Overlooking the Mersin seafront is the high-rise Mersin Oteli, one of the oldest if not the oldest hotel in town. Unfortunately it's separated from the sea by a busy main road with a busy bus stand nearby. However, the railway station and the town's museums and churches are only a short walk away. 

This is a smart, modern business hotel with comfortable, spacious rooms with balconies. Mine had twin beds and a long table to work at as well as a comfy chair by the window. The TV came with AlJazeera and the wifi signal was strong. Unusually, the minibar actually had alcohol in it. Other rooms have double beds, so ask if you want one. The air-con seemed to work well although the unit in my room was not placed in the best location. 

The bathroom was fairly small but had a nice walk-in shower unit. 

If you can get a sea-facing room you will probably like this hotel much more than if you get a side or back one.

The top-floor breakfast room has great views over the waterfront park and the harbour, making for a lovely start to the day. The choice of breakfast items is fairly good although I found the design of the room itself rather uninspiring. 

The ground floor has a large sitting area with a vaguely Ottoman look. It's a little soulless but seemed popular with guests in the evening. 

Thumbs up: Spacious, well-equipped rooms

Thumbs down: Only one slow lift inadequate for large number of rooms

Tel: 0324-238 1040

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