The Yaka Hotel in Kiz Kalesi (east of Mersin on the Turkish Med) is a good option for families wanting a simple beach holiday away from the crowds. It's a 2 Star so the rooms are pretty basic, but it really doesn't matter because you;re not there to spend time in your room. They have hot water and AC which is probably all that matters and, at 70E a night (for 2 rooms and breakfast) they are good value. Yakup the hotel's owner is a friendly and colourful guy and the other staff were helpful.
The main reason to stay at the hotel, however, is that it is 2-3 mins walk to the KizKalesi beach. This is a real gem, especially for families with kids, as it is sandy and the water is very shallow a long way out. It's also reasonably clean. And there is the added attraction of hiring a pedalo for an hour (10TL - try not to be ripped off) and visiting the Maiden's Tower (i.e. Kiz Kalesi) a few hundred metres off the coast.
We were there towards the end of April when it was already warm enough to spend a day on the beach. A good place to stay for families wanting a cheaper, out of season beach option in this part of Turkey.
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