This was our second time in Dalyan (stayed at Konek Melsa before) so wanted to be a bit more in the center of town. The Ethos Donmez Hotel certainly fits the bill in this respect. Our room was at the back and was of an adequate size. From other reviews and from my experience of Eastern Med hotels, the shower/toilet room is all in one - so be warned if you prefer a more "normal" bathroom - you need a better grade of hotel. The room was cleaned daily, and clean towels were left in pretty patterns on the bed - a nice touch. However the bed was rather lumpy and the blanket on the bed wasn't actually big enough to go over 2 people. Also the pillows had definitely seen better days.
The reception area has safe boxes for hire; you have direct access to these as they are not behind the reception desk. This is ideal as the reception area was not always manned, though someone was usually in the bar area just outside if you really needed anything.
Having breakfast on the roof terrace each morning is a nice start to the day. Tea (ask for it as Turkish, without milk, otherwise it's not very palatable!) and coffee are included, with fresh squeezed orange for TL5 extra. However the breakfast itself is extremely monotonous - 2 types of cheese, tomatoes, cucumber, olives, sausage, bread and jam. A bit of greenary (eg spinach, sorrel) and yoghurt/fruit with a change of jam flavour would have been nice. Yes, we could have gone out to eat at several different bars/cafes instead, but we were on holiday, and laziness prevailed!
The swimming pool at the front of the hotel is good for a dip around midday - the water has had a chance to warm up a bit, but is really quite cold again by mid afternoon so it's not ideal if you want a day chilling out by the pool. (We did go round the corner to Hotel Tezcan and use their pool one day.) Also, there didn't seem to be any chance of food during the day if you didn't want to leave the hotel - tho' it would probably be brought in from one of the bars adjacent to the Donmez. If you want to sunbathe, the roof terrace has beds and the sun all day, but 3 flights of stairs up, it is a bit inconvenient if you need to jump in the pool to cool down!
The bar attached to the hotel has a sign outside stating that it is "the busiest bar in Dalyan" - that might be the case in high session, but not at the end of May/beginning of Jun.! When we ordered drinks, no-one ever had change; makes you wonder how they cope in high season. As other reviews have stated, the restaurant across the road - Purple Tulip - is also owned by the same family as Donmez - we ate there one night, the food was very good and wine was reasonablly priced.
Where I think the hotel could most use some TLC is in the presentation of the breakfast (as I've already mentioned) and some general sprucing up; for example, in our room, the dressing table mirror was broken at the bottom, and the shelving was broken in a couple of places. The bedding could be improved; a sheet or thin blanket that actually covers the bed / occupants and new pillows would be a vast improvement. The shower head came apart towards the end of the stay, and it was obvious that it had been glued together several times before. None of these things are going to stop you having a good holiday, but it's the little things that make a good stay into a memorable one. There are several "posh" hotels around and about Dalyan, and it would be a shame if traditional hotels like Donmez and the others in the center lost trade to the more "international standard" that these newer hotels will offer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This charming, family run hotel is situated directly in the center of Dalyan near the river. All the affordable rooms are air-conditioned and have an private bathroom and a private balcony with a view on the garden, the Rock Tombs or the pool. The hotel is being partly renovated in 2010.Facilities include an outdoor swimming pool with sun terrace, an a la carte restaurant, two bars, a library, free Wi-Fi, parking and a diving school. Free buffet breakfast is served at the roof terrace with a beautiful view on the Lycian Rock Tombs.The hotel staff speaks Dutch, English, German and Turkish and are 24 hour available. The hotel is open all year. During high season special excursions are organized like crab fishing, Turkish BBQ, romantic moonlight boat tour or a visit to the thermal springs, Koycegiz Lake or turtles. ... more less
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