Travel Blogs from Side
My first impression is: Resort towns abound...almost feels like driving down any blvd in southern Florida...well not quite...we still pass the occasional Mosque with their minarets reaching for the heavens. And there are all the solar water heaters on top of EVERY ...
... s body as well as his father's, son and a lot more notables are entombed...There is also some of Mohammed's beard encased... Sham's special hat...somehow..commercialism has taken over. We are now on the Meditterarean...driving towards Olympos...there are large bunches of bananas being sold everywhere...and...Palm trees...I am already feeling resistant to the 'resort like feel'...where are the quaint villages with the children running around ...
... so much so quickly. It is a fascinating country and we have learned so much. We have been amazed by the excellent infrastructure and the general affluence of the population. (There is national health care with doctors and clinics available in even the smallest village. I will have to tell you the details later.) Because I have not kept up with my blog as I planned, here's a list of some places we have seen. Istanbul - Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, the ...
This morning we arrived at Turkey. It was a really tough trip though. The plane should have left at 6pm but it was 7h late so it left at 1am. So we sat and did nothing and was just really bored at Arlanda for 7h.
When we arrived to the Turkish airport we took our suitcases and then ...
Bus Lag = effects of a six hour bus ride that started at 3:00am and included two layovers. Thankfully the big bus that covered the majority of the route had wonderfully comfortable and spacious seats -- actually the best Uncle Albert and I have had anywhere on the trip. When we walked up to the pansiyon (el cheapo hotel) in Side, we were relieved to find that our private room had A/C. A welcome change after the past two places, one with no A/C and ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsUlas Hotel Side
This is a cheap, low stars Hotel.
The rooms are spacious and all have a privat balcony towards the pool.
They try to keep it tidy, the bed sheets have stains but smell fresh.
The bathroom door could not be closed all the way and the shower curtain had mold stains.
They charge extra for AC. I think it was 5 Euro per day. Of course the expierenced travel knows how to run the AC without the remote control. Since it is against Hotel policy you should not stand on a chair, open the cover of the AC and push the "On"-button. Besides you won't be able to set a temprature amd the room will be freezy in no time.
The breakfast is basic turkish food: bread, cheese, olives, cucumber, tomatoes, boiled eggs, water melon and tea. The table covers always have crumbs and stains. There are cats and chickens running around the pool and this is also where you eat.
The staff is friendly, they even remember your name. The Hotel restaurant has a huge menu and all the meals I had where surprisingly great. Compared to restaurants elsewhere in Side the price was good too. You should eat there instead of eating out. They have local as well as international food - lots to choose from.
The pool area as well as the water is clean. There are plenty of trees that give shade and flowers and plants around the pool. The pool bar is the place of all action. They will have music until past midnight (which might get noisy if you try to sleep). They also try to offer theme partys, such as the turkish night (with traditional dancers), beach- or poolparty.
If you are on a budget and don't mind any of the above mentioned - this 2 star Hotel is great. The rooms are 25 Euro per night, breakfast is 5 Euro.
If you need more you should pay more and get a 4 or 5 star Hotel in Turkey.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.