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Hotel Destan
Ranked #79 of 102 Hotels in Fethiye
Somerset
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49 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Oversold”
Reviewed 3 November 2013

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:
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”.
Walks:
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.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a balcony; ground floor rooms are semi-basement with poor outlook.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Northumberland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2013

Hello I stayed at this hotel for 2 weeks in August 2013 with my sister and her 11 yr old son. Upon arrival we were put into a luxurious large family room but the next day moved to a cramped tiny room where we had to spend the rest of our holiday.
There was quite a lot of confusion caused over staff serving hot breakfast to us then coming to us 2 days later with a large bill for them although we had paid to stay for bed & breakfast. This was a problem to most of the guests we found in the hotel.
Staff spoke english to us frequently but when there was a problem they decided thery did not understand english or our problems.
The pool area was filthy with dirty glasses and bottles left for days and broken sunbeds and the area was never cleaned during my whole stay.
There was no shop attached to the hotel yet management would not let any food or drink into the grounds of the hotel from any other shop. The food and drinks at the hotel bar were below standard and very over priced so we ate at other surrounding bars that were much nicer and better value.
I would not recomment this hotel to anyone staying in Turkey but recommend any other hotel to stay.

Room Tip: Do not stay at this hotel
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Tywyn, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 October 2013

This is the second time we have been to this hotel this year . We went in may and it was fantastic just as good as previous years but in October it had gone down hill the barperson john was not helpful at all what it needs is a good kick up the back side to liven most of the staff up. Not all the staff were bad some was helpful it seems since the hotel is up for sale not all the staff seem to care . We have been to the destan for the last 7years sometime twice a year we will not be going again to this hotel

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sheffield, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 20 October 2013

we paid for surprise four star hotel deal, the surprise being its actually more like a 2 star. the hotel itself could be quite nice but it need some TLC. the rooms are fine and the beds comfy, the cleaner came just about everyday and brought fresh towels. the breakfast is a joke, on our 16th visit to Hisaronu this wins the prize for the worst. partially covered plates of boiled eggs, cheese, cucumber, tomatoes and ham all of which just sat on a table. coffee also uncovered and one day we had to break the surface to get to the granules beneath, it was undrinkable.
lighting in the grounds at night was poor and on both corridors to our room some lights were not working at all, you had to shuffle along as you could not see the floor.
we actually didn't know if anyone was in charge as all the staff wore normal clothes and spent most of their time sat round the bar. one of them (john) had a rant at us one night saying we were rude and unsociable for not drinking in the bar with them, it did seem like he'd had too many himself...
the noise from surrounding bars was very loud and without some luckily packed ear plugs sleep would have been impossible, the thump thump sound went onto the early hours 5am was the latest it went onto to.
overall a neglected hotel with little or no management, a shame as it has potential,
needless to say we will not be going back.

Room Tip: don't get a basement room, one guest complained of it being cold and damp
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 7 October 2013

Just returned from 2 weeks stay at The Destan Hotel in Hisaronu.
Had a wonderful time and would like to make the following comments.
The Hotel is in a prime location a couple of minutes walk from the centre of the village. The staff were very friendly and John in particular was great company. Reading some of the previous comments its true that the rooms are fairly basic but who cares what the furniture is made of when your on holiday, or how large the balcony is.The breakfasts are what you expect in Turkey and no worse than other hotels we have stayed at. Some people just like to moan about anything on holiday we found this year - we even heard somebody say that they thought the "Blue Lagoon" was just like a lake - what more can I say! The pools were both excellent and if people can't be bothered to put there rubbish in the bins provided and leave glasses around the pool to be broken then you can't blame the hotel.
For the price and location this Hotel was excellent and we are going back next year.

Room Tip: Great Location & Very Helpful Staff. Going Back Next Year What More Can We say!
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Mansfield, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2013

stayed in hisonaru 5 times in different hotels . love the place because of the lovely friendly people. so was really disappointed with destan hotel . was made to feel un comfortable. staff didn't make no effort to make us feel welcome. will not be returning and should've booked carmina its cheaper and the staff are lovely... destan needs to sort this out because there's far too many choices of friendly hotels. why would anyone return to grumpy staff...

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2013

stayed here with my friend, for 10 days and really enjoyed myself. great location, right near the nightlife which was great for us but far away enough so that you dont hear the noise in your hotel. bathroom and room were nice and clean and cleaned regularly, nice reception area and pool and bar. friendly staff. will stay again :) beds a little bit hard but thats the only fault.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Hotel Destan
Address: Hisaronu, Fethiye 48300, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Turkish Aegean Coast > Mugla Province > Fethiye
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #79 of 102 Hotels in Fethiye
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Destan 3.5*
Number of rooms: 39
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