Within five minutes' walking distance of the bus station, the La Bella Hotel in Salihli is a smart, modern three-star business hotel.

The bedroom I was given was at the front of the hotel which inevitably meant some street noise. This was more than made up for by its sheer size - plenty of room for a big double bed and a separate single. Two chairs were lined up in front of the window although the view was nothing to get excited about, but there was also a desk with chair for working at too.alih1

The glass-fronted minibar was stocked and the air-con eventually worked although it was linked somehow to other floors which is never an ideal arrangement. The TV featured AlJazeera and BBC World. 

The modern bathroom had a good walk-in shower.

Unusually for a three-star hotel, La Bella serves breakfasts ready-prepared on plates with very few other choices. The top-floor breakfast room is cheery if you can ignore odd touches of kitsch - in summer it spreads out onto a terrace with views of Salihli, such as they are.

Thumbs up: Convenient location, comfortable bedrooms

Thumbs down: Irritating advertising in the cramped lift

Tel: 0236-714 7070, Belediye Caddesi No. 63



Set one street back from the beach on Side's peninsula, the Lale Park consists of a set of rooms, some of them modelled on traditional local houses with wooden cumbas (bay windows), gathered around a small pool and a lush garden in which are set a bar and a lounging area complete with hammock. It's a very inviting vista as soon as you set foot across the threshold.

The bedrooms are simple if unflashy, with the necessary air-con and small private bathrooms. Balconies are shared which may or may not be desirable depending on who is staying next door. 

Tour groups dine romantically on the lawn in summer as do breakfasters, although there is also a covered area for wet days. Breakfasts offer plenty of choice, including tasty eggs. 

Thumbs up: Gorgeous garden, great location, designed to blend into surroundings.

Thumbs down: Shared balconies

Tel: 0242-753 1131, www.hotellalepark.comLale2


aodi2If you arrive in Denizli by bus you can hardly miss the Hotel Laodikya which is immediately behind the bus station. The buildling is nothing to write home about but this is a good, long-lived hotel with tip-top staff and a range of rooms to suit everyone. 

Assigned a bedroom at the front I worried that it might be difficult to sleep because of noise from the bus station. In fact that wasn't a problem at all, although of course it meant keeping the window closed and the air-con on. 

Better, though, was the room I moved to at the back of the buidling which was pleasantly quiet and had its air-con unit in a better position. It also had a double bed rather than two singles which seems to be the favoured arrangement. Decor is a calm, unspectacular cream and gold, fairly modern but not aggressively so. 

Both bathrooms had been smartly refurbished and the second featured a tub.aden2

Breakfast in the top-floor dining room is excellent with plenty of hot and cold choices. At night it turns into a restaurant offering a good-value set menu as well as a la carte options. Given the dearth of exciting eating options around town you might like to take advantage of it. 

The ground-floor sitting area has been given vibrantly coloured easy chairs, the most modern feature of the property. 

Thumbs up: Back rooms very comfortable, excellent breakfasts, impeccable service, handy location

Thumbs down: Surroundings not very inspiring

Tel: 0258-265 1506



LalepenFor many years the Lale Pension in Eğirdir was well-known to walkers and hostellers as one of the best places to stay in the Turkish Lake District, not least because of its friendly owner, İbrahim (İbo), who was always a mine of information on all things local. Today the Lale is still going strong, albeit now just as one piece in a trio of pensions now operated out of the nearby Charly's Pension. 

Lale's rooms, once very simple, have been upgraded and given private bathrooms as well as a stripped-down but pleasing white-walled decor that plays up the light that floods in from the lake outisde. Unexpectedly, there are now televisions in the room, probably to satisfy Turkish guests.

The biggest change is that the roof terrace of the Lale has been closed and guests now eat breakfast in Charly's just down the road. 

Thumbs up: Attractive decor, quiet location

Thumbs down: A few steps up to the door could be problematic for some guests

Tel: 0246-311 2406


laset1Just off the side of the road as you come down over the Çamlibel Geçidi (Pine Pass) from Ardahan to Şavşat, this little motel-restaurant-wood bungalow complex is a welcome relief in a part of Turkey that lacks many good places to stay.

This is not somewhere to come in search of luxury but rather to relish the beauty of the setting and the peace and quiet. Bedrooms are like wooden sauna cabins and come with either twin beds, or a double and a pair of bunks. They all have clean, sensible en-suite facilities plus small TVs. The wireless Internet works better here than in some town-centre locations. 

The restaurant at the heart of things majors on trout from the adjacent ponds served either grilled or as a tasty stew. Bigwigs from Şavşat drop by even in the harshest of weather which says a lot for its popularity.

Service is friendly and efficient. Nothing feels like too much trouble.laset2

It's eight km into Şavşat town. 

Thumbs up: Excellent service, peaceful location, delicious trout

Thumbs down: No shop in walking distance

Tel: 0466 571 2136, www.laset.com.tr

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