12 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Jean & Peter Smith, Tyne & Wear
"My husband and I have just returned from the Piril Hotel, Cesme, Turkey. Very good hotel with good facilities, very clean and good food. Only downside is that in the dining room they have long tables for seating and only a hand full of tables for 2 people. Weather could have been better but on the whole a brilliant hotel. Would recommend this hotel. "
- Travel date: 26th May 2010
Great Hotel, but.................
"This hotel is wonderful for chilling out. Although not family friendly, the staff cannot do enough for you. There is a great choice of food so even the fussiest of eaters can find something to suit their palate. It is excellent value for money - all inclusive is the ideal holiday if on a strict budget. Having said this, one week was enough for us."
- Travel date: 22nd May 2009
Clean, attractive Hotel but a little quiet, not much to do!
"We stayed at the piril after our holiday to cuba was cancelled for 2 weeks from 11th september. We did not know what to expect or what was at the place we were staying. The hotel and resort is 90 mins from the airport which is a bit of a pain! the hotel on arrival was nice, we were given a tiny room though so asked to be upgraded to a duplex room for Â£6 more a night which was much better! The pools and hotel is generally nice, the area however not that attractive quite a few derelict buildings nearby and you are in the real turkish resort. There really isn't too much to do in or outside the hotel, we did get bored for two weeks! however, I do recommend you walk out to the marina area and small town for a change of scenery and some different food to that in the hotel. Recommend the Star Restaurant in town although not cheap. The food at the hotel is fairly nice, no problems but there is only so many times you can cope with a variation of meatballs, fish and kebab meat.. The table tennis at the hotel is a bit knackered and you have to get the balls from reception for the pool table. The Thermal pool and Spa is worth a visit but I wouldn't go too often.I did get a message at the hotel which was OK if you like your massages a little rough/firm. I do not (and fellas be prepared to get naked ) :) Myself and my boyfriend and mid 20's to early 30's and we did struggle to find the evening entertainment enjoyable, tends to be the same guy and girl singing the sames songs every night. The staff were generally pleasant but it could be hard work to get a drink at the bar in the evenings!!! we would wait far too long. I have to say SOME of the staff could do with smiling a bit more... maybe its just there culture.. But when we did have any issues with our room they were dealt with instantly. Again you may be needing things to see and do, the beach we recommend trying - although you have to get a mini bus (free) and get picked up and dropped off to a beach with nothing else there and quite a distance away but great beach huts and a nice chilled day.. Its a private beach which is nice but again nothing to do there but enjoy the sun... beach is a little bit shingly... We did a trip to the roman city with thomas cook, Â£60 a head was very steep but a good day out (don't expect much from the lunch) but ancient city is great if you like that sort of thing. We did a boat trip too to donkey island, again nothing amazing but good lunch this time and nice to get away from the pool for the day and do something different. Take some food for the donkeys if you like to feed the animals :) Again not a great deal to do in the area and we didn't find our rep too knowledgeable... didn't even mention there was a castle in the old town near the harbor which you can look around. Again go here if you want a really relaxed value for money hol, by the pool, it was friendly and very relaxed. But if you are after lots of sight seeing or action adventure... Don't go here ;) Hope this long winded review helps."
- Travel date: 1st October 2008
"I stayed at the Piril with my mum and sister in early September 2008. My sister and I are in our 20's and my mum in her 50's. The weather was fantastic - hot but there is quite a breeze in Cesme which means you can comfortably sit in the sun. Cesme town is lovely. There are plenty of shops and the owners only invite you in - its not harassing as you can find with some places. The harbour at the bottom is very pretty and we went on the Lady Bente (boat trip) from here. It is well worth doing a boat trip, the scenery was amazing, the food on the boat was good and our boat had a 40ft water slide which was fun! (Boat trip cost 25 Lira each - about Â£12.50). The hotel is immaculate. But like all other reviews mention this hotel is not catered for the brits! But this is quite refreshing. The staff speak little English but you are able to communicate to some extent! We had a junior suite overlooking the pool which was a great room. The suites have a downstairs lounge area and two twin beds upstairs (with a sofa bed downstairs). From talking to others the double rooms are quite small but were adequate. The restaurant is very nice and the staff attentive. The food is good but we were a bit sick of it by the end of the week. The private beach (10mins away by hotel bus) was really nice and well worth a trip). Food and drinks still part of all inclusive at the beach bar. The ONLY downside to this hotel is the lack of entertainment in the evening. There is a bar below the restaurant which everyone congragates in and has a man on a keyboard and a singer (he is good but its only background music really). We had a Turkish evening one night and that was good but it was only on the last night! There is a disco which opens at midnight. You have to pay for the drinks and whilst we didn't go in a young couple at the hotel went and said there were 15 people in there and it played british music - I am sure if more people went it woule be ok! We were in bed by 10.30 - probably due to lack of entertainment. This hotel is largely populated by Turkish people and germans but it is very nice and it does seem that more and more brits are travelling here. The flight times were bad. We flew home at midnight and was picked up from the hotel at 8pm. You can have a late check out (we stayed in room until 5pm) and it only cost us Â£20. Hope this review has helped."
- Travel date: 13th September 2008
Great Hotel but not for families
"Just got back from a 2 week holiday at the Piril. I travelled with my husband, twin teenage daughter (13) and another family of 4. I can't fault the hotel itself, it was very clean, nice pools with plenty of sun beds and no need to get up early to get one!. The food was good with a wide variety all day and each night, Usually with all inclusive, by the 2nd week you're fed up of the food, but this was'nt the case here. The only issue we had with this hotel was the lack of entertainment, for adults and children. It was virtually nothing. The kids disco lasted approx 15minutes and the staff did'nt know any of the actions to the usual birdie and superman songs. Everynight was the same, a guy on a keyboard singing a few songs. To get away from the keyboard player we would go for a walk out of an evening down into Cesme itself (takes appox 10 mins) The town itself is OK, busy and full of shops. You need to head down to the Harbour area to get to the bars, and these are quite expensive. The walk back to the hotel is an incline, but nothing too terrible and you can always get a Dolums if you realy need to. The Hotels private beach is worth a visit as the all inclusive facilities are there for you. - Food/Drink and beach Towels. Another beach you must go to is Ilica beach by the Sheridon Hotel - This beach is beautiful - white sand, shallow warm sea. We paid 15YTL for 2 sunbeds with a parasol. (About Â£7 for the day) A Dolmus will take you directly there for 2YTL per person. The nearest Dolus stop is just doen from the hotel. (Turn right out of the hotel door, walk 200 yrds and the stop is on the corner) Elleca is a beautiful town you must also visit, especially in the evening. There a numerous bars and restaurants here; Still quite expensive, but it is such a beautiful place and the quality of the food is excellent. (Same Dolmus stop will take you directly to the centre) We travelled with another family with younger children (11 and 7), the youngest was bitten quite badly so we took him to the Hotel Nurse. She was very nice but did not speak any English - The Receptionist had to translate. Despite this the little boy was treated free of charge with no problems what so ever. All in all we had a really good holiday but I would not recommend taking children to this hotel. It is focused very much on the Turkish and Adults who want a relaxing break."
- Travel date: 6th September 2008
"well i dont know where to start the hotel interior and exterior was immacullatley clean and very well looked after although when we drove round the block to the front of the building i wanted to cry as the derelict building next door was full of what looked like squatters with a burned out car in the parking area! my first thoughts were where the hell have we come?travelling with 3 children and my ptnr our room was tiny but clean the hotel is nice looking but there is no entertainment on an evening just a guy playing the organ we were in bed and fast asleep for ten every night as the organ music was very sedating and the kids were bored stiff there was a mini disco most nights which lasted around fifteen minutes the hotel was full of turks and only about four english families who all paid a visit to the local hospital the weeks we were there us twice with ear infections! we found cesme itself very very expensive paying 18 lira for 5 cans of coke the food in the hotel was very good and always presented beautifully the staff were nice but only a couple of them could speak a little english this would probably be a nice holiday for a couple who just want to have a quiet relaxing week away but is no good for families and the rep we had said there were no trips from that hotel in six months as there were not enough brits in the hotel to go on them"
- Travel date: 10th August 2008
obviously not a five star hotel
"me and my wife booked there because it's near the ÃeÅme town center. it's said to be an all inclusive five star hotel but even the drinking water in your room is an extra. the food is good but it's the same menu everyday. and the range of the menu is so small. the glasses are dirty. in our room safe was not working, the wardrobe's shelf was broken and the door of the shower was not closing properly so when you take a shower all the bathroom is flooded. they fixed the safe and the wardrobe but they didn't fix the bathroom. the pool is not bad but the sunbeds are not enough. and there is no changing room so you got to use the wc for changing. the architecture of the building is so complicated that even if you follow the sings you end up in the wrong place. and when you mention these problems, the all knowing sulky staff gives you empty ideas instead of solving them. so i reccomend you to rent a car from a reliable company and stay anywhere else. staying near the center is not so important if you have a car."
- Travel date: 17th July 2008
What a cool relaxing place
"We have just returned from a two week stay in Cesme Turkey staying at the Piril Hotel. We had slight concerns with the price being so cheap (Â£450 PER PERSON FOR TWO WEEKS AL L INCLUSIVE). But hey ho in for a penny in for a pound. To be fair we were pleasantly surprised and the hotel was fine, clean and tidy. The staff were most attentive and dealt with most things quite well. The food was good and plentiful in the first week but seemed to suffer in the second week. However we were never short of something to eat with plentiful supplies of burgers, chips, pizza, pancakes and the buffet too). The buffet didnât offer as much variety as we have had with other holidays but it was fine. Plenty of salads and fruits too. Rooms seem to vary - from simple to very nice - we had a junior suite consisting of a twin room bathroom and dining/lounge room with over the pool view - the ones to get are the new ones in a duplex style as they are well nice. Please note that anyone staying here needs to be warned that this is not a British hotel and primarily caters to other nationalities and further it doesnât cater at all for the very young or those with walking difficulties as there are lots of stairs albeit there are two lifts - the stairs and lifts are quite confusing to say the least and this is because the hotel has been developed in stages and has been built on several levels non of which being on the same one. As usual the catering although reasonable - really needs a Brit to control and organise as it does seem a little slapdash and chaotic. But hey the Turks try hard. All credit to Aycut the Catering Chief and his friendly team, what a great guy and great fun too. My compliments also extend to Denis, Orhan, Eda, and her colleague whose name escapes me but she was both cute and stunning. All of the usual All Inclusive fare was available although they did try to take the whisky off the menu half way through our stay and I was to say the least more than a little hacked off with that so the complainer head came out of its box and soon put that right.(until the following day when out of the box it came again). The weather here is fabulous in May / June (regularly 30 - 36degrees) bright and sunny. With only one windy day in 14 so cant complain - try going to Alicati and Alica especially as there are some natural hot water springs completely free there WOW awesome. The beaches at Alica are good too, also go the other direction as there are a number of public beahces that are excellent - the hotels private beach is about 7kms away by the hotels courtesy bus (which will also drop you off in the town centre ) but well worth the visit for peace and quiet - burgers and other fare is available here too along with wine beer and soft drinks. Cesme is a lovely little town and has many things in its favour although where we stayed was at the top of the hill (next to the Yeni and Albano Hotels) and it made for tiring but refreshing walks through many parts of the old town. There is not a lot of entertainment in the hotel (except for an organist / singer called Jake who sang during dinner - excellent). The town is most lively at night. Very very safe and the people friendly. We did spend a few nights at the No Problem Bar and CafÃ© down near the castle and harbour, a very warm and welcoming place - thanks Ibo and Tores, they regularly ran us home by car at the end of each night - they provide a relaxed place to chill and have a chat with other Brits if you want it. The food is good (try the lamb chops and the sardines) and the bevy is flowing and reasonably priced. They can offer car hire and currency exchange too. We did a boat trip to Donkey Island which was well worth it (30YTL = Â£12) including a meal but drinks were expensive - it was a good day out though - donât expect too much of the island. Try also the White Corner bar and restaurant (run by a transvestite) where the food is very good, service friendly and a relaxing pint can be had in the sun with a great view. The Star Bar and restaurant is also very very good but pricey, the Corner restaurant is also a very nice place to eat with reasonable prices. Avoid the Capodochia though just round the corner from the Star Bar - itâs a rip off bar full of very nice ladies of dubious repute with extortionate pricing. All ye enter there be aware. There is also a sort of Turkish burger you must try called Kumru they are lovely but very filling - also try the jacket potatoes at the little cafÃ© opposite the fast food shop (watch out for the orange chairs in the street) - place near the Beko store. All in all a very relaxing and enjoyable stay and will be going back there very very soon. Thanks also to Peter and Jenny, Kev and Lisa and the anklebiters, also many thanks to Helen (Thomas Cook rep - and personal friend now) and Mustafa at Cesme Kale Emlak. Thanks all for helping make our stay memorable. Stay in touch guys OK"
- Travel date: 25th June 2008
Not five star.
"We booked our trip through Saga as I worked there at the time. I expected a plush hotel as Saga only use nice places, when I arrived I had to change rooms 3 times! My reasons being the balcony door didnt lock, using the toilet would of meant banging your head and finally the room we had the window was broken and the safe didnt work! We had to get them to fix the window! The bathroom was musty smelling, and do not use the thermal pool it is just gross! THe food was ok and the drinks were fine but overall the experience was not great and i dont think the hotel is 5 star at all. DO NOT BOOK!!!!"
- Travel date: 28th October 2006
Not a five star hotel
"This hotel claims to be a five star hotel, but is far from it! It is, at most, a typical three star holiday hotel. Located on a hill well out of the town centre, there is nothing close - even all the other hotels round about closed for the season at the end of September - it seems they have have very few tourists this year. The hotel site itself is very steep and getting to your room can be a challenge through amaze of poorly lit, dark red corridors and stairways - all in desparate need of redecoration. Rooms are generally very small but reasonably furmished. Rooms overlooking the main road are very noisy and many people asked to be moved. My room was very quiet, but did overlook the pool toilets of the closed hotel next door. Bathrooms are tiny with the WC squeezed in between a half bath/shower and small basin. Typical Turkish plumbing meant the whole room was soaked every time the shower was used despite the shower screen. The restaurant is very disappointing - the buffet displays look impressive, but they never change. Hot (or better described as luke warm) food was uninspired and lacked variety - the boiled turkey looked just like it said - bits of turkey floating in water. A big plus is the chef who makes fresh breads and pide in the restaurant - this was excellent quality. They hotel boasts a crystal food hygeine award - pity the bar staff don't realise this includes not using bare hands to put ice in drinks or to help themselves to the odd nibble from the buffet. On the plus side, cleaning standards were very high and could not be faulted, but I did experience a bit of a fauly towers moment when no towels were left one day. It took three reminders before getting any - then like buses - they never stopped coming, and as they got confused about which room, my neigbours got some as well. Staff were generally very friendly and were seen to be very helpful for older Saga guests who had difficulty with getting around - they never had to be asked and they do get five stars! Saga Holidays are, by far, the biggest user of this hotel. Finally, despite there being free water dispensers around the hotel, don't try to bring any past the security guards - it is not allowed and don't bother explaining that you are actually saving the hotel money by buying your own - rules is rules!"
- Travel date: 14th October 2006
This was a wonderful place to stay, the ...
"This was a wonderful place to stay, the staff were amazing. Extremely friendly and helpful. The food was good, and there was a wide variety to choose from. The hotel is definitely more geared towards a more mature guest (and Saga guests are the main contingent), but there is a more lively atmosphere at a weekend as a lot of Turkish guests arrive. There are a lot of facilities and guests raved about how wonderful the Haman Massages were, the Health Spa and Natural Thermal Spas. The hotel also has its own private beach which they shuttle guests to and from throughout the day, this was really quaint and the beach proved to be beautiful Also, the town of Cesme is a very friendly little seaside town, with a harbour and many intimate little bars (I would urge people to go to Ahmed's bar, which is about halfway down the main street, opposite a rug shop. the owner and his family are amazingly welcoming!). All in all, I would definitely go again and plan to do so as soon as I can!"
- Travel date: 3rd September 2006
"Note this review is on the Piril Hotel in Cesme (not in Izmir) We travelled with Thomas Cook, although they only seem to get a few british travel everyweek, and a few go with Saga. That seemed to be the big question with everyone is Cesme, where are the English, and its true there were not very many at all. Anyway the Hotel is described as being 500m from the centre of town, well to be truthful it is a bit further than that, but a nice stroll, but it is downhill (so obviously uphill coming back) although you depending on which way you go, it isnt that bad at all, believe me, I hate walking up steep hills! But the Saga people in the hotel did struggle with it a little. I have mentioned it, but to be really fair it didnt cause me a problem at all. The hotel itself is very clean, very friendly, and they do their best to make you feel at welcome, some of the staff are exceptional, some are just ok. The food is very good indeed, salads, well fantastic. The meat what they cook is good, but they could do with a little more choice, but I found at least one dish everynight and it was very nice. Free drinks are no problem at all, got loads! and loads! and loads! In fact we paid just Â£280 each for a week in june all inclusive and must have been close to Â£280 in vodka and beer! The animation team are excellent as well, they ask you once if you want to join in, and if you dont, they dont force you, or go on about it, they just smile and move on. But they will always stop for a chat, and they put in 100% everyday, so its up to you. The rooms are OK, not 4 or 5 star by any means, and it does depend on what room you get, we were happy with ours, it had two rooms, lounge/kitchen and bedroom plus of course bathroom, so plenty of room for the two of us. One couple were not very happy, they asked to move, and got a penthouse!! So they were very pleased with that. Cesme is a great little town, plenty of places to eat out, if you want to do that, and lots of little bars, there is nightlife, but we didnt go out that late, back for the freebies! Not forgetting the Spa, that is excellent, all the works, they have everything, gym, sauna, turkish sauna, hot spa pool, massage. All free except the massage, and they had a various ranges of massage, all around Â£15 to Â£20, but that was for about an hour, they dont rush! This is their first year of all inclusive, and for the amount we paid, it was a REAL BARGIN, and the few little things that could have been better I think they will improve on, but really no complaints, I would go again, probably wont, but thats only because Turkey is such a large place, and I cant wait to explore other areas. We had a great time, and I would recommend this to anyone who wants to try an area of turkey that is not overloaded with brits, there are lots of turkish staying in the hotel, but they just get on with their holiday and dont interfere, and are pleasant enough."
- Travel date: 6th July 2006
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