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MANİCİ HOTEL, ŞANLIURFA

manici2Originally the Hotel Edessa, the Manici Hotel has an enviable location on the hillside overlooking Şanlıurfa's Balıklıgöl. It's extremely convenient as a base for local sightseeing and shopping in the bazaar.

The lobby is overwhelmingly colourful, surely on of the most colourful hotel reception areas in the country. Everything is velveteen, sequins and painting. It's all very Ottomania, wonderful for some, too much, no doubt, for others. 

Bedrooms are relatively restrained in comparision with the reception area although the same motifs, the velveteen, sequins and paintings, recur there too. My bedroom for example had a lovely image of a young woman placing a pot on a column splashed across the wardrobe doors while the cupboard containg the minibar was also stencilled. 

The room had a double bed, armchairs and Indian-import bedside tables. The marble floor was a big plus in high summer. The bedspread was sequinned and reminded me of the clothes worn by local women although I was told that everything had actually been imported from Syria before the war.

The bathroom was fairly small but had modern fixtures and plenty of toiletries. 

The air-con and wifi worked well and the TV had BBC and AlJazeera although the wall-mounted screen was too small really for the room.

Some rooms look towards the castle, others overlook the car park, so you might like to look at a couple before deciding which you prefer. 

Breakfast is served in a large ground-floor dining room which is just as colourful as the rest of the hotel. There's a good choice of hot and cold items. In summer you can eat it in a small rear courtyard with a rather Moroccan feel to it. For most of the year this room doubles as a proper restaurant too. 

Thumbs up: Great location; original, colourful decor

Thumbs down: Few steps to lift inconvenient for guests with moblity issues

Tel: 0414-215 9911

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