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Blue Lagoon
Ranked #41 of 102 Hotels in Oludeniz
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 21, 2012

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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Reviewed June 20, 2012

we absolutely loved our time at the Blue Lagoon Hotel, all of the previous good reviews are well justified.Rooms were cleaned daily, always fresh towels etc, George and all the staff couldnt have been more friendly or helpful...nothing was ever a problem.The pool was always immacculate, with no surprising slopes i.e same depth [ great even if you cant swim] Olu Deniz is a beautiful place , stunning scenery and lovely friendly people. We will definitely be going back as soon as we can.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Mary M
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Reviewed June 20, 2012

Just returned from The Blue Lagoon (Deluxe) Hotel. What a fantastic hotel this is. We had a fabulous time, apart from the earthquake, of course. All credit to the Turks that built this resort as every building withstood the earthquake. I was by the pool when the earthquake occurred.
The hotel is spotless. The food is excellent. Plenty to eat in the morning at breakfast, and as much as you want. The snacks during the day are excellent and reasonably priced. The evening meals are superb and again reasonably priced. The towels and shower mat are changed every day and I lost count how many times our bed was changed during our 10 day stay. The grounds are well maintained and the pool is unbelievably clean. All the sunbeds have cushions on them.
The staff, I cannot praise enough. Headed by George, who is a lovely man. He is also very entertaining, especially on the Turkish night. He mingles with the guests and soon becomes a "friend". There is also Lefter and Musty in the restaurant who will also go out of their way to ensure you have a good time. Behind the bar are Mustafa and Mirtin, a couple of jokers who also go out of their way to ensure you have a good holiday!!
An excellent hotel, at the top of the main strip, so not too noisy at night.
So, if you want waiting on hand and foot and being made to feel really special this is the hotel for you!
Incidentally we were a party aged 55,53,27,22 and we all enjoyed it equally.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Bootybell
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Reviewed June 19, 2012

Arrived early hours in the morning (4:30am) after a long transfer and greeted by a misserable receptionist who made no sense and could not answer our questions.
We got shown to our bottom floor room which was number 140, to our suprise it looked nothing like the pictures provided on thomas cook or trip advisors website, the bathroom looked nice but was constructed to a poor standard, the toilet was slanted so you slipped off it whilst doing your business, it also leaked making a puddle on the floor, the shower was very spacious but could only get warm water on an evening, the towel rail was siliconed into place by the hotel DIY man who clearly has no sense of DIY which resulted in our towels always falling off onto the wet toilet water filled floor, the hair dryer was also 'glued' together with silicone which fell to bits once heated up! i was most digusted by the fact we could see the room aboves soil 'poo' pipe through the latted ceiling of our bathroom which resulted in being able to hear using and then flushing the toilet, was really loud whilst trying to get some sleep which was impossible anyway due to the bar staff blasting their 90's music out until 3am usually ( the music is promised to be turned off at 12am).
We called reception about our outside light not working, the 'DIY' man came the morning after but ignored our 'DONT DISTURB' door hanger and came in anyway..
Me and my girlfriend found the manager 'George' who everyone speaks so highly of rude and obnoxious, if you don't spend money at his bar or on his ice creams you won't get a nice word out of him nor will he even acknowledge you, all the while he's making his cakes and ice creams sound free coaxing you to take them....after you have eaten them he runs back round with his little note pad demanding your room number, not that we expected free food anyway.
We attended the Turkish themed night at the hotel, as we were half board it was free but unfortunatley for those who were B&B had to pay 30L each, which in my eyes was expensive for a team of unorganised dancers, rubbish knife throwers and a belly dancer who didn't belly dance.....maybe flab dance??
As for the food...it is not to the English taste, cold bland food, not really worth going half board as you can eat out very cheaply anywhere in Olu Deniz and get lovely, warm food which is much more enjoyable.
On the day we were leaving we had to be out of our room by 12noon, we were scheduled to leave at 11pm, so as you can imagine this was not ideal for preparing ourselves for our long journey home, there was however a small, dank shower in the toilets downstairs for our use at the end of the day, other than that we were offered the chance to spend yet more money renting out a room in another hotel for showering facilites....no thanks. Also, at the end of our stay we were stampeded by the bar staff, ordered by George, to urgently pay 8L for a burger I had ordered earlier in the day which made a scene and made us look like theives....even though we had not paid our tab yet due to leaving much later in the day.
The waiters were a credit to the hotel and made our stay welcoming as they couldn't do enough for you as they were very friendly and provided an excellent service at meal times.
Overall we did not enjoy our stay in the Blue Lagoon hotel, we are a 20 year old couple and can put up with most things (partying etc) but this was taking the mick as we did expect to sleep at some point in our once a year, paid holiday. However, Olu Deniz is a beautiful place, the lagoon is gorgeous and the locals are friendly.
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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank hannah b
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Reviewed June 18, 2012

Just returned from the BLUE LAGOON, Lovely clean hotel, breakfast was a bit basic so we ate out all the time. George and his crew are lovely, funny and work very hard. The downside to our holiday was the big earthquake and all the tremours after. I work in a hotel and the night reception especially must be more customer focused. He worried us sick after being told how scared he was and didnt offer any support. As we have now learnt that Turkey is earthquake prone, staff must be trained and procedures put in place to advise customers what to do. We never slept that night as the night receptionist told us we was due an even bigger one at 4am. Customers stood arund the pool crying and no staff told us what or where to go they just ran and left us all to it.

Apart from this the weather is getting hotter by the hour, Olu deniz is a gorgeus place and one day will return.

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1  Thank Emma C
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Reviewed June 11, 2012

Just returned from a 9 night stay at the Blue Lagoon hotel in Oludeniz and missing the place already. George and the team made our holiday in Turkey really special. The pool area is lovely and was never too crowded, we always got a bed by the pool and the meals were excellent. My two children loved the fact that there was a free pool table! We had a two bed-roomed apartment which was well sized for the four of us and we found the hotel was a perfect distance from the beach.
Thanks to George and all the staff for ensuring we had a great stay and hope to see you all again next year!
The family from room 116!!

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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4  Thank Boltonone
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Reviewed June 7, 2012

I have to say what a lovely place the Blue Lagoon Hotel is. All of the staff are friendly and welcoming, particularly George the restaurant manager and Mustafa and Metin at the bar (and we spent many nights at the bar drinking the cocktails!!)

The room was spotless and was cleaned every day, with fresh towels every day. It was spacious enough for two people. The pool and the area surrounding it is extremely clean and the pool a good size.

We stayed B&B and enjoyed the Turkish breakfast every day, with toast, cereals, fruits, yoghurts, ham, cheese, tea, coffee etc. Some days you get little extras, which make a nice change. We used the A la Carte restaurant once as we like to go and visit different places to eat. We requested something that wasn't on the menu and it was cooked for us just perfect.

All in all I can say we loved this hotel and would definitely stay again. The locaton was just perfect, just away from the hustle and bustle, but close enough to walk to everything. However, I would think it a little quiet for young families, but absolutely perfect for couples.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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7  Thank GC1974
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Additional Information about Blue Lagoon

Address: Oludeniz Beach, Oludeniz 48300, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Turkish Aegean Coast > Mugla Province > Oludeniz
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 Best Value Hotel in Oludeniz
#31 Family Hotel in Oludeniz
#35 Romantic Hotel in Oludeniz
Price Range: $16 - $64 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Blue Lagoon 3*
Number of rooms: 73
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