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“Outstanding and fantastic”
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Hotel Fidanka
Ranked #7 of 39 Hotels in Kalkan
Certificate of Excellence
Hampshire
Level 4 Contributor
11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Outstanding and fantastic”
Reviewed 24 May 2014

What do we want from a hotel?
Q. First the room – it has be very clean and comfortable, enough space, but more importantly have a nice outside area which is private with sea views
A. The rooms all of which are really magical. Extremely clean and large with lovely balconies and the second and third floor ones have the most wonderful views of Kalkan bay and beyond. The house keeper Fatima (I think?) makes the most fantastic effort each day to ensure your rooms are kept to a five star level, leaving lots of personal touches, showing she really does care. The suite we had, had lots of outside space with lots of privacy and uninterrupted views over the sea.
Q. Location- quite, not over looked but convenient to everything
A. The “Fidanka Hotel” is on the outskirts of Kalkan (and although I am not sure of the 20 minute walk to the centre??) the very safe and extremely reliable taxi service can deliver you to the centre in 5 minutes for (with tip 20 lira - £5.70). Because of the hotels location, you have the sun to the very end of the day.
Q. Service- personal, caring, helpful and efficient.
A. Bulient Akyuz AKA Bulient, who has to be one of the most outstanding people we have ever met, working in a hotel! His position at the “Fidanka” seems to be manager, waiter, barman, maintenance man, tourist guide and arranger, fixer and a lovely and kind host. Everything with Bulient is never a problem – always a smile and a very interesting man to speak to. We arrived late (getting a little lost) and he was there, waiting up for us at 4.00 am to show us to our room – and was there again at 8.30 the next morning to welcome us for breakfast.
Q. Food and drinks – goes without saying.
A. Unlike a lot of hotels we have stayed at, the “Fidanka” not only is the quality fantastic, but the value for money is brilliant. But what makes eating at the hotel special is the flexibility of having what you want, when you want it. With no need to book – it’s just yes, when you ask. We spent two evenings at the hotel, eating round the pool and sampling Bulents Cocktails. What more could you ask for?!
There are over 160 restaurants in Kalkan, and of all the ones we visited were of a very high standard and great value for money.
FYI
We booked through Thompson, and I believe that new guest will normally be allocated the lower rooms, which are still absolutory fine but if you want those views contact the hotel direct and they can arrange if available, an upgrade to one of the suites at a reasonable amount.
When booking a Gullet (boat trip) worth looking at trip Advisor and booking direct, I also did this with some of the best restaurant and got some really good tables.
This was our first trip to Turkey and what stands out is the Turkish people, they are all so kind, polite and welcoming and really do appreciate your custom.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Istanbul, Turkey
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7 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 May 2014

This is my favorite place.I highly recommend to everyone.The nature,the sea, everthing here is very lovely.The breakfast was good too.The wooden houses are more than perfect.I liked the atmosphere too much.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Minnesota, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 May 2014

Located outside of Kalkan (about a 20 minute walk), this little property is even better than the wonderful pictures you will find online. Staff is very friendly (try Bulent's Lemonade) and the food in the restaurant was cheaper and better than you will find in downtown kalkan. It is just a short 5 minute walk down to the Villa Mahal beachcub (15TL entrance fee) and you can spend all day sunbathing (and use the water taxi into Kalkan). Fidanka House is a great choice for a place to stay!

Room Tip: Great views from the deluxe rooms up top.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Pwllheli, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 May 2014

Just Had a week's stay at the Fidanka. What a lovely lovely place, and the only negative thing I have to say about it is that my stay was too short. The staff were wonderful; so helpful when needed, but not overbearing. There were some little foibles, but that was all part of the quirkiness of the place. This is not for the minimalist, though an adventurous minimalist may enjoy it immensely. The decoration, the beautiful plants and flowers everywhere, and the breakfasts are all so well designed with an eye for the boho chic - always something to look at. Thank you, Bulent, Cuneyt and Ahmet for making our stay so very very memorable.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Berlin, Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 May 2014

We spent our honeymoon in this wonderful, little hideaway and were very impressed by the stunning views and the excellent Service. Especially Bulent (General Manager and Head-Barkeeper in one person :)...who - by the way - makes very good cocktails) and Ahmed make this place very special and extremely personal. Thank you both for making our stay so enjoyable.

Room Tip: The terrace timber deluxe rooms have the best views and are very suitable for honeymoons:)
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Newbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 January 2014

Very nice boutique hotel offering bags of charm and individuality. Located on the out skirts of Kalkan, it offers a very warm and welcoming feeling from the moment you arrive. We spent one week at the Fidanka and loved it for its peaceful atmosphere especially the watching the family of house martins flying back and forth from their nest in the reception whilst sunning ourselves by the pool. The owner was very nice along with Bulent the manager was terrific.

Room Tip: Try and book rooms on the upper two floors, i wish we had.
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Kidderminster, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2014

This was our first trip to Turkey and we were looking for a small but perfectly formed hotel and we found it at the Fidanka. If like us you have a fervent dislike of everything a chain hotel would offer and love all things quirky then the Fidanka is just ideal. The owner Cüneyt was very accommodating and the two guys who ran the restaurant & bar were fantastic. You were made to feel like friends coming for a visit rather than just guests. We booked through Thomsons and had a lower floor room right next to the pool, which in a larger hotel would have been a problem but we loved just being able to step off our terrace and onto a sunbed. Our room was huge by hotel standards previously experienced, more of a suite - with a lovely large separate sitting room, double bedroom, bathroom and dressing room. There's a fridge in the room and also a kettle. Whilst the Fidanka is about a 20 minute walk from town there is a small supermarket just opposite. The food on offer was delicious - we'd highly recommend the Turkish scrambled eggs for breakfast and the weekly BBQ was never ending. The views from the pool terrace were stunning and we have more than one photo of the fabulous sunsets!! We shall definitely come back to Fidanka - may it never change (except for the better).

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Fidanka
Address: Kisla Mevkii, Zeytinlik Caddesi, Kalkan 07960, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Turkish Mediterranean Coast > Antalya Province > Kalkan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#7 Romantic Hotel in Kalkan
#14 Family Hotel in Kalkan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Fidanka, with its fauna, trees, beautiful gardens and antique furnishings, is a Mediterranean fairytale brought to life by a family from İstanbul who loves nature, art, gourmet food and locales with soul. Fidanka means female sapling in Bulgarian, and grows even more beautiful year after year with our love and the happiness of our guests. We have collected hundreds of objects and fauna throughout the years all over Turkey and the world, not because we think of them as decorations, but because we couldn’t bear to be without them. Toys from our childhood, mementos from our families, wooden ceilings, timber doors, window frames - some from nearby villages, some from the other side of the world, all combine to make Fidanka what it is. Fidanka offers five types of beautiful rooms each with immense terraces opening to breathtaking sea views. We used antique furnishings in all rooms, especially in the Timber Rooms. ... more   less 
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