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Morning Star Hotel
Ranked #15 of 19 Hotels in Ovacik
Reviewed 22 September 2008

well what can i say me and my husband went to turkey for the
first time. All I can say is that dont bother going to the morning
star in ovacik. We found the owner APO very rude the only one that was helpful was the young lad who got us our breakfast every morning. The rooms are ok but there is no out look from your balcony and you are woken every morning at 5am by the bloody cockerel and then by the loud speaker from the moss.
Just what you want on holidy. Then if your lucky you might get a
sun bed. The hotel is on a main road and I mean a main road
i thought we were sleeping on the m25.
As for ovacik theres nothing there and when you do get the dolmus into Hisaronu all you get is hasseld by the turks it gets
on your nerves. As for the beach Olden Deniz very disapointing
its not SAND like it looks like in the pics its FULL of pebbles.
Staying at the morning star was like being in east enders at night time full of english that have relocated there. Food in all the
resturants that we ate in was crap the only good thing was the weather and that we didnt fly with XL. I think i will stick to the greek islands.

  • Stayed: September 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 September 2008

This was our first visit to Turkey. We will definitely be going again, Apo and his family run Hotel staff were all second to none. Every one working at the hotel, (99% family) were fantastic and could not do enough for you.
The food in the Hotel was better than any of the local restaurants, cheaper too.
Our room was cleaned and fresh towels were supplied every day, thanks Lesley.
The pool was clean and the only noise was when Jordan, the owners 7 year old son tried to talk you into an underwater race or something similar, a lovely little chap, kept us entertained for quite a while. So what if the sunbeds were a little tatty, cover them with your towel and you wouldn't notice.
The bar was friendly and the locals helpful.
Watch out for the Karaoke night on Saturdays, what a noise they make, cant call it singing, but no one cares. I think it is just an excuse for a drink and a laugh, you don't have to join in if you don't want to.
The lively little town of Hisaronu is just a 15 minute walk away with all of its shops, restaurants and bars.
Olu Deniz just a short trip on the Dolmus (bus), plenty of shops bars and nice jewellery shops, so don't take the wife there.
All in all we had a fantastic holiday, so thanks to all the family at the Morning Star, i could never spell all of your names but you know who you are.

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 August 2008

My boyfriend and myself have just returned from a week in Olu Deniz/Ovacik and we were booked into the Morning Star hotel via Greatchoiceholidays.co.uk/Goldtrail. We paid £543 bed & breakfast including flights and transfers, so felt we got a very good bargain!

We got to Morning Star at about 7pm and the hotel is also a bar on the road side. We went into the bar and we were greeted by a young lad who then showed us to our room. It was room number 5 on the ground floor with the balcony over looking the road behind the hotel rather than facing the bar/pool. The bed was small, very low down as the wheels from the base had been removed and the base was flat on the floor. The bedspread looked tatty and old, the bathroom was ok but there was lots of mould around the window and corners of the shower and there was a colony of ants marching beside the toilet. I immediately decided i couldn't stay in that room for the week. I went to reception and asked if there was any chance we could move to a room facing the other side and up on the next floor rather than ground level. He was apologetic and said there weren't any rooms until tomorrow so we said we would definitely want that and we'd just put up with room 5 for that one night. We decided to forget about the room for now and get on with our holiday so we got a beer in the bar and then took it up by the pool as the sun went down. The pool area is quite nice although the sunbeds are a bit tatty. After our beer we wandered along the road (turn left out of the hotel entrance) to a nice little restaurant called Friar Tucks. After that we felt our spirits had lifted slightly (or was that down to the beers?!) so we wandered back towards our hotel and then carried on up past our hotel, past the Grand Ucel Hotel and we heard a lively bar with some Turkish waiters dancing and people clapping. We thought this looked like a fun place to go so we went inside. We asked for a cocktail but the barman wouldn’t tell us what it was and said we would like it. We decided that since everyone had been so friendly up until this point, that we would just sit back and relax and have this "Special" cocktail. We slowly noticed that we were eyeballed by virtually everyone in there so we moved from the bar to a table. We were soon aware that we were in an all Turkish -most probably- "locals" bar. He brought us what looked like 2 wine glasses of murky frothy milk and it tasted revolting. He asked for 20lira, which we questioned him on which he was not happy about. So we paid, simply because the atmosphere was very odd in there and we didn't want to start any trouble. The next thing, he switched the music off, got the attention of the other customers and spoke into a microphone in Turkish, pointing at us while they looked at us and laughed!! We were really confused at what was going on and then he said to my boyfriend (still over the microphone in front of everyone else) "Hey you there... why don't you get up and dance?" My boyfriend acted friendly and said we had just eaten. Then the man went back to Turkish and obviously made some more jokes at our expense. It was awful. There must have been at least 30 people in the bar. The music went back on and i just looked at my boyfriend and said "Let's get the hell out of here now." We quickly left and walked back to our hotel bar. I have to say, i genuinely felt threatened and i was shaken up. My boyfriend was really angry with himself that we had paid for this awful drink and then stayed to be bullied! Anyway, it was a lesson learned! This place we went to has a big light up sign outside with "Star Holidays" on. Just a warning to others not to go in there! We walked back to our hotel bar and there was a pub quiz going on. There seemed to be a lot of Brits in there who now lived full-time in Ovacik and all knew each other. They all seemed to like their pub quizzes, beers, B&H cigarettes and 70's/80's rock music! It was a very friendly atmosphere and people were enjoying themselves. Personally, that isn't our kind of thing but we didn't feel unwelcome at all. Anyway, onto the first nights sleep in room 5.... Firstly, the bed was so uncomfortable and the pillows were flat. At various points in the night we were woken or should i say "disturbed" because i'm not sure i actually fell asleep! There were big noisy trucks stopping at the road junction outside our balcony, cars and mopeds beeping their horns and children running and shouting in the pool table area in the bar, which echoed right through the hotel corridors and is rather irritating at 2am, to be honest. Then we had a period of relative quiet but were then woken at 5am by the prayer call from the mosque nearby. This was fair enough of course, but it was so loud and went on for 30 minutes. Then shortly after that finished there was a pair of cockerels who took it in turns to crow so loudly i thought they might have been on our balcony! In the morning we went to reception and they said we could definitely have another room which overlooked the bar/pool area so we were relieved. We had our breakfast in the bar area which consisted of a basket of lovely fresh bread, a freshly boiled egg with a gorgeously yellow yolk, some cheese, bright red slices of tomato, cucumber and some olives. The waiter came and asked if we wanted tea of coffee. We ordered a glass of orange juice too but this isn’t included in the bed and breakfast deal and is 2.50 Lira each. After breakfast we packed our beach bag and went directly across the road and waited for a bus down to the beach. They come about every 5 minutes and they are white with blue "Olu Deniz" writing across the bonnet. Just stick your arm out and they will stop. They often beep their horn at you if you are walking along the pavement as they are keen to get people on board. They are usually air conditioned but be warned... the drivers will cram you on no matter what and it can get quite hot and difficult to hang on as they whizz along the roads! You will call first at Hisaronu and then down the main road to Olu Deniz beach. You pay when you get off (how they remember who got on where etc, i have no idea!!) and it is 2.50 Lira per person, one way from Ovacik to the beach. You can get off wherever you like, you just have to shout up. There are no specific stops as such apart from the main area in Hisaronu and at the beach at Olu Deniz.

The room that we changed to was room 16 and it was 100% better, we couldn't believe it was the same hotel! Everything was great, although the air-con didn’t go lower than 18c so it didn’t really cool the room so well but it was ok. The balcony overlooked the bar area and you can watch the sunset from the balcony, which is lovely! We stocked our mini fridge with beers and enjoyed sitting out at night-time.

The room was only cleaned if you handed your key into reception before you went out for the day. Otherwise they would leave it, which is fair enough i suppose.

All in all this hotel was fine for what we wanted- a clean, comfortable base. The staff were all friendly and helpful and the owner (who seemed to have a hilarious Australian/Turkish accent) was so so friendly and nice. We only wouldn't stay there again if we were to return to the area, simply because we would want to stay in a hotel by the beach so we wouldn't have to pack a bag everyday and catch buses. But for what we paid, we got a really good bargain.

Stayed: August 2008
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Reviewed 1 August 2008

we stayed at the morning star hotel in july this year. we checked in late the first night due to a late flight arrival. we were firstly given a twin room with two sıngle beds. being a couple this wasnt practıcal. Plus that room had no air conditioning. we were given another double room on the 3rd day. We stayed there two weeks and our room had not been serviced once throughout our stay. The toilet was foul smelling and hadnt even been cleaned before we took the room. We slept in the same sheets the whole two weeks.
we did get the impression that most people who stayed there were regulars and therefore had become accustomed to a certain standards or lack there of. The music ın the bar and restaurant was loud and played very late with no regard for guests who might be sleeping. The guests children ran around the corridors at night slamming doors and shouting up untill 3 in the morning.
İ understand that its holiday time and people go to bed later than usual but ive also stayed in a fair few backpackers all over the world that you get a better nights sleep in.
if you are happy with the basics and dont mind having to ask for clean towels and can sleeop in the same sheets for two weeks and dont mind the noise than all in all the morning stars ok. not great but not awfull either.

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 July 2008

This was my first visit to Turkey, never thought of Turkey as a holiday destination,

Morning Star Hotel is located on the main Ovacik Road,
ideally situated with the dolmus stop directly outside, (the local
bus) taking you to Hisaronu village, the beach and blue lagoon
in Olu deniz or the opposite way to the beautiful port of Fethiye,
where you will also find the very large weekly market,

I have been away on many trips here n there, but never have I ever been made to feel so welcomed, I had everything I could ask for within a swift moment,

The locals were so freindly, and were always on hand of you needed anything!,

Apo, who is the proud owner of this wonderfull place was always around to assist with anything I needed, his son Jordan (7 years old) was also around to dive bomb you if were laying too close to the egde of the pool, lol, the whole place is run by family members who did everything they could to make my stay that much more enjoyable,

The Pool and Bar areas were great, very relaxing laying in the Pool looking out over the mountainous back drop, very well kept and clean grounds too,

The Bar / Restaurant areas were also very inviting and well kept, compared to the other local hotels which were literaly next door!!!.. the prices in this hotel were rock bottom!!! very cheap indeed, Air con in every room was available, and was very cheap for the week.

The room was quite basic, but hey, why someone would spend hundreds of pounds to have a luxurious room to stay in is beyond me, I only used my room to rest, shower, leave my luggage, and maybe sleep if I made it back in time in the evening / morning, lol,

The location was brill, 5 mins one way to the hustle n bustle of Hisaronu, with all its night life, nightclubs, bars, restaurants, fun fun fun!!!, 15 mins from arguably one of the best beaches in the world, ''Olu Deniz'', the lagoon was out of this world, there is lots to do down at the beach and none of it carries that 'in your face attitude'',

Fethiye was 15 mins away also, with all its shops, bars, harbour, docks and again... most wonderfull of people,

Everything was so laid back and chilled, except the temperature, which regularly hit over 35 degrees celcius,

There are shops local to the hotel, which were very reasonalbe with their prices,

I can only suggest that you do visit this little gem of a place,
I went alone and did not know what to expect, I came away a couple of nights ago and have come back with so many memories and have made so many great new freinds,

PS... Jeep safari is a must... but be prepared to get wet,,,, very wet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Shall be returning again this Summer, might even see you there.

Enjoy,

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled solo
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Address: Ataturk Cad. No:49 | Ovacik, Fethiye, Ovacik, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Turkish Aegean Coast > Mugla Province > Ovacik
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #15 of 19 Hotels in Ovacik
Price Range: £39 - £64 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 216
Also Known As:
Morning Star Hotel Turkey/Ovacik

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