I recently took a solo backpacking vacation to Turkey and I stayed at this hotel in Pamukkale village for 3 nights during that time. The hotel is in a perfect location - smack bang in the centre of the village with restaurants and the main bus stop virtually on the doorstep. The entrance to the beautiful Pamukkale travertines is an easy and comfortable 5-10 minute walk away. My room was fairly basic and the decor was very dated but everything was very clean and functional and I was more than happy given the very modest price I was paying. I was travelling a bit outside of tourist high season so the hotel was fairly quiet on the guest front but the hotel manager Huseyin and his family were very kind and hospitable to me and I spent some very enjoyable times with them drinking cups of tea and watching village life go by.
If you're looking for a hotel with modern decor and all the contemporary trappings, this place isn't for you. But if all you're after is a clean budget option, this place is definitely one to consider and its excellent location and warm staff make it all the more appealing.
Thankyou again Huseyin, Seda and family for your warm hospitality. You added something very special to my trip to Turkey.
While the room seemed clean enough there was a musty damp smell and the shower didn't work at all. The drapes on the window also didn't provide the best coverage and given that I was on the ground floor I would have liked to have had some more privacy and would have felt safer with better curtains. The breakfast was good but I don't think I would go back -- there are likely better options in Pamukkale.
My friend and I have travelled quite a bit and understand the difference between hotels and hostels. We were horrified at this place from the beginning we stepped into reception, fighting a swarm of flies buzzing inside the entrance. Once we got to our room, we tried to have a shower (after the overnight bus from Cappadocia) but only to find a dribble of cold water. We were not informed that we didn't have hot water. When asked reception they said they were having some problems but it would be sorted in 2hrs.... About 15hrs later with still no hot water and frailer to inform us of updates we decided to pack our bags and demand to be taken to another hostel. After a bit of an argument they agreed and paid for us to stay elsewhere. Finally settling to bed at 12.30am - we were not happy! Everything was old and rundown. I definitely recommend not staying here to beat a massive disappointment.
We stayed at Artemis Yoruk because it was highly recommended in our Lonely Planet Guide which (up to our stay) had never steered us wrong. The bar/hang out area had all of the carpet ripped out, the warm (hot spring fed) pool was about 1/4 full (with stagnant water that was full of green algae), and the pool room itself was used to store old bed mattresses. The guest computer had all of the wires ripped out of it, and the breakfast was never restocked (limited choices by the time we got there). We did not expect a luxury room as it is listed as a hostel, however we were tricked when we reserved our room online - the list price was in Pounds (which looks a lot like the Lyra sign), when we arrived we were asked what we paid for the room (as their computers were down), we pulled up our confirmation email (which we had not looked at after booking the night before) and noticed the price was much higher than what we originally thought (as it was in Pounds). Rather than give us the rate they charge at the desk (lower than what we paid) they charged us the inflated internet price.
I was disappointed when the sauna and hot tub were not working but not very surprised since it was the off season and many amenities in Turkey were not running. Even with very few guests they could only give my parter and I and the couple we traveled with rooms with two twin beds but offered no discount for the inconvenience. The room was ordinary and the service cold.
What really got to me was the shower. The bathroom was tiny and old. It took nearly 5 minutes to get to luke warm water which was never quite warm enough. The water pressure was terrible, more like a drip than a shower.
To top it off the included breakfast was pathetic. Just old bread I'd seen out the night before in a plastic tub and various jellies akin to fast food packets. There was only instant coffee and nothing else warm. They had had a tray of sweet bread but it was never refilled.
After such a disappointing experience we asked for a discount which was flat out refused. Mind you we had just payed less in Selcuk for a great spot (Atilla's) which included wonderful homemade breakfast, dinner, bottomless tea, and great local advice.
Overall this was one of the worst hotel experiences I've ever had and one of the more expensive on this trip.