After reading the reviews on Trip Advisor we took the plunge and booked 3 apartments for July. We emailed to confirm all the details and where very surprised when we were told there was no need to pay a deposit or anything. Niam even organised the transfers for us at less than half what the airline wanted.
On arriving at Dalaman Airport we gathered our bags and nervously made our way to the pick up point wondering if we were going to be picked up. We were met by our diver who took us to a very well maintained mini bus and quickly took us to the hotel. On arriving we were met by Niam, his wife and the boys and made to feel very welcome by them.
First impressions on arriving were favorable. The pool area was looked very welcoming. The apartments were clean but basic. We were self catering but there was no oven. Saying that though there was a 2 burner gas hob and a microwave in each room. In fact the Kitchen areas had recently been revamped. Seeing that 2 of our children where teenagers Niam and the boys quickly swapped out the sofa beds in 2 of the apartments for proper beds. The rooms themselves were a little dated but Niam has plans for a major revamp of these. (Other guests told us of this as he had only recently refitted out the B&B rooms).
The prices at the bar were very good. In fact cheaper in some respects than the bars in the main resort. Niam carry's a wide selection of drinks at bar, but don't think your going to a rowdy hotel with lots of drunks. Niam runs a family hotel and expects the guests to behave as such. His wife runs the catering side of the business and has a wide selection of snacks available. The evening menu is limited but what she does, she does well. The only down side to the evening menu is you have to order the day before which was a turn of for us as on holiday we like to be spontaneous about were we eat. However what you get is always freshly prepared.
As I mentioned the pool area was great. One of the cleanest pools in a hotel I've seen and all done with as little chemicals as possible. The whole area has recently had a face lift, which included new wood effect tiles around the pool and a very smart facelift to the poolside toilets and shower.
As you would expect there is no kids club so you have to entertain them yourself. However there is free WiFi, pool table and table tennis available.
Before arriving we did read a few comments on here form other first timers, saying that they felt some of the regular visitors were offish with them. We did see an element of this and overheard one regular saying about another party arriving a few days after us "more new people. if we don't like them Niam can send them off". We also had an incident where the same woman (I think ), organised for every other guest to stay for a special Buffet meal one night and completely ignored our party. (May have been because one of party hearing her quip about the "new people" said in a voice loud enough for her to hear "that was one of the negatives on Trip Advisor". However most of the other guests were friendly and chatty.
Would we stay here again. Possibly. We say possibly because we have visited Hisaronu 3 times in the last 5 years and there are plenty of other places to visit in the world. But IF we did come back to Hisaronu then we would certainly look Niam up.
One word of advice though. Niam is happy for you to run a bar tab and with kids this can mount up pretty quickly. Our group quickly fell into the habit of settling up every few days, for no other reason than you then know exactly how much you are spending.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Ozturk hotel is close to the village centre, yet far enough off the main street to offer tranquillity and therefore the apartments are quiet and restful. Ozturk hotel is located in a quiet area so no problems getting to sleep at night. There is a good choice of food on the menu for breakfast and also serve a variety of snack meals at lunch times. All the food is fresh and cooked to order. Food is available until very late indeed. Rooms at the Ozturk Hotel have a a Dining room - Kitchen which is fully equipped and includes full size cooker and fridge, balcony, fully tiled bathroom with shower ,basin and toilet. Facilities at the Ozturk Hotel include a good sized swimming pool, children's pool, bar, restaurant and terrace with sun beds. ... more less