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“If you like loud music till 5am, no sleep and poor food then go for it”
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Balkaya Hotel
Ranked #76 of 103 Hotels in Oludeniz
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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“If you like loud music till 5am, no sleep and poor food then go for it”
Reviewed July 26, 2010

We arrived about 6am in the morning. Upon arrival the reception area was staffed by a young guy in shorts- yes just shorts and a smile. His English was better than my Turkish so fair play to him. He stated that there was no room for us and we would have to wait. Whilst waiting we noticed a guy asleep on a sofa in the reception area. We were told it was the porter who had had a little too much to drink and was sleeping it off. Nice.
We were eventually shown a family room as a temp. measure. This was OK but very basic. Wakefield Prison has a higher star rating. We asked when we would be moved to our room but they did not know- maybe 9am maybe 2pm. Because we did not want to fall asleep and be disturbed we decided to stay up (we had been awake all night due to the flight etc). Breakfast was shortly served and to be honest i have seen better meals on wheels. The food is below basic and you can have it warm at extra cost if you want. The food was cold on three attempts at the same dish. Even the owner (who was standing next to me in the queue) checked his food and his was also stone cold. They then wanted to microwave it whilst leaving the salad on the plate.

Eventually we were shown a room which was very small and had an en suite with it although this was very small with a combined shower/ sink/ toilet arrangement which meant everything got wet when the shower was on. In fact you could sit on the toilet, shower and brush your teeth all at the same time if you wanted to.

The staff running the bar are OK but the management are 'unique'. It is the first time I have seen a manager in ill fitting shorts and a vest as the standard dress for his job. He actually found it amusing to jump in the pool and state that he was having a wash- the bad thing is I really do think this was how he WAS getting a wash. He is loud and initially very helpful as long as you want to spend money. If your idea of fun is sitting at the bar drinking till 5am listening to his poor jokes and crass antics then you will do well. The basic rule is which ever group shouts the loudest for a type of music or entertainment then that is what will rule. In our unfortunate time there this was in the form of very loud R&B music for 20 hours a day (including explicit swearing in the lyrics whilst children were around). Yes I do mean 20 hours a day- 9am to 5am. A particular group thought they were in heaven with this and made it their business to ensure this music was played all the time. Age groups in the hotel were from young couples to retired couples and families. I have yet to find a retired couple getting on down with their arthritis to P Diddy or who ever is the latest R&B demi god.

The food- was it food? Sweet every day was warm melon slices so I hope you like melon or usually live in a zoo because there is nothing else. The chunks are that big you would think they had a resident hippo to feed.

Starter is soup. One evening my soup was luminous in colour and we just could not make it out at all. To be fair the bread was fresh (ish) so you can survive on this.

The main courses are open cold buffet (the flies love it) and some kind of luke warm/ cold concoction which we played 'I'll name that food in 4' with. Chips were available but interestingly cheese was not. We noticed that a girl had grated cheese on her pasta- ooh cheese we thought. You cannot have cheese as it was especially done for a vegi and you have to be vegi to have the cheese (John Cleese eat your heart out). Eventually we gave up on the food as it was just humiliating to try it and went out most nights. It was that bad even Joseph Stalin would have been ashamed to serve it in a Ghulag prison.
Other interesting options were staying alive or injury free. A hot plate was used as a toaster which was conveniently placed on a table about 2 foot off the ground- just right for a toddler or young child to grab hold of or stick their hands on, wire flexes were taped together or just twisted together, the pool drain around the pool had gaps in just right for breaking your ankles and a large pumping hose ran across the outside dining area which a child tripped over . DON'T take white/ cream towels as they will claim them as theirs. We had ours taken away from the pool area as you cannot use their towels. We then spent 30 minutes pointing out BHS labels but this still took some doing.

On the last day we were there, two engineers came and removed a tank cover from the patio area floor. This was amongst dining tables (which I was using). They removed the pipe (which the boy tripped over) and inserted another pipe to pump the tank out. The pipe was covered in dark sludge -I don't know what it was but it was on the floor and around the dining tables and I was still eating. we decided at that point that the place was not fit for use and started looking for another hotel.

Bar prices are not excessive but more than other hotels and bars. A beer is 5TL where many other hotels and bars are 3.5TL/ 4TL. Watch out for the 'happy hour' where cocktails are 2 for 1. Yes they are but the second one has no alcohol in (they don't tell you that and hope you are that plastered that you do not notice). I asked for WiFI connection- 10TL, Air conditioning 10tL A NIGHT ( thats £30 a week), safety box 5tl a day. If they can make money out of you then they are your friends...... please note that all this can be free if you are a single female group and the manager can show you his speedboat- lucky you.

Eventually we had had enough and found an apartment in the resort at another hotel and stayed there for the last three nights which was peaceful and bliss.

You can read this and say ' sour grapes' which os OK by me. You may be lucky and love being awake till 5am and they play your music very load and you like very poor food and don't mind sharing the pool with the staff's hygiene routine or you may not. If you go and have a good time then get it on here because I would love to know how you did it.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 16, 2010

As I said in the title this was possibly the best two weeks of my life. I travelled with two friends we went half board we got the hotel for about £155 for the 2 weeks half board so we where not expecting an amazing hotel with Michelin star food.

Rooms
We arrived a 6am there time in the morning we where shown to are room which was huge it was a 6 person room but we where moved on the second day which we had no problem with because a 6 person room for 3 people makes no sense. We where moved to the main part of the hotel which we where put in the smallest room of the hotel but that’s what we paid for so we where happy with it because the air con worked perfect and who cares what your room looks like you only sleep in it your on holiday . The maids came to clean are room everyday I’ve never had that before and I have been to turkey 4 times now. The rooms are a bit load when people in the hall shut there door it sounds like they are slamming them but the hall just makes it loader they cant do anything about that. On the last day we where not getting picked up till half one in the morning we where giving are room till 12 o’clock that night no extra charge also never had that before.

Food
We where half board the breakfast was basic boiled eggs ,meats ,cereals ,bread and tea and coffee we never really had it because we really never got up in time for it ,its on till half 9. The dinner was really nice I thought but I like that kind of food which was mainly salads chicken and Turkish starters rice and chips the main meal changes every night and soup which is some of the best soup I have ever had. There is also fruit for sweet….enjoy your meal you will get this joke after you go there very funny. The drinks where not that expensive they are around the same price as in the bars in towns. A bottle of efes beer was 5TL and vodka and juice 7TL and glass of coke etc 2.50TL cocktails are 10TL and a bottle water was 1TL which is a bit more expensive than in the shops around but that’s still not that expensive.

Staff
The staff where the best friendliest and most help people I have met I think you would never had a boring day at the hotel with them or night. Turkish night is a must its only £10 and so much food and you must get up to dance with the belly dancer such a laugh.

Pool area and bar
The pool is big for a Turkish hotel there is a lack of sun beds but if you ask one of the staff they fetch you one if there is one. They will even move peoples towels off them if people just to decide leave them on them and go out which I think is a great thing because I can stand that. At the bar there is always music played but its British and they are good a choosing music which go well with the guests the music gets put lower at about 12ish but is still on as long as people are at the bar but they were stopping music all together about 1 I heard them say. But there was a little girl there who stayed in there room right next to the bar and her dad said they never had any problems at all with it saying they could barley hear it.

Hotel in general
There are two dogs there Linda and duke I think and a cat which comes for meals all 3 of them are cute and funny and one day me and a friend and a cat which followed us home from the phone box and was still there when we left they are friendly to the animals there unlike other place in turkey. The hotel is clean overall. The staff never had taken food off us we walked in with crisps and nut and we just offered them some and they where happy with it. Just don’t take in bags full of food the odd bag of crisps or that.

Over all I found this as a great holiday great hotel don’t think I have a bad point about the hotel apart from the lack of sun beds.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with friends
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 15, 2010

We checked in then shown to the room the air con didnt work, the room was coverd in ants and very very dirty, there were 6 light fittings in the room but only one lightbulb !!! there were also no lights in the passage way to our room so very dangerous on a evening. The food was very basic it was the same for breakfast every day and chicken for dinner every night a other guest also found a maggot in there dessert one evening. It was like a prison camp if you had been out they would check your bags to see if you had purchased and food or drink from anywhere else didnt even let you have a bottle of water. The staff didnt have any people skills and the management didnt have a clue what they were doing. The area was a very lovely place would deff like to go bad but just not to this hotel !!!!

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 12, 2010

Hotel Room

Large split level family room overlooking the bar which needed a good clean through - someone else's boxer shorts were still under the bed - yuck! Bed sheets were ripped on the single bed down stairs. Corridor leading to the rooms had no windows and the light wasn't working on the stairs or in the corridor for the last three days which meant we had to open our door for another guest to get into his room as you simply couldn't see your door let alone the handle to put the key in. At the time we left the light at the end of the corridor only came on intermittently and only outside the handiman/receptionist's (Osman) girlfriend's room which was on the same floor. Aircon was fine charged at 10 lira per day if you wanted to use it.

Pool area

7 sun umbrellas and 25 sun loungers between 40 rooms. Although the pool was supposed to be open by 8.30 am this didn't always happen as we had to wait for Osman being around to do the pool cleaning. The rep did have to tell Osman to clean it a couple of times as he was sometimes late to do it on one occasion the pool didn't open until gone 10.00 am which ended up with some very irritated guests. Pool area was hosed down twice a day but the green matting around was absolutely filthy underneath. A glass was broken by the side of the loungers and rather than clean it up the glass was simply washed into the flower bed - I would hate for a kiddy to walk in that area! There was dog mess around the pool from a Rottweiler puppy that the hotel had wandering around.

Cleanliness

We went out for a boat trip and had sand on our shoes on the 4th of 10 days we were at the hotel - the sand was not cleaned up the entire time we were in the room. Mosquito bodies were on the windows and walls in our room when we arrived and still there when we left. I watched staff sweep the dust on the floor in the reception area under the safety deposit boxes rather than clean it up and the area under the settees in the reception area were thick with dust. Stairs and corridors were dusty with quite a bit of spills dried onto the floor.

Food

We stayed on a B&B basis and the cornflakes ran out on the second day - none were forthcoming for the rest of the holiday although they did double up on the muesli! Only tea or coffee to drink for free with breakfast if you wanted fruit juice or water you had to pay for it - a bit annoying if you had young children. Typical Turkish breakfast of bread, olives, cucumber, tomatoes, hard boiled eggs and jam. On the last couple of days water melon was added to breakfast

Lunch time snacks were available although the jacket potatoes always came with grit as they don't wash the potatoes. One guest did have a maggot in her food which was pretty revolting. Eating in the hotel in the evening - prices range between 16 - 18 lira which is same as eating in the local town.

Noise

Whilst the hotel in outside of the town - the hotel staff insist in playing loud (and I mean really loud) music from 8.00 am (approx) until 1.30 am (and later) - despite guests asking for the music to be turned down the staff wouldn't. The music being played always had a heavy base which drove a number of guests to the hotel opposite for some peace and quiet. The staff usually were still drinking around the bar until 1.30 - 2.30 am (and later) which meant those in the rooms overlooking the pool were subjected to constant noise. On one occasion during our stay the music went on until 4.00 am in the morning. The hotel has a number of young staff who play music that they like to hear and constantly keep turning it up. In fact it was quieter in town in the evening than it was in the hotel!

Staff

Whilst the staff were helpful - a lot of the problems they had to sort out were their own - administration at the hotel is rubbish with guests having to sleep in reception until room are ready due to overbooking. When you have arrived at the hotel in the early hours it is not what you want! Guests were farmed out to other hotel due to lack of room availability. Staff are not always on reception meaning you have to go and find them for your room key - usually you can find them at the bar. Dogs barking were also a nuisance throughout the night but outside of the hotel's control. The concept of customer service to guests was only there if they were making money out of you - otherwise you were an inconvenience.

Local area

About a 5 minute walk to the dolmus which gave easy access to the local towns. The hotel is a bit down a dirt track but it is lit so with care you shouldn't have a problem. The hotel is in a semi rural/residential area so it doesn't look great but other areas are about the same. The local town of Hisaronu is good to visit and I would recommend "The Turkish Ivy Restaurant" which had a good selection of Turkish and English dishes. Other guests also recommended the Mexican/Italian Restaurant and the Phoenix Restaurant (Chinese).

On the whole whilst I liked the area and would go back I would definitely not recommend this hotel to anyone. Only the other guests and our shared sense of humour made this holiday worthwhile.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
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Birmingham
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Reviewed July 9, 2010

Well, what can i say. It was our first visit to Turkey and a last minute booking, so when we turned off the main road onto a dirt track, we started to wonder what we had booked. We arrived at 2am and were made so welcome by David and Osman, infact we didnt get to see our rooms till 5am because we were led straight to the pool side bar, where we met other guests and laughed so much. That's when we named the hotel "Fawlty Towers". All the staff were brilliant, especially Veysi, who entertained us all week. They upgraded us to a family room because it was our wedding anniversary while we were there. Our bed was covered in flower petals and there was a bowel of fruit and a bottle of wine in our room. I've stayed in some lovely hotels in different countries but have never been made to feel as special as i did at the Balkaya!! Ok, the rooms are basic but clean and i would give up all home comforts to have the company of the staff at Balkaya anytime. Infact we will be going back and taking our family with us. The way i look at it is, you only get one life so enjoy it and you certainly will at the Balkaya!!! Thank you to David, Osman, Veysi, Handa and everyone else at Balkaya, i didnt stop laughing for a week, good times xxxxxx

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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great harwood, lancashire
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Reviewed June 28, 2010

the balkaya is a great little turkish hotel. the staff are great-suliman davood osman- andy and the breakfast waiter we knicknamed oliver, they were all good fun. the rooms are fine, typical of the room style in this area. tiled floors wardrobe desk with mirror, small balcony with 2 chairs. we have stayed in many hotels in this area and their pretty much the same. the pool is one of the best in the area nice and big, and the mountain views from the balcony are fantastic! the hotel is about 5-7 mins walk up to the main road to catch the dolmus, and its about 15 mins walk into hisaronu. i would definately stay again. the price is fantastic and the hotel is as good as any 3* we have stayed in in ovacik/hisaronu.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Northampton
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Reviewed June 28, 2010

The Balkaya tries to please, gets some bits right and some terribly wrong!

The room
We had a room in the building at the rear of the hotel which was quite run down, our room was very damp and smelly. Upon arrival, the toilet leaked but the staff repaired this immediately once reported. All the furniture was shabby and falling to pieces and it we were only cleaned at the end of the week. For the price we paid and the fact that we were in Turkey, we know our expectancies (ie – not all your home comforts) but we felt this was substandard.

Hotel Facilities and Food
The pool and bar were excellent, very clean and spacious. The only gripe was the extreme loud music constantly blaring out and the staff clapping and shouting until the early hours of the morning. The restaurant was good but the food for half board was very basic. There was a good selection of salad / bread to start. Main meals offered a choice of two options which were good (meat/fish/veg) with chips and rice. The food got cold very quickly and some was tinned and pretty bland. Personally we would expect a lot better. There was a menu available to order at a cost but we didn’t use this.

Staff
Very friendly and really made the effort to be helpful and friendly, also helpful with any requests. We are not people to hang around the hotel much but they accepted this and didn’t hassle us at all.

Area
The Balkaya is situated off the main road meaning you are free from traffic noise. You have the delights of the local vicinity to enjoy as there are a lot of animals locally making the stroll into Hisaronu a joy. The walk to the town is about 20 minutes either along the main road or a back road with little traffic. If you are not a great walker then there are regular dolmuses (buses) to pick you up en-route. Hisaronu offers a range of bars, restaurant and shops but has become quite commercialised in recent years. Oludeniz is a must and is a short dolmus ride away, make sure you visit the lagoon. Also on the must do list is Kaya Village, 5K from Hisaronu centre. We walked it through the beautiful pine forests but you can get a dolumus or taxi.

Overall
Turkey has something for everyone whether you ate seeking beach, nightlife, sightseeing or shopping. I visited this area in the mid 90s and it has grown vastly (a little too much sadly) but the Turks try their best to embrace the tourists and to look after them. It is definitely worth a visit. We wouldn’t stay at the Balkaya again however, as regular travellers we expect better (and we expect a few home comforts will be missing).

Airport
PLEASE PLEASE BE WARNED – DALAMAN AIRPOT IS VERY EXPENSIVE!!!! FOOD AND DRINK ARE EXTREMELY OVERPRICED AND THE OUTLETS HERE WILL TRY AND SQUEEZE EVERY LAST PENNY OUT OF YOU. TAKE YOUR OWN FOOD!!!!

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Balkaya Hotel
Address: Ovacik Mahallesi 1, Oludeniz 48300, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Turkish Aegean Coast > Mugla Province > Oludeniz
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Ranked #76 of 103 Hotels in Oludeniz
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — Balkaya Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 38
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