Today we moved from the luxury of the Kempinski to the rustic charm of the Su Hotel, the accommodation recommended by Peter Sommers Travels. The Kempinski has been a delight from start to finish- they transferred us to our new hotel in a lovely Porsche Cayenne! This is a hotel I would certainly return to.
The Su is a very different place, but charming in its own way. The car dropped us at the entrance to a narrow pedestrian lane and we walked with our luggage, following a blue tiled path to the hotel. It is very pretty, full of color, with a flower filled garden and an attractive central pool.
The guests looked for all the world like characters out of central casting – think “Enchanted April ” or “The ….. And the owner, Zafer, was chatty and helpful. The rooms, however, while clean, were sparse, the beds hard and the amenities absent – no TV, little storage room and bare floors. Everything you needed was there, but no frills.
One of the best features was the balcony off our room, painted in blue and red and yellow, and looking out onto the gorgeous pool and gardens. There was television in the bar by the pool, but the company was so interesting that no one would want to watch it.
We took a short walk to see the historic Mausoleum Museum, and then returned to the hotel. We had an excellent dinner in the hotel restaurant, under the stars and surrounded by flowering trees and the scent of jasmine.