Firstly,I have to say that the Julian is a fabulous hotel.With a little language difficulty at reception,we were taken to our room,which was a lovely size,a living room area,good size bathroom and bedroom with built in wardrobes,flat screen tv with around 7 channels,small balcony with table and chairs.My husband and I had requested a 'quiet room',which was away from the pool area,great. Room was spotless.Even though you are up a hill,away from the main resort,mini buses would take you down every 10mins or so for 150Tlira each,running until aroun 1am.I had read on reviews that this was a menu based service,which didnt put me off,as the reviews were amazing on the food.We had arrived tea time,so quickly unpacked,and went down to eat after our long journey.We walked passed the pool area,and was again very pleased at the set out,lit up lovely for the evening.Then we arrived at the dining area/bar,which we could see also included the enteratainment stage.We sat down,and were immediately greeted by lots of wasps and midges,constantly flying around the table.A member of staff put a foil burner on the table to deter them (which we later found out was a type of coffee!),and seemed to do the trick.Also,later in the evening,as more appeared,a 4x4 with 2 blowers on the back,would encircle the hotel,including the perimeter of the eating area, with a chemical mist to disperse themm,which seemed to work.But I don't think this should be used around an eating area,or children. We were given a menu,and I was very disappointed at the selection,containing of burgers,pizza,curries,chinese,lasagne,jacket potatoes,fish and chips,chip butties,with an option to order fresh fish,a day in advance.The basic salad table constantly had wasps and midges flying around,and on more than one occassion saw members of staff picking these out of salads,and the worst,out of the egg batter for the omelettes in the morning,if they fancied a morning swim,ugh! Most of the staff had very basic English,which at times became very difficult to ask for simple things,(like when I asked for butter for my toast at breakfast time).Also dietry needs for my husband who is Lactose intolerant,who when asking for an omelette (which you could only have cheese and mushroom extra in it),said several times 'no cheese please',came back to the table giving me his omlette and going back,as the cook couldn't understand that he didn't want cheese in it.If my husband finished eating before me,his plate was whisked away,bad manners when the other person is still eating I think.To the evening entertainment, every night at 9pm it was Kids Mini Disco,playing the same songs every night,I almost got up myself and danced along as I became so brainwashed! It is a bad idea of the Julian to have all this going on in the dining area.They would finish the half hour session,dancing in and around the tables with the children,most of the time while you were still eating. 9.30pm every night is bingo time,again in the enteretainment area/restaurant area,you were constantly asked to buy tickets (15Tlira per ticket) while you were trying to eat your meal,sometims by 5 different people.The bingo game would go on for ever, as the caller's english was quite limited and we all had trouble making out the numbers. After which was the entertainment,which, if the bingo went on too long,didn't happen. A fire eater came on 1 night,constantly dropping the flame,trying to amaze people,I've had more 'wow' factor, igniting my oven at home! We noticed that by the time the mini disco would start,most couples and families would disappear at the thought of another repetitive night.All inclusive bar is on until midnight,which was quite limited.
The breakfasts were,sausage,egg,bacon,beans,mushrooms etc,which were in steel canteens in the didning area,most of which the handles had snapped off,so be very careful not to burn yourself,and your children,on opening them.The wasps were always particularly fond of breakfast time,again landing in food,every time they got a chance.Members of staff could also have their meals in the didning area,and it was a joy one evening to seen one staff member,dipping his fingers in the foods to taste before deciding what to put on his plate.
There was an entertainment room,again within the dining area,for the kids to go in and watch films and draw and play.I have to say Emma the childrens entertainer was great with them.The childrens water slide,pictured in the brochure,and on there website,looked great for the kids,with a great water slide and swirly slide to keep the kids entertained.However,I only ever saw the water in use down these slides,twice max a day,which meant kids were bored.The entertainment around the pool.was aqua gym,water polo etc. Then there was darts,killer pool,table tennis and pool.
As I have mentioned this IS a fantastic 4* hotel,such a pity about the food,and entertainment,as this was definitely more low 3*.I have recently reviewed the 3* plus Asena Beach hotel in Olu Deniz,and both their food choice and quality could teach this hotel a thing or two.Such a pity,as this hotel really does tick the boxes for,rooms,staff cleaners(who were always great at their job),and reception staff, but you really need to sort out the rest.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Looking for a relaxing holiday away from the noise of the town or easily reached if desired the Julian Forest Suites is a must. Situated 2,8 km away from the beach at the foot of the surrounding forest, Julian Forest Suites offer fantastic service set in beautiful scenery, ideal for families and couples. ... more less
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