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“Very Enjoyable But Not Quite A 5 Star”
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Casa Dell'Arte
Ranked #14 of 24 Hotels in Torba
Reviewed 9 October 2011

I recently stayed her with my husband and children. We had a fantastic stay but it there were some flaws. It was beautiful setting but there a few things that they could improve in to bring it up to the next level.

Pros:

Beautiful setting
Staff is very friendly and helpful
Nice intimate relaxing setting
Food is consistent and very good
There is comfortable seats and bedding by the water
Clean
Good music by the beach
The adult bedrooms and facilities were spectacular
Great for adults or children
Outdoor restaurant was beautiful and deck was also beautiful
Nice bar by the beach

Cons:

The family rooms are just okay. They are dark and don't have sufficient lighting. Bathrooms are not at all impressive. No bathtub, inexpensive shower and fixtures. It is certainly isn't going to WOW you. Barely enough lighting for women to put on their makeup. Our room was in need of painting touch up and it was missing a picture hanging from the wall. The family rooms are definitely not 5 star.

There is only turn down service if you request it.

Although the food was very good, the menu never changed nor were there any specials. This was a bit boring for us because there is only 2 other restaurants to choose from in the area.

We did not rent a car so we could not see the other towns except for Bodrum. The taxis are very expensive so we did not venture out. Having said this, I felt like it was a bit remote.

There are sections and areas of the hotel that are in need of minor touch ups.

The door to the room was very difficult to lock and unlock. It had a key but it was very difficult to insert and turn so we kept it unlocked.

The hotel next store had kayaks and paddle boats. My children used them but it would be nice if Casa Dell Arte had some for their guests since there were a lot of children.

All in all we had a great experience. I would recommend it but beware that the family rooms will not be up to everyones standards.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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5  Thank dgely
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Reviewed 9 October 2011

A beautiful resort full of art, great food and staff. A wonderful place to get away from it all.

We were there for 3 nights in the middle of our Turkey vacation and just couldn't get enough of the sun and fabulous atmosphere they have created at the hotel.

Room Tip: We had a garden room on the second level. There are some rooms with small walk-outs and patio chair...
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank AdventureHacker
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Reviewed 8 October 2011

Had originally booked the Amanruya but they weren't ready, so came here instead.   Had a super relaxing stay at Casa Dell'arte, was here for four wonderful days. Except for the Voyage hotel down the bay with hundreds of sunbeds packed together like sardines, the rest of Torba, and especially the Eastern end closer by the ruins of a monastery where Casa dell'arte is situated, is peaceful and laidback.  

A short 30 min ride from the Bodrum airport, I arrived in Torba, was upgraded to the scorpio suite (in the Residence) a spacious two story apartment with a gigantic bed, shared balcony, proper living room, and etc.  I had plenty of space to practice my yoga, whether upstairs or downstairs.  It was also incredibly quiet being end of the season, I only saw two other couples at the hotel.  

I had two lunches at the restaurant next door called Gonca Balik, excellent starters, fish and coma inducing wine right on the jetty over the clear water where you could entertain yourself by feeding bread to the schools of fish.  

The hotel's restaurant also good, more upscale (ie they debone your fish) and managed by a lovely food and beverages manager that looked like a mermaid from the sea.    The seafood was consistently good (their grilled octopus with garlic oil was excellent),  I didn't enjoy the grilled chicken (dry and tasteless) but overall these two restaurants were better vs the places I tried during my daytrip to historic Ephesus and Bodrum.  Also breakfast was very good.  

Speaking of Bodrum, if Torba, and staring at the unspoilt emerald waters becomes too sedative, Bodrum with its mega cruiseships is only a 15 min bus/minivan ride away with the bus stop in front of the hotel. Just remember to take no. 1 bus back to Torba (I took no. 2 by mistake).  

I loved the artwork around the hotel/ private residence, even one of the aircons in the room was also covered up by a frame! Also liked how the housekeeping staff were generous with the l'occitane toiletries, I hate it when hotels give you one pathetic little bottle of shampoo a day.  

If I have to be picky, would just say that
1) Mosquitoes were a minor issue, with one in my room the first night and I also got bitten through the dinners, but there were no flies.  
2) no flowers would be better vs the fake flower decorations in the room
3) friendly but sleepy service: this is where I've been spoilt in Asia, ie am used to lounging with a constant refill of water, free fruit snacks etc
4) water is perfectly clean but not much of a "beach" in this part of the world. Was perfectly happy with the overwater sundecks though.  

... in sum, loved it.  

  • Stayed: October 2011
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5  Thank Anilegna
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Reviewed 21 September 2011

We stayed at this beautiful small hotel outside of Bodrum. We thought it was very special to stay in what was a private home.
The service was excellent and the accommodation lovely.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank loebaudrey
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Reviewed 12 September 2011

a place to go , charming , excellent service and very very nice people !
don't miss it .

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank tlen9
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Reviewed 31 August 2011

First of all, although we'd an e-mail confirming that they'd pick us up at the airport (price 100 Euro), nobody was waiting for us there. After nearly half an hour waiting and looking for the transport , we decided to take a taxi. On our arrival at the hotel, when we complained, they said that it wasn't confirmed. Instead of giving us a welcome drink and showing us around, which is usual in hotels of this kind and price everywhere, they asked us to pay for the whole amount of our stay without even showing us the room. We asked to see the room first. Then, we paid, of course. It seemed as if they thought we wouldn't do it. Our room had a balcony, but the air-conditioning machine was next to it and the noise was terrible. Also no complimentary bottle in room or on the beach deck as it is usual in this type of hotels. We also had to find by ourselves where everything was, restaurant, pool, beach ,etc. After our fantstic experiences in other beach hotels of similar type in various countries, the comparison results were very bad. Above all, for the price you pay. The restaurant didn't meet our expectations either. The fist restaurant yes.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank calakmul
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Reviewed 31 August 2011

We stayed here last week with our 3 year old and it was one of the best holidays/hotels we have ever stayed at. We do tend to go to higher end places.hotels and this hotel matched the best we have stayed at around the world.

fantastic location, beautiful surroundings, really classy. food was top notch, nice pool and sunbathing deck (no sand Hurray!) - staff very friendly and took care of our toddler (for free) for a few hours each day.

Only negatives; pool bar closes at 7pm just when its nice to sit and have a pre diunner drink Ithat is due to change next year)/ no balcony in the rooms

Otherwise a really great find, a true gem and only 10 minutes (by minibus from front door) to the history and hustle of Bodrum if you want to go for shopping and sighseeing (you will rush back to Torba though!)

Also - check when Ramadan ends as week after is as best avoided then as it gets very crowded - September best month to go

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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3  Thank alansmith_7
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Additional Information about Casa Dell'Arte

Address: Torba Mahallesi, Inonu Caddesi No. 66, Torba 48400, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Turkish Aegean Coast > Mugla Province > Bodrum > Torba
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#7 Family Hotel in Torba
#9 Romantic Hotel in Torba
#12 Spa Hotel in Torba
#14 Luxury Hotel in Torba
Price Range: £148 - £216 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Casa Dell'Arte 5*
Number of rooms: 48
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Chosen as 100 Best Summer Holidays by Times Magazine, “Winner Best Small Hotel” by Travel+Leisure, and “The Best New Boutique Hotel of Europe” by the British The Guardian.”,Casa Dell’Arte Hotel offers its guests not only a vacation, but a unique experience combining enjoyment, relaxation, dining, wining, yachting and social activities, all embraced with the magical touch of art… ... more   less 
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