There are many thermal SPA hotels in Turkey, and Orucoglu is "still" considered among the top-tier of these, although the hotel is too-tired in every way, and some of the more contemporary 4-star hotels are much better than Orucoglu.
The guest rooms need renovation to upgrade from their 3-star look. The towels, sheets, furniture are all very old.
Upon arrival, we asked for the third bed for our son. After a while we were offered a floor mattress instead, since no beds were left in the hotel! Come on we have not paid to camp in this expensive hotel. We were relieved when we could convince the floor responsible to find us one proper bed in the end.
The main indoor pool in which you can swim yourself to the connecting outdoor one especially in winter was nice, with the snowy surrounding. The indoor pool was way too cool for a thermal, I still wonder why. Many people asked for the pool to be warmer, but nothing changed.
The connecting hallway from the indoor pool to the main building, in winter was a reason to catch cold when walking in your bathrobes! No heating whatsoever?
The hotel is surely %100 thermal, but I do not really prefer bathroom the tap water thermal to brush my teeth with. If so, there should be plenty of free drinking water in the rooms. Many guests brought along their drinking water in packs, which looked odd. Others filled their empty bottles from the fountains in dining area, which looked even more odd. In Turkey, water can be served free in any hotel, believe me, we have plenty of natural drinkable water sources as a country.
The SPA was not 5-star, the private family pools were either broken or not in good shape, with uninviting plastic loungers.
Kid's club was not very inviting to our son and not much entertainment was available, other than the overloud live piano which made it impossible for our son to sleep neither in the afternoon nor at night. So I really cannot recommend the rooms with the balcony in the main building if you have a small child.
Food was OK. Clean and tasty, but again not 5-star.
Well, overall our stay was OK, but I am sure I would be equally satisfied at another 4-star hotel nearly half the price, so I am not planning to go back to Orucoglu.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bringing the thermal water to all of its room, the first five-star thermal hotel in Turkey; Oruçoğlu Thermal Resort serve its guests with an understanding of providing top thermal spring experience. One the most generous gifts of the nature of the geography where it is located, the thermal water is made available in all of the rooms and the activities throughout the facility and maximum benefit and joy during our guests stay are ensured.With a basic understanding of providing quality service with cheerful and experienced staff, the hotel is at the service of its guests desiring a more healthier and different vacation with indoor – outdoor thermal swimming pools, private family bath with steam bath – hot tub, Turkish baths, steam baths, massages, mud treatments, facials, herbal and milk baths, physical therapy – rehabilitation units and weight loss units.Renovated in 2012 and with a capacity of 306 rooms and 750 beds, the facility is located in the intersection of Istanbul – Ankara – Izmir motorways, 14 km away from the Afyonkarahisar Centrum. Oruçoğlu Thermal Resort offers physical therapy and rehabilitation opportunity without requiring a doctor’s note for the retired and employees of Retirement Fund, SSK and Bağ-Kur with co-operation of Afyonkarahisar Kocatepe University. You may benefit from our physical therapy and rehabilitation services as per our agreement with the Social Security Institution. ... more less
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