We arrived at the Sima Peace guest house / pension where we had booked and were pretty dismayed by what we found. The bungalows were in fact varnished garden sheds, with A/C and en suite. The whole place exuded a sense of Third World levels of hygiene and cleanliness: not what was described in the guidebook (see for yourselves on www.simapeace.com.tr ). On the way to this place I had noticed a hotel which looked a lot better than what we had, so we went for a walk around the corner to the Odile Hotel and decided to move there the next day. Having booked the Sima Peace and having checked in we felt that we should at least spend the night there. Dinner at Sima Peace was much better than the accommodation and was taken en-famile with the other guests. We were next to two very nice Dutch couples who were touring the country and had been here before and had much better knowledge than us. Despite the good dinner and pleasant atmosphere we didn't change our minds about leaving the next morning. A good night's sleep followed by breakfast and I asked the lady owner (and excellent cook of the previous night's meal) for the bill. We paid up and were preparing to leave when the lady owner comes round to ask where we were going. "Moving on" didn't seem to convince her and she seemed to realise that we were less than enraptured with her establishment. Anyway we walked away without any unpleasantness arising, round the corner to the (first world) Odile Hotel.
What an improvement: large very well furnished and fitted modern rooms set in beautiful grounds (see www.hotelodile.com.tr ). We spent a bit of time congratulating ourselves on the move and agreeing that the 28 pound per day price differential was well it. The Manager, Kemal, was unfailingly helpful and the rooms were kept spotless. The location of the hotel couldn't be better as it's across the road from the beach and an easy walk to the "centre" of Cirali i.e. restaurants and cafes.
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