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“Good hotel, shame about the resort.”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Blue Lagoon

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Blue Lagoon
Ranked #40 of 102 Hotels in Oludeniz
Certificate of Excellence
Gloucester, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Good hotel, shame about the resort.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2013

The hotel was in a good location and kept spotlessly clean. Bathroom was modern and the shower was superb with plenty of very hot water. Bedroom was a little on the basic side but bedding was changed almost on a daily basis.
We stayed on a B&B basis and ate off the a la carte menu at the hotel several times. Each time the food was plentiful and well prepared and better value for money than on the strip. Please note that the half board meals are not the same as on the a la carte choice. However we found the restaurant staff to be very sullen, there was never a good morning or good evening from them even though my husband can speak a small amount of Turkish. The young lads were very touchy feely where young women were concerned, especially Suleyman. I would not wish my daughter to be subjected to that kind of harassment. They also whipped your plates away before you had hardly finished eating. George on the other hand greeted us everyday and was very friendly and helpful, even though we never drank at his bar. Without George we think this place could well go under, he works so hard to keep everyone happy and makes an effort to walk around the pool to chat to his guests, especially at ice cream and cake time, without pushing for sales. We chose to pay our bill on a daily basis. There was the odd mistake where the barman had over charged for our dinner drinks, but it was very easily rectified by the very nice guy on reception. One morning it even went in reverse as we had to tell them we owed them money for our meal, so mistakes do happen but it's not a drama unless you want it to be.
We did enjoy our two weeks but as a resort Olu Deniz caters too much for Brits. There was no real Turkish charm, just English breakfast menus and sky sports channels blaring out. The blue lagoon was also a disappointment to us from how it looks in the brochures, we have been to far nicer lagoons with better beaches.......

Room Tip: Rooms by the bar and pool table are extremely noisy.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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manchester
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2013 via mobile

This was our 3rd visit to the blue lagoon hotel and there was two things missing; okay & Lefter. They always had a smile on their faces unlike the new 'breed' of young waiters who were so bloody miserable. Members of our party would say hello to them & they would totally ignore them.
I hope the management read my review because I am going to say it as it is. I have read many reports on here & few are a little over the top in descriptions of the blue lagoon hotel & olu deniz.
Firstly George. People either praise him or 'slag' him off. So to put in into perspective George is George. We have been to turkey 6 times now & staff at all hotels are obviously encouraged to get guests to eat there & join in on special nights such as the 'Turkish night'. George is just doing his job which seems to be the culture of the hotels in general. He can be off with you if you don't join in & be your best friend if you do join in. Hope that's explained George. So George if you read this your a good guy but try and change your attitude a little please. Some people like ourselves just use the hotel for bed and breakfast and like to go out and try different restaurants & meals every night. Please respect that in people.
My next point is to the management with regards to the hotel restaurant. The food is poor and needs to be looked at if you are to get people to want to eat there. As an ex chef I like to eat good food. I would advise you to study the trip advisor reviews on the restaurants, visit the best ones, check the menus and replicate them. Food is good for business & if you can build up a good reputation for good food then it's a start. A good start would be the fillet steaks at Bella & gusto. They are close to perfection. I really hope the management take all this on board. Nothing against the current 'chef' but you need additional 'expertise' chefs.
We love the hotel which is very clean and our room which is very basic was fine for us as we only used it for a shower & bed for the night. Our maid was lovely & kept our room clean & tidy on a daily basis. She was the only person we tipped because of her service and the lovely smile on her face. Young waiters please note. Another member of staff who was great was the pool & maintenance man. Always had a smile on his face and was always available to help if help was needed. My 3 stars or 'dots' are because improvement is required. I am being honest unlike most in the reviews. I can't understand boths sides of the reviews people put on here. People that really slag the hotel off are completely wrong because it is a good hotel. And people who give it 5 'spots' are right in one way because they let themselves go relax, and adhere to the blue lagoon hotels way of life, although a true reflection would be 3 because of improvements needed. If the management take all my comments on board the blue lagoon hotel could be in the top 5 in the area; it does have the potential. I would also like to point out a person 'slagging off' olu deniz saying it was great for Brits because it's full of English type restaurants & bars & there were fags in the sea; & the sunbeds were close together on the beach. To that review I would say olu deniz is beautiful. Just look at the wonderful scenery. Yes the beach could do with a clean by the local authorities on a daily basis to clear off 'fag dimps' but other than that what are you after??? If you don't want to eat English there are lots of nice restaurants that serve good Turkish food. Get on a dolmus & pop into fetiheye. If you don't like sunbeds on the beach go over to the left hand side as your looking out to sea. Great spot with no sunbeds & not crowded! Also sample the Turkish culture and go into the countryside. Beautiful. This review slagging olu off was totally uncalled for. I would like a response fro the management of the blue lagoon hotel & please make the hotel better by using some of my suggestions. Plus for your extension proposals look no further; I'm an architect with a good knowledge of sound insulation which is completely missing in your deluxe block which we stayed in last year. If you are a customer trying to decide whether to visit this hotel I would definitely recommend it, it just needs fine tuning. Mark b

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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arbroath
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2013

Was really looking forward to this holiday but it was ruined by atrocious food. My wife and I have defended hotels in the past against people who have expected 5 star food at 2 star prices but this was truly awful. Food was put out in the evening at 8 o clock and left to go cold Why make a massive amount of chips at one go when it is obvious they will not be needed before going cold. I complained to George early in the first week of our stay and he reluctantly got the chef to make warm fish and chips but rather than take away the cold ones a fresh portion of hot chips were just thrown on top of the cold ones! Anyone coming along later would get the cold ones again.
The choice of food was pathetic and totally repetitive. We ended up having to dine out though we had paid for half board. Breakfast was the usual fare to which I have no objection but we were only offered pancakes twice and omelette once during our 14 day stay.
George was a bully to his staff and they carried familiarity beyond acceptable boundaries. One morning a senior waiter came and sat in my wife's chair whilst she was getting her coffee and proceeded to tell me how he hated working at the hotel as it was rubbish!
On a positive note room was fine and maid service excellent. Reception staff superb and bar staff o.k.
Flights on Freebird were both on time and comfortable with friendly cabin crew.
Olu Deniz is nice but find somewhere else to stay and only go B&B as there are lots of good cheap restaurants.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Crawley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2013

Thanks everyone at The Blue Lagoon for a wonderful holiday. George the owner could not have done more - I don't know if he gets a day off but he was always there to help. The swimming pool is so clean - it must be the best kept pool in Turkey - the water was crystal clear. The rooms were cleaned to a magnificent standard, the lovely Turkish ladies even left flowers in our rooms.
The dining area was also spotless - you cant go wrong staying here and so close to the lovely Blue Lagoon beach and all the shops, bars and restaurants. Thank you George

Room Tip: Ground floor rooms a bit dark.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2013

Never normally go back to anywhere but this place has been the exception. Rooms, clean but basic unless you have one of the luxury ones which are great. Hotel is located away from the main drag and noise but not too far to be inconvenient. Staff are friendly and attentive and go out of their way to make your stay a good one. Pool is a good size and same depth throughout which was cleaned on a daily basis. In fact the whole place is kept spotless.
Always ensure you get your bar/food receipts and pay every few days, but we never had any problems with bills.
A good all round hotel.

Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Imelda J
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2013

Spot on location for the beach and shops and very clean basic rooms. The reception staff and the cleaners were very helpful but the bar and restaurant staff did not seem interested unless you were spending money on upgrading food or at the bar. My husband is gluten free and although I did speak to George the manager on the first evening of our holiday to ask for help with what was in the food he was not in the slightest bit interested in helping us hence we did not eat in the hotel much at all. On the day we were leaving we passed George wheeling along our suitcases and he did not even look in our direction never mind ask if we had a good holiday and say goodbye, obviously we were not special people who drank at his bar all night.
Having said all this the hotel location is fantastic, Oludeniz is a super resort and we would go back to both the resort and the hotel again but would only stay BB and eat out in the lovely bars.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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grantham lincolnshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2013

Been back again, thats twice this year, keep getting drawn back, friendly atmosphere, good location, rooms basic but clean, good value for money. been bac in the UK for just over a week and booked up already for next year.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: 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:
#36 Romantic Hotel in Oludeniz
#37 Family Hotel in Oludeniz
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Blue Lagoon 3*
Number of rooms: 73
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