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Asfiya Hotel
Ranked #27 of 39 Hotels in Kalkan
Derbyshire
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16 reviews
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“Exellent hotel”
Reviewed July 11, 2013

Stayed here last month for a week, excellent staff, pool, food and management. little touches such as flower petals on the bed a couple of times. It is a bit of a trek down to the harbour and beach clubs but only10 minutes and it worked of the excesses of the wide selection restaurants in town.
We very much enjoyed breakfast every morning on the bridge over the pool with lots of fresh fruit, omelettes made to order and a god selection of foods that varied every day.
Kalkan is not a clubbing resort, but is mainly British tourists of a more mature age. A lot of people there were returning every year and I can see why.
We stayed in deluxe suit 402 and was very satisfied with the cleanliness although there was a bit of a drain smell when you switched on the Jacuzzi.
We would return without hesitation.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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beckenham
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Reviewed July 3, 2013

The main selling point for the Asfiya is the pool area, which is very pretty, quiet and comfortable. The staff are all fabulous, friendly without being over the top. Breakfast was superb, as was lunch on the couple of occasions we ate in the hotel.

Like the previous reviewer we also booked a standard suite. It was an excellent size but it was very basic in furnishing. Beds very hard. Could have been cleaner to be honest.

Location is good, but what would normally be a ten minute walk to the harbour could take you double that due to the rather difficult terrain.

Kalkan is fabulous! Please note though that Kalkan and the Asfiya are not suitable for people with walking difficulties.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Devon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed June 25, 2013

We booked a 'suite' at the Asfiya via Booking .com. The photos looked very nice, but clearly, there are several types of suite, and what we got was just a room, and should have been described as such. It was plain, sparsely furnished and bore no relation to any of the photos I saw when looking at the hotel.
The hotel itself is just as described in all the other reviews. The pool is wonderful, the staff are excellent and the breakfast is really good.
But to me, what sets a good hotel apart, is the quality of the beds and the bedding, and based on our experience, this hotel is very definitely not a good one.
George. R.R.Martin could have used our experience for a scene in Game of Thrones...

Scene: The dungeon of Deepwood Mott, where the beast of Bolton is standing over Theon Greyjoy. Greyjoy is on his knees, a broken man.
Greyjoy: 'You can't hurt me any more. You've flayed the flesh from my bones, broken my teeth, cut off three of my fingers and removed my manhood. I'm not afraid. Do your worst.'
Bolton: 'Oh, you haven't seen my worst. I have something so unutterably horrible in the next room, that you'll be begging me for mercy.'
Greyjoy: 'Then show me. You cannot harm me more than you already have.'
Bolton, showing Greyjoy into an adjoining dungeon:
'You have known pain, but nothing can compare with this new toy that the Ottoman hordes gifted me. Behold, the Bed of Asfiya.
Greyjoy: No. No. Not the Bed of Asfiya. I have heard tell of this bed, a bed that is famed through Westeros for the terrible hardship it brings. One tiny sheet with a horribly low thread count. One scratchy blanket, and the most unspeakably hard and uncomfortable mattress ever devised. Please, my Lord, take another finger; I have a few left...Flay me a bit more, just don't make me sleep on that devilish monstrosity...'

You get the idea..

So, our room had two single beds, each furnished with one very small, very poor quality bedsheet. There was nothing else. We did find one scratchy blanket in the wardrobe, but we had twin beds, so that wasn't a great deal of use. Anyone who has slept in a room with aircon will know that you need more than a sheet to be comfortable at might, but that fact has clearly escaped the hotel management. The pillows were lumpy, unyielding foam, but, by far the worst thing was the mattress. My daughter and I each sat on our beds when we arrives and there was nothing - no bounce, not even a little bit of give. We both had the most uncomfortable week's sleep, and it did put a dampener on the holiday. I managed to get another blanket, but really, the whole sleeping experience was truly horrible. I know the owner of this hotel is capable of providing better bedding, as he clearly isn't short of a few bob, but it's clearly not something he considers important, and that's a big mistake.
The other thing that I think hasn't really been made clear is the length of the trip down to the beach club. Let me tell you, it's a long old trek, down a perilous uneven, rocky path. It's really badly signposted, and by the time you get down there you're to knackered to do anything except gather your strength for the journey back. It's a nice enough place, but the trip shouldn't be undertaken lightly.

Would I go back? Well, Kalkan is a joyous place and is home to by far the friendliest people I have encountered anywhere in the world. It's a simply marvellous place. The Asfiya Hotel is nice if you pay top dollar and get one of the suites overlooking the pool, but for us poor mortals it will remain a hotel which will have to drastically improve its beds and bedding before we would consider returning.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed June 19, 2013

We have just made our first visit to the Asfiya Hotel in Kalkan, it will certainly not be our last. The staff were all extremely friendly and very professional, obviously having been well drilled before being let loose on the public. The rooms were very spacious, we had a suite with balconies overlooking both sea and mountains, very large shower and good sized seating area.
The bar staff were all soon close friends and treated us as such, we introduced them to new musical treats such as Pink Floyd, Rush, Led Zeppelin & Dire Straits. The happy hour from 6pm - 8pm and 10.00pm - 12.00 was a very good idea, though the discount applied not over generous. Plenty of swimming pools with various depths provided the opportunity to cool off for both novice and more experienced bathers. The Breakfast Buffet was a highlight of the day with a very wide choice of fare both hot & cold, lunch though not included in the price was also of a very high standard, and not excessively priced. As dinner was not included we ventured out to a selection of restaurants during our 14 night stay, all were equally impressive with very high standards of service, food was of a very high fine dining standard but at extremely good value prices.
Overall the total package compares with our previous trips to most other European destinations, the level of service and food was better, the cost was far lower, in trying to find any negative comments it is very difficult, other than the hilly nature of the town, but this helps work off the food and drink we all enjoyed.
Asfiya fans we all are and cannot wait to return to enjoy you all over again.

Room Tip: Take a suite upgrade for the extra room at little extra cost, road side can be a little noisy but ha...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 16, 2013

We made our booking for this hotel after reading all the wonderful reviews on tripadvisor and booking.com and couldn't have been more disappointed. We booked through booking.com, which advertised (see image attached) free wi-fi in ALL areas along with a fitness center and table tennis. We booked the last room, 211, and thought we were in luck for a great stay on our holiday. We couldn't have been more wrong, as it being the 'last' room definitely showed as probably also being the hotel's absolute worst. We checked in to find out that wi-fi is available in the hotel's lobby and pool area ONLY but is NOT in any of the rooms (a bit of a problem for us as both of us had to do some work every evening and required internet access for that). On top of that the bathroom obviously had some drainage problems and reeked of sewage and I really mean that - it turned our stomachs every time we would walk into the room. The room seemed dirty and old - with what appeared to be an old leak in the bedroom ceiling and unknown stains on the couch. As the last straw, we discovered that there was no fitness center as was advertised on booking.com or a table tennis table. After a day there, I was extremely upset and demanded a different room but we were informed that the hotel was fully booked and we would have to stay in that room for the rest of our holiday. It was unacceptable and after another emotional conversation with a manager, we were transferred to their sister hotel Oasis - an absolute paradise compared to Asfiya. We are very grateful to Asfiya's manager for finding us a room at Oasis as it was clearly a superior hotel and enabled us to enjoy our stay. The breakfast at Asfiya was good, but we only ate it once as we left to Oasis (where the breakfast was comparable and equally good). The pool is Asfiya's selling point - it's big and from what we could tell well maintained, but for us (young people in our 20s and early 30s) it was not where we would spend any time as we prefer swimming in the sea.

Room Tip: Do NOT stay at 211...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed June 15, 2013

We returned to the Asfiya for our 6/7 th stay- am losing count. We noticed some positive improvements as the sun loungers and covers had been replaced, there were happy hour options and complimentary afternoon tea wife each week.
As always, all the staff are pleasant and focused on customer service. Mulharrem was his usual calm, efficient self supported by some lovely colleagues, especially Mutlu and Hamdi.
Our room overlooked the pool and was kept spotlessly clean. The breakfast buffet was superb although flies were a problem at times and I would recommend that more food items are kept covered. Pool was clean and pool towels were provided although the arrangement had changed since last time and they now had to be requested from reception rather than freely available and only one per person was permitted.
Bar was well managed if a little on the expensive side. We have stayed in most room types at this hotel and have been happy with them all. Recommend the Turkish hamman - staff were brilliant. Massage was incredibly relaxing.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Shropshire
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22 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed June 15, 2013

Having stayed at the sister hotel The Likya, last year without the children, we booked to go to The Asfiya for May 2013 as a family. We were not disappointed. The staff are incredibly friendly and very accommodating, superb with the children, aged 10 and 15. The accommodation was spotless and other residents were mostly returning guests. The spa was wonderful, excellent English spoken and lovely treatments with follow up advice . Lovely free pool table in the shade. Traditional Turkish room with low tables, cushions and shade.

Room Tip: Choose pool side with a Jacuzzi, we were limited because we needed a children's room next door.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Asfiya Hotel
Address: Yaliboyu Mah. Cumhuriyet Caddesi, Kalkan, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Turkish Mediterranean Coast > Antalya Province > Kalkan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 Spa Hotel in Kalkan
#15 Family Hotel in Kalkan
#19 Romantic Hotel in Kalkan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Asfiya Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 43
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