This small hotel is well located at the end of the Sarigermi village main street, which is also the only street. Shops, restaurants and bars are just a stone's throw away from the hotel. Sarigermi itself is quite peaceful and the beach is clean and really beautiful, the village street is very quiet during the day and fairly tourist free at night as most stay in the many surrounding all inclusive resorts which are about 15 to 20 mins walking distance, only occasionally venturing out of their hotels to visit the village.
The Cardinal is next to a mosque and for the first two nights I was woken suddenly at around 5am with the very loud call to prayers. By day three; however, I had become oblivious and easily slept through it. What was more difficult to become desensitized to, was the cow in the neighbouring garden which mooed constantly, 30 times a minute, day and night and the cockerels crowing in unison at dawn.
The room was very basic and small, but as the purpose of my visit was not purely for holiday purposes, I didn't mind the size. There was a ceiling fan which did not work, and air-conditioning which fortunately did work on auto, but not very well. The best feature of the room was a very large L shaped balcony, which overlooked both the hills at the back and had a partial view of the village street. There were no coffee making facilities in the room, but I purchased a travel jug from the shop next door and made instant coffee quite easily. Some electric sockets were coming away from the wall and not all worked.
There was a queen size bed with no cover sheet, a course and not very clean throw was provided, luckily I was able to borrow a sheet from someone outside the hotel. Towels were small, rough, worn out, but changed daily at the beginning of my stay. The cupboard, with only 2 hangers, had thick dust on all the shelves; fortunately, I had several plastic bags in my suitcase and used these to cover them. The en-suite was not clean. Although the cleaner was visible every day, my room was cleaned only once during the week. The toilet had yellow stains on the seat which had obviously been there for a very long time. The shower was extremely basic although, when there was water, and this was not all the time, the pressure was reasonable, a slightly more expensive shower head to replace the worn and lime-scale ridden piece of plastic attached to the end of the hose, would have been a positive investment. Water needed to be left running for at least 10 minutes before any sign of hot water appeared and this was only in the latter part of the day, in the morning there was no hot water at all. During two of days spent at the Cardinal, there was no water whatsoever, which was particularly annoying, as on one occassion, I returned from the Dalyan mud baths to find nothing but air and loud gurgling noises coming out of the taps. At that point, with hair in a mess, smelling of sulphur, tired, hot and no water, I was ready to pack my case and leave. I think I may have been the only guest as no-one else complained and the manager said he had not realised. He managed to do something with the tank on the roof and when I returned from dinner, there was some water, but only cold, and with the pressure little more than a trickle – at least I was able to brush my teeth!
The hotel has a small pool and sunbathing area which is nice, but not suitable for families with children. That at least, was well maintained and as I was the only one who used it, (there were very few other guests and none from the UK or EU) it was like having my own private pool - nice for a swim in the morning. Breakfast was a typical Turkish affair, but quite basic and the same each morning: cheese, olives, cucumber, tomato bread and melon or watermelon. I found it sufficient, but towards the end of week, was giving it a miss in favour of breakfasting in the local restaurants. The coffee in the hotel was just about the worst I've ever tasted.
The owner is a strange character who sits at the bar....a lot...wearing broad-brimmed hats, chain smoking (despite no smoking signs everywhere) and looking like a cross between Al Capone and Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca.
The manager was helpful and welcoming at first. I arrived at about 4am and he was waiting up for me with a bottle of cold water. My relationship with the manager soured when I complained about the water and he also tried to charge 20 Turkish Lira more than the agreed price for the room and was reluctant to provide a receipt.
With no single rooms available in any of the larger hotels, the Cardinal seemed like a plausible option at short notice. Read reviews carefully, as while waiting at in the airport lounge at Dalaman airport, I heard other stories of similar hotel experences and many worse than my experience of the Cardinal hotel.
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Cardinal Turkey/Sarigerme