I selected Ates Pension based on the positive review from "Lonely Planet Turkey" (March 2011 edition). I stayed here for 2 nights at the end of Aug. 2012. The book rate for the a Single room is 50 TL (about US$28), however, the quoted price when I showed up was 75 TL (US$41). I think that they exploited the good ratings in Lonely Planet, by increasing the prices -- but I think that this is understandable. It's not worth the price, but a safe choice if you are willing to pony up -- the quality is good, but there are better options in Kas at say 20 TL (US$11). I would have expected such a room & place to be at the US$25 tier.
Wi-Fi Internet through out the facility -- relatively fast, no concerns. Very nice terrace for meals and to socialize with other guests. Room is fine -- I stayed in Room No. 6 which I totally recommend for the terrace -- does not overlook the Mediterranean Sea, but the garden is good enough. Kas is so small where it will take you 10 minutes to walk from one end to the other where it's difficult to say the location is good (but it is!). No toiletries, BYOT. Also, the restaurant is good for home-cooking and a nice change if you have been eating Turkish all the while. You can use the pool at Hideaway Hotel (across the street, same family owner), but you have the Mediterranean Sea steps further away where not really an incentive.
Walked by the Dorm, looked pretty typically. 4 beds per room, 30 TL per person, no thanks.
In summary, a safe bet in terms of quality and service, but there are cheaper options if you are price-sensitive.
Kas is incredible in itself. Go, soon.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kas in Turkey is a backpacker's paradise and what better way to see the Mediterranean coast than from the homely Ates Pension. The pension & hostel also offers comfortable, inexpensive lodging in a relaxed atmosphere. The pension is open year round and offers amenities such as rooms with air conditioning, book exchange, hot water 24 hours a day, free pick up from the bus station, complimentary drink on arrival and satellite TV. English, German speaking staff provides expert local knowledge. ... more less
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