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Hotel Nazar
Ranked #6 of 30 Hotels in Altinkum
Reviewed October 11, 2011

We spent 10 days at htis hotel at the end of September 2011.
On arrival we were shown to a room which was over the entrance and looked up the street. The balconey had an empty cigarette packet on it and had not been swept. I went down to reception to see if there was a chance of changing to a pool view room and to tell thjem the balconey had not been swept. No joy at changing the room and the young man on the reception told me that someone from the room above must have thrown the cigarette packet down, this to land on our balcony was an impossibility. On removing my shoes I also realised the room floor had not been swept as it was very gritty with sand, on entering the bathroom I saw the mat you stand was extremely grubby and had purple stains on it. Later that day I asked at reception if it was possible to have a clean mat, a different young man on reception and this was no trouble at all.
Has it was our first day there and we had been travelling all night we decided to to go round the pool for the rest of the day. Not a very big pool and most of the beds had towels on them but no one came to sit in these beds for the few hours we were there. It is not just the Germans to take beds with thier towels but also the English are very uncourteous with this practice. You obviously had to go for a shower early or you ended up with tepod or like warm showers with a freezing shower an odd day. I discovered on the first day that the warm water came out of the cold tap in room 318. You also had to keep yourelf well doused in insect repellent and the net curtain pulled well across the patio door at all times otherwise you will be bitten to death with the mosquitos, we got bitten quite a lot but went to the pharmacy were he gave us a tube of gel and a tube of cream which we had to mix together and this killed in the bites in two days. A ggo mosquito repellent to use is "Off" which we bought there and another guest told us about ther for about 6 lirya. Well worth the money. The other thing we were not happy about at all was the bathroom bins were only emptied on Monday and Thursday when they changed the sheets and towels. You only get one narrow bath towel which on arrival and first change where very thin and thread bare blue towels. the seceond chage were nicer white towels, but still no hand towel. The floor was at least swept and mopped on the first sheet change.
The breakfast was the usual Turkish breakfast ( boiled egg, meat, two types of cheese tomato & cucumber and cake).At least there was a toaster althought as the bread was so lovely and fresh you had to put it through twice and at least the orange juice was not orange squash or watered down juice. The room were breakfasst was served was in the basement and a little depressing.
The taller of the two main bar men was very friendly and helpful and the two sixteen year olds who were worjking there on work experience and attended college to learn the trade and English were quite a couple of comics.
We had a lunch there one day and the food was extremely good.
The restuants along the beach front which was only a 5 minute walk away were mostly very good especially Pinocchio's where the the staff looked after you extremely well and the food excellent.
Nehir was also very good. Big Nose bar at the end of the road was good for a drink.
We would return to Altinkum possibly but not to the Nazar as it is in need or some TLC.

Room Tip: Rooms facing the front get the mosquitos becasue of the palm trees, and back rooms that are not pool...
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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 22, 2011

i have just spent 2wks at the Nazar & what a pleasant place ..the staff were grt & as i was travelling on my own they always took time out to make sure i was ok & never on my own..ok the main gripe that i heard from everyone was the fact that there were no fridges in the room , yes i agree that they should be re-placed , the breakfast was basic but filling & there are many places nearby that do a full english , the hotel was 5mins away from everywhere , i've already booked to go back nxt year , thanks again guys , ur all brill !

Room Tip: if you are travelling with children ask for a room at the back , as at the front of the hotel there...
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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled solo
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4  Thank andi h
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Reviewed September 18, 2011

We had a fantastic time at this resort and hotel. The hotel is located in the centre of everything you need. Bars, resyaurants, shops. The hotel although basic 2* accomodation, is spotlessly clean and friendly. Bar is open all night, food is good and worth a mention is Elvis, James, Chesney and Jake, all these people made is welcome and our holiday enjoyable. Will definately be going back soon.
Make ssur you experience a turkish bath, aboat trip and a traditional turkish Shave.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank marcarsy
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Reviewed September 1, 2011

stayed at the Nazar Apartments august 2011 good clean hotel for a 2* this is a hotel and no longer apartments rooms were good but not a lot of room for your clothes.all the staff were very friendly with the exception of one chap at the reception desk.plenty of sun beds.the down side was the smell of sewage coming from the pumping station next to the hotel, a couple of times when there was not any breeze our room filled with the smell of the sewage.found a very good place to eat called Barneys opposite the Hotel,exchange rate was very good in the resort,Bank was 2.90lire to the £, when we left shops were still at 2.85lire to £ drinks were dear in Dolphin Square.other places £1.40

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank jeff099
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Reviewed August 7, 2011

good points ; its in a central location , 5 mins walk to beach and shopping, staff are very friendly , family friendly and close to bars and resturants .
bad points; room only gets cleaned every 3 days, no fridge and no kettle, also no other food to be brought into your room from outside the hotel , sewerage smell outside at night and not disabled friendly.
this is not a bad hotel like some of the other 2star hotels in the area

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank gotchyer
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Reviewed July 27, 2011

(It’s ranked as high as it is because of the price we paid - read on for more and bear that in mind …)

The Nazar Hotel.
A two star hotel for sure. A little bit of context first. We booked a last minute deal and ended up being accommodated here (we knew we were coming it wasn’t one of those “allocated on arrival” deals). Consequently, we didn’t pay the brochure price – far from it. We ended up paying something like 43% of the official brochure price and so I’m able to judge this place in two ways – against what we paid and against what we could have paid.

The Location:
Very close to the beach. The brochure (“Just” by the First Choice Group) indicates that the beach is 170m away (about a five minute walk). It might be 170m as the crow flies but not by road and path although the five minute walking time is pretty accurate. It is close to a lot of bars and restaurants and is just a short walk to the main Ataturk Boulevard. It is next to a small sewage treatment plant and it is possible for guests to notice the smell of sewage during the day if they are sitting around the pool area. Having said that I either got used to it after the third day or so or it stopped smelling. Either way it became much less noticeable as the week went on. The rooms at the back of the hotel do get the full on version at approx 05.00 when the muezzin starts to call the faithful to prayer – again, after the first couple of times I was able to tune this out and not let it ruin my sleep. It was a very loud surprise, though, on the first morning!! We had a room at the back and, except for the odd noise from the Hotels own bar, we didn’t hear any near real noise from the rest of the resort.

The Rooms:
The hotel’s own leaflet suggests that rooms either have a pool view, a street view or a garden view. The rooms at the front of the hotel do, indeed, have a street view. I didn’t have one of these so I can’t vouch for the noise although the street they face did not suffer from too much traffic. Nine or so of the rear rooms do have a pool view, that is they look directly over the pool. The rest of the rear rooms might be able to see a glimpse of the pool but they are faced with the side of the building next door – there is a very narrow strip of greenery between the two buildings that is probably glassed as a garden space, hence the use of “garden view” as a description. It’s not a garden view, so don’t be too disappointed when all you can see is wall.

Our room had three beds, three plastic garden chairs, one small plastic side table, one dressing table and mirror, one bedside table and one wardrobe with some shelves. Some rooms, I believe, had a fridge in them. Ours didn’t. We had a balcony large enough to sit on and there is space to hang out clothes and other things that need drying (on a three string washing line arrangement). We had a TV with only one English speaking channel (Fox Movies) and the room had three plug sockets. One for the TV and one next to it and one, on it’s own, right next to the front door. I’m not sure what use that one is normally but we used it for our plug-in mosquito thingy. The bathroom had a hairdryer and a shower. We had a towel each but, be warned, they aren’t very big and they only get changed once a week. They did look clean, though, and they might even have been relatively new. Take your own if possible. Each bed had one pillow and they were poor quality and lumpy. The Air Con was extra (as is often the case) and cost £4 per day. We definitely needed it and didn’t once begrudge paying for it. The hotel has safety deposit boxes but they are down in Reception rather than in the room. They cost a £1 a day and, again, are worth the effort (IMO). Maid service is on request and they will clean your room if you hang a tag on the door handle. Linen is also only changed once a week.

Public Spaces: The reception, Bar, restaurant area is open plan and leads out onto either the street (by reception) or the swimming pool area (by the bar). A buffet breakfast is served in the basement restaurant area every morning between 8.00-10.00 and is the usual assortment of cold meat, cheeses, olives, tomatoes and bread and cakes. Tea, coffee and juice (more like squash) is also served. All of this is unlimited. Cooked English breakfast can be had but it’s extra and served in the main bar restaurant (8TL – an average price in comparison to other bars/cafes in the vicinity).

There is a gym. It’s got 6/7 pieces of machinery in it and it’s also housed in a basement room. The one time I looked at it, it was empty and dark although I did hear one person say they used it every morning. There is a pool table and a table tennis table.

The pool is an average size and the same depth for the whole length of it (145cm). It’s big enough to swim lengths and it’s not that cold (at the moment – the sun is very hot!). There is a childs pool but it's not very big. Most of the kids went in the main pool with their parents or siblings. The hotel has 160 beds in the rooms but there are only 47 sun beds. We were fortunate enough that, even though the hotel was full, we were always able to get a bed (even if we didn’t “reserve” one there was always at least two available up until about 10.00). This may not always be the case and will obviously depend on what the other guests are doing at the time you are there. Each sun bed does have a cushion but there are only 9 parasols.

The food and drink from the bar/restaurant were adequate enough and I’ve no complaints about the quality of the cooking. It’s not the most exciting of menus but, if you don’t fancy running the gauntlet of the other places calling you and trying to entice you in and wanting to stop you and talk to you and shake your hand, then you could easily eat here if you wanted to. Having said that their prices were higher than the bar/restaurant across the road (Barneys) but I can’t comment on that place's quality because we didn’t go there.

As a guide, current prices (in the hotel) for:
Efes Beer 0.5L = 5TL (approx £1.88 at the exchange rate of 2.65 that was possible in the town)
Bottle of Carlsberg 0.5L = 6TL (£2.26)
Large Coke/Sprite, etc = 5TL
1.5L Water = 2TL (75p) – cheaper elsewhere but hardly worth the walk if you’re sunbathing by the pool.
Chicken Salad (quite large) = 9.5TL = £3.60.

Reasonable prices but, again, it is possible to get cheaper food and drinks outside of the hotel.

The TV in the bar has got BBC News and SKY News and there are a couple of bookcases of English language books if you run out of reading material. There is internet access and it costs £2 per hour.

The Staff: Generally friendly enough and we didn’t have any issues with them at all. Most of them speak good English and communicating and getting understood was not an issue. We did hear from other guests, who had been moved into the Nazar, that other hotels used by British tour companies were not as friendly and their staff were very rude and disrespectful. None of that was evident in the Nazar. We had a late flight home and we were fortunate enough to be able to keep our room until 17.30 (instead of checking out at 12.00). For those that weren’t able to keep their rooms the hotel staff were able to provide a room for showering and changing. It cost us £10 for an additional 5½ hours and was well worth the money but I got the impression that the shower rooms were provided free of charge (although I wouldn’t swear to that!)

Overall Summary: For the price we paid it was a good value, small hotel with just enough to keep us busy. We wanted somewhere hot where we could spend all day reading by the pool and relaxing, close to the beach (if we wanted it) with a choice of local bars and restaurants. The Nazar delivered on all of those elements. Had we paid the brochure price (in excess of £1100 for two of us ) I would have been very disappointed but we didn’t so I wasn’t. Would we go back? If we were able to pay a similar price, then yes, we would. One more word – take mozzie spray and mozzie plug-in repellent if you can – they are all over the place but easily kept at bay.

Room Tip: Pool View Rooms are probably the best ... although you also get a view of the sewage treatment plant...
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9  Thank GingerChimp
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Reviewed July 26, 2011

This is a lovely hotel, close to beach and shops and all local bars.

Clean, efficient staff, breakfast is a good selection and as much as you want, juice and tea and coffee.

The pool is great with plenty of sunbeds for all users and umbrellas for when the sun is too much.

They also make the BEST cappuchino in the world!

I would stay there just for the coffee - it is to die for! Seriously - go there and try it.

Room Tip: Rooms at the back avoid noise from the street
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3  Thank Carol186337
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Address: Altinkum Mahallesi 5 Sok No 10, Altinkum, Didim 9270, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Turkish Aegean Coast > Aydin Province > Didim > Altinkum
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #6 of 30 Hotels in Altinkum
Price Range: $13 - $47 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Nazar 2*
Number of rooms: 76
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