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St Nicholas Grove Hotel
Ranked #91 of 102 Hotels in Oludeniz
Reviewed 19 September 2013

We (two of us) arrived on 1st September 2013 and had booked a family room as previous experience of 2/3* hotels in Turkey was that the rooms are fairly small, especially when you are there for two weeks! We were very pleased with the room itself, in Block A, room 8, on the top floor. We had a double bed, a living area with small flat screen tv on the wall and two balconies! One overlooking the road at the front of the hotel and one overlooking the pool. There was as good sized bathroom, with shower cubicle and the room was fresh and newish looking.

Now for the faults with the room! The room appears to have been used as self catering previously. There is a sink and a large number of cupboards in the living area, but with nothing in them! So they are just a waste of space really. The air con is in the living area, which is not good when you are trying to sleep in the warm bedroom at night! Although if you leave the door open between the two rooms, the cool air does start to come through eventually. There was pipework and electrical wiring above our bed, which would suggest they were there for an air con unit. When we spoke to reception, they said that they do not have air con in the bedrooms, although other rooms seemed to have two units and where would the air con machine go in a standard room with only the bedroom?? We could also hear the air con unit from the below room every night vibrating, which sounded like a generator (although not quite as loud), but did cause issues with sleeping. There was no fridge in the room and they wanted an extra £50 for two weeks!! The electricity goes off when you remove your key and leave the room anyway, so it would not really have chance to get cold.

My major issue with the room was the poor and lack of cleaning. It seemed to be a bit hit and miss whether or not your room was cleaned as we spoke to some people that had their's done everyday and others who didn't. To be honest, this is the only thing that would stop me from returning, they really need to sort it out. During our second week and searching for a wasp that flew into the room, I looked under the bed. Big mistake! Lots of hair, crisps, wrappers and a piece of biscuit, none of which belonged to us. I also saw a chip under the kitchen cupboards. Again, did not belong to us, so had been there at the very least since the previous occupants. After 5 days, the cleaner had only visited once. Now, I don't expect the room to be thoroughly cleaned every day, but every couple of days. Especially when you are expected to put your toilet paper in a bin and not the toilet. Very unhygenic if not emptied daily. After visiting reception on the 5th, 6th and 7th days to get more toilet roll and clean towels, the cleaner finally came on the 8th day. We then had no cleaner again and by the 11th day we had to go to reception and complain yet again. The cleaner then came and cleaned straight away but we should not have to keep asking for it. Our balcony's were not cleaned once during our stay and had bits of tree debris on there for the whole two weeks. Mid week during the first week, we both suffered from the runs for a couple of days. Due to lack of cleaning? Maybe, or could have been something we ate.

No warm shower water before 10.30 am or after approx 9pm.

However, the hotel does have more good than bad points. A good sized pool, plenty of sunbeds (although some of them are crammed together and we did struggle to get a bed on a few days). I only saw the pool area cleaned once during our stay and if you walked around the pool with no footwear your feet would be filthy. I have walked around many pool areas in other hotels and never got dirty feet. The Hotel is on a bit of a hill, so there was always a bit of a breeze to cool you down which was nice.

Ate at the restaurant most lunchtimes and never had a bad meal. Yes, the breakfast is basic, but that is Turkey! Fresh bread, boiled eggs, cheese, tomatoes, cucumber, olives, yoghurt, cereal and coffee. Numerous reviews mention this so if you won't be happy with this, don't go!

There is one bar (the pool bar), which is open 24 hours. Drinks are slightly more expensive than outside, but this is usual for hotels. Generally in Olu Deniz, majority of hotels have a card that you show everytime you buy something in the hotel and then you pay the bill when you want to. At the Grove Hotel, they just add it to your room and you don't have a card. However, to prevent any issues, we paid everytime we purchased something and had no issues at the end (which have been mentioned on here previously).

We made use of the free wifi that works in the bar and around the pool and also on the edge of your balcony! Watch out for the wild boar that live in the woods next to the Hotel. They come out at dusk and during the night to graze.

Finally, the staff. Popeye makes this hotel and they would be lost without him. He speaks very good English, is very helpful and can answer most questions. He is always busy running around and seems to do everything. Sam is great, very friendly and he was never letchy with me and yes, he chatted to the women, but also to the men. Jason is also very good, always cleaning around the restaurant and the bar. The chefs are always busy at work too. A must try is the Turkish Pide (pizza). Yum! All of these staff do a brilliant job.

Didn't really see Mehmet much, although he always said morning/afternoon and seemed pleasant enough. It was a bit of a struggle trying to communicate with reception most times. Mehmet's wife speaks limited English, as does the young lad that works on there during the night. The cleaners were always pleasant, although they either need more cleaners or need to sort out the current ones!

A mention to the 3 kittens that seem to live in the Hotel grounds most of the time and who were always getting bits of food from various guests (including me!). I never fed them near to the dining area and they were starving, so please save them some tit bits!

Fantastic location, few minutes walk down (and then back up a bit of a hill later!) to the start of the main strip. Spoilt for choice with restaurants. Never had a bad meal. All meals exceptional (although the English breakfast at the R.E.D bar was average). Mama Mia's, Shine, Butterfly, Domino's, Shanghai Blues, all fabulous for evening meals. And my personal favourite, The Secret Garden (in nearby Olu Deniz), which I have visited many times in the last 5 years. Numerous bars for the evening. Some of the good ones, Hakuna Matata, Revolution, Zombie bar, Attica and Bus stop at the bottom of the hotel road. I always find it best to take English money to Turkey and change into Turkish Lira whilst there. Plenty of change shops and better rates than England.

Watch out for the Beach Boys kebab shop (or Beach bar?). Had a couple of good kebabs there in the daytime/early evening. When we visited at around 2am, a little intoxicated, they put hardly any meat in at all and it was mainly salad and bread. Safe to say we didn't return.

Hisaronu and Olu Deniz are beautiful and my most visited holiday destination.

I would certainly return to the hotel as long as they sort out the cleaning issues!

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 September 2013

I stayed here in August 2012 and had such a good time i came back again in August 2013 with my partner.The rooms are spotless and big,ok so the bedding and towels were not changed as much as last year but that was due to shortage of staff,but if you asked they gave you clean towels.The pool area was clean and the surrounding areas.As they say you get what you pay for....its not 5* so why do people expect it....its in a fantastic location,up a slight hill from the main hussle and bustle of the main strip,so no noise. Popeye was fantastic and Sam and Denise so helpful.The hotel runs a free shuttle bus down to St Nicolas beach each morning,just ask at reception..you have to pay for air con and safe deposit boxes which is the norm in Turkey. Breakfast was the normal Turkish breakfast, cheese, olives, bread,tomatoes, cucumber,jam, honey, cereal,tea, coffee, and you can order english food but you have to pay for it.Dont be put of by the bad reviews,a holiday is what you make of it...

Room Tip: All rooms face the pool apart from back facing promo rooms....
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank trisha k
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Reviewed 6 September 2013

Location second to none, in my opinion perfect location no noise from strip but short enough to walk.

Breakfast typical Turkish breakfast, ran out of mugs, glasses and bowls on a few morning but soon replaced. If you want full English go to the strip prices for 5TL.

Ate in the hotel at lunch time and meals were lovely.

Rooms comfortable and clean! Didn't clean them everyday but we weren't really in there to make them dirty so didn't bother us.

Pool area was one of the cleanest pools I have been in, including some 5* hotels! Pools got cleaned early hours.

BBQ night with belly dancer and fire eater, was a enjoyable night, shame fire eater didn't hang around abit longer.

Hotel grounds were kept tidy and around the bar/pool/eating area were also kept clean.

My ONLY regret was that we didn't pay for anything there and then as bar bill seemed abit high for only a few days as we had paid cash previously but didn't question it had no reason not to trust them and just paid the bill.

Popeye and Sam are very friendly. Popeye will do anything if you ask him nicely-lovely fella! Mehmet comes across abit grumpy but his a nice guy when you get talking to him.

Overall for what we paid I would go back but like others have said if you after luxury 4/5* this is not the hotel, if your after a nice friendly atmosphere go here.

Room Tip: A room over looking pool second floor
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Gemma D
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Reviewed 2 September 2013

We stayed here frm 22nd july for 7 days the hotel is very good value for money.Our room was cleaned every day as well as towels changed daily, room wad basic but clean so wat more do people want for £20 a night we had no complaints wat so ever the staff especially Sam are very helpful and cant do enough for you if you want 5 * then dnt cm here if you want value for money and good food dnt be put off by all these whingeing people try it yourself im sure you wont be dissapointed .

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Reviewed 31 August 2013 via mobile

We returned from our stay at the grove a few days ago and already I'm itching to get back.

We did have a few initial teething problems: they put us in a terrible suite. I think it was possibly meant to be used for the staff living quarters, however as soon as we complained we were moved to the main building, where we had 2 double rooms, a shower bathroom and big living space with 2 balconys. It was fab, modern and very comfortable. The daytime receptionist Denise is a credit to the grove, although she is young she is always helpful and very knowledgable. The breakfast was exactly what you would expect froma traditional turkish breakfast, it suited me fine. It would be nice to have the option of an english breakfast though. This hotel has so much potential to be fantastic but there wasn't enough daytime entertainment and sadly not enough to keep us there all night. I'm sure with the right input from the management they can turn this around as it really could be a great hotel.

Although i did hear some guests talk among themselves about the lack of cleaning, our room was cleaned regularly and our bedding and towels changed.

The hotel is situated ideally off the main strip, a very short walk to a lively place with lots to do for young and old couples and also families. I've been to different places in turkey and was surprised at the lack of 'pestering' to go into shops, bars and restaurants. We never had a bad meal when we ate in and out of the hotel.

We got on well with Mehmet, Sam and Popeye as well as all the other staff. I have read the poor reviews but my review is based purely on my stay at the grove.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Reviewed 31 August 2013

A group of 10 of us stayed here from the 27th July - 10th August.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here, yes the hotel rooms are a bit dated but the rooms were cleaned everyday, beds changed every other day and clean towels, what more can you ask for? We stayed bed and breakfast and to be honest breakfast wasn't great but you can get a full English breakfast from one of the restaurants down the road for as little as 7 lira. The hotel is in a brilliant location, there is a free bus that runs to Nicholas beach every morning and bring you back around 4. The staff are friendly, Sam and Popeye couldn't do enough for us.

There is plenty to do in the area, holiday mate excursion centre are great to arrange any days out.

Our belonging were safe in our rooms, and I am not a member of staff writing this review ( as someone stated that the staff write the reviews).
If you are looking for a 4 star then you probably need to go somewhere else but if you are looking for somewhere friendly, great value for money, brilliant location then this will be good for you.

Becky (liverpool)

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 August 2013

We stayed at the grove hotel; worst holiday ever! We had to wait 16hours to wait for our room, which was certainly not worth the wait! The rooms were horrid, dirty and uncleaned,in the time we was their our rooms were only cleaned twice. As well as that, we also found a used dirty condom left behind the bed, not knowing how long ago they last cleaned our room. We had no electricity, until the glass collector came to fix it, not know what he was really doing. We had dangerous wires traveling across the room so we could have a light working. 4 day until we had a chance to get a stop round the pool as the other people placed their towel out at 3'clock in the morning. the food was re-used from the night before and tasted revolting, so we had to eat out even though we paid half board. The only person that was useful to the hotel was Popeye who seem to do every working job in the hotel, was a very friendly man. Behind the bar was memet who sat all day and night trying to charge people double for their bill or trying to make us pay bills we had already paid for. If you go to this hotel you will never get any service. This was the worst hotel i have possibly been to, the manager and his wife should not be running this hotel, in my opinion it is a lovely hotel but would be so much better run by people who care about their customers and the cleanliness of their pool, rooms and basically everywhere. i will never return to this hotel again, EVER!!

Room Tip: Any other hotel apart from this one until they sort them-self's out and get new management!
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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Address: Hisaronu Mevki, Oludeniz 48380, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Turkish Aegean Coast > Mugla Province > Oludeniz
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#49 Romantic Hotel in Oludeniz
Price Range: £19 - £75 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nicholas Grove is a small and friendly hotel set in landscaped gardens, tucked away in a quiet location yet conveniently close to Hisaronu village centre. Facilities include: swimming pool, children's splash pool, pool bar, free pool table, restaurant, 24 hour reception and free bus to Nicholas Gen beach at Ãledeniz. All rooms and apartments have private balcony, air-conditioning and telephone. One bedroom apartments include kitchenette with refrigerator, kettle, electric hob and cooking utensils. ... more   less 
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