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......
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Asur Assyrian