68 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"I stayed at this hotel on two previous occasions..September 2013/September 2014...it was quite acceptable for those two times...decided to book again may 2016...totally disappointed ...was given a room above the main reception..room okay.but on the first night early morning there was a loud constant noise from the plumbing..i reported this to the hotel Thomson rep the next morning and the hotel staff...it took them 2 days to do anything about this I was informed the matter had been fixed.only to find that night the plumber had made the situation worse and louder .resulting in not only myself.but other people staying on the same floor bad nights sleep.for 4 nights until this was finally fixed...apart from this issue which blighted our holiday.the standard of the food was so poor .the quality and selection was so inferior to our other visits..often running out of food and some drinks in the bar...we decided to eat out on several occasions ..definitely will not return."
- Travel date: Tue 14th of June 2016
"We just got back today aug 15th after a 2 week stay. It certainly was throughly enjoyable and had the friendliest staff we have ever met. We had a loft room in Blok4 with a very small balcony but was enough to dry towels on with beautiful views of the mountians and the pool.
The entertainment team worked so hard (as did the cleaners and bar staff). We didnt really join in any of the activities during the day as its not really our thing(water aerobics, archery, darts, diving, surfing) but had fun watching others.
There were always plenty of sunbeds, but you did need to get towels down by 8am for the better ones. Food was good quality, although the restaurant was very warm and there was a daily rush to sit under one of the fans.
Evening entertainmnet was only for half an hour but the 5 minute walk into town gave opportunity for lots of other attractions.
The free shuttle bus to the beach was great but we found it too hot down there during the day with temperatures up to 50degrees.
One thing that could be better I suppose would have been an outdoor tv screen which may have kept people there longer on an evening.
We are already looking at going back next year"
- Travel date: Thu 16th of August 2012
second time around
"We stayed at green forrest in may 2011 for 11 nights we where there in 2010 it was great hence our return erol and sonia are both very good at their jobs .the hotel is in a quiet and beautiful area.the bar could do with a more comfortable seating area for night time. Maids are very good rooms are excellant.lovely pool and sun area.will be back soon. Kath and ray."
- Travel date: Tue 7th of June 2011
The Best and Most Hospitable Quality
"We have just got back from a 2 week break at this hotel. What can we say as seasoned travellers, we have stayed in quite a few Turkish hotels in various locations. The pictures really do not do justice to the breathtaking location, surrounded by forest and mountains which tempted us to paragliding at more than 8 thousand feet, amazing! We booked with Thompson as we wanted safety reassurance, but had we booked directly with the same company skysports.com we would have saved more than Â£30 each so could have had more to spend in the Turkish economy instead - look around town you can get excursions so much cheaper. Thompsons thats really naughty!
The hotel is contemporary not typically turkish, very clean and modern, with tea and coffee making facilities in the room and a hairdryer that works. The brochure pics are true in this case.
Plasma screen TV although a nice feature we did not really use as we were out enjoying the outdoors so much, sailing, horseriding and as already mentioned paragliding. Only wish we had more time to dive as well.
We took the free shuttle bus to the private beach and it was private, so if you wish to go topless to fill those white marks get yourself on that free bus to the beach, take some water with you and a high sunfactor it gets really hot with very little breeze or waves.
The hotel is located within easy walking distance to town the prices are reasonable if compared to Fethye shop locally for the best deals, we also took advantage of the hairdressers and restaurants even though we had all inclusive. Really good deals in the many hairdressers for half a head of highlights only Â£20! We spent the grand sum of Â£40 for both of us, highlights (her) haircuts and blow dried (him and her) and a turkish shave (him).
Oh we also booked the Thompson Turkish Hammam, again we paid well over the local prices, Green Forest you need to get more competitive with promoting your in house Spa we missed this opportunity and were told far too late, get somepromotional materials in the hotels rooms with some welcome offers.
The hotel staff were extremely professional, not at all pushy and always on hand to lend assistance when asked (I really liked their professionalisim, they were not typically over familiar you know the touch feely we are used to in the more touristy areas of Turkey).
Now down to the food.... whilst we were there some large groups complained about the lack of chips, you know typical english food....This really did make us cross (for great british traditional food go to Benidorm!).
The food was always freshly cooked, the chefs (deserved their tip) keen to please all tastes supplied omeletes and eggs to order in the morning and in the evening, freshly cooked bread, pizzas, pasta as well as the grill. What more could you really want, yes the food was authentically turkish, even better kebabs that you can get in the high street in the UK! I really hope this hotel does not lose its quality status by bowing the the minority fish and chip english culture - learn some lessons from the Spanish and retain your turkish culture.
We were really surprised that all the guests were British, so we did see some of the worst british cult behaviour whish I am afraid made us shy away from the night life in the hotel - if we want to club with clans from Manchester we can get really good deals in the UK for boozy weekends, its not our thing so we dont do this. Instead we like to enjoy mixing with different cultures which is why we travel to destinations such as Turkey as I am sure other nationalities enjoy as well.
The roooms were cleaned very day, the hotel itself is immaculate.
The only negative we found was the pool, great size but so cold, maybe a little heating would help to take the edge off. I usually like to have an early morning swim, having read the reports I knew the morning swim would be a risk and wasn't sure if it had a well equipped gym in its place so ended up taking my DVD player with workout DVD's to take morning exercise. Green Forest get some good pics of activites such as spa, gym and aerobics for us health freaks, even consider linking with horseriding and other providers to enjoy outdoors inthe mountains as a good business opportunity.
Anyway the test for us is would we go again?
Most definately we would, But.....a bit nervous about the creation of a little Britain we will watch the reviews with interest.
- Travel date: Sat 28th of May 2011
Lovely hotel, great location.
"For out first time in Turkey this was a lovely hotel. The location was excellent within a few minutes of the main part of Hisaronu. The staff were always friendly and nothing was too much trouble. The room was spacious and well maintained, the towels were changed daily, bed linen every other day.
The food was ok, but ate out a few times during our stay to vary menu as was always of a similar theme.
The bar area let the hotel down as it was small and catered for mainly outdoor use and this time of year can be quite chilly in the evenings, so you found yourself quashed into a small area.
The spa centre was a nice touch and used it for a manicure, pedicure and a wash and blow dry, so its somewhere to really pamper yourself. "
- Travel date: Tue 17th of May 2011
"Arrived early hours of the morning to be greeted by smiling reception staff, cases carried to room and sandwiches in fridge (nice touch). Room spotless and comfortable. Food excellent and plentiful although not much available if you are taking young children, also if you intend to go around May take something warm for the evenings as it gets very chilly and be prepared for the occasional thunderstorm we had a couple and the last couple of days (7 day holiday) were cloudy.Entertainment team did their best despite the weather. Pool a bit on the chilly side and quite deep so watch out for younger children using it. Staff all work very hard and extremely pleasant. One thing the place needs is some seating area for evening the poolside bar isn't big enough or warm enough to accomodate everyone although the English Pub may be open in high season when the weather is warmer. Overall a very nice place would go back."
- Travel date: Sat 14th of May 2011
"Hotel was fab, food was amazing, rooms and all of the hotel were well looked after and very clean. love it so much we are returning this year at the end of june. all the staff are lovely and only a minute walk into hisaronu with all the bars, shops etc...
there is and outside gym. a Turkish bath and also a hair and nail salon inside the hotel.
loads of activities and water sports ect.. throughout the day. and also entertainment at night.
we loved it and can not believe anybody would have a bad thing to say about the green forest.
- Travel date: Sun 1st of May 2011
Food not too good
"Hotelwas great, reasonable room, close enough to village to walk to. Staff were very friendly and pleasant. Nice area. We enjoyed the week, apart from the Sunday trip to Gocek Market (with Carol & Tayfan) we were collected from the hotel by minibus, on Sunday 16th May 2010 the driver went over the speed bumps at a ridiculous speed, badly injuring several members of our party. When I complained, I was told that the driver was not familiar with the area..... Was anyone else on the minibus - did you suffer any injury? If so, please get in touch with me. [---]. The market wasn't even worth - the trip took hours on a boat whose loo was not working. "
- Travel date: Fri 28th of January 2011
"The management and staff were extremely helpful and very friendly. WE arrived in the early hours of the morning and on booking in were informed that they had put sandwiches and drinks in our room, that was a nice start and the service continued to that standard the entire holiday. I really enjoyed my stay. "
- Travel date: Fri 26th of November 2010
"I dont know where the other people stayed but I have been to turkey 5 times and this was the best hotel ever, food was great. I have been to various places in the world and no where matches this. Dishes/glasses spotless. Food great choice have to watch your weight, staff very polite. Entertainment good - Bloody Erol tries to get all the staid brits into action. If you have any complaints speak to Sonia who is English and will pass on to Dideem (Management). Will be back next year. Weather could have been better but spectacular thunder and lightening.
Only complaint is the Brits who dont care about anyone else and stand out side your door gassing at all hours or slam the doors about 50 times a night."
- Travel date: Tue 26th of October 2010
"This was our 6th time in Hisaronu and by far the best hotel we have stayed in.
The pool was always clean with plenty of sun loungers, the staff were polite and friendly (but not over-the-top as we have seen in other hotels) and the rooms were clean.
The food was amazing, I am a vegetarian and in the past have had quite a limited choice of food (bread, cheese and chips most days!) but at the Green Forest I was spoilt for choice most meal times without having to resort to salad. (For meat eaters there was tonnes of choice too). And if you did fancy a change there was also a snack bar served from 12 - 4 which did pizzas, burgers etc
Or if you wanted a special treat there was a lovely lady who made fresh pancakes in the afternoon :o)
I am a little confused by some of the bad reviews about this hotel as overall this is a lovely hotel, we had no problems at all and would definately go there again."
- Travel date: Wed 22nd of September 2010
Nice clean hotel
"The rooms were basic but clean, and the linen and towels were change regularly.
Bar staff and entertainment staff were brilliant, we had a good laugh with all of them and they made the holiday.
The location was excellant and only a short walk to all the bars and shops.
On the down side the food was not brilliant and a bit more variety especially of some good old british food apart from chips would have gone down well. Being as a majority were british that were staying there. There was no choice of food for small children i.e chicken nuggets, burgers or sausages.
Breakfasts were disapointing also.
There were a lot of flies in the restaurant, and I don't think this helped with our upset stomachs there were 6 adults in our group and we all suffered with upset stomachs, which lasted for at least 3 days.
Overall would use the hotel again but would certainly watch what I ate."
- Travel date: Sun 12th of September 2010