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KONAK EFSUS, TARSUS

efsusThis is a Tarsus hotel which is boutique in the original meaning of the term, which means that it's small, housed in a lovely old historic building and, while smart enough, is more characterful than designer-driven. As soon as I stepped over the threshold I was reminded of the Levantine feel of buildings in Lebanese Tripoli and that was certainly a plus for me. 

Rooms are spacious and wood-floored which means creaky. Beds are big and comfortable. To combat Tarsus's intense humidity there's air-con as well as a ceiling fan to go alongside the TV.

Immediately in front of the hotel is a popular cafe where trendyish people come to drink beer and smoke nargiles. That could equate to some disturbance but with the police station just down the road it's unlikely that things will get out of hand.efsus2

In any case it's more than made up for in the morning when the fact that the hotel is in a pedestrianised zone means that people are cycling past silently rather than roaring by in cars. 

The presence of two dogs was certainly another plus for me. 

One room only has a room looking into the house. It's still comfortable but rather dark - if offered it you should try and negotiate a discount.

Breakfast is served in the outdoor cafe in summer. Its a served breakfast and what's offered is not that great given the price of the rooms. 

Thumbs up: Lovely old building, pleasant central location

Thumbs down: Cafe in front could mean some early evening noise, stairs rather than a lift makes it a no-no for the disabled

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Tel: 0324-614 0807. www.konakefsus.com

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