that hasn't been said on here before really. My husband and I wanted somewhere different for his 50th birthday - his choice. We have travelled all over really but never fancied Turkey - either of us. But Mike chose Turkey and I got to choose the hotel - still didn't fancy Turkey but there you go - his choice I said to him. Booked cheapish flights from Bristol with Easyjet; flight was delayed so we were late arriving. Rory and Gary waited for us, though, and we were met at the Aegean gates by the 2 of them and some of their "hosts". What these 2 guys do for the animals can't be talked about enough - they pay from their own pockets to get the cats neutered and fed and loved and looked after; they have some dogs but only 2 are around the hotel - Grandad and Sampson - Sampson looks like a small horse but they really don't bother with you at all and just laze around in the shade all day - Grandad follows Gary around all day but that's about it. The cats are not at all intrusive, but some like a cuddle now and then - again they don't bother you at all. Gary and Rory have some other dogs - 2 of whom I would go and see every day (I am afraid of dogs - a cat person if anything) and my husband couldn't believe it. Obviously if you are not an animal lover then this is not the hotel for you - for me it made our holiday just seeing what these guys do and how loving the animals are.
Anyway enough of that, the hotel is great - we had a suite - bedroom, bathroom, living room and a great balcony with fantastic views over to Kos. In a peaceful area of Bodrum but within walking distance to the town centre - taxis are very cheap and buses even more so. The hotel seemed to be favoured by those who liked to do a little more in the heat than sit by the pool and read/drink/swim and so most days it seemed as if we had our own private villa. Mahmoud is your host during the day and he and my husband had chats most days while I just lazed around or looked at the tortoises which again Gary and Rory had just at the end of the garden.
Bodrum town itself was a real eye opener for us. We weren't sure what to expect but it was certainly not the array of shops/restaurants/bars, etc we found. And of course it was all quite reasonable as Turkey is not yet (if ever!) in the Euro. As with most places you can eat as cheaply or as expensive as you want to. On one or 2 evenings we went to Kafetico (I think that was what it was called) up in the hills and very much worth the taxi ride for the views and excellent views., Gary and Rory also recommended a great little wine bar that had recently opened in Bodrum town and we spent a few evenings there just drinking wine and getting a takeaway (they didn't then do food but probably will be by next season).
So an eye opener all around and we will definitely be returning hopefully in 2012 if mine hosts will have us back that is!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bodrum's smallest boutique hotel set in unique natural grounds. Wonderful balcony views across the Aegean sea to the Greek island of Kos. Within easy access to Bodrum centre but far enough away from the bustling nightlife of Bodrum for a peaceful night's sleep. Irish owners/English speaking ensure European standards. A 'chilled out' location for the discerning traveler seeking that holiday with a difference. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aegean Gate Bodrum
- Hotel Aegean Gate