Like everyone else, we read the reviews of the hotel and were a little bit worried before we arrived. We got to the hotel at about 5.00am in the morning and were told that our room wasn't available, so we would need to go to another room for a couple of hours! this would have been bad, but we were put in one of the suites which was really nice.
Before we agreed to move rooms I asked to be shown the room that we would be moving to (having read the reviews about the rooms under the pool area). The manager smiled knowingly and assured us that we would not be put in one of those rooms, so they are obviously aware that people know about the rooms before going to the hotel.
We were moved to our proper room just after breakfast, we were in room 118 which overlooked the bottom pool. The room itself was an ok size, but there is not much wardrobe space. The bathroom again is quite small, with not much shelf space, but is ok other than that.
Every morning for 2 weeks the cockrel woke me up really early! by the end of the holiday I was ready to throtle it, the mosque calls at about 4.40am, but this is for a short time and you get used to it after the first couple of days.
The rooms are cleaned everyday and the maids left nice towel models on the bed.
All of the staff at the hotel were really friendly, they organised pool games and tried to get as many people involved as possible. The waiters remebered your order after the first drink and were happy to chat to everyone.
The pool at the top of the hotel appeared to be the busier of the two. We never went to that pool, but a couple of people did come down to the lower pool as it was too busy at the top (families tended to use the top pool whilst couples tended to use the other one).
The breakfast in the hotel was typical turkish breakfast. It is no worse than any other hotel tat we have stayed at in Turkey. If people want a fry up then you can buy one just down the road. There are few 3 star hotels in Turkey that will give you a full english breakfast included in the b&b price!
The food in the evening was not great. We were half board as it cost the same as b&b, but never intended to eat there every night as there are so many places to eat in Olu Deniz (which we knew having also gone there last year). We only ate at the hotel once and there was a lot of salad and a chicken and pasta dish with a couple of deserts.
Outside of the hotel, we went on the Easyriders boat trip, which was ok, but the boat was absolutely packed and didnt stop at the blue cave which it was supposed to.
We went with First Choice did the Dalyan checkout which I would definitely recommend the mudbaths are good fun and going to a sandy beach on the final day was good, plus you get to go back to a hotel until you leave for the airport, so if you have a late flight, you can get some sleep before you leave (the hotel was not great, but ok just to sleep in for a couple of hours) book on the internet before going as it was cheaper than it was in resort.
We also did the Fethiye market trip with first choice as you also get a boat trip included as part of the price. The market gets really hot, so it was good to o on an organised trip so as not to be hanging around for the dolmus.
The blue lagoon is beautiful, it was 4 lira to enter and we went there rather than go to the main beach. Sun beds and umbrellas were 6 lira each, so not too expensive. There are little fish that swim in the shallow end, so save some of your lunch to feed them when you get back to your sun bed!
Best restaurants were Bella & Gusto, Buzz and Toscanna beach, but all of them are nice! best bar by far was shaddows and we spent many nights in there and you will see that people stop as they are walking past to take pictures of the staff doing one of their dance routines! they also did a sparkle show where they gave everyone sparklers to light at the same time! again the staf were really good and remembered your drinks order!
Olu Deniz is a great place and this was the second time we have been there, we would go back again and would probably stay at the Flamingo again, we stayed at the Montebello hotel last year which again was really nice (and is just in front of the Flamingo).
The main problem with the hotel was having to use the card to pay for things in the hotel and then having to keep receipts to pay your bill at reception the next day, we heard that some people were charged for things they didnt buy, but we never had that problem. As for taking water and food in from outside the hotel, you weren't supposed to, but we did every night without any problems. We also saw people blatantly taking big bottles of water into the hotel and no one said anything to them!
Go and enjoy Olu Deniz, the hotel is not that bad!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- smartline Flamingo has a good location close to the town centre and offers guests a relaxing holiday in beautiful surroundings. From the pool area you can enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view over the bay of Oludeniz and the mountain backdrop. The hotel has a variety of restaurants and bars as well as two pools and a gym. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Flamingo Hotel Oludeniz
- Flamingo Hotel Olu Deniz