My husband and I booked 9 days at the Doria in July 2013 with the sole intention of relaxing. With its private piers, luxury rooms and remote location we thought the hotel would suit our needs perfectly, however, the actual product is a little less glossy than the brochure would have you believe.
I should point out now that this isn't a trait particular to just the Doria, it seemed endemic in other hotels of the region and, despite a few gripes we did actually have a good holiday and would recommend the hotel, albeit with a few caveats.
First impressions were disappointing. Whilst the coast is undeniably breathtaking the Doria resembles a roadside motel set beside a very new highway cut into the rock face. A few flowers and shrubs would have softened its appearance, but this attention to detail and standard of finish was largely lacking throughout the property. There were no staff to greet us and the reception, being something akin to a used car sales office, was difficult to locate.
Our room was lovely. No faults here. Very high, vaulted ceilings with state of the art velux windows kept the place cool and airy. The bed was large and very comfortable. The bathroom was excellent, with a large monsoon shower and shutters through to the bedroom granting you a sea view while you go about your ablutions. There is a generous seating area opening onto the pier, which is furnished with a couple of supremely comfy loungers and a table. The aircon was a bit unreliable but staff, when they could be found (more on this later), were quick to fix it. The views and outside space don't disappoint, though the ladder into the sea was dangerously slimy and slippery and would have benefitted from a good scrub between occupants. The water is very clean and calm and there are plenty of small fish and crabs to look at. There's quite a lot of debris left over from the construction of the hotel on the sea floor though which did somewhat detract from the beauty of the thing.
The communal areas are pretty but lack the standard of finish you'd expect from a hotel billing itself as a luxury venue. The beanbags and daybeds shown around the pool in the promotional material were all sadly absent, the 'beach' was essentially a scrubby area devoid of sand or pebbles and the pool is not exclusive to hotel guests but full of locals and their children having a day out.
Breakfast was quite tasty and there was the option of having it delivered to your room. It did get a little samey though as there is but the one option. Food was, on the whole, average and a little over priced, but a short walk to the marina or nearby Kas provided lots of eateries for all tastes and budgets.
The staff tended to keep themselves to themselves and were often difficult to locate. Whilst we enjoyed the unobtrusive nature of the service, having to interrupt their conversations with friends at the bar to enquire after drinks we ordered a half hour previously was a little awkward. Not all staff spoke English, but hey, it is Turkey! It has to be said that they were all unfailingly polite and friendly.
To sum up, it's a very comfortable hotel with lovely views, but the standard of finish and service was a little lower than we'd been led to believe. We did have a wonderful time loafing on the pier and wandering about in Kas, so we'd happily recommend the place but with the caveat that 'luxury' is a little overblown.
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