We absolutely loved the Aydos Club hotel. We stayed there in early July 2009 having taken trains down from the UK to Istanbul then an internal flight to Dalaman. The hotel is situated on the river to the north of Dalyan, perhaps 10 minutes walk into the town along the riverside path. It is a small hotel with just 20 or so rooms, each of which has a ground and first floor. The bedroom and bathroom are downstairs. If you are just a couple, you could use upstairs for sitting and relaxing, though if you have kids that’s where they’ll sleep, I guess. Air conditioning in the rooms is effective, keeping them cool even when it is baking hot outside, as it was while we were there. The rooms, then, are comfortable, but it’s the outdoor space and ambience of Aydos Club which are its greatest asset. There is a spotlessly clean pool and poolside area with lots of sun-beds and umbrellas – I never heard people complain that there were too few or that they were being held onto unreasonably. Anyway, there are other places to relax in the nearby garden area, which runs down towards the river. The river gorge at that point is spectacular and quite beautiful. Breakfast and, if you choose, lunch and evening meals, are served at tables around the pool, though this is never intrusive. An outdoor bar is always open and is staffed by friendly and helpful guys. The hotel has its own boat for taking guests up the river to the lake or down it to Istuzu beach. The boat is unique amongst the many that ply up and down the river at Dalyan, in that it has a more interesting shape and a Turkish dome on top and you will see people on other boats snapping it furiously whenever it is out and about. Ali, the boat’s captain, is a lovely character, and if you go out on the evening cruise up to the lake for a barbecue, swim and visit to the mud baths, he’ll use all his charms to have you over the side, dancing, socialising and relaxing. The Aydos Club is primarily occupied by British guests travelling with Simply Travel, though they do take independent bookings (if you can get in!), which is what we did. We were made just as welcome by the proprietor Rahmi and his staff, and made some excellent new friends. Our six days came to an end far too quickly, but I think we will be going back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This intimate waterside hotel, set on the banks of the Dalyan River, has long been renowned as a small hotel of excellence for its friendly and attentive service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aydos Club Hotel Dalyan
- Aydos Hotel Dalyan