Costa Bodrum City Hotel
27 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"We stayed here in october 2010 as my sister and hubby had done the same in 09 and recommended the red lion, we were not dissapointed. we all decided to return in May 2011 and had a fab time, the room we had was smaller than before and apart from some damp on the wall next to my bed which i did report, all was fine and the staff all welcomed us back with a hug and a smile. Ahmed was still there on the bar but Kermit was now working at Chris,s bar and what a great welcome we got at Chris,s bar they really made our holiday. we also got a warm welcome back at Curly,s bar but dont think it went down well that we went to Chris,s bar! A bit of a contest going on there! All in all a fab little hotel and location with the center 10 minutes walk away."
- Travel date: Wed 1st of June 2011
"just come back from 1 week at red lion otel, rooms are a bit cramped, but air con is the best and power shower is great too. the staff are excellant,they all make you very welcome, kermit is so funney really makes the holiday. good times had by all . curlys pub down the road on the left is good for food and dalys bar karaoke is funney. loved it all."
- Travel date: Sun 18th of July 2010
"We've just got back from a week's stay at The Red Lion hotel and had a lovely time. As the other reviews state the rooms are basic but clean and breakfast consists of cereal or traditional turkish breakfast. The highlight of the stay is Ozzy and his wife Natalie who run the pool/bar area. They make a real effort with all who stay, even offering to take us to the local turkish bath, and they make some mean cocktails!! They remember everyone's name and I suspect that without them it would have been a totally different holiday. The pool is a good size and lilos are provided. We managed to get loungers every day. The hotel is an excellent location, just up the road from the beach and all the bars/restaurants and 2 minutes from the bus station. However, it is far enough from the hustle and bussle. We ate at the hotel 3 nights and the food was gorgeous, especially the fillet steak!! Tables are around the pool lit by candlelight - beautiful!
Just down from the hotel is Demeter's bar, also known as Curly's. This is an absolute must!! Curly and Naif made us feel very welcome and we spent alot of time there. We would also recommend a trip down to The First Stop restaurant. The food is fab and the staff went out of their way for us (I lost my ring one night on the beach and a member of staff spent an hour looking for it at sunrise. He found it!!). Another must along the front is Dinc bar/restaurant. Husseiyn is lovely as are the rest of his team, a special mention for J.J and Kaka.
The sea is quite choppy at times however, take a boat trip to the nearby bays and the water is as beautiful as any where in the world. We had an excellent time in Turkey for the second year and will definitely be going back to The Red Lion."
- Travel date: Mon 31st of August 2009
"we stayed at red lion hotel for 1 week,,it was best holiday we have ever had,,ozzy and natalie were great and cudnt do enough for us,,staff at red lion were so friendly and helpfull,,thank you ozzy who works behind the bar,,and mermet,,2 loverly guys who showed us around and took us 2 red lion club where if u go there n tell them u r staying at red lion u get same price as hotel,,as it is double anywhere else,,curlys n BESA bar r good 2 which r just down the street from hotel,,we will def b returning 2 red lion,, if u go tell every one DIANE AND SHARAN from sunderland sed hi,,and we are def goin back in 4wks time,,,"
- Travel date: Mon 31st of August 2009
"Spent 2 weeks at the RedLion in July 2009, the hotel is lovely and the staff are very helpful, rooms are small but clean. The majority of the guests are English, and everyone was very friendly. Breakfast is a bit boring, but snacks and meals are available from the pool bar. Hotel is near to all ammenities, and I would definatley recommend the hotel."
- Travel date: Fri 24th of July 2009
"Lovely group of apartments set in private gardens with a friendly feel to them. Rooms are basic but clean, bathroom adequate with shower/loo. The Red lion is set back in a quiet street away from the hustle and bustle which is ideal if you want some peace. The apartment bar does not close until 1-1.30am and will play music until it shuts. Top tip DO NOT buy drinks from the bar soft or alcoholic. Very expensive soft drinks and very little alcohol in other drinks especially cocktails.. Buy a bottle of vodka/cans and keep it in your room believe me we wish we did. The apartment also arranges it's own in house boat trip which I would highly recommend. The boat is smaller than others and ony carries about 20 people (most of us from the apartment)it stops at little bays whch you can swim in whilst the crew prepare a substantial lunch. When you return to the apartment a BBQ is arranged but it will start roughly two hours after they say it will. This we felt was to encourage you to buy drinks whilst you wait. There is however a bar called the Red Lion on the strip of bar's and if you advise them that you are staying at the Red Lion hotel they will knock 5TL off the price of a cocktail. I recommend the Long Island Iced Tea's very potent!! There are many bars cafe's on the short walk down to the main streets of Bodrum but don't eat there all of the time. Try the smaller Cafe's selling traditional turkish food, it tastes fab and much better value for money. The marina is also lovely for an evening stroll too. The beach in Bodrum is a little stoney and busy as it is behind the bars and cafe's so I would advise you to walk to the Dolmus station which is a 5 min walk fom the Red Lion and grab a bus to Bitez beach. Bitez is lovely and is also a sand beach unlike Yashi and Camel which are stoney, rocky and just a tad painful on the feet! At Bitez beach walk along the prom until you find somewhere you feel comfortable. The sun beds are free however it is expected that you will buy a drink or two from the bar that services the beds. we did not find this too expensive.
The evenings in Bodrum are very busy so keep personal property close to you and expect hustle and bustle and hassle from all directions. This is part and parcel of the culture so don't fight it, smile and say no thankyou. No need to be rude just keep walking. I am blonde and yes the blonde ladies do get a ittle more attention enjoy it don't take it seriously and use it to your advantage if you want a bargain. Always barter never accept the fist price halve what ever they say and go from there. If your not happy with the price walk away, if they want your money they will follow and offer a lower price. If they don't it doesn't matter. They will sell the same thing in the next shop. On the first day of your holiday have a Turkish Bath. The oldest bath is a 10 second walk from the Red Lion and I would highly recommend this too. A turkish bath is an experience that has to be one a least once but not at the end of the holiday. When you are shown in to the bath the owner Mehmett will show you lockers to put your clothes in. Wear A bikini. They will also give you plastic shoes to wear. When you are ready you will be shown into the steam room and asked to lay on the marble table which is a little hot. You will then be left for 15 mins to sweat. after this staff will come in and ask you to move nearer to them on the marble table where they will proceed to scrub you down whith what can only be described as an oversized brillo pad. This will get rid of all of the dead skin. You will then experience a lemon foam washdown with a rinse. A hair wash and then a very relaxing massage. Go back for a masssage ont he last day. whole experience very cheap and well worth it and your tan will be deeper and last longer. We loved our holiday it was great value for money and we would definately go back to the Red Lion."
- Travel date: Sun 12th of July 2009
"This is a little gem of a hotel. The room was basic but clean and the power-shower was the best we've ever had in Turkey. There was always plenty of hot water. The staff were friendly and helpful. Special mention must be made re the hotel manager and his partner. Step forward Salih (Ozzie) and Natalie - thank you for everything,
especially the delicious fish lunches you organised for us. It was Salih's birthday when we were there and he and Natalie had a lovely barbecue for their friends and invited all the hotel guests. We couldn't partake as we had a prior arrangement but it looked great.
The pool is unusual in that it has no deep end. No more than 5 foot deep so good for children and non-swimmers yet deep enough to swim in.
The Red Lion is only 10 minutes walk to the beach and harbour area where the best fish restaurants and beach cafe bars are, and on a quiet road so noise is not an issue. Unless you count the early morning wake-up call outside our bedroom window. We thought Cockerel Casserole would be a welcome addition to the hotel menu! But Turkey wouldn't be Turkey without the call of the Mosque and Cockerels!
The hotel is set in an oasis of greenery with an abundance of trees, shrubs and flowers and the pool area is lovely and colouful with a gazebo to eat under or simply retreat to the shade. Breakfast was typically Turkish (cheeses, salami, olives, tomato, cucumber, eggs, bread, butter, preserves, cereal, orange juice) but some more variety (eg melon, yogurt, honey) would have been good, hence our total score of 9/10.
We love Turkey. Bodrum is particularly pretty yet compact and cosmopolitan. It's a charming place. Most of the Peninsula is lovely. Bitez has a lovely bay with shallow water but beware of the prices. We felt ripped-off paying as much for our lunch as a three course evening meal with drinks at a seafront reataurant in Bodrum. The restaurant in question was Khia or Kiya. They told us all the restaurants on that strip charged the same but as none of them were displaying their prices it was impossible to tell!
Don't miss Gumusluk and especially the Mimoza fish restaurant to the far right of the village. This is the most romantic setting. It's on the seafront, on it's own. The food is fab, the loos are amazing and it's all lit up after sunset with multicoloured gourds. Gumusluk is renowned for it's fabulous sunsets. We got married at the Mimoza and I would highly recommend it!
Bodrum Marina is beautiful with all the Turkish Flags on the Gulets fluttering in the breeze. A good day out is a boat trip. Very reasonably priced at Â£11 per adult which includes lunch but not drinks. Take your own water with you. The little bottles on the boats are dearer.
Have a Turkish Bath at the oldest family run Hamam in Bodrum, just down the road from the hotel. Be prepared for a couple of hours of being pummelled, massaged and oiled! It's invigorating and soporific at the same time!
Where to eat in Bodrum. There are so many restaurants that it's possible to eat somewhere different every night. Some stand out as deserving a mention - avoid Besa on the left on the way down from the hotel. Our food was overcooked, if not burnt. Also near the Red Lion is Oz, where the owner made us a delicious traditional lamb casserole one night which arrived in a huge pot and was enough to feed 4 of us. Then there's Ruyam - the Pide(Turkish Pizza)Restaurant on the right on the way down to Bodrum. They have a huge bread oven visible from the road. They make speciality bread (Lawas) which as well as being delivered all over Bodrum is free with your meal. Don't do as I did and eat it all before your meal or you'll need a doggy bag! But that's OK as it's a take-away as well. Curly's (Demeter's) is just about closest to the hotel. The food there is consistently good. The Garden down by the beach has take-away Kebabs as does Ille's Bar. These are around Â£2 each and you can eat them on the beach. Delicious!
Down by the harbour past the beach at the very end there are 2 fish restaurants. They are the Cunda and the Berk Balik. Both served excellent food at excellent prices. They are typical Turkish Restaurants and are full of locals. But for atmosphere it's got to be the Berk Balik. Booking is recommended at weekends and it was always busy although it was the very beginning of the season when we were there.
Turkey is a great holiday destination. Weather, culture, cuisine, scenery and above all, lovely, friendly people.
We'll be back to Bodrum and we'll be back to The Red Lion."
- Travel date: Thu 28th of May 2009
Recently returned from a week at the Red...
"Recently returned from a week at the Red Lion in Bodrum. Good points about the hotel are its location, which is handy for Bodrum centre, beach and harbour yet far enough away so that it doesnât suffer from noise from bars etc. The pool area is clean and generally quite good though it is a little small and there is a lack of umbrellas. The staff at the hotel are friendly enough. Bad points are the breakfast (which is very basic) and the rooms. The breakfast is a traditional Turkish affair comprising bread, cheese, feta cheese, plastic looking ham, boiled eggs, cucumber, tomatoes, melon and olives. Many guests venture out for breakfast, and on one occasion I went to Curlyâs restaurant for a full English, which was nice. The rooms are small and have no balconies but have windows with uninspiring views. There are televisions in the rooms and the showers are fine. Another drawback of this hotel is that there is no general toilet or shower facility, which means that if youâve vacated your room on the day of departure your only hope of having a shower is to pray that there is an empty room available, which the staff will allow you to use. We found that the best place to eat out of an evening within close proximity of the hotel was Besa restaurant, which is just down the road on the left hand side.
If youâre simply looking for a base to explore Bodrum then this hotel is ideal but donât expect luxury.
Mr Okram 18/09/2008
- Travel date: Thu 18th of September 2008
rooms are basic clean staff very frendle...
"rooms are basic clean staff very frendley good location quite only drawback no toilet at pool and bar no entertainment to many cats about "
- Travel date: Wed 10th of September 2008
just come back from bodrum me and a frie...
"just come back from bodrum me and a friend went, was a fantastic holiday the hotel was great loved it. goin back in september but this time stayin for two weeks at the red lion cos we loved it that much. the staff were fantastic got on with them all so much. not laughed so much in my life. ozzy and ali were great. i highly recommend this place. the people at the hotel made our holiday great thank you xxx"
- Travel date: Tue 5th of August 2008
well what can i say been to turkey three...
"well what can i say been to turkey three times now first time in Bodrum the red lion hotel the rooms are tiny when you first arrive there is a bit of a walk if you have heavy cases no staff meet us from the bus on reaching the reception you will be greeted to hand over your passports to be photo copied then *10 pound deposit for your room and *35 pound for your air conditioning witch is a must so*45 pound and not even in your room yet the staff well ozzy was the only staff member to speak to us even the manager could not be bothered to talk to us the pool are was never cleaned until 9:00am so you had to wait IE fag butts broken glass and if they have a group of people in the hotel on a weekend then you have got no chance we complained about this and it did improve during the second week this hotel is for Turkish people only they get looked after were as the English do not very very poor would not recommended this place to anyone worst holiday i have Thomas cook say this is a family run hotel yes the manager and his two sons please please stay away Thomas cook need to take this hotel of there books or give it a realistic one * star rating. sorry to be so negative but i am just being honest if you do go to turkey there are a lot of hotels better than this one."
- Travel date: Thu 31st of July 2008
What a brilliant Hotel the Red Lion is....
"What a brilliant Hotel the Red Lion is. Its a little hidden gem. This really was a fantastic holiday
You are within a 3 mnute walk to bars and restaurants, and 7 or 8 mins into main street Bodrum
The staff are great, helpful and friendly they really cannot do enough for you. The rooms are small but adequate, they could use a bit more drawer or cupboard space. They are cleaned daily, the a/c is the best I have ever used.
The shower is great, and always had lots of really hot water. Breakfast is a typical Turkish affair, and could maybe be a little better presented and protected, but that said, its only breakfast.
We will return to the Red Lion next year.
- Travel date: Sat 19th of July 2008