Recently returned from a 9 night stay at the Doria Hotel Bodrum and I can honestly say that neither myself or my partner wanted to leave! We had a fantastic stay thanks to the friendliness of all staff members, the food available and the amazing views over the 'Black Island' and neighbouring Kos. I must have taken about 100 photos just of the views alone!
The hotel is located a in the reasonably quiet area of Bitez, at the far end of Gumbet, away from the lively bars and clubs. This adds to the general feel of the hotel being a place where you can relax and enjoy the scenery, the art and clear your mind.
We stayed in a superior room, on the first floor of the main building. The room was specious, and kept pristine clean by the cleaning staff ( who might I add were very efficient - we'd literally nip down to the restaurant for breakfast and by the time we'd get back the room was clean!). The room was equipped with the usual amenities i.e. mini bar, toiletries, hairdryer, phone, TV etc. There was however no tea/coffee making facilities available, but you were able to make a quick call to the restaurant to order what you like off the menu.
At the hotel there is a spa and gym available, unfortunately we didn't use those facilities however we were allowed a look round of the facilities and were impressed.
Staff were very attentive and friendly, nothing was of any trouble.
During our stay the hotel was just entering its low season so the beach facilities which we were looking forward to was closed and they also had closed the larger of the 2 pools at the hotel (next to the wellness centre/ club house) which was a little bit disappointing. The hotel generally seemed very quiet, initially we were a bit unsure and concerned as we'd never before been to a hotel this quiet anywhere in the past - but don't let this put you off.
Breakfast at the hotel was good, nice selection on offer - generally the same everyday though but most people usually have the same things for breakfast most days ( I know I do).
Lunch and tea at the restaurant was nice - food prepared was excellent and the wine was delicious (try the Urla Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 if you like red wine). For 2 main courses and 2 glasses of wine you were looking at around 200TL which we found to be a tad expensive. Generally the hotel was quiet in the evening and seemed to lack atmosphere - we went out most nights into Bodrum as a result of this.
There are however a few negatives about the hotel:
- very steep hill to walk up/down. Id consider myself to be generally healthy and in reasonably good shape and I struggled to walk up this hill some days..definitely not for elderly, unfit or those with a heart/lung condition. We came huffing into the hotel lobby one day and was informed that apparently the hotel have some sort of an agreement with the taxi company down the hill and they can ferry guests up. Whether this incurs a charge or is complimentary I don't know as we felt that after lazing at our loungers all day etc we could probably use the exercise instead. We have dubbed this hill as 'Mt Doria'
- there occasionally would be a smell of sewage omitted from a drain on the hill that, if the wind was blowing the wrong way, would make its way up towards the pool/balconies. We gave the hotel feedback about this and they are looking into doing something about it as best as they can..
- at night time the sound from the neighbouring Club Marmara and the Royal hotel seemed a bit too loud on occasion and sometimes disturbed my sleep.
Overall this is a fantastic hotel if you are looking for peace and quiet and a relaxing holiday ( which we wanted and got). It doesnt seem the type of hotel for people with kids, I'd imagine they'd be bored. Should I ever decide to visit Bodrum in the future i'd certainly considering staying there again.
- Taxis from hotel to Bodrum centre are expensive and cost around 25-30TL (£9), great if you need to be somewhere quick but soon eats into your wallet.
- Dolmus bus can stop at the bottom of the hill and run every 20 minutes, costs 3TL per person for any stop (£.80) and takes around 30 minutes to get into Bodrum centre.
- Id recommend hiring a car for the day. We were able to explore the surrounding area and got to see things we would have never seen had we relied on busses/tours.
- A trip to KOS is a must, costs 20euros per person and takes about 30 mins to get their via catamaran.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Once You have arrived to Bodrum, A sign welcomes you; "Hi, You will see Bodrum when you get to Yokusbası. Do not think that you will go as you have arrived. Those who came before you were all the same. But left their minds back in Bodrum to stay." Besides Homer describes Bodrum as "The land of eternal blue”. The sun rising on Aegean crystal water, has been bidden farewell throughout centuries on Gundonumu where Doria Hotel is located on a top hill: a relaxing corner with it unique Aegean bays view, historical mills and Black Island view, hidden in Bitez which is a small village, famous with its natural beaches and tangerine gardens. Doria Hotel hosts the relaxation like your home in a minimalist modern architecture, White colours of unique Aegean atmosphere and one of the most enjoyable beach in Bitez. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Moevenpick Hotel Bodrum