Well what can I say after reading the last review written on 15 September! Here is my updated review for a hotel that we visit every year for the last 7 years. A hotel is what you make it and from reading the new reviews I can agree with the beds being hard and hot water running out. The thing is that every body showers at the same time. I had no problem with hot water at 7pm which is still early in the evening seeing that we were never in bed before 2am. We stay in what us regulars call the cupboard but if you are not happy Dursun will show you other larger rooms if they are available. I must stress that this is a family run hotel and a room is what you sleep in. Most of the entertainment is outside of the room. We watched the owner and his staff preparing olives for next year. He serves us with drinks and waited on us a dinner time. He eats with his guests at breakfast lunch and dinner. You wouldn't recognise him as he dresses down. As for food I would recommend booking B+B and then when you arrive ask to be upgraded to half board when you fancy a hotel meal. We sampled chicken shish kebabs, grilled fish, meatballs, borek, lentil soup but if it doesn't take your fancy go into the kitchen and ask the chef for something else. Turkish food is simple and not spicy and like all places is effected by the credit crunch. I can say hand on heart the I was never hungry. As repeat visitors we look forward to what is wrong in the room this year. We have had fuses blow, a leaky tap and a bedside unit fall off the wall and each has been dealt with in a typical turkish manner......nothing is too much trouble and will be dealt with eventually. You have to bear in mind that this is again a 2 star hotel and basic. There are no cockroaches or bed bugs. OK so the pillows are hard and the sheety quilty thing a bit scratchy but we asked for a softer pillow and it was too warm for the sheet. We did not use aircon so this may have made a difference. When the temperature dropped we were supplied with a thicker softer quilt.
As far as the bar goes yes the music was club like but I blame that on the tastes of the younger staff who are planning on going back to Marmaris next year. We just asked them to change it ,again no problems there. Prices are increasing slightly but on average an Effes costs 4 lira along the sea front anyway.
Nikkis Bistro is fab and is well worth a visit for a great coffee. Eren their 14 year old son is a budding hotelier and has a lovely smile and gives exceptional customer service through his fathers training. Nikki also offers reflexology sessions at times to suit you. Look out for Celebi who during the summer holidays does a spot of Karaoke Turkish style at the weekends ( it not like in the UK). We forgot our airport lunch whilst saying our goodbyes which was a shame as it looked scrummy and better than anything the airport can provide. A can of beer there costs 15 lira!!!
Read the reviews.....if you are a like minded person you will enjoy it as much as us regulars some of which stay for a month at a time and now book direct with Dursun. If you want more go to the Lighthouse further up the beach instead.
We have met friends both English and Turkish over the years so the hotel must be doing something right for us all to return.
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