My boyfriend and I stayed at Tonoz Beach for two weeks 15-29/09 in bed and breakfast accommodation. We arrived at around 9pm in the evening, with our transfer company a2B dropping us off in a side street just up from the hotel. This was a little daunting at first as we had never visited the resort, but as it was a Saturday the main strip was in full swing so we merely headed towards the lights and spotted the hotels sign to our left. When you arrive you have to walk through the hotel restaurant (Daphne Garden) to gain access to the reception, which is also up a flight of stairs. When we arrived it was very busy, with live music on - which we thought was a good sign, however everyones attention seemed to be on us humphing our luggage up the stairs which was a wee bit embarrassing!
Check in was quick and easy, passports were photocopied right away rather than kept (which i always prefer for piece of mind) and we had already decided we would use the fridge and air con in the room - air con is £30 per week, the mini fridge £15 per week. There was also a safe on offer at £10 per week, but we didn't really have any valuables to justify this. It's worth noting that Tono is one of the few hotels in Olu that allows you to take your own food and drink into the room - the main reason we took the fridge, this meant we could buy fruit juices as well as water and also snacks like fruit or olives on days where we were leaving the hotel before breakfast to go on trips. Azda is just downstairs and has everything you could need and as the previous post said it is open to 2am..but a fridge saves you having to leave your room to get cold water.
Our room was 208, on the second (top) floor, facing onto the main strip. I was a little concerned about the noise levels mentioned in reviews but not once did my boyfriend or I find this a problem. We only had around 4 late nights over the two weeks and the rest of the time were in bed around half 9/10 o'clock - when the strip is at it's busiest. Yes there was noise, however this died down around 12pm and with the air con on (which is a necessity in high season, when noise is highest, although the noise may prove as much of a problem for light sleepers as that from the street) and the windows closed (again a necessity thanks to those damn mosquitoes!) we slept undisturbed through the night - bar the one night we were rudely awoken by a group of ignorant guests - perhaps the same russian fellow as below - making a noise, shouting and larking about, beers in hand in the hall at 4am. I got up and went ballistic (apologies to anyone i may have woken up that they hadn't!) having lain in bed listening to them for 15 minutes and they eventually left - was not very impressed that hotel staff had not dealt with them sooner, but we never had any other problems. With regards to the cleanliness of the room - we had the cleaners visit every day, sheets changed every 2-3 days, but had our towels changed daily and made into an array of designs with flowers - i think the hayfever comment is a bit bizarre - a few flowers in your room (maybe around 20, most of which without stamens and therefore pollen) are nothing compared with the flora you'll contend with in an area like Olu so chances are you'd be on the Piriton already!!
Room was perfect in terms of size and amenities - plenty storage, comfortable bed and great bathroom. Shower cubicle more than ample for one average sized person to wash in - provided you don't drop the soap, as this proves tricky!! We were really surprised by the standard, given the budget price and felt it was better than some of the cheap travel lodges we had stayed in in the UK at a much higher price. The room came with a T.V, which we had no problems with however the only English channel was BBC world which was a tad repetitive. We also used the free Wi-Fi in our room, and didn't encounter any problems like those outlined below - you had to reconnect quite often, but once connected signal was fine and suited us for what we were using it for (Olu forum/restaurant reviews and e-mail). As for the slanted roofs on the second floor....yes, a bit of a pain however given how little time we intended to spend in the room (which actually ended up being quite a while due to my boyfriend illness all through the second week!) it didn't bother us too much and head bumps, although inevitable, were limited.
As i mentioned, we were bed and breakfast - breakfast was served every morning 8-10 downstairs in the restaurant and i thought it was fantastic. Typical turkish/med breakfast - nice bread, olives, cheeses, tomatoes, fresh fruit along with continental options such as cereals, conserves, yoghurt and hot options on rotation - boiled and scrambled eggs/fresh omlettes with your choice of filling twice weekly/a potato and sausage dish. Theres coffee (mediocre), diluting orange and water to drink - fresh orange and turkish coffee are extra and other breakfast options available (such as the dreaded full english) at an extra cost. Restaurant staff were lovely and whilst we only ate in the restaurant once other than breakfast it was always busy and the food smelt amazing...shame it was so close to us or else we may have spent our evening there!
The hotel has a pool and as others have mentioned people do reserve their loungers at the crack of dawn, some even before breakfast - one morning a girl trotted down in her bra and shorts to do so! More fool them in my opinion as if you're reserving your place next to a pool the size of a postage stamp when you're on the doorstep of one of the worlds most beautiful beaches you must be nuts! However, in saying that because of the small area, it does make a good pool for families as it's easy to keep an eye on the wee ones unlike in some larger hotels :)
The location of the hotel is fantastic, literally steps away from the main beach and at the end of the main strip - so not too many noisy bars to put up with - there is a change bureau and supermarket downstairs and also the hotels spa - Sanctuary (where tonoz guests get 10% off). We visited this on our second day for a massage, which we found good value for money however later saw that Sky Sports (also downstairs) offer some of the treatments even cheaper than we paid - so maybe worth booking through them.
Its also worth noting that you can keep your room until 5pm (where available) on your day of departure for £20 - this was perfect for us as our transfer wasn't until 5pm. I noticed another review mention they had to use spa facilities to wash and dress on departure day - perhaps this is a new thing?
All in all we had a fantastic holiday - the staff were helpful and answered any questions we had and helped arrange our return transfer for us. The location is beautiful, the vista spectacular but the resort....a little too tacky and full of English/European food/drink/FOOTBALL!!...think Benidorm, only nicer. It was our first time in Turkey and we'll definately return, only perhaps somewhere a little quieter and more 'Turkey' than Olu. If we did visit the resort, we wouldn't hesitate to visit Tonoz Beach again.
Tall people should avoid rooms on the second floor, due to slanted ceilings!
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