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Amphora Hotel
Ranked #8 of 46 Hotels in Kas
Certificate of Excellence
Burlington, Vermont
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“Luxurious lodging at a bargain price”
Reviewed 23 December 2012

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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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 13 September 2012

We stayed 2 nights at Amphora hotel while on a tour of Western Turkey in June 2012. The Amphora was a fantastic small hotel in an idyllic location. Our room was small but comfortable for sleeping with effective air conditioning we had a terrace style balcony fabulous for drying swimwear and towels. The room and hotel in general was comfortable, spotless and very well kept. The breakfast room was located by the pool area the selection of food was fabulous with ample choice. The pool area was very inviting at all hours however the beach access was an added bonus. A divinely secluded area with sun lounges and shade cover on offer. There was a staffed bar and tables to dine right on the waterfront. We relaxed swam and lazed away the afternoon at the private beach. The only negative I can think of is that the hotel is located on the outskirts of the town of Kas. This was not a problem for us as we had a driver and guide with our tour group ( total of four passengers - spoilt). We had dinner the first night in the town of Kas arriving in time to watch the sunset from a rooftop bar - sensational. The second night we enjoyed dinner at the hotel on the roof top terrace with an amazing view of the mediterranean and close by Greek island a truly beautiful evening with incredible food and service. Kas and hotel Amphora were favoroutes on our Turkey itinerary.

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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 September 2012

We stayed in Amphora 28-31 July 2011 and it was one of the nicest Boutique Hotel in Turkey I have ever stayed. Hotel is really nice and clean. You have an amazing view on the Greek island - Meis. Personel is really helpful and always smiling. Breakfasts are included (many things to choose) and we had a supper there as well - prices for supper are very OK and everything was delicious. It takes only 5 minutes to go to beach and also 5-10 minutes to go to kas center by bus which goes every 30 minutes. If you plan to go to Kas you should choose Amphora.

THANK YOU AMPHORA- Alina&Gokhan

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 July 2012

This gorgeous hotel with its own private beach on the beautiful Mediterranean coast on the outskirts of Kas was our most luxurious stay during 6 weeks travelling throughout Turkey. By our calculations, a 5 star luxury hotel at 3 star pricing! A beautiful building in an exquisite mountainous seaside setting; a lovely landscaped garden, inviting turquoise pool, outdoor bar and dining areas with balconies affording views of the Mediterranean and nearby Greek Islands. Best of all was the hotel's private beachfront (reached by a short downhill walk) with fully catered bar service and comfortable lounges under protective shadecover, and the warm Mediterranean for swimming. Our attractive room with balcony overlooking the pool was most comfortable. Meals (breakfast and dinner) were delicious, presented and served with panache by the gracious and courteous staff. All the hotel's staff were especially welcoming, courteous and helpful, going out of their way to provide extra service, such as making phone calls and internet searches for us. We loved everything about this hotel and would eagerly return to it and stunning Kas if ever the opportunity comes again. Two very grateful travellers from Tasmania, Australia. [Note: As it is located on the outskirts of Kas it is best suited for travellers with independent transportation.]

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 August 2011

This hotel is not in the centre of Kas, if this does not worry you and you don't mind paying for a taxi or catching the bus into town, then definitely stay here. The hotel faces the Greek Islands so if you are lucky enough to get a room with a balcony facing the sea, then you are in for a treat. The room I had was not that spacious but enough, actually most hotel rooms in Turkey were on the smaller side. Staff were friendly and they can do your washing if required- just check it as mine was returned wet and some items not washed properly. Generally clean and the breakfast was stock standard of everything else in Turkey. A pleasant experience.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with friends
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 22 June 2010

Apparently the Amphora Hotel is a 3 Star hotel. Based on our stay, we (my Wife and I) rate this hotel as at least a 4 Star hotel. For service alone, it's a 5 Star hotel. Upon arrival, the hotel owner and friendly staff made us feel most welcome, informed us about the hotel amenities and gave us handy information about the region (Kas).

The pool is wonderful, being of a nice size and depth. The bar and breakfast area is pool side, providing a lovely ambience and a offering a fine selction of breakfast options. Dining is up on the balcony, al fresco style and the sea and mountain views are magnificent. The hotel gardens are lovely with a beautiful array of colourful plants.

Our hotel room was small but clean and cosy and with a small balcony, again with great views. The bed was supportive and of course, the room was air conditioned (split system style).

As a bonus, the hotel had it's own beach side guest area including poolside lounges, shaded areas, a bar, hammocks, swimming and diving platforms.

Above all, the thing that impressed most was the service offered by hotel staff. We definitely recommend this hotel, it's great value for money.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Amphora Hotel
Address: Cukurbag Yarimadasi Dogan Kasaroglu Sokak No:4, Kas 07580, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Turkish Mediterranean Coast > Antalya Province > Kas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #8 of 46 Hotels in Kas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Amphora Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 18
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