On arrival – just for the one night – we were allocated a ground floor room at the front of the hotel overlooking one of the entrances to the walled city. The day was spent exploring the city and then back to the hotel. It was only late that afternoon that I discovered that the hotel consisted of a number of additional accommodation blocks set in the grounds of the main hotel building. The grounds also included an outdoor swimming pool (covered over in late October) and a bar (empty!).
This is an ideal base for exploring the old city and our group took advantage of our location and returned for a post-dinner stroll to see some of the floodlit buildings. Just one word of warning – the streets of the city are poorly lit at night and with potholes and trenches you really do need to take a torch with you.
The hotel was very acceptable for a short stay. It is a little dated in terms of décor but I do have to complain about the towels – why do hotels have to provide such poor quality (dare I say, 'cardboard quality') towels? A little bit of luxury in that department would warrant a higher rating.
In October the hotel was well under-occupied so our group of 12 had good service and almost exclusive use of the foyer area for comfortable seating and meeting.More
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