Just returned from an amazing 10 night b&b stay at the Blue Lagoon Hotel on what was our first trip to Turkey but will definitely not be the last to both this hotel and the region, despite a strong earthquake, 50c temperatures in june and sandstorms. The hotel is beautiful, well maintained and has an extremely high standard of customer service compared to what you would get in the likes of Spain. Upon our arrival we were greeted by the lady on reception who was exceptional throughout the holiday and we were shown to our rooms by 2 members of staff who also helped us with our luggage. The same evening we were made to feel at home by George and Lefta from the restaurant and Mustafa and Metin on the bar who all went the extra mile to talk to us and welcome us to the hotel. Our family stayed in rooms 122 and 123, both basic ground floor rooms, but had everything we needed for the little time we spent there and were of an adequate size. We had to pay a small amount for the use of a fridge in the room and a safety deposit box at reception but air conditioning was free which, as I understand, is unlike most hotels in Oludeniz. If basic is not your thing, then there are deluxe rooms available at the hotel which come with all the added extras for not very much more money and are probably worth it if you are travelling with children. At the end of our stay we were not due to be picked up until 7pm, we had no problem securing a room to keep our cases in and freshen up in at the price of £20, which is cheap compared to what it could have been in other places.
The hotel itself is situated at the back of the resort away from all the noise of the strip, yet only a 2 minute walk away if that’s what you like. In contradiction to a previous comment, yes the bar staff play music, but no, they do not carry it on in to the early hours and if they do it was never loud after midnight. The noise was in fact coming from the Montebello resort hotel at the back of the Blue Lagoon. The pool area is excellent, with the pool itself all one depth and the water very warm by midday. There are enough sunbeds for everyone in the hotel, however, in a typically British manner people still felt the need to reserve beds with towels and then go out for most of the day, but we never really had a problem getting one.
The quality of the food in this hotel is excellent and was comparable if not better than most of the meals we had in restaurants in Oludeniz. The breakfast is extremely fresh and typically Turkish, but cereal and toast are available too and every other day the chef will make omelettes and pancakes to your taste. We had two evening meals in the hotel and numerous lunches. All were of excellent quality and if there is something that is not on the menu that you wanted George and Lefta were more than happy to help. This was particularly useful as both myself and my partner are vegetarian and fussy eaters. As well as the standard menu there is a buffet available with daily specials which is excellent. You can either chose to have this as your meal or have a main off the a la carte menu and pick starters from the buffet. I would definitely recommend paying the extra for the buffet on Turkish night if you are staying on a B&B basis. The Turkish night itself was a scream, with all the staff joining in and George being particularly entertaining as usual.
In contradiction to a very naïve comment in a previous post with regards to the earthquake, yes Turkey does suffer with them but they are never usually 6.1s in this area. The staff at the hotel were as shocked and as traumatised as the holidaymakers and there was nothing they could have done had the worst happened. There was no warning that it was going to happen, leaving us all in the same boat and after speaking to numerous locals in the shops on the strip and being witness to the sheer panic on the beach front when it struck, they had never experienced anything as strong as that either. Credit to the bar staff on the day as they tried their best to cheer everyone up that afternoon and carry on with things as normal, bearing in mind that most of the staff and their families live in Fethiye which suffered more damage and a bigger tremors than Oludeniz, giving them a very good reason to be worried.
Overall we had a fantastic stay at this hotel and we will be back next year. Our holiday would have been nowhere near as enjoyable if it wasn’t for the staff and their friendly, entertaining nature. The customer service in Turkey really puts the treatment we have had in the likes of Spain, at double the price, to shame. Thank you particularly to George, who really is a special man and friend, also to Lefta, Mustafa and Metin and all the boys in the restaurant and bar.
Lauren and Danny/ the family in 122 &123, Manchester
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