Having searched the net on numerous occasions my fiancee and I found a great deal to Olu Deniz staying at the Mellis Beach. I had been to Olu Deniz on two occasions the last being approximately 6 years ago so I knew (or at least thought I knew) the town. From memory the Mellis Beach was a nice hotel with a great restaurant attached to it and with a great location.
We arrived at the hotel at 4am and immediately we were disappointed with our choice. There didn't seem to be anyone there to greet us and when the staff did approach us they weren't very welcoming. The next day Pauline the owner did say that they hadn't been given a time for our arrival so didn't know when to expect us, so this kind of explained the situation.
We were given a room (very basic but what you'd expect for the money) on the ground floor under a grape vine canopy which although we were disappointed with at the start proved to be very beneficial. It was very shaded and provided easy access for those lazy days around the pool - it was just a shame that we were missing a view. So everyhting up until now had been average, however the best or worst was still to come.
When we went to bed on our first, second, third, fourth, firth, sixth and seventh night we failed to sleep due to the noise coming from the Kareoke bar ajoining the hotel at one end and the Tequila Bar playing rock music at the other end. This would continue every night until at least 1 am if not 3 am on a Saturday. The hotel is small, personal and clean but the location is awful if you're looking for a quite relaxing holiday.
Olu Deniz has unfortunately started to take on many of Hisaranous negative aspects. It has become infested with neon signs, tacky shops (including Tesko, Sainsbury and Azda) and overly loud music. As a result the Mellis Beach has gone from being a nice hotel in a great location to being a nice hotel in a bad location. They have changed the great restaurant twith uniformed waiters to just another eatery serving the British tourist. Luckily the beach in Olu Deniz is still very appeailing and the scenery is as amazing as ever. With great bars and restaurants (such as Buzz Bar and Help) on the sea front there are still reasons to make this a worthwhile holiday destination.
Pauline was lovely and couldn't do enough to help as were her two managers.
If you are looking for a late night, loud, party holiday then the Mellis Beach is a great hotel for you. However if you are looking to relax, unwind and chill out then it's great during the day time around the pool but you may want to find somewhere else to stay at night.
I can't help wondering if in the long run Olu Deniz would have been better off staying as the chilled out turkish beach town it once was - but then that's commercialism for you!
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