Our review of the Mevlevi Hotel in Konya in Turkey.
Name: Mevlevi Hotel, Konya, Turkey
Address: Aziziye Mh. Cengaver Sk. No. 1 Konya
Contact Details: Telephone: +90 332 353 0058
Email: [email protected]
Date of Stay: 14th October – 17th October, 2013 3 nights
Booked through: Booking.com
Why we went there?
We chose to travel to Konya because it was a halfway point between Antalya and Goreme our next destination in the Cappadocia region. Konya is well known for the Mevlevi Museum which houses the tomb of the great poet Rumi, the Whirling Dervishes and it is one of Turkey’s most conservative religious cities.
Why we chose it?
We chose the Mevlevi Hotel because of the good reviews from Trip Advisor and Booking.com. It was located close to the Mevlevi Museum and close to the old town; from our research it appeared to be a taxi ride from the bus station. They had a double room with ensuite available that included a Turkish breakfast and free Wi-Fi all within our budget.
What was it like?
The location of the Mevlevi Hotel is a simple taxi ride from the bus station. It’s conveniently located in walking distance to all the main Konya attractions. The Mevlevi Hotel is a family run hotel, very clean and well maintained. We had a great view over one of the Mosques in Konya. English is rarely spoken but the children of the Owners translated for us via Google when they were home if we needed assistance. We were very welcomed into the family atmosphere and times when we were catching up on our blogs and the family was settling down for their evening meal they would offer us some of their food. We had arrived on the eve of their Sacrificial Religious event which is a four day public holiday. The main street was very busy when we arrived as everyone was preparing for the event. The next day deadly quiet, nothing opened but we did manage to find a restaurant at night for a meal.
What was around it?
There was a supermarket across the road, several banks and ATMs and many restaurants and bars available within walking distance. Buses plied the main street. The Mevlevi Museum was opened on the third day. We would recommend a visit to the Museum and the gardens around it. There are several Mosques close by to visit. Next time we would spend more time in Konya as there are archaeological sites e.g. Meram, Klistra, Sille, Hadim Selale and Gatal Hoysak located outside the city and you do need a few days to see all of them. The Whirling Dervish performance is held on a Saturday night and we missed this as well.
Would we return?
Yes. To visit those sites we missed out on and see a traditional Whirling Dervish performance.
Cost? AUD 47 per night
How was the Wi-Fi?
The Wifi worked better downstairs in the reception or dining area.
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