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Hotel Bizimtepe
2.0 of 5 Guest house   |   Ataturk cad no:259, Karaincir, Akyarlar 48400, Turkey   |  
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Ranked #2 of 2 Akyarlar B&B and Inns
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“Great hotel!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2010

If you like a more traditional type of holiday by the sea, in a tourist area aimed at Turks, away from English breakfasts, nightlife and noise then this might be for you. It's not for those that find a 20 minute dolmus ride to the nearest town for nightlife and noise too much to cope with in the heat.

It's a small family run hotel run by staff and family who are only too happy to help you and deal with all your queries. Not all of them speak good English but they all try hard and there is nearly always someone who speaks good enough English around (or not far away). The hotel food is fantastic and chef produces really good food (with the occasional exception)- however you must be prepared to wait a long time for it, sometimes.

The nearest town (Turgutreis) has bars, music, English breakfast, boat rides, banks etc and is 20 minutes away by dolmus. The local area is Akyarlar has a busy beach which becomes crowded at weekends and some weekdays after 11.30am and is only a couple of minutes walk (if that) away. Its great for people watching and having people try and sell you exotic fruits, peel you a lemon, sell you some bread, some linen, some freshly caught fish, some prepared muscles, hot corn on the cob and puddings in the afternoon are taken out of the cafe by tray and sometimes its arrival announced by melodic banging drums or a big bass drum! It has restaurants and cafes (buy a drink at their cafe and stay for free on their sunbeds with shade (some under trees on the sand and some under umbrellas). There are three boat jetties that is also used by adults and children to jump/dive off of. Its mostly grainy sand but the first few metres into the sea is quite stoney in places. There are areas in the sea that disappear from under your feet then a few metres further out to sea you can stand up again - but near the seafront and a bit further out is perfectly safe for children. The cafes also stay open for eating at night, though the Turks tend to eat at them at lunchtime and/or when they finish at the beach, leaving them almost empty in the evening. Some of them cook some really fantastic food (Turkish meatballs, Kofte, Kebab, Turkish Caserole, Mezes, freshly caught fish, delicious salads etc. You can also get chips) at cheaper prices than elsewhere with the odd one being a dissapointment food-wise. If you like 'typical English food' don't eat at the beach. There is also a quiet beach 10-15 mins walk away with Turkish restaurants open day and night - also lovely local food.

The hotel is situated on the first part of a hillside and the rooms are set into the hillside. Most with views but not all. Most have a balcony but not all. If your tour operator tells you its a Promotional room then it does not have a balcony, though many of the tour operators don't even tell you this, so ask them). There are many steps to negotiate and can be hazardous to small children with some gaps and drops and a few broken or cracked slabs, but if you are prepared to keep an eye on your children in these areas they are fine.

The rooms are very basic but perfectly fine IF you can cope with basic. We found them perfectly adequate. The twin rooms have one bedside table, a central ceiling light (and no wall or bedside lamps) enough cupboards/drawers for clothes and a wardrobe that may or may not have clothes hangers (take some just in case). The twin rooms have plenty of room to move about (the three or four person rooms don't have much room to move about). The bathroom has a shower next to the toilet and the toilet gets a shower with you. The room might flood a bit or a lot or not at all. The drainage hole in the shower might not have a cover on it or it might be broken and it might sometimes pong a bit. There is no hairdryer. There is ALWAYS hot water. Sometimes the cold water is off for a while, but not for long and not very often. Check with the staff as sometimes the water engineer has forgotten to turn the pipe back on in your area). The bed might be perfect, soft, hard or you can feel the springs (they differ and its pot luck which you get). Same with the pillows and bed covers - the pillows might be reasonably new and soft or a bit lumpy. The top bed cover is either a lovely new 'waffley' type cotton cover or something that resembles something your Granny crocheted - again its pot luck. There is Air con (payable locally) and mosquito nets on the window and in the bathroom. We didn't get bitten at all in the room (though we are careful to keep the door to the room shut quickly at dusk/in the dark. We were occasionally bitten when out and about at night but only once or twice.

The cleaning service is erratic but you only have to ask downstairs and if you haven't had a clean in the first week and it will be sorted. (Some rooms get cleaned twice a week when others are not touched at all). Your bathmat does get very dirty so make sure not wear any shoes in the bathroom/bedroom and it will stay much cleaner than others.

Downstairs the staff spend hours polishing the cutlery, cleaning the glasses with linen cloths, hosing down the communal areas and around the sunbeds, and washing the sun lounger cushion covers/giant cushion covers. The staff are always willing to assist you and always seem to be in good humour. Lots of jokes and either pretending to push you in the pool or literally doing so, but they also seem to suss if you are the type who wants to be pushed in/joked around with quite quickly. The family who run the hotel are lovely and also always smiling and even though they don't speak much English they try.

There is great mixture of English and Turkish guests and as its a small hotel everyone gets along and mixes well with or without a language barrier. If you have a baby or toddler with you you will get lots of fuss from the Turks.

The loudspeakers from the Mosque are situated right outside the hotel and are turned up very loud - blasting you out of your bed at 5.15 am each morning - though you get used to it and sleep through it after a few days. Even some Muslim guests were joking that they were on holiday and didnt want to hear it at all, let alone that loud.

You pay very little to stay at this two star hotel and what you lose in the basics of the hotel you gain in the lovely staff/owners and the traditional location.

I would recommend this hotel to people who are not fussy and who want to experience a more traditional Turkish holiday at a very good price, away from the English crowds.

  • Stayed August 2010
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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coventry
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2010

Have just got back from the Bizimtepe for the second year running and we have had a fantastic time. As mentioned by other reviewers the staff are amazing - Erhan and his team really make sure you are made welcome and that you have a great holiday. The mix of English and Turkish guests adds something special and language is not a barrier, especially in the bar over a few Efes beers :)

The rooms are basic but perfectly acceptable to us - absolutely no complaints here.
The pool is lovely and relaxing, plenty of sunbeds etc. the beaches are nearby and lovely
The location is beautiful - in a small town with nice restaurants, some are a 5 - 10 minute walk away.
The people are great, mainly Turkish speaking but it's not a problem
You can catch a Dolmus outside the hotel to Turgutreis or Bodrum and they run regularly day and night

Do go if you want to relax, sunbathe, eat good food and meet great people
Don't go if you like more luxurious surroundings, want loads of bars, nightclubs etc or are out of your comfort zone if English is not widely spoken.

teşekkür ederim, sağ olun , Bizimtepe!!

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Doncaster
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2010

Having just returned from the bizimtepe we are already looking at booking to return in september, fair enough the hotel is quite basic having been used to staying in 4* hotels but for the money it is second to none, what the hotel lacks in some areas is more than over compensated for by the staff who just cannot do enough for people. the area around the hotel is very quite so perfect for a relaxing holiday however there are two local beaches one's a 5 minute walk the other around 10-15 minute slow walk, also it's only 20 minutes on the dolmus to turgutreis, where the hotel own there own bar which is worth a visit espescially if they put on a karaoke night, and 40 minutes to Gumbet/Bodrum. the food in the hotel is very good and reasonabily priced, however sometimes expect a long wait this i think is due to there been only one chef. the rooms are basic ie; no t.v or fridge but they have air-con, beds, shower, toilet and enough room and be honest if you are on holiday how much time are you planning on staying in your room. I would say this hotel is for people who just want a relaxing break with the odd day trips, which the hotel staff will organise for you at discounted rates, or nights out in nearby towns. also it is very much a hotel where everybody speaks to everybody else so aslong as you are the kind of person who doesn't mind talking to people this hotel is spot on.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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LW
2 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2010

I wish I could say - "don't come, you won't like it all"............but that would be because I ( and I suspect nearly everyone else who has stayed here ) want to keep this absolute gem to ourselves!! Hhhhhmm.......deep breath then..........."It's simply the best - better than all the rest" !! OK, you could shell out £100s per night somewhere else, with 6 stars and your own personal butler - if that's what you want, but you would never get the kind of welcome, service, personal care and genuine friendship that Erhan, Ali and all the family exude in bucketfulls. The rooms are clean and functional with plenty of hot water, the pool is ..er.. wet, the food is good and there are two beaches within 10-15 mins walk, hosting a handful of small restaurants and cafe bars. Some would find Karancir a bit too quiet - Bodrum and Gumbet (thank God) it is not. So if you are on a stag or hen party or want to go clubbing till the early hours, then maybe look elsewhere, (or let me know when you are going so I can avoid those dates). But for the rest of us.....ssshhhhh, go quickly before the rest of the world catches on to how superb this place is! (Just to be clear then, I really really like the place)

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2010

We had a girlie week away for my birthday. I was horrified by the reviews and packed all my cleaning products for just in case. On arrival we were given double beds as our booking rep didn't pass on the request for twin rooms.

Erhan the hotel manager took the time to show us what was available and gave us an extra room. The rooms are basic and we hardly saw the cleaner, but I had my cleaning gear and didn't care. The staff were lovely and so were the british guests that we met there. If you don't like stairs, this is not the hotel for you.

There are adequate places to eat especially the restaurant on the beach that was somehow linked to the hotel so you didn't have to pay for the sun loungers. My friends birthday was the day after we arrived Erhan showed us were to get a cake and had someone collect it for us so that we could surprise with it at Dinner.

Considering i'm a fussy eater, I liked the food at the hotel. We had a day trip were we left very early in the morning, the hotel packed us breakfast. We got back late and they still prepared a meal for us.

A holiday is what you make it but the staff went the extra yard to cater for everyone that was there. The pool is clean and is checked every morning. All six of us had a wonderful break. I've been to different parts of Turkey and I found this to be a hassle free, relaxing holiday. If i ever go back to that area I'd stay at the same hotel.

I found the hotel rep to be a dissappointment as he was only interested in how much money he could make and nothing else.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Portrush, N Ireland
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2010

When I booked the hotel I wasnt sure what to expect given the price we paid. Yes the rooms are very basic and could be doing with a bit of TLC but what the hotel lacked in grandeur was made up for by the staff. Such a friendly bunch who couldnt do enough for you. We ate most evenings in the hotel feeling guilty for what we had paid for our rooms and found the food to be very good and extremely good value for money.
The location is great, the buses stop just outside the hotel and the beach only a 10 min walk. Yes the locals speak very little English but I thought that was great and was able to try out my Turkish.
All in all cant fault the hotel, the staff or the area. Had a brilliant week.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Northumberland
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2010

I had the pleasure of staying at the Bizimtepe from 31st May til 15th June, this is a really good hotel, away from the hustle and bustle of the town, (although only a short bus ride from Turgutries town centre). rooms are basic but very clean and comfortable, the staff led by Erhan (hotel manager) are fantastic, nothing is too much trouble to them, they really do go out of their way to give great service and make your stay there memorable and one you won't forget in a hurry. The Hotel also has a bar/restaurant in town called Boncuk which serves excellent food and live entertainment on saturday evenings, the hotel staff are happy to take you there and bring you back, infact the hotel staff are happy to take you anywhere. My friend who joined us for our last week was unfortunately dumped in turgutries by her transfer at 2am, Hassan who had just got back to the hotel after working at Boncuk insisted that he drove me into town to pick her up, I really can't thank Erhan, Hassan, Selcuk, Ali and Chef for making my holiday perfect in every way.
I will definately be holidaying at Bizimtepe again . Linda

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Ataturk cad no:259, Karaincir, Akyarlar 48400, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Turkish Aegean Coast > Mugla Province > Bodrum > Akyarlar
Amenities:
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Ranked #2 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Akyarlar
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Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Bizimtepe 2*
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