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Erdoba Evleri
Ranked #11 of 14 Hotels in Mardin
Reviewed September 1, 2012

I found here by a recommendation of my collegue and I stayed here one night for a business trip. It was a low season (In Ramadan) I guess, there were not too much people around. I stayed in "Osmanli Konakları" and they arranged me a room with a window open to landscape , the room was clean with a good air condition.
Atmosphere of entrance and inner garden of the hotel is so authentic.
I paid 100TL with a company discount (as they told)
The hotel has a roof restaurant towards a magnificant Mesopotamia scene but food prices are high. You must enjoy this scene at least for some Turkish coffee or waterpipe.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed August 3, 2012

Loved this place.

It was a very short experience but I may say that; very clean, good service and they do their best to make sure that you are happy.

If you can try to reserv a room facing to Mesopotamia Valley

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
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2  Thank sethplate
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Reviewed June 15, 2012

This place has many good features: the location, that is right in the center of Mardin, and the view, that offers an incredible panorama of the Mesopotamia, something you won't believe your eyes and will never get enough.
The breakfast, too, has a wide offer and most of the things are very good.
The rooms are a little small, and the bed is not the best one, but they are very very clean, and the bathroom shined like a jewel.
The price is not a cheap one, also because it was not peak season.

But the "extra" for this place is one of the managers, Fırat Demirok: he's been incredible, he had us feeling like we were the only customers. He helped us with the directions, with parking, then he's been the perfect guide for the hotel, and he even came with us to a restaurant to introduce us to the owner! He's been so kind, so helpful, so smiling, so friendly but always in a polite way...
We really loved our stay in Mardin, because the city is wonderful. But if we loved it, a small part is thanks to Fırat Demirok.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 4, 2012

This was a really good experience in a hotel in Mardin. The only problem was it was very very warm. Each setting we tried on the climate control only produced more warm air. Everything else was very good. Spacious and clean. Comfortable and breakfast was very good with a lot of variety. The hotel is in walking distance to some nice restaurants as well. The staff are friendly and helpful. I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 4, 2012

We were booked in Maria Butik Hotel (not a hotel nor boutique, just a below standard pension in any country), and I was fortunate to get a room in Erdoba, despite a convention going on at the time. Nice size well appointed room, with a good view of the country side, the breakfast was superb.

Room Tip: internet connection is free. The area where the hotel is located will require a cab ride to town, th...
  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 2, 2012

This hotel was well reviewed by the Lonely Planet, but we found it disappointing and excessively expensive for what it was.

Upon arrival at the reception to enquire about rooms, I was left standing there by the man and woman tending the reception. When the man finally deigned to acknowledge my presence, his first answer when I asked if he had rooms, was a blunt NO! When i told him that a friend of mine called on our behalf a few day previous and was told that the hotel did have suites available at 200Euros/night, he sais "ah, of course"!

Turns out, these so called suites were not in the main building but in an annex, 2 streets below the main building. Perhaps it will help understand how annoying this is if i clarify that Mardin is on a steep hillside and that vehicles can not drive on most side streets which are narrow, poorly surfaced and invaded by street urchins and pooping donkeys. At 200 euros, i was certainly not expecting to carry our family's suitcases down the hill, but felt quite sorry for the poor bellboy who had to do it.

Upon first inspection, the room looked nice though certainly did not meet the size standard of what you'd expect for a suite. It was no bigger than your average hotel room. It was richly furnished, the bedding and towels were of good quality. The hotel annex being in a restored traditional Mardin home had definite charm, however as we started to occupy the room, we discovered lots of poorly thought out design and significant problems with ventilation and humidity in the room.

The bellboy had turned the heat on in the room when we arrived, despite the fact that it was +30 degrees outside. As we left the room to explore, we turned it off thinking it made no sense. When we came back to retire for the night, we discovered why he had done this. The room was so humid and cold that it was truly unpleasant. The bed sheets were moist and freezing when we got into them. Walking barefoot on the floor was like walking on ice yet the outside temperature was still in the low 20s. It was impossible to sit in the bath as the bottom of it was so cold, even with hot water filling the tub. We turned the heat back on, but even as it noisily worked through the night, the room was still unpleasantly cold and damp in the morning. It was like waking up in the middle of a Newfoundland bog in September!

The bathroom had another design problem. As it was fitted into an arched room of this old house, someone thought it would be a good idea to fit the mirror along the arch. So you cannot look at yourself straight. You have to look up, straining your neck to see yourself while you shave or dry your hair. Not easy or practical. And on this last matter, I would have expected to be provided with an in-room hair dryer that did not shut down from overheating after literally 2 minutes of use.

We were told that there was wireless internet in the room....that was a lie. The only place in the annex where the internet worked was near the guards kitchen.
There were elaborate instructions on how to make the TV work, but we couldn't figure it out.

There are no other services in the annexe. So one had to clamber up the hill back to the main building to have breakfast, in an enclosed, windowless basement room. The quality of the buffet breakfast was just ok. They had lots of variety in the white salty turkish cheeses, but lacked in cereal and hot options.

The restaurant where we had lunch and dinner had a spectacular view. The food was your typical turkish fare, prepared in a correct way. However, the service was indifferent. One did not feel like either the waiters or the maitre D, who had introduced himself to us when we first arrived (Ziya), cared that we were there. It took a long time for our order to be taken. It took an even longer time for it to be served and during one meal, no one could even be bothered to bring us water! And each time there were only 2 or 3 other small tables with clients eating. Not as if the staff was overworked.

Again, i cannot speak for the rooms in the main building, as we did not stay there, but the rooms in the annexe were a total rip-off. As for the service, it was, in our opinion, all around poor, except for the hard working bellboy who helped with the parking and the baggage.

We will not be recommending this place to anyone.

Room Tip: When visiting Mardin, it is perhaps better not to stay in Mardin. If I ever wish to go back, i'...
  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 26, 2012

This hotel has some positive and some negative features. Its best feature is its location right in the heart of the old city. It has a great view from the cafe in the rear of the building overlooking the Mezopotamian plain. Lovely and plesant. It is also near the museum and other points of. Interest, and is a good starting point for walking.

On the negative or potentially negative side, the stairs into the main office are very high and steoo and could be a problem for some. Breakfast is included, but your have to go up those stairs and then down another long flight of stone stairs.

The hotel has a couple of buildings. If you are in the one called Arsu, I would recommend you pass on this one and look for another hotel. This building is around the corner from the main building, down a hill. While s omeone wll help you with your luggage, it is still inconvenient. Much of the time there i no one on duty in this building, and the front door is kept locked. The keys to the rooms are large and heavy, so they are not easilty carried in your pocket. If you return to your room when no one is on duty, you will find the door locked and will have to walk all the way around to the main building and up some large stone stairs to get the key. This is not very pleasant, especially after a long day of walking. The rooms in this part of the hotel are so-so. nothing special. Very tight, with little extra space and no views. In the room I stayed in, the bathroom is raised and in the room itself. Not great. i did nit see the rooms in the other part of the hotel but assume they must be better than the ones in the Arsu.

My experience wifh service was also not great. I called before arriving and was told there was no record of my reservation and thay I should have asked who in the hotel had made the reservation. The front office also did not want me to check out the night before and were not always accommodating about the key situation. They were nice enough but just too many complicatns to make this a nice place to stay.

I ran into somone staying at the Yay in the newer oart of town. THe Yay is a four star hotel and nicer than the Erdoba if you are willing to take a dolmus to and from the old city. In s
Ite of the negatives of this hotel, I preferred the location of the Erdoba. I would probably not stay at the Erdoba again but wowuld look for another hotel in the old city. There are several though I did not find most of them on the internet. The one thing I could recommend about this hotel is to visit its terrace in the back of the main building for a coffee or tea and enjoy the view from there.

Room Tip: Do not accelt a room in the Arsu building. Look for a different hotel if you are offered a room in t...
  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled solo
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Address: 1 Cadde No 135, Mardin, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Mardin Province > Mardin
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Ranked #11 of 14 Hotels in Mardin
Hotel Class:4 star — Erdoba Evleri 4*
Number of rooms: 31
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