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Side: Akasya Hotel

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Reviewed by: Dennis Switzer from Canada, review #3243

When: September 2012

Fawlty Towers on the Med

Location: 36 45' 58.25"N, 31 23'28.73"E

We wanted a bolthole to break our journey from Cappadocia to Kas. had this place for 30Eu a night. We weren't expecting much and that's what we got. The room was small and the bed had only a sheet on the bottom and the spread on the top. A night table completed the furnishings.

A hint regarding the place came when the manager gave a broom to a guest and said "Make yourself useful" and turned to us and said "We're all family here."

The hotel catered to long stay British retirees. We discovered many had been coming "for years." Guests were so familiar with the place they knew the names of all 11 of the manager's cats - and which ones had not come home for the night! We were interlopers.

One guest pointed out that we were in for a special meal that night. It was fish and chips with mushy peas. Since Side is completely turned over to things British we ate at the hotel. The meal was good. I expect, if permitted, the cook could turn out decent Turkish food.

There are two parking spots that can be reserved in advance for free. This is a positive factor in that there is limited access to Side's old city. Another positive is it is only a couple of blocks away from the theatre and other Roman ruins.

We left early in the morning and forgot to turn in the key. When we discovered this, we had the owner of the next place we stayed post the key back to them. We notified the manager of this. They continued to hound us about the key via emails and as we discovered when we returned home, leaving a voice mail message.

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