palmetto1In a place of such breath-taking rural tranquillity as Selimiye one might expect all hotels to be on the rather spartan side. The Palmetto, however, is relatively luxurious, its comfortable bedrooms decorated with unexpected panels of wallpaper that vary from room to room.

Double beds come together with complete suites of bedroom furniture including wardrobes and dressing tables, although rather surprisingly the minibars are not stocked or even very well maintained.

Satellite televisions are not yet of the plasma variety but do offer some English programming. Good bedside lights and air conditioning are definite pluses as are the small balconies overlooking a delightful kidney-shaped pool with bougainvillea to keep it company - ground-floor residents can virtually step from their bedroom door to the lounger and thence to the pool.palmetto2

Bathrooms are quite sizeable with good strong showers and lots of hot water, although the toilet pedestals have been mounted oddly on the wall at a height to suit a child which might prove uncomfortable for people who have trouble getting up and down. 

Breakfast is taken in the adjoining restaurant, in the garden amid the eponymous palms in summer, in a large dining room in winter. It's a served breakfast rather than an open buffet served at a speed that won't do if you're in a hurry. But then who comes to Selimiye to hurry?

A small private hamam sits beside the door into reception which, when I was staying, was only staffed until 9pm so that I returned one day to find my key locked away from me. 

I arrived planning to stay one night and ended up having to tear myself away after two which must say a lot for the hotel as well as for Selimiye itself.

Thumbs up: Comfortable rooms, wonderful pool, great location

Thumbs down: Low-mounted toilets, somewhat casual attitude to guests

Tel: 0252-446 4299


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