The Sato Pension is perched on a hill just off the main waterfront. The narrow cobbled roads are difficult to negotiate with a car but there is parking once you manage to find the pension. Personally I would recommend parking in the car park below on the main street and paying the 5 lira fee and then walking up to the pension although the elderly might find this a little difficult due to the steep inclines.
The house is a lovely renovated property with its own courtyard. The rooms are very traditionally Turkish as is the decor but you still benefit from air conditioning if needed. Try and get a room with its own balcony if you can. It is nice to be able to walk out of your room and have breakfast on the balcony in the mornings looking out over the Aegean sea.
The breakfasts here are excellent and Fatma the owner is an outstanding example of what Turkish hospitality is all about. You really are made to feel welcome here. The rooms are spotlessly clean and the toilet / bathroom is shared as you would expect in most pensions.
It is worth taking the time to wander around all the little cobbled streets near the pension and to see some of the old buildings and traditional lifestyles of local folk.
Please remember what you paid for this accommodation. You are not staying in a 5 star hotel and you did not pay 5 star prices. You are staying in someones home and you will share their home with them during your stay. That is what makes a pension so special.
This is a delightful small hotel in a reasonably quiet area of Ayvalik. You are not near the centre of the town so this is an ideal place to stay so long as you have your own transport. You can park near the hotel but there is no dedicated parking as such.
The rooms are well maintained and very clean and tidy. Everything works as it should and the general accommodation is to a good standard. We had a room on the third floor and although there is an elevator in the building it appeared to have been out of action or not in use. At the rear of the building there is a terrace where breakfast is served.
We were surprised to find that breakfast was served from 09:30 am onwards which is a little late but the breakfast was absolutely fine and just right. The staff are friendly and helpful and I would have no hesitation in recommending this establishment for your stay in Ayvalik.
The Uzunhan Hotel is situated about 3km from the town centre and there is very little nearby in the way of shops or restaurants. There is plenty of parking spaces in the road in front of the hotel but no on site parking as such.
Check in was straight forward and efficient and the staff friendly and accommodating. Rooms to the front of the hotel get a great view of the sea and islands but have no balcony and rooms to the rear of the hotel get a large balcony overlooking the pool. The rooms are adequate in size with bathrooms fitted to a high standard.
The rooms have complimentary slippers, a fridge and air conditioning. There is no lift so you have to walk up thte flights of stairs. Might be tricky for an elderly person so be sure to book ground or first floor if this applies. The rooms are clean and tidy but let down by the lack of attention to detail. There was no toilet paper in the room.
The main light was not working and neither was the hair dryer. The base of a smoke alarm was still screwed to the ceiling but the smoke alarm was missing. Breakfast is served between 08:30 - 10:30 am but it was all a bit hit and miss. Bread arrived quite late, people coming to breakfast had no idea the cutlery was in a drawer and although the variety of food provided was excellent the attention to detail was lacking here too.
All in all this is a good basic hotel and more than adequate for a stop over. It is reasonably priced and I would recommend it. I would have given it 4 stars if things had been a little more professional.