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GÜL KONAKLARI, MUSTAFAPAŞA

To step through the gate of the Gül Konakları (Rose Mansions) in Mustafapaşa is to step into a world of colour in an area where browns and yellows are the norm. Reception is just inside the gate but the eye is immediately drawn to what lies beyond – the rose garden which gave the hotel its name (gül is Turkish for rose) and its centrepiece, a striking blue kiosk with picture-windows on all sides which serves as a sitting room.

Public rooms and bedrooms ring the courtyard. The restaurant is spread across two arched rooms separated by a flagstoned hallway with a breakfast table running straight down the centre. Both dining rooms are painted in pastel blue and their walls are adorned with old postcards depicting Athens in the early 20th century, a discreet reminder of the days before 1924 when Mustafapasa was the largely Greek town of Sinasos.

Gül Konakları has a couple ofl rooms set up to show guests how life used to be lived in the local cave-houses. The Tandır Evi has a traditional circular tandir oven set into the floor and is surrounded by smoke-blackened clay pots and the huge circular trays that used to be placed over them to cook flat bread. The Şırahane has a large stone trough in which grapes would have been trodden while the juice dripped into a second trough below. A curious structure covered in paper roses turns out to be a copy of the sort of head-dresses local women used to wear to their henna nights.

The hotel also boasts a beautiful upstairs sitting room, the Aynalı Salonu (Mirrored Lounge) where a note of humour is injected in the shape of plaster pigeons hanging from the middle of the ceiling.

The hotel’s 19 bedrooms, named after different types of rose, are spread across two separate stone buildings and every one is different. Unusually, some are on split levels, with wooden stairs leading up to lofts under the stone arches where the beds can be found, out of sight of the sitting areas with their televisions.

The honeymoon room has a wonderful bed with a gilded frame and windows on two sides so that light floods in; a particularly beautiful bathroom features a tub with shower draped with filmy material and with a chaise longue to lounge on after a long, luxurious soak.

All the rooms have beautiful, if occasionally small, bathrooms, but guests can also take the opportunity of a soak in the hotel’s private hamam (Turkish bath).

Room rates are for half-board.

Thumbs up: Beautiful decor, plenty of space, quiet location

Thumbs down: Mustafapaşa itself is a little cut-off from the main Cappadocian sites if you don't have your own transport

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Tel: 0384-353 5486, www.sinasos.com.tr, Sumer Sokak

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