So why the mixed TA reports? The Destan was sold to us as “4* Surprise Hotel Hisaronu Area” as part of a last minute package ‘bargain’ priced around the 2*/3* borderline. The “surprise” was, in my view, it’s nowhere near on a par with the international 4* standards I’ve experienced. White faux leather in reception and topiary in the garden looks pretty but doesn’t make a 4*. I can image people who paid a main agent brochure 4* package price might feel a little disgruntled. If you pay a 2* package price and expect 2*, you shouldn’t be disappointed; perhaps you might even be delighted.
The room was adequate but not spacious, with furniture that had probably seen better days. The cosy shower room looked fairly newly refurbished with brown marble pattern tiles and modern fittings. Although on the top floor of the block and therefore nearer the solar heaters on the roof, the hot water took a very long time coming through. We got a lovely hot shower the first morning, when there were several Iranian guests in the hotel, but after they left the morning showers were not even warm. Warm showers were an evening only event, after the October sun had done its work. We found the wall mounted flat screen TV in the room to be effectively useless because all channels were in the local language. There was no tea/coffee making facility in the room. As seems to be the norm in Turkey, guests are not allowed to bring in food or drink bought elsewhere. The bed was hard and flat, which I prefer, but might not suit those who like a soft bed.
Room service changed towels every day except on one big-changeover day.
Bring your own soap. The shower room liquid soap dispensers were empty and never replenished.
Breakfast was a Turkish ‘continental’, with big bowls of black and green olives (typical Turkish breakfast) but no orange juice. We didn’t experience any breakfast food shortages mentioned in other TA reports, but breakfast was served well after the 8am start for half of the days we were there. This can be a problem when trips pick up at 0830.
The hotel is a couple of minutes walk from central Hisaronu. With key British football matches being shown on big screens around town, the bar got few customers. The bar strategy for attracting customers when the bar is empty late evening is to play music studiply load. The shower room was a good refuge because the bar noise is drowned out by the extractor fan. We did not find this to be a quiet hotel with the addition of neighbouring properties’ dogs barking and early morning cock crowing. In the middle of one night, an alarm was set off (not sure why as there was no fire) and sounded for a very long time. As reception was locked up and not manned at night, we couldn’t contact anyone to get the noise turned off.
On a positive note, WIFI is free in rooms; ask for the password when you sign in.
Hisaronu is (disappointingly) so “little Britain” that ATMs dispense UK sterling which is negotiable, often preferred, in many shops and the Monday market. Several shops price goods in Sterling. There’s loads of shops selling tourist tatt, proudly declaring “genuine fakes”, and restaurants serving British dishes. There’s a lot of new build housing, all priced in Sterling in the estate agents. It was end of season with few tourists and we found a few shopkeepers and restaurateurs on the edge of the main centre became a little aggressive if we walked by while others graciously accepted “no thanks”.
Turn right out of the Destan. Follow the “Horse Riding” signs past the Pine Valley and Liberty hotels, over a little bridge with blue railings and as the road turns sharp right and a track straight on, turn left onto a bridle path and follow the wooden arrows and red markers for a pleasant walk through the pine forest to the ghost village “Karmlassos” at Kayakoy (featured in the last episode of BBC2 Ottoman Empire documentary). About 1hr to 1.5hrs.
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- Also Known As:
- Destan Hotel Fethiye
- Hotel Destan Turkey/Fethiye