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KÖŞK HOTEL, KAYSERİ

The reincarnation of the worn-out old Sur Hotel just inside the Kayseri city walls near the Güpgüpoğlu Konağı is the glitzy Köşk Hotel which announces its presence loudly with a facde adorned with colourful curved arches. Inside, however, the look is quite sleek, stylish rather than overblown, even though this occasionally means appearance trumping utility. 

My third-floor room had a double and single bed in it which was fine but left little space for manoeuvring, for example to get at bedside lights on only one side of the bed. The overall impression was of whiteness with just bed throws to inject colour together with striking oval mirrors, two of them to increase the sense of space. Other furnishing was basically limited to a long table under the TV that wouldn't have been very comfortable to work at. 

The TV itself was wall-mounted with a decent range of programming. Right beside it on the wall was a rather off chill cabinet rather than a fridge or minibar. It struck me as dominating the room too much for what it was. Under it, though, on the table was a kettle with tea and coffee-making facilities.

The bathroom was very attractive, again predominantly in white, although the lovely cylindrical sink turned out to have no space on it for one's toiletries etc. 

Just behind the door was a shelving unit for storage. 

The wifi and air-con both worked very well. 

The top-floor dining room is also stylish and attractive. More importantly, the breakfast is excellent with a wide choice of hot and cold items. There's a great view of the Hunat Hatun Cami from the balcony. 

Aside from the walls and the konak, the hotel is just a stone's throw from the Hunat Hatun mosque complex as well as some of Kayseri's fine kebab restaurants and its lively bazaar. When the new museum opens inside the walls it will be even more perfectly located. 

Thumbs up: Attractive modern decor, handy location for sightseeing

Thumbs down: Only one lift, street outside is not the most woman-friendly

Tel: 0352-220 1150

 

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