Doria Hotel Bodrum
10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Very nice, stylish and relaxing hotel
"We originally wanted to stay somewhere else in Bodrum, but when we entered the city we saw a commercial from the Doria Hotel and immediately changed our mind - and didn't regret it! Due to the end of the season the hotel management and we agreed on a very reasonable price with a room upgrade and booked for one night.
After one room-change (smoking to non-smoking room) we got a beautiful, mid-sized superior double room (two seperate beds we pushed together ;-) with partial sea view and a very clean and modern bathroom. As we were almost the only guests in the hotel, the staff opened the Spa area for us and we could enjoy a small but convenient fitness area with a great saunaÂ (glass front to pool and the sea), a hamam and an indoor pool (we forgot some of our clothes - got them back immediately in the morning).Â
In-room dining was pretty good (and quick in opposition to one of the previous reviews), so where the beds and we slept very well.
A very good breakfast and the always very friendly and obliging staff makes us recommend the hotel highly!"
- Travel date: Sun 17th of October 2010
Fabulous and chic
"First time to turkey, i was very reluctant and was expecting chav mania, but have to saty i was really surprised, this is a stunning hotel slightly off the beaten track, your 2 mins from the hustle and bustle of Gumbet and 2 mins from Bitez. This is a really cosmopolitan boutique hotel, we were the only british people in there which was a nice touch, full of europeans from all over and also this hotel is a favourite with the turkish. the staff are young but they are really helpful, there english is not great, but thats okay, the breakfast are to die for - wow!wow! and wow! so much choice all freshly made the cakes at breakfast are diving, everything is divine, this is not a cheap hotel. a couple of diadvantages, there is a really steep hill to walk up everyday so good for people into fitness, but if you have small children or are disabled it is not a practical hotel. Also as it is set on top of a hill you can hear the wind howling occassionally at night so it is difficult to sometimes sleep, but i guess this would also depend on where you room is facing.
I think this is an amazing hotel for couples and for individuals that like style. Getting there was cheap for us, but it is not a cheap hotel. i hope to be going back there next year."
- Travel date: Mon 13th of September 2010
Nice hotel, but very poor service quality
"This is a new and very clean hotel with stylish decor and great view over the bay of Bitez offering 2 very nice pools, gym and great beach club among other amenities.
However, the food is ok'ish quality, but every day the same and especially if you stay half board will be the same again and again even if you asked for it to change.
The next issue is the service personnel which is completely uncapable of:
a) providing decent service (they seem to have never before had any experience with waiting on people; it takes literally 1 (!!!) hour to have a salad arrive if you're lucky and the waiters haven't forgotten your order, which happeed twice during our stay) and:
b) the English language as the staff speaks virtually no English and one must ask the head service guy to make his or her wish heard.
All in all a nice hotel, but definitely not a place to recommend if someone likes more quality service and food and especially choice other than a cheeseburger.
Personally I still liked the place as I am not as picky, but my girlfriend was very much turned off by the poor service quality described above."
- Travel date: Sat 7th of August 2010
Doria Beach - very nice but POOR MANAGEMENT
"Actually I would like to comment regarding the beach aspect of Doria Hotel, as thats the most important part of one's summer vacation. Doria Beach, like its predecessor Movenpick Beach, is probably the best location and facility in Bitez to take a dip in the clear blue sea of Bodrum (blue flag location). One would argue that there is no sand but concrete/stone beach, however, you can not find a nice sandy beach like the ones in Miami or Maldives here. I would also would like to praise the food and the beach employees. There is a nice selection of food plus the staff is extremely helpful and friendly (considering they are tourism major university students doing their internships here).
However, I would like to point out one incident that could really cause some discomfort in ones vacation. Let me point out that Doria Beach also accepts visitors outside the hotel. And like last year when the beach was Movenpick Beach, there is a fight to get the best day beds near the sea. Of course, the visitors outside Doria Hotel, have an advantage over the hotel residents as they stay longer and get familiar with the employees of the beach. So even if you are a hotel resident, you could end up spending your day in ones of the day beds located in the far back or upper levels. There was one incident that a tourist couple came to the beach at 9 am and have shown a nice sea front day bed by the beach employees. However, at 1pm, a Turkish lady - not a hotel resident came and started an argument that those day beds were reserved for her. And the head of these beach employees named BURCU hanÄ±m, told the tourist couple to move to another location because the Turkish lady is their guest here. The tourist couple moved but told Burcu hanÄ±m that they are also their guest. Of course, she has nothing back to say. This is a very poor management in my eyes.
Also, I would like to point out that if you have a small children dont believe that the beach has a playground. Actually the beach has one but in crowded days, the playground hosts couple day beds in order to gain more money from beach visitors. Again, this is not a public beach that should be crowded and day beds all over. If you are charging 40tl for entrance, you have to be more organized and better planned.
Hope you all have a great holiday."
- Travel date: Fri 30th of July 2010
fantastic service, fantastic resort...made my stay fantastic
"I was pleasantly surprised to see that the hotel was everything the hotel's website described it to be. The service was both pleasant and professional. Our every need was attended to to the finest detail. The staff were very friendly and very helpful.
The hotel was exceptionally clean. The decor lent to the relaxing ambiance we were looking for.
Since the hotel is not on the beach, it has a private area on the beach and shuttle service to this area, with staff catering to your every need at the beach too.
Breakfast was a treat. The hotel restuarant was farily priced and the quality of food was great. Their ice-creams are devine.
The hotel is very close to the Gumbet town which is charming and not too far from Bodrum city centre.
If I ever visit Bodrum again (which I hope I do), this is the place I will stay at.
I thank the management and staff for a fabulous stay."
- Travel date: Sun 23rd of August 2009
Very Clean, Typical MÃ¶venpick
"This is a good example of the MÃ¶venpick tradition. Location of the hotel is a bit off if you want to go to the beach. The views of the Aegean sea and Karaada are amazing all around the hotel. The difference for a sea view room with a terrace is very well worth it. If you are in Bodum, you will want to go to the beach. The hotel does have a shuttle bus to its semi-private beach club located about a 10mins drive from the property. Its not as fancy or quite as they promote it. Not the best option in Bodrum to swim either. Not as pricey as other beach clubs though. If you are in only for the sea and also want to spend time around Bodrum the hotel will make it difficult for you.
Overall the service is very good. But as it gets latter in the afternoon when the weather is at the 40degrees celsius zone, the wait staff of the pool area start slacking. I have seen a tray of leftovers sit on the sun beds for two hours. Then we went out to swim and were gone for about 4 hours. Came back for a final swim at the pool, the tray was still sitting there, while the staff were joking around.
The hotel has two swimming pools. The larger one is shared with a series of villas around the hotel and is usually crowded and full of kids screaming around. The smaller pool overlooking the sea is usually dead quite though.
Rooms are larger than average. Decorated in very soft Med tones and good quality furniture. Bathroom is modern and well appointed. The shower area has a large window where you can overlook the sea as you bathe. Same goes for the toillet seat. You can see the blue waters as you sit.
Hotel is not very expensive. You can get 100â¬ bb rate for a room on high season. Not that bad. Overall the hotel bar and dinner menus are priced in the lower end for a hotel. Not cheap but it wont kill you either."
- Travel date: Thu 20th of August 2009
Clean, Modern, Friendly
"I visited the Movenpick Bodrum on a business trip as we were doing some research in Gumbet. The hotel was bright, fresh and clean with modern stylish facilities. The rooms were a great size with a choice of pillows (!), two lovely pools, a good restaurant and nice communal areas. The service was sometimes slow, and there was a language barrier at times, but the staff were really friendly and helpful which made up for it. I would recommend the hotel as a peaceful sanctuary away from the bright lights and noise of Gumbet. There is a really steep hill up to the hotel's reception, but as the hotel is removed from the town centre you would need a cab anyway. The hotel runs a shuttle service to their private beach (we didn't have time to visit so can't review what this was like)."
- Travel date: Tue 18th of August 2009
"We spent 3 nights here in late May, 2009. Because this is very early in the summer season, the hotel was very quiet.
We loved this hotel. It is new and modern and well-equipped. What really stood out, however, was the excellent service. The staff were very friendly and helpful.
While there may be hotels with better locations, the views here are lovely. We were on a guided tour and did not have a car. We often like to get around on local transportation. Here, we really enjoyed using the local dolmus, which is easily hailed at the end of the driveway.
We would stay here again in a heartbeat."
- Travel date: Sun 26th of July 2009
Good hotel, some service issues
"We have just returned from a week at the Moevenpick Hotel in Bitez, Turkey. We booked this hotel direct only a couple of days before we went, and from the Moevenpick website we were promised luxury at this 5 star hotel. There are some great things about this hotel, but also some not so great things too. Please read on.
Firstly, we arrived in the early hours of the morning and shown to our room. We booked a standard room and seemed initially to get a good deal. Our room was situated at the back of the hotel, with mountain views from our balcony. The view was fine, providing you didn't look down (we were on the first floor). The staff quarters and delivery area at the hotel was directly behind us. I must say this was quite annoying. It was noisey, day and night (often keeing us awake), and the bins were directly below us, which you can imagine at times didn't smell too good. The room itself was lovely and spacious. We complained about the noise and smell and asked to be moved, but was told we would have to pay extra to move and we weren't prepared to do this. My advice would be to pay for a superior or deluxe room if you stay here (if you can afford it!). We had a few other problems with the service of our room. On two occasions it wasn't cleaned and our towels were not changed. We complained about this and towels were brought to our room. I found this unacceptable for a 5 star hotel, but still the staff just smiled and said sorry. So, we had a few problems whilst staying there.
Some good points: the hotel is new, clean, modern, quiet and has two great swimming pools. Some days we were the only people around the pool. It seems most people staying there went out for the day, probably because it was expensive to eat/drink at the hotel (Â£5 for a local beer, Â£10 for a sandwich), but I suppose it is a 5 star hotel so it aint going to be cheap. The location is good in that it is up a very steap hill in a quiet area with fantastic views, but don't be expecting to walk to a bar. We had to get taxis everynight into bitez which is a lovely little place. To be fair the taxis are cheap, about Â£3 each way into bitez. There is no beach nearby, regardless of what the hotels website says. They run a free shuttle bus to four beaches, but be warned you have to pay 30 lira to use the beach clubs you are taken to. Plus, don't expect to see any sand at these beach clubs, they just have a jetty that goes into the sea and decked areas where you sunbathe.
Our advice about the area is avoid Gumbet, it's horrible, don't use the shuttle bus because the beaches are not beaches and they are quite crowded, go into bitez, you will get a good meal at a good price.
Overall, we enjoyed our stay, apart from some service problems. They may say it's 5 star, but certain things let it down, maybe because it is quite a new hotel. In my opinion it's a decent 4 star. Just one more thing, the food at the hotel is fantastic, breakfast lunch and dinner, although they could do with a bit more choice on the daytime menu. We would stay again."
- Travel date: Sat 12th of July 2008
Very nice hotel & service. Location not so great.
"This is a very nice hotel. It's new and the employees there are obviously very proud of their hotel. Driving up the driveway is a bit scary because it's so steep. I wouldn't want to drive up there with a stick shift.
Rooms are spacious and well appointed, with very comfortable beds. The Molton Brown toiletries are nice, and each room has a balcony. The hotel also gives free wifi which is a definite plus.
Breakfast is great. They have all sorts of cold cuts, fruits, pastries, smoked fish, cheese, breads, olives, yogurts, cereals on the buffet table, and then eggs made to order, so that your plate of eggs is fresh every time. The coffee here is some of the best coffee I've ever tasted.
The negatives mostly deal with the location. It's pretty far from any beach, and Gumbet is basically like Cancun with lots of cheap, tacky bars, shops & restaurants. And the hotel is located on this high hill with two beautiful pools, but they get really windy and chilly even in the middle of summer because it's so high. Because of the location, I probably wouldn't go back. I'd rather stay at the Kempinski, or a hotel in Turgutreis or Turkbuku"
- Travel date: Sun 9th of September 2007