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“Asur: the jewel in Dalyan's crown” 5 of 5 stars
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3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Maras Mah. Guruncu Mevki No:13, Dalyan 48840, Turkey   |  
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Ranked #6 of 61 Hotels in Dalyan
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“Asur: the jewel in Dalyan's crown”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2007

The Asur Hotel/Assyrian Hotel is one of those lovely finds that you either want to keep to yourself! (Twelve Degrees North in Grenada is another) - or if you believe in Trip Advisor (I do), you feel honour bound to share....

The Asur is a magical place to be. It doesn't seem to matter if you are a young couple,, or family with two active, almost-teenage children (that's us), grandparents, or a single Mum with child - the Asur's warm welcome and fantastic customer care will make this place one of the best holiday destinations you will experience.

The hotel is small (just 30 +/- rooms), spotless, set in beautiful grounds with hammocks strung between citrus trees among the oleander, jasmine, hibiscus and pots of geraniums. You can while away the day on the jetty, watching boats go by or take the free boat ride to the beach three times a week (about 15 mins). Or borrow a bike (the Asur offers bikes free to guests) and ride down to the post office in Dalyan (PTT) and take the dolmus (30-45 mins bike + ride) to the bus end of the beach (more picturesque). Or sit by the sparkling pool - no need to rush for loungers - there are plenty for everyone and they are rearranged every day thoughtfully into the requisite groups for guests. No need to bring beach or pool towels either - plenty of these also available.

Breakfast is just as others have described - ham, cheese, bread, freshly made crepes, fried or scrambled eggs, fresh fruit salad, figs, olives, tomatoes. Lunch is by the bar and the hummus is delicious. Fresh orange juice is available all day long, thanks to the great good nature of the barman!

Rooms are immaculate. Poolside ones are best but each has its own small verandah with chairs. There is a TV, hairdryer, mini-bar for water, kettle. There is even a drying rack for swimsuits discreetly off to one side of the verandah. Hot water is plentiful and for those hot airless nights, there is AC that works. For anoraks like us who have to stay in touch with businesses or home, there is an Internet room with a good connection - and ithat too, is free. If you forget your book, or want to swap, there is a small library of books left by guests.

Miss the trip to the mudbaths? No problem. You can hire the boat privately for around TL 60 return trip. Or you can ask the resident boatman to take you into Dalyan at night by boat.

Our holiday was to relax after a long hard year, and to have the chance to spend time with our children. And the Asur was perfect. No kids' club, no organised entertainment - apart from the once-weekly barbecue by the river overlooking the 400 BC tombs, under the stars, in the moonlight - delicious fresh authentic food, grilled fish. Bliss.

For the Asur, nothing is too much trouble and every request is met with a smile. People are there when you need them, but not hovering when you don't.

The hotel is only a short walk from the best restaus in Dalyan - those in the centre of town - Denizati, Melody etc are more expensive and less personal. We were happier with more local restaus. Waterside Carretta Caretta was good, so too was Dutch-run Benaz Gul (sorry can't quite remember its name but easy to spot as the most sophisticated restau on the block) - though we all preferred the less polished, but more welcoming Turkish offerings at Yakamoz (chez Jimmy!) and Okakbasi Restaurant where Memet really takes care of you. One of our children was feeling a bit off-colour that evening - and their care and concern couldn't have been kinder. In town, at the far end of the waterfront, Melody is fun to view the two turtles who swim up to the waterside tables - but we had a long, long wait for a fairly indifferent meal.

Fun things to do? There is no shortage in Dalyan. Our boys (9 and 11) loved the novelty of the mud baths and sulphur pool - and the one-day novice scuba dive, courtesy of Euro Dive (near and opposite Yakamoz).

We would love to go back. Dalyan is a real find ( and yes, do take mosquito Jungle Juice or euivalent but the mosquitoes were not that bad in August) . - and do stay at the Asur. It really is the gem that eveyone says it is.

But sssh - don't tell anyone......

  • Liked — Everything!
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Derbyshire
1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2007

We returned from one of our best holidays ever yesterday! The Asur Hotel was everything we wanted from a hotel. The setting is beautiful, with lovely touches like hammocks and swings in the gardens. All the staff were great, nothing was too much trouble for anyone. The owner and his family were very hands on and made us feel so welcome, without being intrusive.
The rooms were clean, well decorated and it was super to be able to sit on our own veranda in the evenings. The hotel was so quiet, no entertainment which was perfect for us, just a quiet drink at the bar suits us!
Breakfast was a feast, with lots of choice and superb freshly made pancakes. Lunch and dinner were good value for money and the barbecue by the river was super.
We were so impressed that we did not need to check out until our pick up time, which meant no hanging around in traveling clothes. We were able to have a morning in the pool, shower. pack and go straight to the airport! Brilliant!
I can't speak highly enough of the place, we already have the brochure for next year and will be booking 2 weeks! Enough said!

  • Liked — Quiet
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Northwich, United Kingdom
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2007

We have just come back from our holiday at the hotel asur in dalyan all i can say is FANTASTIC we will definatly be coming back .
The staff are friendly and extremly helpfull the rooms and towels etc were cleaned everyday.
If your looking for a relaxing holiday then this is the perfect place you never need to venture far from the wonderfull pool area.
The pool bar serves snacks and drinks and look out for Cookie the bar man he is great very friendly and funny!
the location on the river is so peacefull and only about 10 min walk in to the main eating and shopping area. The shops are great lots and lots of handbags and the staff in them are not to pushy not like in some other resorts.The restaraunts are lovely are favorite was "sahill" most of the restaraunts are located on the river side so very romantic and great views of the rock tombs. the only word of warning is the mosquitos are VICIOUS take plenty of repellent !!!

  • Liked — (apart from cookie ) the pool area and the cleanliness of the rooms and friendly staff, great location
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2007

we are a young couple and stayed at the asur hotel in june. we arrived at the hotel at night and were amazed by how beautiful it was, the rooms are small but had every thing you need, fridge, a safe included free, tv, hairdryer and a kettle. it was very clean and was nicely decorated. in the morning we looked around and the hotel is surrounded by plants and flowers and looks like paradice in the day, there is a jetty and the hotel has its own boat that goes to the beach on a tuesday, thursday and sunday which is free.

for breakfast there is a choice of toast, cereals, beans and scrambled egg, omelettes and pancakes which were all very nice. the food they offered for lunch and tea was good and around average price and quality for the rest of the food on offer in dalyan.

the food in dalyan is good, they do good steak meals and absolutely fantastic casaroles and as it is a fishing village there is a wide range of fish dishes that you can choose from. alot of the restaurants were along the river so you have a lovely view of the river while eating and often can see the rock tombs and get some great photos. the only problem however with being by the river is the mosquetos which can eat you alive at in the evening. most of the places by the river spray you with the local mosqueto repelent which seemed to be good and we took some spray which contained 40% DEET and i was only bitten once all holiday.

everyone in dalyan was friendly, there was a large selection of shops, bars, restaurants to choose from and it is all very cheap. for a good steak meal for two people and an average bottle of wine and water would be around 70 lira working out about £27.

a great restaurant to go to while staying here is lay lay which pick you up and drop you back from there for free and has good food with fantastic surroundings.

everyone at the asur hotel was friendly and cookie the bar man really made the holiday he was really funny and had everybody giggling all holiday. the cleaners make a real effort every day making the bed with fresh flowers and everybody just worked together to make sure you had a great holiday which we did.

Stayed June 2007
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Loughborough, United Kingdom
1 review
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2007

We read up about the Hotel Asur on Trip Advisor after it was offered as a base in Dalyan by the Travel agent. We were looking for a smallish hotel with a nice pool near the river. After reading the comments in Trip Advisor we booked our stay and found exactly what we hoped for on arrival at the Asur.

The owner and family were friendly and welcoming as were the staff. The setting is idyllic and the short walk back from the main eating/shopping area of Dalyan was welcome after many an excellent meal in the great value restaurants.

Our stay was peaceful but with some "life" around the hotel. The pool/bar area was great for meeting and chatting with other guests (for the outgoing) or just having a quiet drink or snack.

During the daytimes we made full use of the various trips on offer(from sailing round the Islands to a visit to Ephesus and Pamukale) as well as the free river-taxi to the beach and back.

We would love to go back to this hotel when we visit Dalyan again which we certainly hope to do.

Stayed July 2006
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Surrey, England
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2006

We stayed at the Asur Hotel Self Catering Apartments in June 2006.... The apartments were great, everything you could wish for. Washing machine, hair dryer etc. Good facilties. Some minor hitches but were easily resolved. Staff however were not so great - the bar was never open in the evenings and when we asked on some evenings if we could get a drink from the bar, we were told no, not open. When we first arrived, the lunch time slot was 1 1/2 hours but by the second week, this had diminished to half an hour. So if you weren't quick off the mark for lunch, you missed being able to order at the apartments and had to go elsewhere. The hotel is a bit off the beaten track, well in fact it is on a beaten track but is quite a walk from the town so not really good if you have young kiddies who don't like walking. We ended up hiring a buggy. All in all, a good hotel but the staff need a bit of people training !!!!!!!!!!!

Stayed June 2006
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london
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6 hotel reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2006

just back from a week at asur, and loved every moment. its a stunning setting on the river. the pool and
the garden are lovely, with cactus, pomegranates trees, lemons, palms, really lush and beautiful. the cleaners are amazing...the place is spotless . there is free boat trip to beach three times a week, free internet. really peaceful and relaxing.

Stayed August 2006
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Address: Maras Mah. Guruncu Mevki No:13, Dalyan 48840, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Turkish Aegean Coast > Mugla Province > Dalyan
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Dalyan
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Dalyan
#8 Family Hotel in Dalyan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Asur (Assyrian) 3.5*
Number of rooms: 34
Also Known As:
Hotel Asur Assyrian

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