aon3First the good news. If you're tired of nights spent sleeping in hotels so blighted by traffic noise that you might as well have been sleeping in the street then the Güneş Hotel, buried amid the greenery of Gönen's central park, will serve as the perfect peaceful antidote. This is also a smoothly run hotel with helpful staff waiting to greet you at reception. 

Unfortunately the bad news is that it's also a very old-fashioned hotel when it comes to its decor. Meal arrangements in the adjacent Yeşil Hotel are also so institutional that at times I felt as if I'd made a mistake and checked myself into an old people's home. 

My bedroom was extremly spacious and had a nice little balcony with a rail to hang out one's wet bathing costume. The bed was very comfortable and the air-con worked a dream as did the wifi. On the other hand there was a perhaps predictable shortage of handy electric sockets and absolutely no English-language TV.

The bathtub was big enough to lie back and really appreciate the thermal water flowing into it. aon4

Most people stay on half-board packages although you might be able to negotiate a discount to do without the pretty indifferent dinner. There are plenty of places to eat around town which, while hardly holding out the promise of fine dining, are likely to come with more inspiring atmospheres. Even the perfectly adequate breakfast, at least for me, was rather spoilt by the boarding-school setting. 

If you're into thermal bathing the big bonus is to be able to take a dip in the thermal pools attached to the hotel (separate baths for men and women). Expect nothing flashy in the way of decor though. 

Thumbs up: Peaceful location in a park, thermal water in rooms and baths

Thumbs down: In need of complete modernisation in terms of decor

Tel: 0266-762 1840


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