amuk1As soon as I stepped over the threshold of the Koray Hotel in Pamukkale I was reminded of my first visit many years ago when I'd dined with one of the seven brothers who run it beside the pool that is the centrepiece of the lovely courtyard.

Since then many things have changed and many have stayed the same - the ground-floor sitting area and breakfast room, for example, had the same rather ramshackle look that I remembered from many previous tea-drinking sessions there, but the bedrooms had been given a smart new makeover bringing in wooden fittings and glittery bedcovers. 

Built on three storeys the Koray has many bedrooms lined up along balconies where, in summer, you can sit outside and soak up the view out to the hills, the soaring trees and the garden restaurant down below. 

My room was comfortable enough and the spacious bathroom was considerably smarter than I remembered from the past. On the other hand the lack of a hair drier or bedside lights seemed a shame.amuk2

Breakfast is an open buffet with plenty of choice including cooked eggs. As you eat it you'll be surrounded by hustle and bustle as people set off for tours around Pamukkale itself and out to Afrodisias. 

The Koray is in a quiet residential part of the village with a mosque on one side and another hotel on the other. 

Thumbs up: Lovely courtyard, swimming pool

Thumbs down: Some noise from the courtyard is inevitable

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