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“Nice, but in need of a little TLC”
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Donmez Hotel
Ranked #60 of 64 Hotels in Dalyan
Reviewed June 9, 2012

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.

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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 6, 2012

We recently stayed at this hotel for 18 days and was amazed at what we got for what we thought was a very low price. Very clean accommodation and will clean your room when you want it cleaned. The staff are extremely friendly and helpful and its position is ideal for the the stagger home at night. Price included Turkish breakfast buffet style which was also very good.
We would stay there again

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 29, 2012

The guys that run this hotel are really helpful and friendly and the hotel is really well situated in Dalyan very close to the main drag and the river.
We styed two nights before joining friends in a villa and we got a ground floor room at the back of the hotel. It was clean but very basic and OK for two nights. If i had stayed longer I would have been looking for a room upgrade.
The breakfast is very limited so go into town for much better options.
If you're happy with cheap and cheerful it's an OK hotel and the people who run it are really helpful. It's up to you.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 25, 2012 via mobile

I stay here regularly with friends and family and never had a problem.
Rooms cleaned everyday (leave keys downstairs).
Staff go beyond call of duty. I wasn't well this time and they couldn't do enough!!
I would recommend to friends and family, most have them have been :)
Plenty of restaurants around. Hotel has views of tombs from terrace!!
Enjoy !!!

  • Stayed: April 2012
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Reviewed January 16, 2012

These people cannot do enough for you. They're all stars!!!!
Rooms are clean and tidy!!!

Staff are absolutely amazing and can't do enough for you.

I've been staying here the last 2 years 3-4 times a year and won't go anywhere else!!!

Will be back in April and I can't wait!!!!

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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 14, 2012

stayed at the donmez 2yrs ago and we are going again this may its a wonderful little place clean rooms and very friendly staff cant wait to go back.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 2, 2012

We stayed at the Donmez for 2 weeks in July 2011 and had a lovely time Our holiday cost us very little compared to what we have paid in the past to stay in 5 star hotels . The Donmez is
is 3 star and that we feel was about right . The Hotel is central with the shops , resturants and the River only 5 mins away in all directions . Our room was basic but clean the bathroom small but adequte and as we were at the back of the Hotel our balcony was quiet and very private as our nearest neighbours were a Turkish family .The staff at the Donmez were lovely and although they were very helpful and social we felt that we could potter about and spend our time exactly as we wished . Each morning to sit on the lovely roof terrace enjoying a Turkish breakfast and panoramic views was a real pleasure . The pool area is small but clean and pleasant . As no trip to Dalyan would be complete without a visit to Iztuzu beach we spent some days by the Pool and others at the beach so this did not cause us a problem . We are looking to go back in 2012 and will hopefully stay at the Donmez and if not we will certainly call in for a drink and a barbeque whist we are there .A 3 star Hotel with a 5 star welcome ! .

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Donmez Hotel

Address: Mares Mah. Yali Sok. No 5, Dalyan 48840, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Turkish Aegean Coast > Mugla Province > Dalyan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #60 of 64 Hotels in Dalyan
Price Range: $18 - $37 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Donmez Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 35
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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