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“See you again Karacan!”
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Dora Beach Hotel
Ranked #56 of 81 Marmaris B&B and Inns
Sunderland, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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“See you again Karacan!”
Reviewed February 26, 2006

This hotel is really recommended for all age groups.The pool is the best we have seen in turkey.We were a party of 7 holidaying together although only 3 of us stayed at the Karacan beach,our friends were at one of the julian hotels and once they had seen our pool and beach location they spent every day of the 14 with us at Karacan.Situated perfectly on the Maramaris/Icmeler promenade,only a few minutes walk to the main shopping strip and a 5min dolmus ride into the main center of marmaris.The hotel is right on the beach with only a few steps down from the hotel to reach it,perfect if you have kids who love the water.The pool bar is perfectly situated overlooking the bay and beach and the staff are really great,we had lots of fun with Mustaffa and Dennis.Nothing is too much for them,they come round all day to take orders for drinks,food etc. and they even bring it all back to you without any fuss or bother.The pool is very deep therfore great for good swimmers and there is a small childrens pool sectioned off.There are plenty of watersports and activities going on nearby on the beach although not a great lot to do at the hotel itself,but it does have internet access and tennis courts right next to it.But as for its situation it is in easy reach of all sports,shops,restaraunts,cafes and bars and activities.There was only one thing which we think could have been better was that the rooms seemed to be in need of redecoration,although they were well kept and very clean and the maids very friendly as well.Maybe not an issue for some people but I thought this could make a big difference to the hotels ratings.All in all I think it would be very hard to find a hotel with all the qualities this one has.Happy holidays to you all and say hello to Dennis and Mustaffa from kevin&jeanette from sunderland, dennis has kevins s/land shirt.Enjoy!!!

  • Stayed August 2005
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Durham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 25, 2005

This was a decent hotel with a good but very deep pool (1.8m at the shallow end)

Facillities are basic but acceptable and food is OK, both at the hotel and the snack bar adjacent to the beech.

I have stayed here on two occasions and would be more than happy to return if the price were not so relatively high compared to others in the resort.

We started our holidays in Marmaris at the Grand azure, went down market to the Karacan Beach, and last year went yet further down to a 2 star hotel next we're trying the 1 star Ekin hotel.

The upside of all these down market "upgrades" is that we spend the same ammount each year but get to have more and more fun spending cash on shopping and eating.

I am of the opinion that Marmaris holidays are about attitude, if you have the right one then you will enjoy it whether you stay near the mosque at the karacan or the Azure, and get woken at 5am by the call to prayer, or elsewhere.

Most of the turks in the resorts are there to cheerfully seperate you from your money, if you are OK with that and are happy to join in the fun then you will enjoy marmaris almost wherever you stay.

  • Stayed May 2004
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Reviewed September 18, 2005

What can I say! Just returned from our 2nd visit to the Karacan beach hotel Marmaris, the only downside was we only went for 1 week and it just wasn't long enough. Our 1st trip was for 2 weeks in July 2003. My then 5 year old daughter loved it so much she begged us to return, we returned last week with our now 7 year old and our 1 year old daughters. I must say I was a little jubious about taking a baby to turkey but would recommend it to anyone. The hotel is very clean, the pool is definately the cleanest, biggest I've seen in marmaris. The breakfasts are plentiful and altough continental you can have scrambled, fried eggs or omeletes.

The hotel is on the beach front so the views are magnificent from the pool and restaurant area. There are plenty of sun lounges and you never have to reserve your bed early like the majority of other places.

I have to say the best assets of this hotel are the staff they are all super, my daughter celebrated her 1st birthday whilst there and it will be one I'll never forget, event the cleaners and the hotel owner all took time to stop and talk to the children.

Although there is nothing really for children except the pool my daughter wants to return yet again next year, she has been given the option of a hotel with a kids club and entertainment but is adamant she wants to return to the Karacan Beach, I think this just about sums up the quality of this brilliant hotel.

The only recommendation i could make is it is not wheelchair or pram friendly, if they put a few ramps in there would be no downsides at all.

  • Stayed September 2005
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Pontefract, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 26, 2005

stayed in karacan with my turkish boyfriend kerem.the room was nice and the beds were made and room cleaned daily.we stayed bed and breakfast and the breakfast was great loadsa choice,and all nice and fresh.although slightly dated the building was ok.very helpful on the reception.so all in all a good experience i would definitely stay there again.and its right in the heart of all the bars and nightlife!!!

  • Stayed August 2004
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Reviewed July 19, 2005

We have visited Marmaris on many occasions and feel well qualified to review the Karacan Beach Hotel based upon previous experiences with alternative accomodation.

The Karacan Beach Hotel is approximately 15 minutes stroll from the Harbour, where the majority of the restaurants and bars are situated.
After being enticed into EVERY establishment by the waiters/owners, it's nearer a 30 minute crawl.

My wife and I have a 2 year old son and we were concerned that the were no ramps to access several points of the hotel. We had to carry him in his pram. Easy enough for 2 parents, but impossible if you are on your own.
The rooms were basic, but very clean. The air conditioning wasn't great but maybe the temperature at the time (43 degrees C) was to blame.

All of the staff were VERY friendly and most spoke excellent English.
Breakfast was tradtional Turkish fare, but if you don't like olives, cheese and cold meat for breakfast (like us) there was toast, boiled eggs, cereals and tea/coffee and fruit juice in plentiful supply.

The pool area was immaculate, with a childrens pool and a huge main pool. There were always plenty of sun beds so no need to get up at the crack of dawn to reserve them.

Interestingly, there were a number of Turkish families on holiday @ the Karacan. I think this speaks volumes for the overall quality of the hotel, as the say if it's good enough for the natives.............

To sum up our stay, i would say that if the stair access is sorted out, you would be hard pressed to find ANY fault with this hotel. It's great value for money, well situated and we are already in the process of booking our holiday there in october.

  • Stayed July 2005
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Reviewed July 11, 2005

one of the best hotels in marmaris. It is on the main marmaris - ichmelar road. Although its suituated there it has a quiet relaxing surrounding. You can catch a dolmus to marmaris, they are only 40p,takes about 2-3minutes max,they run every 5minutes. The hotel itself is very clean, rooms cleaned daily and very big. Breakfast includes tradional turkish and also cereals, toast,bread rolls, etc. The pool is beautiful and has plenty of sun beds and umbrellas. The beach is right on the door step! only have to walk down the steps. Hotel staff are very friendly and speak very ood english. There are saftey deposit boxes,internet,massage,tennis court. Easy to get to markets,and around 30-50 resturants around and news agents. Ive stayed in marmaris 5 times before and this is the best hotel ive visited and i recommend it highly.

  • Stayed July 2005
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Reviewed September 5, 2004

a great hotel nice friendly staff and a great setting if u know marmaris its at top end just next to the grand azure,hotel was clean with air conditioning included in the price that was free and the cleaners are fantastic too, breakfasts are turkish style but if u want scrambled eggs or an omelate u just have to ask and u get that for free too, all in all i would recomend this hotel i have been to marmaris 6 times now and have paid more money for other hotels but when i return next year it will defo be back to karacan beach

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Property: Dora Beach Hotel
Address: Siteler Mah. Cumhuriyet Bulvari No : 23, Marmaris, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Turkish Aegean Coast > Mugla Province > Marmaris
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #56 of 81 B&Bs / Inns in Marmaris
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Dora Beach Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 60
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