Here is the hotel specific review which I will submit to the main site as well
Hotel Asur, Dalyan
We stayed at the Asur for two weeks in May 2010. Despite the fact that we arrived at the hotel at 3am, we were warmly welcomed by the night manager and the night security guard Ozzie who reassured us with his mantra, “Ozzie never sleeps, you are safe with Ozzie” every time we saw him during our stay.
The Asur is a friendly, well run, spotlessly clean, comfortable hotel, and we cannot praise highly enough the standards that are set by owner Habip, restaurant manager Tahir and barman Mustapha. All these key people together with the teams behind them ensure that the hotel guests have a comfortable and enjoyable stay. The hotel grounds are very well maintained and filled with colourful flowers, pomegranate trees and palms, plenty of reclining chairs and hammocks in the gardens, and the lovely jetty which is a very tranquil spot from which to sit and watch the comings and goings on the river.
The Asur’s rooms are quite unique, being octagonal in shape and having an ornately decorated wooden ceiling. The rooms are a little small but adequate, as is the bathroom which contains rather a confined shower.
Linen is changed very regularly and the hotel provides towels for use by the pool; these are freshly laundered and frequently replaced. The safe in the room is also free, as is use of the (rather old and rusty!) bikes, and all these little ‘extras’ add to the welcoming feel of the hotel.
Food and drink at the hotel is of a good standard. The variety of food on offer at breakfast should certainly provide something to please everyone – all the usual continental meats, cheeses etc, are available, as well as more English flavours such as cereal, scrambled eggs and so on. Omelettes and pancakes are prepared on request and you can choose practically any filling you wish for from ham/mushroom/tomato/cheese etc for the omelettes, or honey/lemon/sugar/jam on your pancakes. Drinks include juices, a variety of teas and coffees.
There were two ‘themed’ weekly evenings during our stay – one being a barbecue night down on the hotel jetty which was great fun. The amount of food available would satisfy the largest of appetites and the barbecued meats ranged from pork through lamb and steak and there was sea bass, trout, prawns etc for the fish lovers. Vegetarians were also catered for and there was a vast selection of mezes to enjoy.
The other evening was a lamb based meal, with the lamb being slowly oven braised with onions potatoes and various vegetables. Strictly for those who really like their lamb, I would say!
All the usual drinks are available at the pool bar day and night and the prices were not significantly higher than in town. Mustapha makes a delightful iced coffee that I never got round to trying but it looked wonderful!
The lunchtime menu is ‘international snack bar’ fare – omelettes, sandwiches etc but is all freshly prepared.
As I have mentioned above the cleanliness standards at this hotel are exceptional and one of my abiding memories will be of sitting at breakfast early in the morning and watching Habib’s housekeeping team come out mob (and mop) handed to tackle the pool area – every day they cleaned this with real attention to detail,, taking off all the sunbed cushions and wiping them down, hosing down all around the pool and even running a brush around inside the parasols to ensure that all was clean and tidy. Habip is a very visible owner and it really shows in the way the hotel is run.
We did not visit the apartments (although I had a massage there) but we heard good reports. Those staying in the apartments can use the facilities at the hotel – for example, they can have breakfast for, I believe 6TL per day.
The massage therapist turns up quite regularly looking for business, and I enjoyed my massage, but I think it was a little expensive for the location (worked out cheaper than UK but not by much). The Hamam and small spa (based at the apartments) is new this year and it will be interesting to see if the prices drop in future seasons.
Many will know that return visitors to the Asur run at a level of approximately 80% and I am really not surprised as there is very very little to criticise. The guests are predominantly from the uK and many recognise each other from previous visits, which enhances the friendly feel of the hotel.
Our only complaint would be of being woken by a profusion of vociferous sparrows every morning at dawn …. Perhaps they re not there all year round but they were nesting in the eaves of the rooms and certainly much in evidence. We coined a few polite (and some not so polite) collective nouns for them – a chatter of sparrows, a dispute of sparrows and a blasted racket of sparrows! But if that is all one has to complain about in a two week stay .....…. Oh yes, and the kingfishers which are apparently two a penny by the river maintained a determined absence during our visit - better luck next time!