trilyali1Housed in a restored 19th-century yalı (waterside mansion), the Trilyalı Hotel has to be Zeytinbağı's best and certainly most atmospheric hotel. While no longer quite on the seafront as it would have been in its heyday, today it's separated from the Sea of Marmara only by the promenade built on reclaimed land. The restaurant buliding would once have been a boathouse.

An imposing whitewashed wood-faced structure it has been converted into a hotel with considerable decorative flair depite the odd touch of kitsch in reception. Columns and doorways, for example, have fruiting vines stencllled onto them, a nice touch. 

If you can afford the seaview supplement you should certainly go for one of the rooms at the front, not just for the views but because they are larger too. On the other hand, such noise as there might be from the restaurant at the front will reach those rooms more than the smaller, darker ones at the back - I slept like a log in my backside room. trilyali2

This was definitely on the small side with little room around the bed. That, however, was big and comfortable and the air-con was, if anything, almost too powerful. The TV offered AlJazeera and stood on top of a minibar that came properly stocked (although I did think there should perhaps have been a kettle in the room for the price).

Inevitably the bathroom was also pretty small although I loved its ivy-green tiles and the good choice of toiletries. 

In good weather breakfast is served outdoors in the restaurant although there is a ground-floor restaurant too for winter mornings. It's a served rather than a la carte breakfast but was nicely presented and with plenty of choice. 

Thumbs up: Fantastic location, attractively decorated bedrooms

Thumbs down: Some steps up to entrance so not great for disabled guests

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