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Dorukkaya Ski Mountain Resort
Ranked #1 of 31 Bolu B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 15 February 2013

The first impression was terrible. When we arrived at midday, the lobby area was like a zoo, with dozens of guests camping there. Nobody helped with luggage; the staff are mostly indifferent. Our room was not ready of course, so we tried to wait in the lounge (which has nice views of the slopes) but every seat was taken. The room was finally ready at 3.30 pm. Even then, the cleaning seemed very superficial—a pile of cigarette butts on the windowsill, stained towels, an empty coke can on the desk… you get the picture. The room was decently furnished, and the bathroom was fine except for a mild stench emanating from the drains. But the family room is small (nowhere to put a suitcase), the beds are tiny and hard and extremely uncomfortable, and the TV only has one English channel. There’s no Internet of any kind in the hotel.

The ski room downstairs, where you rent skis and arrange lessons, was also utter mayhem—it took a lot of waiting and patience to get our equipment. Overall, the hotel seems always packed and chaotic, even though we went mid-week. It can be hard to find a place to sit at dinnertime in the mess hall (I cannot bring myself to call it a restaurant). All this is odd because the ski lifts and slopes are usually semi-deserted (mid-week, at least), which leads me to think that many of the hotel gusts don’t actually ski.

On the plus side, the ski and snowboard instructors here are good if you’re looking for lessons. Also, if you want to ski at Kartalkaya (which you may want to do—snow is abundant and slopes are good enough to keep a good skier busy for 2-3 days), there are only a few choices and the Dorukkaya is probably the best option overall. Food on the all-inclusive “concept” is cafeteria style—not bad as cafeteria food goes, but still cafeteria food. The all-inclusive idea is convenient, though if you're thinking of eating your money's worth bear in mind that there’s only so much Efes and stuffed capsicum anyone can imbibe.

The Dorukkaya is almost affordable mid-week, but sheer robbery on weekends. Also note that they fleece you for everything that’s not included. Equipment rentals and lessons are quite expensive. The ski shop only has brand-name stuff at exorbitant prices. And don’t forget your toothbrush at home—I did, and had to pay a whopping $13 for one at the hotel convenience store.

Note that Kartalkaya consists of just a handful of hotels next to the slopes. There is absolutely nothing else here, not for 50 km—no shops, no restaurants, not even ATMs.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 February 2013

First time in Kartalkaya with family with teens. Ask for a renovated room looking at the lifts. Lifts very good, snow is plenty. The drive up to the mountain is about half an hour. Not crowded. Easy check in. More crowded on Thursdays and Sundays. Food is plenty and delicious. Hot and cold drinks including beer is served all the time without extra charge. The staff is helpful and quick. The Turkish Hammam is free and a real treat after skiing. There is a small frigde and vault in the room as well as a small flat tv. A small in door pool, gym and spa is available. Many snowboard and ski teachers are on board. Ski room has lockers and all equipment available for rent. We were all happy and Will go again next year. For skiing better than Uludag.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 January 2013

No space in lobby to sit and rest. 2 oclock checkin time but rooms are not cleaned, baby and child to sleep now cries. No free cupboards left in ski room for your belongings, although you stay in the hotel. Building and rooms are old. Better not to spent your money here.

  • Stayed: January 2013
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Reviewed 24 April 2012

Wooden parts of the hotel's exterior look like untouched for decades. It seems that the owner shifted the bulk of the annual renovation and refurbishment budget to the new and luxurious group hotel,nearby! Rooms are small, but in good shape. There are not many options in the hotel if you expect too much for short ski breaks! There is almost nothing special in the hotel. So, better to spend your time at fairly beatiful ski trails. They are nice and picturesque, indeed. Lifts are all o.k. Variety of the foods is good, the taste is little better than average, but way below its neighboring rival hotel, Grand Kartal. If your aim is just to ski on good trails, then it is a reasonable choice to go.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 2 March 2012

Dorukkaya is one of the few hotels in Kartalkaya. and it is one of the better ones overall. The fare is all-inclusive, you can get 4-5 meals a day as well as included skipasses.
The weekend checkin&out processes are hectic, there is no order whatsoever. They should definitely improve the reception experience. they get 50tl deposit per skipass, which is an unnecessary and old-fashioned process. The meals are above average, especially considering the wide range of alternatives. On the other hand, the live music at dinner time was unbearable for me.
Be careful about the rooms. The refurbished ones are good enough, but you should specifically request one of those. Some other rooms are tiny or very old.
The slopes are good enough in Turkish standards, not very long, but at least decent. you dont wait a lot for the t-bars, but the only ski-lift queue might take some time. At least it is brand new, for 4 people and does have a hood.
Value for money is not very good, you can stay in the Alps for a similar fare. Kaya Palazzo, which belongs to the same group, is way more expensive, but more luxurious as well.

Room Tip: our room on 5th floor was refurbished.
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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 27 February 2012

Great snow, lifts, snowboard park, food, beer and wonderful hospitality from the staff. We WILL be back!!

Room Tip: Ask for a room facing the lifts!
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Reviewed 2 February 2012

Dorukkaya Hotel is one of the all-inclusive resort hotels on Kartalkaya Mountain in Bolu Turkey.
It is an older hotel however the rooms are niely refurbished and decorated.
The rooms are small but cozy = set up with 2 single beds and two bunk beds - ideal for families with young kids who want to syat in the same room.

The room has a modern design, very nice walk-in shower and good water pressure.
The room also has a refrigertor.

The food is open buffett but with quite few selection, standard fair for Turkish higher end all-inclus;ve hotels.

The internet is unnecessarily expensive (25 TL/day)!!!

The room needs hooks installed to hang heavy ski coats and pants - the closet is small for bulky equipment.

Ski room is bright and friendly staff - in fact, they will put on your ski boots and take them off for you if you desire - not something for us :-)

Room Tip: Make sure you get the refurbished rooms - some are still original and not very nice...
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Address: Kartalkaya Mevkii | Tazilar Koyu, Bolu, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Turkish Black Sea Coast > Bolu Province > Bolu
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Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 31 B&Bs / Inns in Bolu
Price Range: £110 - £263 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Dorukkaya Ski Mountain Resort 2.5*
Number of rooms: 259
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