?) bus instead of the usual 50+ big coach so it was a bit cramped for the 3+ hr journey. There was no convenient break and the bus stopped about 4-5 times to pick up and drop off others. The servis was waiting at the otogar and the transfer over was quick. The servis driver checked with the 8-10 of us going to Pamukkale where we were staying and announced that we would be dropping us at our hotels. The trick there was he took us first to a hotel where he helped to sell tours to us. It wasn't hard selling as such but one could see their intentions and it stretched out our time taken to get to Melrose by 20 minutes or so. Considering Melrose is a good 20 minutes walk from town centre, so it wasn't a thing to complain about!
Checking in was quick as we'd notified the owner by email about our bus time beforehand. The room on 2nd floor (a junior suit) was fine (no lift), quite spacious with a spared single bed for us to put our clothes etc. It was a bit dim but then many of these hotels are not brightly lit as a rule. There was a door to go out to the a small belcony. The bathroom was clean but a bit cramp and also there was a small leak from the toilet cistern onto the tiled floor. The shower was fine. Melrose was quite near the edge of the town but there were a couple of other hotels near by and 1 of them played loud music until late (10-11pm'ish) on both nights! Something to be aware if that could annoy you. WIFI worked ok.
Breakfast was simple affair but enough to get you going. It started a bit later than usual at 7:30/8:00. We were ok with it. The hosts tried their best to be friendly and helpful, explained to us of how to go to the the travertines and other attractions etc. We took he advice to go up there up after an early lunch and stay till the evening to see the beautiful evening scenery. It was impressive. We covered all the attractions slowly with rest in between. I know some day trippers go in and out in less than 2 hours! A pity in our view. We didn't eat dinner in their restaurant and ate in town instead. We'd noticed that their restaurant could be quite busy especially when they have group customers staying for the night. They gave us a lift back to the town centre for catching the local bus out to Denizli otogar the next morning.
Considering the charge, what you get and the helpfulness of the hosts, we'd recommend the Melrose.
PS: We left our room key with the host before we went out mid morning and asked for it to be cleaned and the towels changed (left on the floor). When we returned after dinner it wasn't done and we had to go see the host for new towels. He apologised and said he had left the instructions with the cleaning lady and couldn't really understand why it wasn't done!!
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- Welcome to Melrose House Hotel, where a homely atmosphere is offered to our guests accompanied by the traditional Turkish hospitality.Designed and furnished to create your most pleasant stay, Melrose is a small and luxury Hotel which offers nicely decorated comfortable rooms and spacious Turkish cuisine to our guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Melrose Allgau Pamukkale
- Hotel Melrose Allgau