We stayed in the last week of September and the weather was lovely. The location is fab - right on the banks of the river with tables and chairs overlooking the river (they're shaded which is good) and lunch or breakfast or just a cup of tea can be brought to you there. You can also walk up the path to Dalyan which takes about 10 minutes (or if like us you stop at the little restaurants on the way for a drink the walk can take a lot longer...). Take a torch for the way back though.
Hotel is small but perfectly formed - it means you can get to chat to other guests (if you want, no need ) and the staff. The rooms don't have candlelit baths or other 'luxuries' but are really nice with toileteries in the bathroom, TV etc - the shower is, like all Turkish and Greek showers, best in the evening because they use solar power but was lovely and hot.
The best bit of the hotel was Rahmi and his team - many reviews praise the staff but can genuinely say that he's a gem - speaks great English and is really friendly and attuned to each person's needs on their holiday. I should also say that the pool area and grounds are really pretty. The boat trips are very well organised and a lovely way to see the surrounding area - for example, Rahmi leads a knowledgeable but informal tour of Kaunos followed by a swim in the sea at sunset and a BBQ on the boat. Do book the boat for a private dinner in a curve of the river with the twinkling lights of Dalyan on one side and the lit-up rock tombs on the other - pure romance...
Meal are good - breakfast is a buffet with lots of cold food ie breads, local cheese, local jams cereals etc plus always hot eggs which can be pancakes, omelettes etc. Lunches are lovely and dinner next to the lit pool is great. The pool bar is always open and is a sociable area, if that's what you like, to spend time chatting.
Its a lovely place in a beautiful location but importantly is very relaxing and unpretentious - this doesn't mean however that it's 2nd rate. Simpson Travel have got a real find here , as Rahmi and his team work so hard to please the guests and as this is a family run business plus the location , they deserve to have this review.
Like Arnie, we will be back..!
PS asked to select a rating for Fitness Centre, they dont' have one but if it means the pool, it;s lovely.
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- This intimate waterside hotel, set on the banks of the Dalyan River, has long been renowned as a small hotel of excellence for its friendly and attentive service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aydos Club Hotel Dalyan
- Aydos Hotel Dalyan