We stayed at the Aida Hotel on the sixth night of a seven night self-drive tour from Izmir to Antalya, Turkey. We booked over the internet and really appreciated Aysenur’s quick response. The Aida Hotel was clearly the nicest and most upscale of all the small country hotels we visited.
It was a good thing to have an advance booking in Cirali at the Aida Hotel as they were nearly full. The guests were about half families with young children and half couples. Cirali seemed more of a destination place and did not seem to get the tour bus visits common on other coastal cities. We spent time at the beach, visiting the ancient city of Olympus and the eternal flames at Chimaera
We drove our car to the Aida Hotel and found it by carefully finding the signs for Aida amongst 20 or more plastered at key intersections. We had printed a copy of Google Maps directions to the Aida Hotel, but could not seem to correlate he map with the streets. We learned later that the Aida hotel is misplaced on Google Maps and that we actually had a map for nearby Kemmer.
The Aida Hotel seemed to be one of the larger hotels in he area. It is small enough still that they know you by name. It is big enough that they have nice amenities. And, it is new enough to be in excellent condition. They hotel has a large [and heavily used by the children] pool, an indoor dining area, several outdoor dining areas, and expansive gardens. The Aida Hotel is about a 5 minute walk to the beach. In our room were two large towels for use at the pool or the beach.
Our room was pleasant. It was large, bright, new, clean and functionally furnished. There was plenty of desk and table space. The king bed was comfortable. The amour, closet, day bed, night stands, sheer curtains, and wall art were all in top shape. The room was air conditioned which was necessary because only one of the windows had screens. The bathroom was very clean and very modern. There was a great shower stall and plenty of hot water. The bathroom was equipped with hair dryer and hand soap, but no shampoo or bar soap [as is the custom]. The towels were big and fluffy – very nice. There was no TV [as is the custom].
We decided for half board and had dinner with most other hotel guests in a grassy courtyard. The meal was starters, salad, a tasty fish, and fruit desert. In the morning, breakfast was served in a cobblestone courtyard. It was probably the best of any small hotel breakfasts we encountered. In addition to the usual fare of eggs, cheese, vegetables, bread, and sometimes yogurt, the aida included cereal and fresh bananas and apricots. While dining a few non-aggressive stray cats would wander about.
Aysenur’s English was very good. The staff seemed to understand us better than we could understand them. Nevertheless we always got a satisfactory result. The internet worked great at the Aida.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Aida Hotel is situated just 200 meters away from the beautiful beach of the Ancient Town''OLYMPOS'' among palm, begonvile and banana trees. The hotel is made up of 28 rooms, swimming pool with poolside bar and beach restaurant. There are 15 'Standard Rooms' which can comfortably fit a family of three and 5 'Family Rooms' which are ideal for larger families. There are also 4 'Garden Bungalows' and 3 'Suite Bungalows '. Aida hotel has a fantastic Restaurant at the beach, just before the sea, and almost every kind of sea food and Turkish specialties are available with almost every kind of drink. There are Deck-Chairs and umbrellas for every customer to let them lie down and sunbathe, read a book or sleep in the sweet warm climate of ''OLYMPOS''. Without any doubt, ''AIDA HOTEL'' is one of the best around this area, to relax and have a quite peaceful holiday. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Olympos Cirali Aida Kemer