Just returned from a ten day break at this wonderful small hotel. We chose this on the basis of the many good reviews already on TA. Expectations were therefore pretty high and I'm delighted to say were exceeded.
From the point of booking, everything went smoothly. Communication was excellent and the booking confirmed with no deposit - just email confirmation of our flights. Airport transfers were also arranged for us to be paid on arrival. The comfortable Mercedes people carrier was waiting when we arrived at Dalaman. We arrived in the evening, the bar was in full swing and we were made to feel at home straight away.
Rooms are simple but spotlessly clean, the bathroom is spacious with a 'wet room' style shower. There is also a walk in dressing area with plenty of storage. Our room was on the ground floor and had a small terrace with table and chairs. Breakfast was included in the very reasonable room rate and was typical turkish, simple and tasty. Additional items are available on request. There is also free wi-fi
What really makes this place (and many other reviewers have said the same) is the people. Ercan, pronounced Erjan with a soft 'j' although he answers to most things, including 'air con' is a wonderful host. He and the small team really make you feel welcome and nothing is too much trouble. The bar in the evening has a great atmosphere, largely down to Ercan who has a great sense of humour and ensures everyone is included. He hosts a Sunday bbq party but there are often other, impromptu events according to demand. While we were there, we had a midweek fish bbq and a lunch following a crab fishing trip when Fatima cooked traditional turkish pancakes (absolutely delicious).
I can't complete this review without mentioning Osman (Fatima's husband) - he runs boat trips and has the widest smile ever! We did two trips with him, one full day which included swimming, lunch, mud baths, river & lake cruise and benefit of his expertise on the local area - excellent value. We also went crab fishing and hauled in a record 27 crabs - we enjoyed a good lunch that day..
In conclusion, if you are looking for 5 star luxury this is not the place for you, but if you value warm hospitality and a relaxed atmosphere, I would absolutely recommend Dalyan Garden Pension, we had a wonderful holiday and met lots of lovely people...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Friendly, family run pension in the rural Arikbasi area of Dalyan. Approximately 20 minute walk from the town centre and river. Large Mediterranean garden and pool, bar, shaded seating areas. Breakfast, lunchtime snacks and occasional evening barbecues. Ten rooms, ensuite, A/C, walk in wardrobes. Advice and help booking boat trips and other tours. Garden bar provides social focal point for guests. Recommended for those who want peace and quiet but also a friendly convivial atmosphere. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dalyan Garden Pension Hotel Dalyan
- Dalyan Garden Hotel