11 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Here is a corner from the paradise...
"This is a lovely, clean, affordable, friendly hotel in a great location. We aren't luxury travelers, we like clean, contemporary lodgings where we can store our things and sleep comfortably after a day of sightseeing.
Please do not confuse because the name and owner-operator of this hotel has changed, the new name of this hotel is Murat Pasha Mansion. "
- Travel date: Mon 19th of January 2015
Do miss mis this gem with amazing hospitality!!
"Excellent choice â donât miss this gem of a place to stay!!
We stayed at the Sandybrown Hotel this September, having booked it a few days before, so we could meet up with friends who were stopping there during the same week.
On emailing the hotel, we received a booking confirmation on the same day and also help with arranging a great day of white water rafting nearby. From the start, Astrid and Kamil's service and hospitality were second to none. They personally arranged things for us and responded straight away when we decided to go there earlier than planned.
When we got to the hotel, we were greeted and shown the room, which was lovely. Everything was so personal and charming; from the finish / furnishings in the room to the lovely flowers and hand-written card welcoming us. Everything in the room and elsewhere on the premises was always spotlessly clean.
We received lots of helpful advice and courteous service from both Astrid & Kamil, who you could tell were putting their heart and soul into making this a fantastic place to stay. They are lovely people!!
Astrid even offered to order my fiancÃ©e a birthday cake to help me arrange a nice surprise for her; however we had arranged to go out that evening to celebrate with our friends. It was with regret that we missed the fantastic barbecue that Astrid & Kamil put on for all of the guests, as everyone said how beautiful the food tasted and what a great evening they had.
The pool was very clean too and the whole hotel felt relaxing, from being away from the road (which was quiet anyway) and the beautiful gardens and ambience of the place.
Nothing seemed too much for Astrid and Kamil to do for the guests. They were always very attentive and helpful. When we left, they even walked out with us to wish us a farewell. It certainly won't be a goodbye, as I am sure we will go back!
Dalyan has lots to do and so many places to go out and eat but also has a lovely charm and the Sandybrown is situated around 10 minutes walk from the main river and town centre, so has a great balance of serenity and choice of things to do nearby.
I would recommend staying here to anybody that appreciates a peaceful location with lots of things to do nearby and excellent accommodation with really top notch personal service."
- Travel date: Mon 28th of September 2009
"I would certainly echo all the previous positive reviews for this hotel. It was definitely an oasis but not in a dessert as the surrounding area is lush and green due to the nearby river. From the moment you step through the bright and airy reception area to the pool beyond you are transported to peace and relaxation for the rest of your holiday. The bougainvillea connecting and arching between the two parts of the attractive traditional building is stunning and a constant delight when using the readily available sunloungers which face it. The room was spotlessly clean with sufficient storage and plenty of water pressure for the shower. The mosquito netted windows and air conditioning a real bonus too.
Hosts Astrid and Kamil were always on hand for help and advice but were never intrusive. From their first welcome we felt like we were sharing their home and they attended to us as if we were their friends or relatives. The pre-organised airport pick up and return is to be recommended - one less thing to worry about before your travel.
We took Kamil's advice on eating out on several occasions and enjoyed every meal we had but believe me you will really enjoy his first night restaurant tip. Astrid took great trouble to ensure the breakfasts were healthy, colourful and varied - amazing considering the very reasonable room rate.
The hotel is a comfortable walk away from the centre of town - most welcome after a very filling Turkish supper - and quietly situated for a good night's sleep!
Dalyan itself is charming, unspoilt and well placed for any amount of excursions and trips which, again, your hosts can help with. There are dogs (and cats) roaming the streets but, like the Turkish people, they are warm and friendly (and well fed by the various restaurants).
We were very happy with our holiday at the Sandybrown Hotel and would definitely return. Thank you again Astrid and Kamil."
- Travel date: Mon 21st of September 2009
An Oasis in Dalyan
"We have just returned from 11 nights in Dalyan where we stayed at the perfect Sandy Brown Hotel. Astrid and Kamil are the perfect hosts. Just a five minute walk from the hustle and bustle of the centre of town, walking into the SandyBrown is like stepping into an oasis. The rooms are clean and bright; and all windows are fitted with mosquito nets (even though the mosquitos didn't seem to be much of a problem). The pool is large and eco friendly (no chlorine). Beautifull gardens. The food was amazing, especially on the BarBQ evening hosted by Astrid and Kamil. There is an amazingly relaxed chill out feel about the whole place, helped by Astrids fantastic taste in music. I am reluctant to write such a good review as we want to keep it as our own little secret so the place wont be full when we return next year. Yes we are definately returning to SandyBrown next year. Not only because it was a wonderful setting but we already miss Astrid , Kamil and the gorgeous Zilly the dog."
- Travel date: Thu 10th of September 2009
an oasis in the desert
"firstly the sandybrown hotel is the clearest i have ever seen. the location of the hotel is fantastic (centre is 5 minutes by walking). the administors are so kind, cheerful and friendly. it is very peaceful and comfortable.
visit sandybrown you will be effected by sandybrown hotel and dalyan.."
- Travel date: Mon 10th of August 2009
"Stayed in a Villa in Dalyan and chanced upon the Sandybrown by good fortune.
Kamel and Astrid host this little corner of paradise, hidden behind a very unpretentious front. Step through the semi open reception area to find the lovely pool and garden. But by far the most significant features of the Sandybrown are Kamel and Astrid, nothing is too much trouble and their attention to detail puts many 5* hotel to shame.
Called around for a beer or two on a regular basis and booked a room for our last day to avoid being homeless for the day awaiting a late night flight.
Kamel sorted transfers for us and also was as good as a tourist info centre for us."
- Travel date: Wed 22nd of July 2009
Youve found the best - Dont Stay Anywhere else!!!
"We came upon this holiday by accident whilst looking for holidays in Greece and really glad we did. Being outside the Euro, it is probably the best
By far the best place we've stayed in, mainly because of the hospitality. The value for money is second to none. The 12 room eco-friendly hotel is run by a couple Astrid and Kamil. It has a good sized swimming pool, outdoor jaccuzzi and a good sized garden so if you dont want to leave the hotel, you can pretty much relax there. It is 2 minutes walk from the hustle and bustle of town so you can walk in, but far enough to keep the noise away in the evenings.
The rooms are very clean and cleaned daily. They have on suite shower and bathroom and most importantly air conditioning! The windows have nets to keep the mozzis out which believe me is a god sent!
The couple are extremely friendly and accomodating and nothing is too much. Our transports were organised to and from Dalaman airport. We were new to the area, once we got there, they organised our entire trip and made it a memorable one. They will send you to places they can recommend and we were not dissapointed (kamil even checks out the kitchens of the restaurants and only sends you the clean ones!)
Breakfast is served everyday and is altered enough every day so not to be repetitive and on various days included pancakes, fresh fruit, meats, eggs etc.
The couple have a dog (Zilli) who is very friendly. Dalyan as a town is very dog friendly and there are dogs everywhere!
WHAT TO DO
Ask Astrid and Kamil when you get there. Im sure there are a whole lot of things the town has to offer and being our first time we didnt get to do them all but we'd recommend
1. Taking your own boat out with Ramazan - he'll take you to watch the turtles on the beach, catch crabs for lunch and swim in caves and on the beach - about 65 GBP and worth EVERY Penny!
2. Mud baths - 4 TL
3. See the ruins - 8TL
4. Turkish Hammam - 20TLK, again worth every penny, be warned its mixed!
5. You can take the public boat out to the beach, the ride itseld is worth it.
There are lots of restaurants to eat at. I have to say we didnt have a bad meal there. Astrid and Kamil will recommend places to eat. Its generally more expensive the better the view of the lake but not really that much.
We had an amazing time and its mostly due to the hospitality of the couple who run the hotel. Its a massive load of your mind when you dont have to think about where to go, what to do, where to eat and if youre getting conned. the couple have been there as tourists themselves and recommend the best places. Book the flight, book the hotel and put your feet up
Dalyan truely is an amazing place and the Sandybrown Hotel is the best it has to offer. Dont think twice, book it before someone else does. We're definitely going back next year."
- Travel date: Sat 18th of July 2009
Nice and friendly
"Fantastic holiday location, run on eco lines by Astrid and Kamel. A note of caution, If you are unsure about dogs, Zhilly the owners pet is allowed the full run of the place, however she is extremely friendly and no bother at all.
Nothing is too much trouble for the owners and they regularly request your feedback and suggestions. The b-b-q nights are a must and you won't be able to eat all the delicious food. A quick note about cleanliness and the pool- faultless with the rooms being spotlessly clean. If you go to Dalyan and want a small friendly place to stay, other than the Dalyan Garden Pension run by Ercan and Cathy, this pension must be considered. Will go back again if we return to Dalyan!"
- Travel date: Fri 10th of July 2009
Dalyan's best kept secret
"Have just returned after 11 wonderful days at the Sandy Brown Hotel. The hotel is run by Astrid and Kamil, two of the nicest people you could ever wish to meet. Their attention to detail and their total commitment to making your holiday as perfect as can be is second to none.
The hotel only has 12 rooms. We stayed in room 4 which was tastefully decorated, and amazingly cooling even in the extreme temperatures Turkey can produce although there is air conitioning in every room. The level of cleanliness is equal to any 5 star hotels we have stayed in. The personal service from Astrid and Kamil is of the highest level we have ever come across.
Breakfast each morning was completely varied and presented in a very relaxed atmosphere either at the pool side or garden. They also organized a couple nights for barbeques and even a french cuisine evening. There is a large pool, a jacuzzi which was very relaxing and a small childrens pool all well cared for by Kamil on a daily basis, keeping it at a very high standard of There is a cooling shower area in the lovely garden to cool down under before a swim in the pool.
We went on a day trip to the Lake organized by Kamil. The day was fantastic just chilling out swimming in the lake and then a stunning barbeque afterwards. You could move around the lake, go to the mud baths or to the beach whenever you felt like moving on. There was no regimented organized timing as the captain allowed us to say what we wanted to do with our time.
This is a definite must visit hotel for anyone seeking a totally relaxing holiday with a lovely couple in an area of natural stunning beauty."
- Travel date: Thu 9th of July 2009
A sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of life
"The Sandybrown Hotel, Dalyan,
We have stayed in the resort of Dalyan for the past 4 yrs and have peviously stayed at the Dalyan Garden Pension which as you are no doubt aware has excellent reviews, due to work committments we were were unable to confirm our booking in this pension, as a result I looked at the Dalyan Resort Guide and came across, The Sandybrown Hotel.
I emailed the owners, Kamil and Astrid, confirmed a booking for 7 nights commencing the 29th June in a double room, a late check out and transport to and from the airport, a cost of Â£342.00 for the two of us.
We booked a flight with Thomsons from Doncaster arriving in Dalaman airport at 21.30 hrs, after clearing visa (you need a Â£10.00 note for this) and passport control we made our way outside arrivals where we were met by our taxi and transfered to the hotel arriving there at 22.30hrs.
O/A we were met by the owners, our bags were taken to the room, and then we were off to the open air bar where we were introduced to other guests and had our first glass of Efes beer.
We alighted for breakfast at about 9.30am and our fresh coffee and Turkish breakfast was served under a small terrace overlooking the grounds bar and pool and jaccuzi, this was our first introduction to Zilly, the owners dog, who was rescued from the town the previous year, Zilly is clearly a part of the family and keen to introduce herself to all new guests.
The hotel is built in the traditional Ottoman style with twelve rooms on two levels,as you enter the hotel it opens out to the pool. breakfast area, bar and gardens beyond.
Our room was on the ground floor with a small terrace overlooking the pool and gardens, the room had a double bed, wardrobe and dressing table, the bathroom was spotless and the water pressure from the shower is the best i have experienced in turkey. Astrid also puts mosquito repellents in the room, which can be troublesome in Dalyan, but not here im pleased to say.
The pool is large enough to swim in with no unexpected shallow end. Kamil and Astrid are keen to keep the hotel eco friendley as such no chlorine.
We were two of six guests for the majority of our stay and at times you could hear a pin drop, it is of the most peaceful, tranquil and relaxing properties i have ever stayed in.
There is a small bar menu offering sandwiches, wraps etc and Astrid is a keen cook, (Her French evening meal was lovely) a beer will cost you 4 lire and a soft drink 3/ 4 lire. There is no need to take money to the pool with you as Astrid and Kamil will open an account for you which can be settled at the end of your stay.
Dalyan center is a 10 minute stroll away (no hills dark paths etc) it has many good restaurants and all meals cost in the region of 12-25 lire depending on whether you have pizza/ steak. Alcohol in the bars (albatross good on main st) will cost 4/5 lire for beer vodka/ gin etc in the regoin of 8/10 lire and cocktails 10/15 lire.
I would recommend Ali babas restaurant in the square (excellent steak) a little basic family run restaurant called kosk, opposit carretta carretta. Ali,s on the main st and a little curb side eatery which offers burgers, pancakes.
My husband particularly enjoyed his Turkish shave (they use a cut throat razor) this is near Ali Babas and cost 10 lire.
A boat trip to the beach takes about 45mins and costs 10lire return, alternatively you can take the dolmus which is about 3lire and takes 15mins, we went on the boat , walked the full length of the beach which takes about 45 mins and then returned on the dolmus.
The early morning boat trip is a must especialey if you are keen to see the native wildlife Tutrles etc.
Kamil and Astrid have recently opened this hotel and this is their first year, they are excellent hosts you are treated more as revisiting friends than you are hotel guests. There are little extras at breakfast every morning eg pastries, yoghurt and there coffee is excellent, (for tea drinkers a pot not a tea bag in a cup)
There are other larger hotels near the Sandybown, The Calbis, Mehtap, Club Alla Turka to name a couple, these are rated highly on Trip Advisor and are family orientated, trust me if you love the idea of a small well run hotel, where the emphasis is on the guest and their relaxation rather than their profit margin, then The Sandybrown Hotel is for you."
- Travel date: Thu 9th of July 2009
like a sweet dream
"First, I have to say the Sandybrown hotel is an extremely charming place definitely. We had planned a holiday as long as 8 days but we just stayed only 2 nights due to we had to visit other toursitic sites other than Dalyan.
There are 12 rooms, swimming pool, pool side bar, garden with palm trees that you can chill-out. It is operated by a sweet couple and you can really feel yourself at home. We had a long tasteful chitchats in the garden with them on that 2 nights.
They served a nice breakfast included an omlette at first day and home made apple-cake second at day as extra. They were so friendly and much warm.
The room was adequate, the facility is not brand new but furnitures in the room was ok. The room decoration was pure and bathroom has no lack, clean and comfortable.
The hotel is a bit outside of the downtown but not a big deal just 10 min. walk away. Moreover, you can feel the calmness here without rush of the center.
There are two dogs, Zilli and Lulu. Zilli is very active and so cute. You'll like Zilli, I'm sure :)
The hotel is eco-friendly hotel. They try to separate wastes into the different categories, don't use the pool chemlcals (we talked about the natural pH balancers, etc. for the pool) and many things like that. In my opinion, it is one of the most important things under these circumstances in terms of the natural balance of the world.
Yes, there is no luxury, no five stars but there is an opportunity provided by Sandybrown to unbrace yourself. Finally, I will stay again here definitely if I find to chance to come to Dalyan again. If you plan to come to Dalyan too don't miss the Sandybrown hospitality."
- Travel date: Tue 2nd of June 2009