After reading previous rave reviews on Trip Advisor regarding this property, I was excited for our five-night stay at the Hotel Bellerofon. The hotel is located directly on a swatch of secluded beach in a lush garden. Older chalets are located most directly to the beach, while newer bungalows, which are spacious, bright, and clean (and blessedly air conditioned), are located in a citrus grove at the back of the property (we stayed in the latter). The beds were comfortable,, the location was quiet, and the A/C (which is crucial in August) worked really well.
However, the service, which could be best described as careless, leaves something to be desired, particularly for the price paid. From sloppy beach chairs to sometimes-cold meals, the property seems mismanaged. Inconsistency ruled the day: sometimes we were offered eggs with our breakfast; other days we weren't. We weren't informed until halfway through our stay that coffee and tea were complimentary. Some days we received room cleanings; others we did not. We found the chickens running literally underfoot to be irritating. We were informed that the daily room rate was 165 Lira per night, with a 10 percent discount for cash payment. When we went to check-out with cash, we were quoted the 165 rate, and had to fight for the 150 rate. All in all, the whole experience was baffling.
The food was hit or miss, but usually a strange fusion of European and Turkish cuisine. Nothing was particularly outstanding, although some traditional Turkish dishes were accomplished successfully. The food was usually fresh, though sometimes cold, as the sole waiter/receptionist/de facto manager was often busy talking with friends. Bees routinely swarmed breakfast; one day, 10 bees made camp on our jam, while others drowned in the honey and olives. When we complained, he said, "That's normal!" and turned back to his friends.
We're not usually fussy people, but for $125 USD per night, we were expecting a certain level of quality and service, which unfortunately wasn't achieved. We really wished the Arcadia, located next door, had been available: it looked lovely.
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- Also Known As:
- Bellerofon Hotel Cirali