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Reviewed July 19, 2010

Having read a lot of the reviews I have to agree with most of the points raised . This is without doubt the prettiest hotel and setting we've ever stayed in .The gardens and pool area are so well looked after ,the rooms clean and airy. The pool was great , always plenty of loungers and brollies. The river side decking and sunloungers were very welcome , lots of shade when needed. The staff were friendly ( special mention to Ali who looks after the pool and will row you over the river so you can visit Caunos-worth the walk! and Dogan on the outside bar) The bar prices for beer etc arent bad but be careful with spirits,16TL for a good Whisky!! We were B+B and found the selection at breakfast was good , but an extra charge for fresh orange seemed a bit steep . We only stayed for dinner on the first night and whilst the food was good ,the restaurant setting by the pool lovely, we didnt like the buffet style-get there early ! The Turkish bath at the hotel was fantastic and from talking to other guests much better value than the others in town that some of the holiday reps were pushing .
The walk into town was very pleasant in an evening , part of the 'short cut' wasnt tarmac'd but my wife said it was still OK in heels,or you could follow the road . There are several really good restaurants listed on TA and you pass many of these on the way in to town . The Rough Guide to Dalyan is very scathing about the restaurants , but I think they're talking about the ones along the main street near the bars -these are a bit 'eggs on tost ,steek and chips' kind of places so well off our radar .
There are plenty of places to visit , Turtle beach , Caunos , the mud springs , sailing on a 'Gulet' 4x4 safaris -all recommended !
The only negative I have was the 'No food or drink' to be brought into the Hotel rule (we did see signs saying the same at other hotels) . I fully agree that people shouldnt be bringing take away food , bottles of wine etc into a hotel , BUT bottled water ! In my opinion in that heat water is a staple and it is unreasonable for the hotel to charge 1.5TL for a 500ml bottle when the local shop sells the same brand for 0,25TL . A small point and not enough to spoil what was a great holiday ! A lovely resort and lovely people .
Oh, and its true! speaking a little Turkish goes a long, long way !!!

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank krisb59
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Reviewed July 17, 2010

What can I say, rooms were lovely, clean and spacious. The hotel is sited right on the banks of the river and it is truly stunning. Just out of town, so nice and quiet, but only a short walk into town. The pool area is a really good size, so plenty of room, or you can use one of the beds in the beautiful gardens or by the river.
Breakfast is buffet style - very fresh and something for everyone. A turkish bath is a must and my husband went back for a massage which he enjoyed very much.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank JacB2
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Reviewed June 29, 2010

My husband and I have just returned from a week at the Dalyan Resort Hotel. We stayed in one of the standard double rooms on a half board basis. We booked through Travel Republic and the half board rate was very reasonable.
To start with the positive points - the hotel is in a beautiful and quiet location, but in easy walking distance (10 mins max) to the town centre). The grounds and other public areas are clean and very well kept. The bedroom and modern shower room were cleaned well and the staff are polite, friendly and helpful. Ali, the pool boy, is a real asset to the hotel - he rowed us across to Kaunos a number of times and will always assist you with sun beds and umbrellas. The food both at breakfast and dinner is of good quality.
Now the negative issues - at check in we were told (as has already been reported on this site) that the management will not allow you to bring your own drinks and food into the hotel. Of all the hotels we have stayed in throughout the world, this is the first time we have encountered this policy. This left a bit of a negative feeling - particularly as there is no drinking water provided in the room other than in the mini bar which costs 5 times more than bottles brought in the town. I would really urge the hotel management to reconsider this policy because it didn't encourage us to buy more drinks in the hotel, we were more inclined to go into town instead.
A minor point; the standard double rooms are very small, the beds are not particularly comfortable and the shower is tiny!
In relation to the food, although it is of good quality it is very repetitive, there is little choice for main courses each evening and if you decided to eat late (the meal times are breakfast 8am - 10am, evening meal 8pm - 10pm) you were often left with even less choice.
Overall, I would recommend this hotel to a friend, but would make them aware of the issues I have pointed out. With a couple of minor adjustments, it could be fabulous.

Just one point we'd like to make people aware of about money changing in Dalyan. We took travellers checks (sterling). We couldn't change them at the hotel, nor at the Western Union exchange. The only place in town is the bank where they charged us 25YTL (about £12.00) to change £150 - a charge we felt was excessive, I would advise taking plenty of cash.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank Bobacats
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Reviewed June 25, 2010

As has been said by many this hotel is in a fabulous location. Spacious well cared for, flower filled gardens roll down to the river, the ruins of the ancient city of Caunos can be seen on the other side with the rock tombs opposite and mountains in the distance. There is never a shortage of sunbeds and plenty of shade available if you want it.
We stayed for 2 weeks on bed and breakfast though it seemed that dinner is so reasonably priced that we might as well have booked half board. Breakfast had plenty of choice though would have benefited from a little more variation each day. We stayed for dinner on two nights and found the starters and desserts great but the main courses a bit disappointing.
The standard ground floor rooms are smart with small terraces, they are adequately sized but no more. We didnt find that a problem as most the time you're out of the room anyway. Cleaning standards were excellent. We did have a look at other kinds of rooms and discovered that the family rooms are probably best value, they are quite a bit bigger but dont have terraces and are on the first floor. The suites are lovely, and in the quietest and most picturesque part of the hotel.
The hotel operates a complimentary boat service to the nearest beach every other day - do go, its fabulous!
There are one or two things that we were less keen on. The bar service is very variable, with one or two of the bar staff being very slow and seemingly unsure of how to make some of drinks on the menu. All drinks are very overpriced and that does get a bit annoying when you are spending the day sunbathing by the pool so have to buy them or die of thirst!
Only one of the three main reception staff speaks good english and is a rather melancholy character. The stand -out winners for overall friendliness, helpfulness and a high standard of service were Ali Osman - who looks after the pool area and will also row you across the river should you wish to visit Caunos and Ercan - a barman/waiter who is very helpful in organising trips.Having read the other reviews on here before we went i was a bit concerned abouth how long the walk to the town was and quite how dusty. So that you know what to expect, it takes 7 mins to walk it a normal speed, 10 mins when its middle of the day and hot.
A small part of the route isnt tarmaced and is a bit dusty but i did it most evenings wearing heels and a maxi dress without any problem (Im female I hasten to add!).
Having looked round the town we did feel that it was without doubt the best place to stay, there are other nice places but nowhere that has the same stunning setting. Ive also reviewed some of the restaurants we visited in that section.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 25, 2010

Just returned from 2 weeks at the Dalyan Resort, nothing very different to add to some of the recent reviews - positives are the location (on the river and very close to Caunos) and the staff (who by and large were great, especially Ali) - the food isn't wonderful but is actually pretty good for Dalyan - breakfasts had plenty of choice however unless you are a huge fan or rather tasteless processed meats and similarly tasteless cheeses you will struggle to over eat. Avoid the lunch menu at all cost!. Beware of the bar prices as mentioned by others and a price list would certainly be a good idea - I was shocked on the last day to find that a coke and a sprite were £2.50 each!. Had the evening meal now and again, good choices of salads and desserts, but sometimes let down by the main courses.

The gym is very weary and not worth using, the equipment is of poor quality and has clearly seen better days, although the Turkish Bath was well worth it.. The standard rooms are small but adequate, although the aircon was too noisy for me. The previous reviewers gripes about the hotel rules when you check in are well founded, especialy being given a small piece of paper and made to read it by the front desk outlining their policy about the use of towels!! Did make you wonder whether you checking into a hotel or a prison. Overall however I would recommend the hotel.

The greatest disappointment however was the food at restaurants in the town, of which there appear to be several hundred - as a previous reviewer has already pointed out they have many things in common, the menus are all virtually identical and with one or two exceptions the quality of the food was mediocre at best, often very poor, with little evidence of any chef like skills at all. Exceptions were Ramazan Han in the centre of town with excellent service and great food and the Taj Mahal near the mosque if you fancy a good curry - which after several days of so called Turkish specialities came as a blessing - all too often as at Safran and the Hidden Garden the service was slow, the meals were poor and were followed by a cabaret of cats and occasionally dogs fighting for scraps (often fed to them by the waiters) under you feet.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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