Just returned from The Lion Hotel. So many positive things to say about this place and some glitches, I will note below in bullet points:
The Good Things:
1: Entertainment = Number 1 Kenan & Ece (AJ) Most caring and attentive people, they need a pay rise for what they do - excellent with the customers and genuine people. Thank you for many nights of fun. David and Carlos = Great. Ozzie= Hotel Manager always there to help.
2: You can see why people return here year after year = The Staff. Friendly and bend over backwards for you, a small community like feel.
3: Rooms ALWAYS cleaned & Great Swimming Pools
4: Hotel in Quiet Location away from main central area, Number 5 Dolmus a 5 minute bus drive at 1.75 Lira (Cheap!) But beware they stop operating at Midnight!
5: Food: Was adequate, you get what you pay for, nothing fancy, but enough choice for everyone, even for those fussy eaters.
6: Bar Street: Lots of bars open until 5am, but drinks way over-priced. (This is not a clubbing holiday, mainly for families and couples so don't come here looking for some naughty action!)
7: Card System: No need to carry money around. Leave you valuables in a safety deposit obx and put how ever much money you want on your card and use when you are hungry/thirsty.
The Bad Things:
1: Duration: This hotel and area in general is designed for those who stay here for 1 WEEK. The food and Entertainment becomes repetitive after 1 week and you will no doubt get bored. Apart from trips you can make to Ephesus, Adaland, (WaterPark) & Pammukale... there is not much more to do.
2: If you're female aged esp between 15 - 21 be prepared to be harassed by male staff members... many try offer free drinks to girls to get them drunk and get in their knickers and others try romance them. Beware, you will be ONE OF MANY girls coming here thinking she has a loyal 'boyfriend' in Turkey. That's not the case. They have many on the go who visit them in different times of the year. Advice: If you go as a family there is nothing to be alarmed about, just don't leave your daughter alone for too long!
3: Breakfast is ok but bland and not much choice.
4: I DO NOT RECOMMEND Ladies beach which is closest to hotel. Go to Long Beach, Clean, clear water and much more relaxing.
Over all a great and enjoyable holiday, Good Family run hotel. Nothing fancy, does the job. If your a fussy eater or sleeper this isn't the Hilton!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- smartline Lion is a small and cosy hotel located within walking distance of shops and restaurants. The hotel has a pool area with pools for all ages and offers a variety of activities. smartline Lion also has a buffet restaurant and a gym and spa. The hotel offers a total number of 60 rooms across 6 floors. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lion Hotel Kusadasi