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.
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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