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“Good small hotel in a great location”
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Irme Hotel
Ranked #20 of 54 Hotels in Turgutreis
Derbyshire
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“Good small hotel in a great location”
Reviewed August 9, 2009

We stayed at the Otel Irme in Turgutreis for two weeks June 2009 on a bed & breakfast basis.

It’s a small hotel directly opposite the Marina with the main centre of Turgutreis being a 10 - 15 minute stroll away.

The rooms were small and basic but very clean – and kept clean during our stay.
There was lots of wardrobe and drawer space, the floor was nicely tiled with a rug between the beds and a table and 2 chairs.
The bed was very comfortable (sprung divan).
The bathroom was fully tiled and very clean. The shower was a bit hit-and-miss with the water temperature.
There was a TV in the room but as we didn’t switch it on, I can’t say what channels were available.
We stayed in room 313 which was a corner room, with one window overlooking the marina and the other the pool area. It had a very small balcony overlooking the pool which would have had room for two chairs at the most.
I think the rooms at the back have more spacious balconies.
Our room got the evening sun which was nice for the views of the setting sun but it made the room very hot.
Air conditioning is available at a cost of £40 for 2 weeks but we didn’t bother. If we’d have stayed there any later in the season I think we would have had to pay for A/C.
Towels were changed every 3 days and bedding every 4 days.

The pool area was nice, although we didn’t spend any time there. There were about 20 or so sun beds which wasn’t enough for all the guests but we prefer the beach so this wasn’t an issue for us. The pool looked very clean but the staff seemed to hose down the sun bed cushions in the early hours and they always looked wet when we were at breakfast.

The reception area was nice with a TV lounge and books to swop.
Safety deposit boxes were available in reception at a cost of £10 for 2 weeks. The master key was left at the side of the bank of boxes so you had 24 hour access.

Breakfast was simple with fresh bread, tomatoes, cucumber, cheese, olives, jam, honey, sliced meat, boiled eggs, juice, tea & coffee.
You could order a cooked breakfast which was charged for.

The hotel has a fairly simple snack menu.

Other than breakfast, we didn’t eat or drink in the hotel so I can’t comment on the entertainment. They did do a BBQ one evening.

It was our 1st stay in this accommodation and we would most certainly choose to stay there again.

TURGUTREIS
We absolutely loved Turgutreis, it was our second visit there although the last time was 11 years ago.

There’s lots of places to eat and drink, our favourites were:
Can (this is the only restaurant we can remember from our last visit in 1998).
The adana kebab, spicy meatballs, liver and stuffed aubergines are particularly good.
A bottle of dry white wine at 20TL was one of the cheapest around.
They seem to be really busy on Sundays for traditional Sunday Lunch.

We also enjoyed Uncle's, near the bottom of Bar Street. The guys who run it are great, so friendly. They'll be happy to cook anything not on their menu.
Fab antep ezme and aubergine/tomato/garlic mayonnaise starters and the guvec (casserole) is very good.

Hasan's Place, not far from Can, was good too. They do a big range of different kebabs - shepherd's spicy kebab, adana kebab, Hasan's kebab, spicy meatballs were our favourite.

We ate once at Osmanli and the food was lovely but the wine was very expensive. They have a separate wine list and the cheapest was around 65TL.
They are obviously trying to offer something different but it put us off a return visit as we like wine with our meal but didn't want to pay as much as £25 or more for it.

Although I've not mentioned English food, all these places offer steak, chicken and fish so cater for all tastes.

One thing I would say is that the portions in all restaurants are massive. We started off by ordering starters but that only lasted until the 2nd day when we realised the limits of our appetites.
Oh, and most places served the free bread that puffs up (if you've seen it you'll know what I mean) with garlic butter.

Some people seem to find it annoying or intimidating to be approached by people wanting you to look at their menu but we just treated it as part of the holiday and always stopped for a chat.

On market days, we ate at Alo24.
They did lovely pide, we had mince and cheese pide, lahmacun, 2 beers and a FREE salad of tomato, lettuce, cucumber for 20TL total.
It's quite hard to find when the market is on though as the street looks so different.

There are a number of tour companies offering all the trips that your rep can do at roughly half the price.
We did a full day tour to Ephesus which was great but it as a very long day – pickup at 6am, return at 20:00.

We didn’t stay round our hotel pool, we used the FREE sun beds on the public beach. These are sort-of attached to bars/restaurants but I don’t think it’s obligatory to buy food and drink although we did.

You can get dolmus (mini buses) into Bodrum and also direct to Gemusluk/Yalikavak and Akyarlar in the opposite direction for around 3.5TL.

We would definitely choose to return to Turgutreis.

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leicester
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Reviewed August 6, 2009

This was our best holiday in turkey, the hotel clean, staff very friendly and welcoming but not over powering, we got back 2 days ago and have been trying to book to go back in september would recommend this hotel, close to town and beach, and opposite a beautiful marina. breakfast is traditional turkish breakfast although full english available at 15 lira [12 lira in the town}

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed July 29, 2009

Turgutreis is about 20 minutes beyond Bodrum, making it less than an hour by car from Milas airport and is a much quieter and more pleasant place to stay.
The Irme Hotel was perfect.
No bells and whistles, nothing fancy, but with a warm pool, decent sized rooms and other amenities including pool table, table tennis and darts as well as a bar.
We paid extra for a safety box and air conditioning, which in the 40 degree heat was certainly a must, while the staff were polite and helpful and even let us change our room when we arrived after being given a twin and the location was great.
The breakfast was fine. Lots of bread, cereals, fruit, eggs, salad and meats plus great coffee and fruit juices.
I have to say that as a big breakfast eater and having eaten at very plush hotels, I am surprised about some of the criticism of the breakfast. They do have the option for a fry-up at additional cost, but isn't part of the travel experience to enjoy food as the locals do?
Just a quick word about our discovery of the trip.
Deniz at Forgetmenot-travel in Gumbet, who arranged some fantastic excursions, was one of the best travel agents I have ever dealt with.
As well as Turkish Bath visits, he organised boat trips which cost about £10 including lunch and all drinks including beer, stopping at magical beaches and coves and swimming in crystal clear seas.
He's one of those guys even honest enough to say "don't go on that trip ath I advertise - it's not worth it unless you absolutely demand it".
Turgutreis was fabulous and Irme was a fine hotel without the bells and whistles.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed July 28, 2009

My wife and I went on a late deal to Turgutreis and opted for the Irme Hotel; given that it was a last minute trip we were a little nervous about the accommodation but when we arrived at 1.30am the staff on hand were friendly and accommodating. The room we stayed in was approx 12 x 12ft with an on-suite. It was basic but clean. The room was cleaned each day and the sheets were changed on a 3 day basis. Irme is a basic hotel that consists of a pool, small dining area, and small bar area - what you expect of a 2 star I suppose - but more importantly for us, the hotel is comfortable and friendly and its location was ideal (5-10 mins walk from the town centre). We would not hesitate in going back.

Turgutreis is a nice little town with a new marina consisting of various shops from Armani to independents - there are plenty of nice restaurants to choose from along the waterfront and while a little more expensive than in the town itself the setting was lovely. A three course meal with drink cost around 150 Turkish Lira (approx £60). Restaurants in the town itself seem to consist of two types...casual and slightly more casual...we ate at Hassans (slightly more casual) based on a review on trip advisor and other than the good service it was pretty disappointing particularly as they charged more than most. We would not eat here again! In contrast La Villa served good food, with a lovely view, good service and for around the same money.

There are plenty of shops in Turgutreis although they are all selling the same goods...fridge magnets, ships in a bottle, wooden carvings, post cards...etc etc; it's fair to say we came back with quite a lot of spending money despite my wife’s best efforts!

We decided to rent a moped (£20 per day) to get around and travelled quite comfortably along the cost road to Bodrum (which is essentially a larger/more lively Turgutreis i.e. same shops, type of restaurants, more bars etc). There are some comments suggesting that the Turkish are bad drivers - we found them to be relatively considerate and safe, although we do live in London.

The only downside to Turgutreis and the area of Bodrum in general is the beaches. There are two types, those that are rocky, littered, yet secluded, and those such as Camel Beach that consist of row upon row of sun beds with restaurant staff trying their best to attract you to their area of the beach. Whichever you opt for you won't be disappointed with the weather – when we were there 100 every day! There is also water sports (jet skis, banana boats etc) available although we enquired about a jet ski and was told £60 for 10 mins which was a little steep in our opinion so declined!

Generally it's a lovely place, with delightful people, good healthy well cooked food, not expensive, and we would definitely go back.

Oh one last point to note...the Turks love their animals...so much so that stray dogs have their own vet and are vaccinated, tagged, and as one waiter put it 'owned and look after by the town'. It's not therefore unusual for a dog or a family of cats to sit near your table expecting a share of the food. Really lovely to see as normally most med countries treat animals dreadfully

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Oludeniz, Turkey
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Reviewed July 23, 2009

Just got back from Irme Hotel in Turgutreis. had a good time meeting different people at the Hotel, both English & Turks. Hotel interior is clean & staff are attentative. Its not Fantastic but I live in the real world & you get what you pay for! Breakfast is basic, (could do with a toaster) apart from that it is a good base from which to tour & I would not hesitate to visit the Irme again.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 182 helpful votes
Reviewed June 16, 2009

spotless 2 * hotel but almost enirely devoid of atmosphere-sunbeds in v short supply-bar v basic, (though the young barman was v hard working, bless him) no evening entertainment. rooms small and basic, food is likewise adequate (bread for breakfast etc). Wifi not really working - apparently a BBQ is held on occasion but, as with a number of other perks, the 'returners' seem to be the only ones in on the action/info/friendliness. clientele were generally v nice, with a range of nationalities (English, Scottish, Irish and, v briefly, a few Americans-and a lovely lady who made cakes!). A few minor changes could make this a great place e.g. a welcome glass of water for 3 am arrivals, fridges in rooms, lots more sunbeds, fruit/cereal for breakfast, some info on breakfast times etc on arrival for the first-timers, the odd evening entertainment, and a glance up from management to ask how you are getting on or to say farewell as guests are departing for home..? avoid tipping with sterling as this seemed to annoy - a pity really because the resort is so lovely, with beachfront bars offering free sunbeds, a bit of a chat, free fruit and a very friendly, welcoming atmosphere. local restaurants are similarly very very friendly and welcoming, to 'first-timers' (rather than making an obvious distinction between them and their return customers)
A word of warning re Thomas Cook transfers and excursions- a 45 minute transfer took nearly 3 hours! and a 9.20 am excursion (as per printed receipt and verbal advice from rep) was in fact an 8 am trip-needless to say, we missed it and are stil awaiting word of any refund (£40).....
would come back to the resort, but would try elsewhere for accommodation-but for those relishing extremely quiet evenings it might be ok

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
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northern ireland
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Reviewed December 28, 2008

i have been going to turkey for 6 years and have always stayed in the irme otel and would not go anywhere else. the people in the hotel are so friendly the are a second family to us now. its a small basic hotel with a great big heart if you are looking for a hotel with smiles and very friendly people i would advise the irme hotel. fahri rules it would not be the same without him. love the irme and turkey....love from hilary, leigh,shannon and family from northern ireland. p.s mum says turguts not to bad either xx

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  • Stayed July 2007, traveled with family
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Property: Irme Hotel
Address: Gazi Mustafa Kemal Bulv. 4024 Sok. No:65, Turgutreis 48480, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Turkish Aegean Coast > Mugla Province > Bodrum > Turgutreis
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Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #20 of 54 Hotels in Turgutreis
Hotel Class:2 star — Irme Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 26
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