11 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"Just spent two weeks at this hotel with my fiancÃ©.Just look at most of the reviews and they are all good. I must give a special mention to Ali the pool man he just could not do enough for us. The rest of the staff were great including our chamber maid who went to great trouble making us feel special.A real place to de stress. Not a hotel for children but so good for adults on their own. If your feeling down and need recharging this is the place for you. a little gem of a place. just book it."
- Travel date: 25th July 2011
"We had a pleasant stay at Dalyan Resort. If you are thinking in terms of a 5 star resort with spa, you'll probably be disappointed. If you focus on the fact that you only paid Â£40 a night for half board for two in a good hotel in an outstanding location, then you should be very pleased with yourself. We liked the riverside sundeck and cushioned pergola for relaxation. Although repetative, the food was good quality and value especially at the Â£2 each per night we paid; even though we used the restaurant only when we were too tired to go elsewhere. Nearest alternative restaurants were excellent with a cluster around 10 minutes in the direction of town"
- Travel date: 6th November 2007
"We have just returned from a week at this hotel. We realised that this was probably the last week of the season so maybe our comments should be taken in that context but we found the choice of food available at both breakfast and dinner very limited, especially as they relied on doing some of the cooking outdoors and it rained on 4 of the days we were there. We would definitely not recommend booking half board as there are many excellent restaurants in the town and they were much better value for money. Also for part of our stay a group of Americans were also staying and a large number of tables in the restaurant were reserved for them, the rest of the guests were sqashed into a small section of the restaurant and were expected to share tables. When we complained the staff agreed that it was unreasonable but did nothing about it. The heavy rain during one night caused our bedroom roof to leak and we awoke to find 2 large puddles either side of our bed and nobody seemed very concerned about this. We had to ask several times before toiletries were replenished and we found a dirty sock belonging to a previous guest in our wardrobe. On the plus side staff on reception were very helpful when we asked for advice about places to visit as we had hired a car."
- Travel date: 28th October 2007
Loved the location and peacefulness
"We have just returned from a week at Dalyan resort. The hotel is situated in a peaceful area of Dalyan, we found the standard room comfortable albeit on the small side. It did however, have lots of storage space. It is probably 5 star for turkey. I guess I would rate it as 3 to 4. We had a room with a terrace overlooking the river and scrubland which made it quieter than those overlooking the pool area and restaurant. Housekeeping was excellent and our bed was decorated with petals and the towels being folded into flower shapes one more than one occassion. However I agree with the previous report, the food was disappointing. There was very little hot authentic turkish fayre on offer. Most of the hotplate food was luke warm. And the moneyless system is not the best. We didn't know how much we were paying for the drinks at night. I agree the nearby restaurants were serving much nicer tastier traditional food, hence we also ate out some evenings. The free boat trips to the beach went every other day and there was also trip to the thermal baths costing 15 TYL. The boat trips are worth going on its a lovely relaxing way to travel.There are plenty of tracks to explore in the area and we hired bikes from the centre of dalyan total cost Â£12 for 2.5 days. Make sure you try before you hire! We covered most of the valley and enjoyed this very much. It was nice to see the other side of the area and was surprised of the amount of agriculture, from cotton fields, vegetable crops to small holdings with cattle, sheep and poultry. There is a tourist information centre in Dalyan it is situted opposite a cash machine in the centre of the town. However, we found out most of our information about the area from locals. All in all we had a relaxing holiday with variety and are planning a trip back to the area next year. Beware of Dalaman airport prices Â£8 for small bottle of water and juice!!!"
- Travel date: 21st October 2007
Lovely location with minor irritations
"This hotel has a lovely setting by the river. We had a suite which accomodated 2 children in a separate part of the room. The shower was fun but cleaning up the water from the poorly fitting doors wasn't. The staff were accomodating and friendly. The pool was large and there is a splash pool for young kids. However it is worth noting that the main pool is quite deep for kids under 12. The food was fine although I have had far more choice for both breakfast and evening mealin previous visits to Turkey. The food on offer was delicious - my only complaint was that despite being advised there would be plenty of choice for vegetarians it only extended to the cold salad range which meant evening meals were disappointing - for us. We ate in the hotel twice before deciding we could fare far better outside. We stayed on a half board basis which was only a difference between b&b of Â£6 for the 4 of us that's Â£1.50 each per night. The hotel operates a cashless policy which means recalling everything you have ever had during your stay when it comes to settle the bill. I would have liked a reciept for each transaction and avoid any disputes. The hotel has a boat which takes you to the turtle beach some days. They will ask the local taxi boat to stop if it is a day they don't. The surrounding resturants are of a suberb standard. We ate in the "Barbaque garden" which is a short walk from the hotel. We found it very difficult to pass Memhet - such a lovely man. The kids loved the garden which had a hammock, tree houses and swings to keep them amused. My biggest complaint was the fact that you were not allowed to take anything back to the hotel ie drinks and snacks. This alone would prevent me returning. Dalyan as a resort is perfect for getting away and this hotel is ideally situated. I felt the hotel could have given more information on the walking in the area and other activities that were available. We found out by word of mouth and by then our holiday was just about over."
- Travel date: 20th October 2007
A perfect holiday
"We stayed at this hotel from 12th to 26th Sept. 2007 and would certainly return. The temperature was perfect for us and the hotel was quiet as school holidays were over. The only criticism we can find is that the beds are just a fraction too firm. We flew with Goldtrail on Onur Airlines from Exeter airport but booked the hotel independently through Kaunos tours. Next time, knowing the place now, we will book direct with the hotel. We were quoted a high price for a suite but when we arrived at the hotel we saw that the price difference between a room and a suite was only 20 YTL per night, so we immediately upgraded to a suite and it was well worth it. We had a very modern walk-in shower and both sitting room and bedroom were air-conditioned, though someone does need to explain the controls to you! The food was plentiful, some of it 'international' and some of it Turkish and there was a very wide ranging choice at breakfast and at dinner, both of which are buffet style. The staff are very attentive, work extremely hard and are smiling, polite, friendly and helpful. The setting for the hotel, right beside the river, is absolutely beautiful with a wonderful view from the side garden across to the rock tombs. The river is certainly busy - something ecologists are going to have to address - but it was never disruptively so and we didn't feel the river boats' engines were intrusive at all. They all stop at around 6 every evening. Hiring a car is a good idea, at least for part of the time and we hired through Kaunos tours who have the Europcar concession. Automatics were not available through them. Food in local restaurants was extremely good with some being absolutely outstanding. Because the whole resort of Dalyan is on a river, taking mosquito protection is necessary but although we got a few bites, there was nothing extreme to worry about. I would just suggest that guests tip generously when leaving. Local wages are low by our standards and the staff work hard, some of them doing long hours. Some senior waiting staff, for example, earn only Â£200 per month, so tips are greatly appreciated."
- Travel date: 27th September 2007
Lovely hotel with a fantastic location
"We have just returned home from a lovely relaxing week staying at the Dalyan Resort Hotel (one week was really not enough!). We arrived at 5.30 a.m. and were quickly checked in and shown to our room. The room, although compact, had everything you could need and was quite modern in design and very clean. After a few hours sleep we ventured for breakfast and get our bearnings. The pool and the hotel grounds are fantastic, plenty of loungers around the pool and lots of places to sit away from the pool if you wanted to - I especially liked the decked area overlooking the river where you could lie back and watch the boats passing by on their way to Istuzu beach (Turtle Beach). The view in the evening when the rock tombs are illuminated is quite something and it is lovely how they set the tables out around the pool in the evenings, lit by candles (very romantic!). We were booked on a bed and breakfast basis but ate on two nights in the hotel - the food was very good. There was a varied selection for breakfast with a chef available to cook you omlette, pancakes and eggs should you wish. The food served in the restaurants in Dalyan itself was of a very good standard too (had researched places to eat and glad we did as all recommended restaurants were excellent - especially Ali ba bas, Caretta Caretta, Ramazan (Han), Deniz Yildilzi (Star Fish) and Donmez. The staff at the hotel were very friendly and could not do enough for you. The rooms were kept spotless, being cleaned every day with fresh bedding and lovely soft white towels - they also proved you with pool towels too. The hotel operates a courtesy boat to take you to the turtle beach daily, leaving at 2.00 p.m. and returning at around 5.30 p.m. - well worth doing! All in all it was an excellent holiday, not only becasue of the accommodation, Dalyan is a beautiful place with lots to see and do from hisory to nature and lots, lots more - I would definately recommend a jeep safari, which are run daily. At the end of the day you will have got very wet (at least ten times) but the view from the top of the mountain over the lake and Dalyan delta is quite outstanding. I would definitely recommed this accomodation but more so Dalyan itself - a wonderful place and definitely a bit of paradise."
- Travel date: 1st September 2007
nice hotel but lacked character
"beautiful hotel set in lovely grounds. slightly regimented in that you were discouraged from bringing any food or drink into your room. we had a mini fridge in our room with one small bottle of water replaced daily. With temperatures in the high 40's we felt it was unrealistic to expect you not to bring in your own water and simply hid it in the wardrobe. The complimentary boat to the beach wasn't always running daily as we found out on our last day after returning specially from the town to go to the beach. Food was ok but a bit repetative after a few days but food in town was excellent. They also had a very irritating man ( who we never quite worked out what his job was) who spent his time asking if you were enjoying yourself and being very touchy feely. We avoided him where possible. Rest of the staff were excellent and very friendly. Didn't find anywhere to eat where the food wasn't good and can recommend the Melody where they feed a turtle beside your dining table. We would probably not go back again to this hotel but dalyan as a resort is lovely."
- Travel date: 2nd July 2007
Relaxing stay at Dalyan Resort
"We recently stayed at this hotel en route for another part of the coast, choosing it decause of its close proximity to the airport. After viewing the hotel website and other comments we chose a suite and would recommend this option as it gives a bedroom plus a sitting room, its own small terrace anda very snazzy power/ hydro shower within the bath. All was exceptionally clean and we paid a very reasonable price. The hotel is surrounded by lovely gardens and it was easy to find quiet spots to relax. The pool is large and has many sunbeds with plenty of sunshades. The gardens verge on the river and there are superb views of the tombs for which Dalyan is famous. It is possible to take a boat to the beach although during our short stay we stayed at the hotel and walked to the village of Dalyan, about 10 or 15 minutes away. A very pleasant town, at this time of year not overrun with tourists but from previous visits to the village we know it to retain a friendly Turkish atmosphere. We took one evening meal at the hotel and would recommend it. There is a huge range of starters to choose from and plenty of main courses, served buffet style. Our only criticism that it was easy to overeat as it was so delicious. There are plenty of helpful and friendly staff who could not have been more helpful. The place reminded me very much of the Turkey of some years ago, much of which has been lost in the tourist boom of recent years. We would certainly recommend this hotel to those who want a quiet relaxing holiday in some comfort. Booking direct with the hotel gave us a very good deal."
- Travel date: 30th May 2007
Discover the meaning of relaxation!
"We decided on this holiday because of the ease of the flights (Friday, local airport) and the rave reviews of friends who had visited the area. We were not disapointed! The hotel is in an excellant position on the banks of the river just outside the resort centre (15 minutes walk, well lit at night). There are lovely views over the river towards the rock tombs and the village. Although a little compact, our room was very comfortable and extremely clean and well maintained. The public areas of the hotel were well kept and the staff very friendly and helpful. (Despite the fact they confiscated the bottled water we had bought from a local shop - be warned, most hotels in Dalyan apparently have a zero tolerance on any food or drink bought off site!!) The resort itself was fantastic! Very relaxed and friendly with excellent restaurents too numerous to mention. Although I promised Kazim we would mention his restaurent, the Dolmez (I think, opposite the hotel of the same name). A fantastic holiday, and we are planning to return later this year."
- Travel date: 27th February 2007
Lovely place to relax
"We came to Dalyan to relax, and that's exactly what this hotel allowed us to do. It sits on an ideal piece of land on the river, just across from Dalyan's famous Lycian tombs, which are carved into cliffs. The rooms curve around a big pool, which is right on the river's edge, and we spent hours relaxing and watching the boats go by. The staff was incredibly nice, and breakfast was wonderful...tables right on the river. Same with dinner...good food, great setting, incredibly romantic. At the same time, it's close to the center of town, meaning shopping and restaurants are nearby. The hilight of our trip was a boat ride down the river (provided free from the hotel's front yard) to Turtle Beach and back. Lovely captain who showed us the sights and waited at Turtle Beach while we sunned and read. Minor downside: The rooms are spartan, and the bathrooms even more spartan. Hot water was in rare supply in the mornings. We found this a minor inconvenience worth putting up with for the other advantages."
- Travel date: 5th October 2005
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