We were travelliing around with the very first edition of Lonely Planet's Discover Turkey guidebook which had come out a couple of days before I left for Turkey.
We arrived at Patara just in time for sunset and saw where the Flower Pension was on the main road, which was the only pension mentioned to stay at in my guidebook though we could see there were many others while we were trying to find the beach before it was too late.
Wondering though if theres only one out of all these places to stay in my book will we have to spend time again hunting for a better place if its full or not looking too good...
When we pulled up at the Flower we were greeted by a cheery smiling young man who took us up the stairs to show us the room we could have.
it all looked great - clean, spacious, air con was a necessity!, tidy, very cute with mosquito curtains and great looking modern bathroom. He promised the wifi was good and showed us the router just outside our door.
All that for 60 lira which had fairly standard price for us during our travels down the coast from Istanbul though more on the lower side which was a relief.
He pointed out that there are lots of mosquitoes around so don't leave the door open. We noted there was good insect screens on the windows but we were hot and were looking forward to the air con anyway. He said they spray daily to make sure there are no mosquitoes lingering in the rooms - this is all the sort of stuff I like to hear and what shows intent to give good service.
He then asked if we would like to have dinner tonight for 20 lira each person we could have fresh fish or beef with salad. Which we took the offer of and headed on down as the barebecue was at its peak. Very nice dining area with plants and good lighting. He kindly chilled the wine we had with us (opened and corked from the night before us budget travellers!) and we had with our very nice food.
We had breakfast here the next morning which was very nice.
As with pretty much everywhere we stayed, automatic lights were in place here which is great to have the added security.
We were able to park the car overnight just near the main entrance into the pension. So overall we were very happy to have such a comfortable place to stay - no complaints whatsoever - except for the mosquitoes that had dinner with us while we had ours!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This is a family run pension where Mustafa and Ayse and their two sons Bekir and Semih will do everthing possible to make your stay enjoyable. Our pension has been open since 1986 and we have lots of experience looking after guests and also lots of knowledge about the area and the many places to see. Ayse is famous for her delicious Turkish cooking,using lots of home grown fruit vegetables and herbs, try her special casserole for a real treat. Breakfast is traditionally Turkish with olives, cheese, tomato, cucumber, eggs, fresh baked bread and of course Ayse's homemade jams and marmalade. ... more less
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