I chose this hotel after reading its rave reviews on tripadvisor and booking.com; and also partly because I figured the amenities listed on booking.com would guarantee a certain level of quality: "24-hour front desk, satellite TV, minibar, breakfast in the room, free shuttle service". It was perhaps a bit naive of me to forget it's just 35 € a night, and that you get what you pay for.
When we arrived we were given a small room in the back with no TV or minibar. The room itself was quite nice, the bed comfortable, sheets clean, AC working (and free, no surchange) and a very nice bathroom. The room was next to a chicken yard, which was sometimes loud, but the crickets outside were even louder so we just got used to it. But where were the amenities listed on booking.com? I went and asked the owner/manager Yasser, who told me he was completely full so I had gotten the "bad" room. He offered to move us to a room with pool view the next day, but later those guests extended their stay so we never saw it. Apparently these rooms do have minibars and TVs. The owner was nice enough to offer us a discount on this basis. But when I tried asking where was the free beach shuttle described online, he didn't understand what I meant and after 10 minutes I just gave up and paid my own way there. (We discovered there is a very cheap 2 TL shuttle service nearby anyway.)
Although the hotel was a big disappointment after promising so much, we ended up enjoying ourselves in Patara so much that we stayed an extra day in our small room (3 nights total). Yasser really is a nice person, and tried to give us a nice stay, but at the end of the day I would not stay here again. It's simply impossible to communicate with anyone on the staff in English (and that's not just for exceptional circumstances: we had to learn from other townsfolk how to reach the beach).
- Communication problems and false advertising aside, the value for 70 TL is great: we got far less for 70 TL elsewhere in Turkey.
- The hotel is a 2 minute walk from the village centre, so in a convenient but quiet location (assuming you're not next to the chicken coop, get a pool view room).
- The spa 1 minute away (practically on-site) was fantastic.
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- Also Known As:
- Apollon Hotel Patara