tasot1This is where it all started for Alaçatı. When the Taş Otel opened its doors in 2001 there were no other places to stay here and the village had the feel of a ghost town. Now, of course, it's almost impossible to keep on top of how many hotels there are as new ones open every month.

But first and still one of the best, the Taş Otel is as lovely on the inside as it is one the outside, offering a discreet and tasteful decor that abjures over-the-top Ottomanism or twee novelties. Instead most rooms offer simple white linen set against the stonework with mosquito nets hanging like veils above them. Most rooms are in the original house but one is at the end of the garden.

On the ground floor a huge open hallway houses the welcoming reception desk as well as a lovely table set with fresh flowers and magazines. To one side a door leads through into the sort of lounge that reminds me of an English country-house hotel, the sort of place where you melt into the sofa and find yourself striking up conversation with other guests. There's a fireplace for cooler evenings as this is a hotel that is open all your round, unlike many in Alaçatı. tasot2

Also opening off the hall is the kitchen where home-made lemonade and delicious cakes are whipped up for guests to be taken on the terrace outside beneath the shade of a vine. 

A small pool is the focal point of the garden with high walls protecting swimmers from the outside gaze.

The hotel is at the far end of the hotel strip, away from most of the restaurants and shops. But Alaçatı is small so that certainly doesn't mean it's far to walk to anything. 

tasot3Thumbs up: Cool, understated elegance inside and out, very welcoming

Thumbs down: In high summer Alaçatı is almost too crowded for its own good

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