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HARŞENA HOTEL, AMASYA

Like many Amasya hotels, the Haşena, in the touristy Hatuniye Mahalle, comes in two parts: the older Ottoman building overlooking the river and the newer reconstructed many hotel across the road. 

Hasena2In theory the part of the hotel overlooking the river should be the nicer. However, although the beds are comfortable the rooms are underdecorated and lack character. Glass panels in the doors let light in from the hall, there's no air-con and mosquitoes can be a problem. The small balconies looking onto the river are nice though.

The rooms in the main part of the hotel are much more attractive to look at although those at the front are somewhat blighted by music from the restaurant across the road. Those at the back have views of the Pontic tombs - but the railway runs right past, and not everyone will appreciate the multi-coloured floodlighting of the monuments at night. Hasena1

Rooms in the modern part of the hotel have all mod cons: air-con, wall-mounted TV, fridge and small but pleasant bathroom. 

Breakfasts are in the new part of the hotel which seems rather a shame when there is a courtyard cafe just across the road. The choice of food is decent though. There is a restaurant in the part of the hotel beside the river that serves standard Turkish fare, but its decor is rather bleak. There's often live music in the courtyard cafe in front of it. 

Thumbs up: Right beside path up to Pontic tombs and river. Main rooms have attractive neo-Ottoman decor

Thumbs down: Rooms and restaurant in riverside section could do with brightening up. Noisy music.

Tel: 0358-218 3979, www.harsenaotel.com

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