Travel Blogs from Rize
Had breakfast in the "hotel". Amazingly good, considering the state of the bathrooms. The breakfast was a frying pan of fried eggs, sizzling hot but a bit too salty, bread, olives cheese and coffee. All for 15TL, about £6 for both.
Would have set off more quickly, but for the gang of Kyrgyzstan lorry drivers who gathered round, wanting to …
We knew today was going to be a rainy day, one of the very few we've had so far. The morning was bright and clear. The drive back to sea level was spectacular. It had the feel of some eastern European mountains with steep hills and distant villages dotting the landscape. White minarets could be seen in every direction, signifying some small hamlet way high up on the hillsides. Everything was lush green.The rain was coming. We arrived in the City of Rize mid-afternoon ...
... off the Black Sea Highway at Trabzon, we veered inland 42km to see, as described by Lonely Planet the 'highlight' of the Black Sea Coast, The Sumela Monastery. Slowly plodding our way up the chaotic virtually one car wide access road to the monastery, possibly a Sunday wasn't the best day to go. The place itself was a remarkable bit of architecture but with the crowds at epic proportions it was a let down.
Into Rize early afternoon and whilst seemingly ...
... turns to nil, and people make due with what they have, the best way they know how. It doesn't exactly create the cleanest or prettiest environment, but it's certainly raw in an affecting way.
The ecstasy of good company is irreplaceable; If I have any advice for those out there still reading this thing, it would be to live outwardly and kindly - that gravity will attract satellites well worth knowing, and warmth will find you.
... I find a new way. It's like I'm navigating a labyrinth in my own head, changing angles and discovering trap doors that lead to new mental pathways that solve problems I previously couldn't have even approached.
Also, Turkish has one of the more crazy grammatical structures to it that I've come across as far as language studies. English I know well enough, German was pretty straightforward, and Spanish and Portuguese have always been pretty uncomplicated as well. Turkish ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsDedeman Rize
Oerrated. Dont know what they are trying to do. The room we were showed to stank of cigarette smoke. We waited 20 minutes for them to find an alternative room. And why were they cleaning rooms at 7.00 at night?
The room we were put in, there was a sticky mess on the bedside table, the shower head is the basic Poundland type, the front of house staff dont speak any English, but they charge their rate in US dollars?
The dinner was cold, the menu choices werent all available, the drinks took an age to come and had to be chased.
Over all, it appears that someone is trying to set up a western system prior to being welcomed into the EU, so they can say "Look what we already have" But someone needs to tell them that a 5 star hotel needs more than just a list of facilities. Servive is needed, and its just not there.
Quite frankly, if it werent late and raining, I'd have gone elsewhere. We have had some great hotels in Turkey, but this wasnt one of them.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.