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Hotel Bizimtepe
Ranked #3 of 3 Akyarlar B&B and Inns
Reviewed September 16, 2012

I will start by saying " If you want The Ritz why only pay this amount?!!".Our trip was mid August. We had an idea what to expect regarding cleanliness standards due to reading other helpful reviews. 'Tis true, our room wasn't cleaned all week & towels unchanged, we took our own anyway. We were asked VERY politely when booking in re air con requirement/cost which we gratefully accepted & very much needed! We didn't see any signs re no food & drinks and there wasn't a hint of this rule during our stay.
We met some lovely, really lovely people here & manager, Arkan & staff just couldn't have been more approachable,genuinely caring & friendly. The owner's family were fab with our children, they couldn't have felt more welcome. From 'dancing' in the pool as a huge group, to football games 'til late! We did have a fridge in our room & our shower was powerful & ALWAYS provided an excellent temperature of water! The bathroom is small, & a 'wet' room which quickly dries. The food is basic, but staff really tried to please, always courteous. Only complaint was at breakfast the cups for tea were really small & it wasn't fun making numerous return trips to replenish my morning nectar...personal thing! (I'm not meaning the traditional turkish cups!). You could spot the British by their local supermarket-bought mugs lol! We could smell a drain smell occasionally in our room which wasn't pleasant, fettled with good old 'Domestos', but that's local turkish drains for ya!
The local beach is busy & scenic. We had a couple of fine, reasonably priced turkish meals there. Only a few mins walk from hotel too. If you get chance, wait til almost sundown & the tables are placed right next to the incoming tide...Shirley Valentine came to mind! Very memorable.
If you are not aware, you WILL be woken up at around 5 am by the 'call to prayer' from a local VERY loud speaker..sweet dreams!!
The local, exceptionally cheap & frequent Dolmus ( pronounced dolmush), provided a great & welcome service to stretch wings. We visited Turgetreis which has an interesting huge market (Saturday) & is a busy town with plenty of places to eat, drink or buy a carpet! The sunsets from here we found amazing. We also went on a boat trip for the day which I would recommend for value, BUT book with the REP!! Slightly more money but you have insurance & trained first aiders on board with health & safety certificates!! Difficult to put all detail here, but please take this advice. Bodrum is definitely worth the visit! Don't miss this, it's essential. great shopping, scenic & good eateries.Our boys had a ride on the camels at Camel Beach too, which is one of the boat stops...well worth 10 lira!! WARNING...when we had opportunity to swim to the 'Wishing Cave' a couple of us got badly stung & reacted to the stings which we still don't know what caused them & the boat staff were most uninterested. I couldn't sit down for a couple of days properly as covered in large blisters & hives. I had anti histamines with me thank goodness!
The pool was always kept very clean & has an interesting mosaic on the floor of it.It was very welcoming in the heat! Warning...be careful of the overhanging ledge at the back, it's easy to bump your head on. Remember to essentially sort out your medical insurance, no free NHS in Turkey!! We were relieved to have sorted it as we needed it!! The care we had in all was exemplary, apart from a local taxi driver who claimed not to know where the main clinic was in nearby Turgetreis?? We were on a meter!! Bodrum hospital isn't as scenic as the town by the way!! Like I say, don't forget your insurance...health & safety isn't an issue in Turkey...there simply isn't any! I've never been surrounded by so much cigarette smoke in my life either!!! Everyone seems to smoke!
If you like peace & quite & no hassle, this place is ideal.Nearby hustle & bustle (& hassle!) of either Turgetreis, Gumbet, or Bodrum is within easy, cheap reach. A few guests we got to know had returned year after year...speaks tons! We got so many hugs when we were leaving, I didn't want to go!
One last word of advice...pay your bill as you go, DON'T set up a tab. We did have a prob/confusion which was sorted amicably, but we regretted using tab system.
Friendly, happy people with which we had, on the whole, a very enjoyable holiday. We met some real characters and have very fond memories... Thank you so much to the lovely staff that did their very best to ensure we had a great time! Arkan is an absolute star & is needed so much at Hotel Bizimtepe as majority speak VERY little English, but do get by in a very friendly mannner! Might see you again one day, who knows??!!

Room Tip: Room 101. Great for families or those people who have phsical disadvantages as there are many steps...
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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3  Thank san66leeds
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Reviewed August 29, 2012

Like many other reviewers here, we booked Hotel Bizimtepe because it was cheap. Because of the low price we had low expectations. So when we arrived and saw the grubby sheets, well-worn towels, uncleaned rooms, stained, dirty, hard and very old mattresses, and experienced the cold showers in grubby bathrooms we just accepted it. We also accepted that our rooms were not cleaned, and even when cockroaches started to infest one room we simply dealt with it ourselves. Although the nauseating smell of the overflowing sewer on one day did prompt us to get the hotel staff to deal with it (which they did promptly).

We stayed for 7 days and it became very clear just watching the interaction between the manager, staff and owner that all is not well in this hotel. The previous manager, who receives high praise in reports up to this year had left and another manager had briefly been installed, and even more quickly been fired, I understand in acrimonious circumstances. The latest new manager clearly has not made any mark on the hotel standards and does not yet have the confidence of the owner.

The hotel desperately needs an industrial clean (inside and out) and a simple makeover with a lick of paint. With just a bit of effort, what was clearly once a nice, basic hotel could achieve the standards that it would appear it was reaching 2-3 years ago (according to other reviewers). What it really needs is for a manager who can organise cleaning of rooms, ensure regular cleaning and maintenance of outside areas, frequent changing of towels and linen and actually get staff to do what they are presumably employed to do. We regularly laughed when we saw up to 6 members of staff simply sitting around on the terrace all day, eating and drinking and not doing a scratch of work.

Don't expect a mini-bar or fridge in the room (other reviews 1-2 years ago suggested there would be one - these have been removed). Instead, there are signs telling you not to take food or beverages to your room, or the management would remove them. My personal view is that I'd not have wanted to take food to our rooms as they were too grubby. However, with the excellent range of great value bars and restaurants who would want to eat in?

Judging by previous reviews, the previous chef must have left as the range of food was limited and the standard of food was only passable. Breakfast was what you'd expect from Turkey - tea/coffee, melon, cold meats, eggs, bread, olives, cheese etc.

All this sounds like it might have been the holiday from hell. But it wasn't. The staff really wanted us to have a nice time, they were full of smiles and with their broken English and with our gesticulations and hand signals we got by. Their children eagerly played football with my children, the pool was very well maintained and a good temperature and the owner was very helpful on our arrival and departure. If the cleanliness of the rooms matched the helpfulness of the staff this would be a fabulous hotel. Until then, you should consider Hotel Bizimtepe as a cheap hostel, rather than a hotel.

The beach was easily accessible - the hotel owners are clearly friends with one of the bar/restaurant owners and we often saw them on the beach at their bar. Ask the owner which bar/restaurant it was, as the owner was really friendly and although his building was more of a shack we had the 2 best meals of the holiday there.

We hired a car for the duration of the holiday (which was either brave or exceedingly foolish, depending on your point of view - Turkish drivers have a very free and easy approach to driving, which mainly constituted driving as fast as they could while honking their horn, not minding whether they were on the right or wrong side of the road and thinking it was quite safe to overtake on blind corners). Which was all the more remarkable because the road from Turgutries to the hotel was shockingly bad (so bad that we had 2 blow-outs in a week). You don't need a car as the bus service is frequent and cheap, but we like the flexibility.

Two must do activities:
1. Boat trip. We went from Turgutries, but I think you can also go from the beach across the road. The boys on the Galax-sea were brilliant. A lot of fun and highly recommended.
2. If you're going with children they'll love the Aquapark - a big water slide complex. Ok, big kids like us enjoyed it as well, if not more.... If you're driving, a big tip is to stay after 4.30pm, when the organised trips have left. You'll get up to an hour and a half with no queues before the park closes. We went on more slides in that time than all the other time up to 4.30 !

So I recommend you watch the reviews very carefully before deciding whether to book in to Hotel Bizimtepe. If you are genuinely prepared for dirty rooms that you will probably need to clean yourself when you arrive and don't mind sleeping on old and tired sheets (and even older and more tired beds) there's no need to look any further than this hotel. I hope someone gets a grip and makes the effort to turn the hotel around as it could be a gem again.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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4  Thank TwentyTwentyUK
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Reviewed August 28, 2012

a family of 3 a mother an two children 14 and 6 we arrived at around 4 o'clock in the afternoon , and straight away we were told , u must pay £26.00 per week for air conditioning in your room. which we later found out leaked water all over our room my mum payed this but for the first night our air conditioning was blowing out hot air.
the manager was rude and constantly ripping us off. We were considering moving hotels but we were there for 17 days and just decided to lump it. the pool was clean the first day but the filter had broken and it grew more and more dirty every day. banisters on stairs were not secure and stairs were steep not recommended for small children or elderly.
our room was reasonably clean when we arrived but others rooms were black with grime.
the cleaner had to be asked to clean our room and she did it a total of twice during our stay, she looked around 17 and spent more time sitting on our beds gossiping with her friend than cleaning mum wasn't massively concerned as she is very neat and just cleaned the room herself. (but another guest said she saw a rat near our ground floor room) however she was concerned she had no towels eventually as they gave us none she found the supply cupboard left open and in reach of children. and took towels and cleaning supplies as most of the guests had too. eventually the manager was fired and a new replacement brought in which didn't massively improve the hotel at all, still no cleaner , no clean pool. we didn't have many drinks or food at the hotel, as we went out. and brought pot noodles and a kettle with us and a toaster, which we were told would be removed from our rooms if seen which we found disgusting. breakfast was poor usual turkish breakfast of boiled eggs bread and olives and turkish tea.
the food was of a low standard and there wasn't much for what they charged other restaurants 2 minutes walk away were a huge improvement.
the town was rather dead and we had to get a bus to the town of turgertries to see any life at all markets are on Saturday but if u don't like haggling i wouldn't go.
the beach however was close by and lovely the sand is a bit hard but beds are cheap some places only want u to buy a drink and u can stay all day the sea was lovely and the people mostly polite.
but mostly a disappointing stay not worth the cheap price and we will not be returning
ps. hard beds

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank channy981
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Reviewed August 27, 2012

Everyone who goes to this hotel goes for 1 reason....its cheap!
We stayed at the Bizimtepe in July/August this year so we knew what to expect. Yes it can be a bit grubby but what the hell it might take an hour to get your room up to scratch and then you can get on with your holiday.
If you want your room cleaned or the towels changed just ask and they will do it.
When you consider that the owner only receives £1 to £2 per day per guest it doesn't leave a lot left for great improvements and that includes breakfast!!!
The last manager Loay was a total waste of time and was dismissed just after we left. He caused more harm than good, talking down to women, overcharging people and generally getting up peoples noses.
The staff are young and don't have a lot of experience in the hotel industry but are willing to do anything for you. Hopefully the new manager will set new standards and get this place sorted out because it is a lovely hotel in a great location.
So what about the area? The hotel is close to the beach, approx 250 yards, the sand is coarse but not that bad and the sea is very clear and a pleasure to swim in. There are approx 6 places to eat and drink along the beach and each one has their own area where they have their loungers and as long as you by a drink you can stay all day. Others may charege you and you get a free drink so its your choice.
The Dolmus bus will stop anywhere on the road for you so just stand outside the hotel and put your hand out and they will stop for you. Bodrum costs 5,5tl and Turgutries is 4tl. Market day in Bodrum is Tuesday and Turgutries is Saturday. Both are near the the respective bus stations.
Bodrum has a better selection of shops and is a lot busier but prefer Turgutries, has a nice beach, marina and a good selection of bars and restaurants. Our favourite is the Lapikant at the bottom of bar street on the bend. Great staff and the food is excellent.
So come on people, if you want a good, cheap holiday with guaranteed sunshine then this is the place for you.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank shouldhavebeenaturk
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Reviewed August 7, 2012

Me and my boyfriend stayed here for a week from 30th July. The rooms were very basic, if your planning on not spending too much time at the hotel this is perfect for you, although you would have to travel quite far on a bus 45 mins to Gumbet and 30 into Turgetreis town where there's loads of bars. In the local area there is literally a beach a resturant and a little shop but the dolmus buses can be caught just outside the hotel. I would reccomend the Atakan resturant on the beach, food was lovely and really cheap, we could both eat for around 35 lirra. When we arrived at the hotel we was asked for £25 for air con and there were deposit boxes available in the reception. The management was very poor especially with one manager called "Lou" who was very interested in money but nothing else. Our transfer home was at 3:45am all of the management went home and didn't seem bothered and didn't take our room key neither. If you want to book excursions i wouldn't book through the rep as he charged us over double that other places would charge as he would pocket the profit. I did honestly enjoy my holiday very much when we went on trip or out and about as Turkey is a lovely country. But spending time in the hotel was poor unless you use it just for the room. I would reccomend eating elsewhere too. Other guests had ordered food and having seen there food we weren't impressed although we didn't plan eating there. Breakfast was a traditional Turkish breakfast of boiled eggs ham olives tomatoes bread and chese and spreads. I would definately recommend this hotel if you only want a room and a nice local beach (bring good beach footwear for stony beaches) and are willing to travel a little then its just for you. Apart from one manager they were all friendly. I wouldn't go back because it was too in the sticks for us but we still had an enjoyable time.

  • Stayed: August 2012
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2  Thank eilengook
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Reviewed August 7, 2012

just got back (06/07/12) from a weeks stay at this hotel and i dont know where to start ! we arrived at about 5pm and got greeted by the manager luar ( i think thats how you spell it ) who wanted money for air~con ( was a gods send to be fair) and for BBQ night as soon as we walk though the door ! our room was very basic but was ok after putting our bags in the room we went to the bar and were told to pay our tab later or in the morning ( DONT DO THIS PAY AS YOU DRINK ) after a few days of doing this i noticed the manager had over charged me for a few beers and a few cocktails but after a big argument refused to refund the 83 tl we had overpaid we had to get the rep to translate to the owner about the bill only then did she agree to refund 40tl ! the food here was ... well unacceptable a very large bowl of pasta with a table spoon of sauce ! and the rest of the menu as the same terrible !! we were later told that the previous manager and staff walked out 3weeks before we got there and the pot washer was now the cook !! no cleaning was done thoughtout the weeks stay,no clean towels offered we had a dead cockroach on the steps leading to our room for 5 days !!! i think with a new manager, staff training and a bit of basic work this place could be nice

Room Tip: 104 was maybe one of the better rooms
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank kelly m
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Reviewed August 6, 2012

The rooms are not cleaned during your stay and are dirty when you arrive

You have to ask for a change of bed linen and towels

The toilet is so dirty that a full bottle of extra thick beach left overnight doesn’t clean it

There is a constant stench from the toilet and shower

The shower is disgustingly dirty and floods the bathroom with each use

You get half a toilet roll when you arrive and either you have to beg for more or buy your own

You are hit with ‘there is an extra charge for Air con and a safe of £26 per week,’ at whatever time you arrive whether it be 4am or 4pm

Communal areas are dirty and are not cleaned on a regular basis

The pool is so dirty that you cannot see the bottom

You have to watch every item on your tab as the Manager is constantly trying to rip you off

The manager is the only one to speak English and he is rude and even swears at you

You are not permit to bring guests on the premises otherwise they are accosted with 70 Lire a day charge

The stair/steps banisters are often not attached to a base and there are many steps so don’t consider this if you are infirm

There is a sign forbidding the taking of food and beverages to your room, even ones bought from the hotel and again you are accosted and bags checked if they suspect….this includes water?

This hotel is cheap but ask yourself why?

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled solo
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3  Thank sad189
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Address: Ataturk cad no:259, Karaincir, Akyarlar 48400, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Turkish Aegean Coast > Mugla Province > Bodrum > Akyarlar
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Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #3 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Akyarlar
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Bizimtepe 2*
Number of rooms: 29

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