We booked this hotel because of the great reviews both here and elsewhere, and we were not disappointed. Over many years we've stayed at hotels in Greece, the Greek Islands, Turkey, Sri-Lanka and Thailand, so we have quite a wide experience. The Small World was everything we looked for in such a place. It was spotlessly clean, had a lovely pool and sunbed area, the restaurant was basic but very good for snack-type meals, and the staff, from Murat downwards were polite, very hard-working and all of them, right down to the hotel pooch, had a helpful and cheerful attitude towards all of the guests. It was a pleasure looking out of our room (Room 9, probably the best in the hotel :) in the early hours of the morning to see the staff thoroughly cleaning the pool and the pool area, and continuing to do so all day.
We arrived at around 3am, to be greeted by the lad who seems to be able to do anything asked of him. When late/early guests arrive he sleeps outside by the pool, so is immediately available.
Our first morning proved to be a foretaste of just why the Small World is so highly recommended. Coming downstairs for breakfast we were greeted by cheerful "good-mornings" from the people already there, and were pointed in the direction of the buffet breakfast, which was a typical Turkish one with a chice of boiled eggs, two kinds of olives, lovely ripe tomatoes, Feta and yellow cheeses, cucumber, cake and fresh melon, either the golden or the water variety. Lovely fresh bread, butter, jams and honey were all available, together with unlimited tea, coffee, orange juice and, for westerners, cornflakes. The milk was UHT, which I don't like so we stuck to coffee and/or black tea.
Small World seems to attract the most friendly and helpful guests... on our first morning we were warmly greeted by both the newer and the longer-resident people, and invited to the going-away party of one of the families who were leaving that night, and were, both then and subsequently made to feel as if we had been there for weeks.
Small World seems to attract all sorts, from families, couples, and those who use the hotel as a centre for exploring the area, and we found absolutely no animosity between any of the guests. We didn't feel that there were cliques there, if we wanted to join-in with any of the others we were made welcome, and those who didn't were certainly not ignored, just treated as they themselves would have liked. My experience, over many years, is that people who perceive "cliques" where they are not welcome seem to have problems socializing, which is down to themselves and not to the rest of the world.
The bar area is a happy and friendly place, Murat and the rest of the staff are attentive, and the prices charged are in line with the area prices, in some cases lower. An ice-cold Gin and Tonic, with lots of ice and slices of highly-flavoured tangerine-type fruit, was very much appreciated at the end of a hot, sticky day, and at just 8 Turkish Lira, was, by UK standards, a bargain.
When we left we were bid farewell by the Murat and the rest of the staff, and by many of the guests, both new and old, who had in some cases delayed going out for the night just to say farewell.
To sum up, a lovely, friendly happy hotel, which we would have no qualms about re-visiting
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Small World