The Amphora Hotel was a lovely, small lodging with its own Mediterranean “beach,” pool and rooms with amazing views on the Peninsula outside of the small city of Kas. We made our reservation via one of the on-line booking companies about a day before our arrival, and what a deal it was. As luck (and global warming) would have it, the weather during our mid-October stay in the southernmost location of our Turkey trip was well into the 80s. After we arrived in the early evening at the hotel, we raced down to the water for our first swim of our vacation. How refreshing! There are few sandy beaches in the area, so all the small hotels on the Peninsula outside the city of Kas have built lounging areas on the rocks above the water with various amenities. Ours had a perfectly adequate, comfortable area for relaxing by the water, and a ladder for climbing into the famous turquoise water. What more do you need (in season, they serve refreshments as well).
In October there is absolutely no trouble getting a room on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey at the last minute. As it turns out, all these seaside hotels close by Nov. 1 and by mid-October they are almost deserted. That is a plus for the foreign traveler looking for flexibility in travel arrangements and a quiet place to stay. Although reduced to a skeleton crew, they still had a cook for dinner and enough staff to make our stay very comfortable. What they lacked in their command of the English language they made-up with friendliness. They always got their point across when it came to essential information (like bus schedules or booking trips).
We knew that we wanted to book a day boat tour of the surrounding areas, and the staff of Amphora had that arranged for us soon after our arrival. It was about 10tl a person cheaper than the trip we priced at one of the travel agencies in town. This included pick up and drop off to the hotel which makes the whole experience relaxing and carefree. As an aside, tours in Turkey are cheap and plentiful, and tour guides are professionally trained. We took 3 day tours in Turkey and they were especially useful for my husband and I as we traveled almost exclusively by public transportation. It was an efficient way to see several sites especially if it involved some distance.
Getting to and from Amphora, or any of the other peninsula hotels, involves a 10-15 minute bus ride from town that runs about every 30 minutes. It would take a good hour to walk downtown, which was even too far for us! We had a very tasty, well prepared dinner at their poolside dining area on the evening of our arrival. It probably came to less than $30 total. On the final night of our stay here, we had a delicious dinner, one of our best in Turkey, a short distance away (about a 15 minute walk) at the Manzara Restaurant at the Cache Hotel. This was easy to get to without relying on the bus.
As we were preparing to leave, the manager of the hotel surprised us by offering to drive us to the bus station. I think his name was Ilhan Akkaya, and he and his nephew, Yasin, were most kind and helpful during our stay. Since most of our trip was in the more cultural and busy downtowns, having a few days of at this perfect refuge was a great decision. The views of the Greek Island of Meis and the beautiful blue waters were truly memorable. I highly recommend a stay at this comfortable and affordable hotel.
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