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“Appalling Hotel” 1 of 5 bubbles
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Balkaya Hotel
Ranked #77 of 102 Hotels in Oludeniz
London, England
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Appalling Hotel”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2013

I stayed here for 5 days of a 14 day holiday!!! As mentioned in the reviews i was the disruptive/noisy lady that was condemning the place, along with the "ones" writing the reviews who are now in favour of giving the Balkaya a good name...lol how the worms turn. Anyway I understand that my idea of A/I and the Balkaya's is not one and the same when it comes to all inclusive, however this hotel may have only been £10.00 a night I could have for the same £10.00 had I of known got a much cleaner and varied food menu for the same price, so its not about it being cheap its about misrepresentation. The hotel is an accident waiting to happen. People falling through chairs, potholes in and around the hotel and the pool not being cleaned daily as claimed. For me it was a nightmare as obviously I was disappointed as the food choice was poor so as dave says clearer information is needed. Would not recommend it to anyone who wants decent food and a clean socialising area. For all those people who were agreeing with my observations but really being two faced about the matter all I can say is that you cannot put a pig in a castle...happy holidays

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Cramlington Northumberland
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17 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2013

My wife and I stayed at the Balkaya from 4th to 14th June. This was our second visit to the hotel after spending a week there last June. This hotel suits us as it fits into the bracket of a good place to go if you are looking for a cheap break away from it all at a quiet and friendly hotel.
I can understand some people being disappointed with the hotel when they have booked all inclusive. The Balkaya’s idea of all inclusive is quite different to the normal A/I you would find in Spain or Greece lets say. You will not find a vast array of meats, veg and salads on display. Nor will you have a vast choice of drinks.
The hotel offers a fixed Turkish breakfast which is boiled eggs, cold meats, cheese, salad and bread. Sometimes they offer a hot dish such as Menemen, a mix of egg, tomatoes, peppers and spices or scrambled egg. Lunch is offered as 2 different set meals such as burgers, jackets, fish fingers, or meatballs all served with chips salad and bread. There is also a soup. The evening meal is normally soup followed by a meat dish, lamb, chicken etc. you can help yourself to rice chips pasta veg and salad.
The drinks provided are bottles of Perge beer, white, red & rose wine, vodka, gin, & raki. There are locally produced mixers and tea and coffee.
Perhaps the hotel could make this information more freely available to avoid future customer dissatisfaction.
I am not sure how much tour operators charge for the hotel as we always book direct with the Balkaya. We are charged £10 each per night! Anyone booking a hotel at that price must know that they are going to visit a budget hotel and should not expect the Ritz.
The staff at this hotel can not do enough for you. The manager/owner is called Suleyman. This guy is one of the nicest guys I have ever met. He will go to the ends of the earth to try to make your stay enjoyable. During our stay he ran a customer to the airport who had missed her transfer. He attended to a guy who fell down the stairs and cut his head quite badly. He personally checked on this guest every hour throughout the night. He is well aware of the hotel’s shortcomings but makes up for these with boundless enthusiasm and effort as does Sercan behind the bar.
Our rooms were cleaned each day and the bedding changed regularly. If we needed extra pillows or clean towels we just asked and they were supplied the same day.
The pool area is always kept clean and tidy. The pool man cleans it each morning. It gets full sun all day so is always nice and warm. There is also a children’s pool that is equally well looked after.
The majority of people who stay here are able to recognise this and look past the occasional broken chair or lack of food choices.
I was also aware of the disruptive lady mentioned in one of the reviews. I have to say that Suleyman handled her in a most professional manner and only asked her to leave when other customers were starting to get upset by her. I am not sure I could have been as understanding.
If you intend to book this hotel please bear in mind the comments above. We use the hotel as a base that will offer us the chance of a night in with other guests or we might choose to venture out for the evening to the many bars & restaurants within 10 mins walking distance.
I think you would struggle to find a B&B at £10 per night so a hotel that offers food and drink at that price must be a plus.
I would also like thank the many friends we made for making our stay so enjoyable, Gemma & Steve from Castleford, Alan from Morpeth, Andy & Jen from Washington, All the south coast girls and Ali from Paisley.
We are booking to go back next June. If you intend to do the same please do so with an open mind and I am sure you will enjoy it.

Room Tip: Stay in the main block. The rooms are away from the trees & get less mozzies
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank BigDavey_9
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Morpeth, England, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2013

I have to admit when I first arrived I wasn't sure what to expect. Now thou I would return in a heartbeat....the manager, his wife and the staff made me feel welcome at home from the moment go! I had such a good time meeting lots of people. The meals were fantastic at all times with a big shout out to the chef! Me and Sercan the best bartender in turkey had a blast everynight entertaining the guests with our wonderful voices on the karaoke! What a duo....you all should have to pay to be entertained like this :) I particularly liked the fact that the hotel seemed to be within easy access to everything that you needed....with fetihye ( a short dolmus trip ) hisaronu and olu deniz being within walking distance from this amasing value for money hotel!

Room Tip: Pool View......Top Floor :)
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Alan W
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2013

please note is cheap but so are many others
i have just retured extreamly poor staff very nice food chips chips more chips no buffet lunch chips burger or cheese toasty ask 14 days solid for tunna salad NONE no kids are no jaquzzie no nightly entertainment no water in pool on arrival no hot water 6 days , only one form of very cheap beer never hurd of fell throgh many of there broken chaires took 4 year old nothing at all for her there bus at least 15 min walk up hill no free bus to privet beach infact was an all inc but broken floors chaires very very poor had at least 10 sep partys all complained every day 3 familys got moved at a large extra cost also very cheap cola lemonade at all times

Room Tip: bar service one person good and helpfull but he had hundred jobs so no time and lady cleaned rooms o...
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank caisiecharlie
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Castleford, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2013

We stayed here beginning of June 2013, all inclusive. It was booked blind without any research. When we first arrived at the Balkaya, we didn't know the area, and it seemed we were stranded in the middle of nowhere in the dumps. We then went to breakfast and it wasn't for us, it was boiled eggs, cold meats, cheeses, bread and cereal. At this point we weren't impressed.
However, with help from all the friendly staff and other holiday makers, we soon found our feet and realised it wasn't far at all to the main road, where there were lovely bars and restaurants for our breakfast needs at great cheap prices! After giving the hotel a chance we soon realised it had a fantastic atmosphere, and was great value for money. The lunch menu and meals were fantastic, and of good portion size! The evening meals were beautiful and we could help ourselves to as much or as little as we liked. The pool was clean and around the pool also clean. The music in the afternoon was controlled by the bar man, however, if it wasn't to our taste we just asked and he changed it. On an evening, they would put the laptop on the bar so we could all go and choose what music we wanted on, when we wanted it, and also to enjoy the Kareoke. The rooms were clean, except for the off squashed mosquito. The cleaner was in every day to changed the bedding and clean the room. They do however like you to ask when you want fresh towels, which they then provide straight away. We found the staff couldn't do enough for us, especially the manager!! They were so friendly and helpful, and went above and beyond their duty to make sure we were comfortable, happy and had everything we needed! We stayed at beginning of the season, and due to them having an earthquake last year affecting the pool and other areas, we knew they might be having a bit of a struggle. However this didn't show too much, as they were getting things done and sorted as quick as they could. The only problem we had staying here, is that of a noisy customer, who had been happy for 5 days previous, but then decided to call a rep to get some money back off their next holiday, stating the hotel was appalling. This caused an awkward atmosphere as said customer decided to shout about it for full 3 days around the pool area and caused many of us to wonder into town for some peace, especially me, due to the fact I didn't want any stress while pregnant. The manager was patient and did try solving any grievance, however the customer wouldn't deal with the manager and this caused even more of an atmosphere. Eventually the manager had to ask the customer to leave as other customers were getting upset and distressed but he did give them a very generous amount of time to find other accommodation. I would definitely recommend this hotel to people who can appreciate quality service and value for money. It was in a good location to relax by the pool, but also to be able to go into the more lively parts like Hissaranu and Fetihye.

Room Tip: The rooms in the reception building have less mosquitos, as they aren't in the trees so much, li...
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank GemNSte13
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2013

The hotel was more than we first expected it to be, value for money wise as well as appearence, state and matter. The cleanliness of the holiday was more than a standard service meaning tidied and also made the bed with a special pattern made with the top bed sheet for presentation. Any body going to this hotel will be very happy as been very clean, tidy and welcoming. The cleaning staff always left every part of your room clean such as beds, bathroom, balcony and the general room you were/are staying in. At the end of the day this is a great hotel to finish and partly make the holiday come together. Its not a five star hotel but its the value for money and worth a try just to see some of the hidden away hotels in Ovacik

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank stevenj230
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scotland
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2013

We stayed for 2 weeks end of June into July 2013.It is a budget hotel.The staff we found to be friendly and helpful.Our room was cleaned daily,fresh towels daily,bedding changed couple of times per week.Breakfast was cold meats ,cheeses etc.The pool was clean.The sun bed matresses not so clean,take your towel!! We met lovely people while we were there and had a really good time. Music could be loud at night but staff turned it down when asked.Some of the guests we met had stayed before and 1 chap has been going there twice a year for the last 6 years.A holiday is what you make it and we got the whole 2 weeks dinner,bed and breakfast for under £800 including flights and transfers,we certainly were under no illusion we were heading for 5 star standards!!!! I work in the Hospitality industry in a 5 star establishment and I would certainly go back.I am not saying you need to put up with poor service or dirty rooms because its cheap,but we never experienced either of these.We had a fantastic time.The staff were great.The hotel is situated between 2 towns both within walking ditance and the dolomus(buses) are fantastic they will pick up and drop off anywhere,you can easily explore further afield using the dolomus.Take an organised boat trip to turtle bay, and the mud baths are an experience everyone should try!!!The vendors at the markets are a scream. The evening meals were based on traditional turkish meals,which were edible but maybe not to all tastes.All in all we had a fantastic ,relaxing holiday and would like to thank all the staff at the Balkaya for helping to make our holiday a great holiday.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank thatwomanScotland
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Property: Balkaya Hotel
Address: Ovacik Mahallesi 1, Oludeniz 48300, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Turkish Aegean Coast > Mugla Province > Oludeniz
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #77 of 102 Hotels in Oludeniz
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Balkaya Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 38
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