13 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Very Good Hotel
"Third time at the Derici. It makes an excellent base for a hoilday in Kusadasi.
Close to all the bars and restaurants it has the best location.
Great views from the rooftop pool.
Very helpful staff.
Breakfast is traditional turkish but quite nice.
Okay the hotel maybe a little dated but still good value for money.
Rooms cleaned everyday.Minibar not too expensive.Tv, safebox, hairdryer in rooms and there's cheap internet in foyer.
Will be back again."
- Travel date: Tue 10th of June 2008
Best location in town, has disabled access
"Stayed here for a month for business purposes. The Derici shares the same location with the Atinc in the very centre of the seafront in town (Ataturk Boulevard), overlooking the harbour where the cruise ships dock. Plenty of restaurants within a short walking distance.
The staff in this hotel are extremely helpful and friendly. Stayed in a suite at the front of hotel. Being disabled I was unable to climb into the spa bath with integral shower. But as my husband needed to be able to work in a suite room, it was not practical to move into the much smaller disabled-access room. So nearly every day I was given the key to the disabled room (if it was vacant) in order to use the shower. Initially the wifi connection was very poor in our room, so the manager very helpfully arranged for a new network to be set up to enable my husband to work.
Less good points - the two elevators were often dodgy, the air-con didn't work too well in the heatwave, and the breakfasts could be more interesting - fruit please!
Overall, a very good business choice, though I can't imagine choosing Kusadasi as a holiday destination.
For anyone else who is disabled, this hotel has a (very steep) ramp up to the main entrance door, most unusual for Kusadasi buildings, and all floors are then accessible apart from the pool on the roof. Most of the central town also has pavement ramps and an excellent long promenade. The Sozer hotel lets down the rest of Ataturk Boulevard by having a dead end pavement with no ramp."
- Travel date: Thu 5th of June 2008
Not bad, good central location
"Stayed here on business. Hotel a little tired, but many of the hotels in Kusadasi seem outdated. Reasonable value, good staff, clean rooms but tired decor. Terrible beds. Food adequate. Nice location overlooking bay."
- Travel date: Mon 28th of April 2008
Good Service Dated Rooms
"On arriving at the Derici we were very impressed by the reception and booking in service,on entering the room we were a bit surprised at the standard, the room was clean but small and in need of updating,wardrobes were small only enough room to put four coat hangers as the hanging rail went from front to back and not side to side very narrow, the sattelite tv only had one English speaking channel ( BBC World News).We stayed in room 113 which had a good seafront view but beware that there is a busy road outside which you could not hear the traffic with the door shut,air conditioning was included in the price,we stayed B&B and the selection and quality of the food was OK and overall for what we paid it was good value but we would not rate it four star even though the service and cleanliness was first class, On Kusadasi itself we thought a week would have been long enough (there were people we spoke to returning year after year)no natural beach unless you get on a dolmus to ladies beach,restaurants were plentiful (avoid the Yucca cockroach fell on my shirt and they charge about twice as much for a large beer than other places)the resort is busy but not as good as Marmaris or Olu Deniz other resorts we have visited in the past."
- Travel date: Tue 23rd of October 2007
"We stayed as two couples in the hotel Derici September 2007. We found the customer service to be poor, service was definitley not with a smile and they did not seem happy to help very much at all. The food was of poor variety, there was one hot meal to choose from in the evening, so if you didnt like it there was just salad to have (and we ate late one night and watched them cover everything back up that hadnt been eaten with cling film ready for tomorrow!) The dining room reeked of smoke also as people were allowed to freely smoke with their meals.
We asked for a seaview and were put on the side of the hotel where you could catch a glimpse of the sea but could mainly see a huge car park. Not very picturesque.
The hotel generally had a run down feel to it. If you are not a smoker you will suffer, as the rooms tend to smell of smoke as people smoke in their rooms. (we stayed on different floor to our friends and it was the same for both of us).
The good thing about the hotel is the location, it is in the centre of Kusadasi and has shops and bars within easy walking distance.
If we return to Kusadasi it wont be to the Hotel Derici."
- Travel date: Mon 1st of October 2007
Loved the Derici
"We have just returned from a week at the Derici Hotel kusadai. The hotel was lovely and clean, the staff were friendly, breakfast was good and the views were absolutley superb!
The linen was changed daily, the air conditioning was on all day. Breakfast was eaten on a menzine above the lobby affording great views of the cruise ships that came in to Kusadasi on almost a daily basis. the mariner is just a short walk down the road. The many bars and restaurants are all with in easy walking distance from this great hotel. We will definatly be back next year."
- Travel date: Fri 14th of July 2006
Not a great hotel
"We stayed in the Derici out of season but it was surprisingly busy. The room itself was ok, not with the sea view that we requested, but certainly on the top floor, but the rain dripped through onto the beds during the night. The breakfast room was small and uninviting and the evening meal was usually served at a very tepid temperature. the staff that we met were friendly and helpful, sharing local knowledge and they went out of their way to may our stay as pleasureable as possible. I wouldn't choose to stay here again."
- Travel date: Mon 24th of April 2006
"I have stayed at the Derici Hotel, which is right on Kusadasi's seafront, three times now. It is a hotel that i would certainly recommend. I always request a top floor seaview room- before i arrive. My request has always been granted. When you walk into the room for the first time the stunning view of the aegean sea will just take your breath away!!! All of the staff are helpful and friendly but (thankfully)- not in- your -face. The hotel has a nice relaxed, even, dare i say, sleepy, ambience- which will not suit everyone! There is a lovely bar/restaurant just at the front of the hotel where many an hour can be "whiled-away." The hotel is very clean. The lobby has lovely turkish rugs on top of cool marble floors and plenty of big comfortable chairs to lounge in- with a nice cold drink from the bar. The breakfast(7 am - 10.30 am) room in the morning is VERY sedate- to say the least. The 15 ft long buffet breakfast table is laid out with all fresh fayre, such as fresh, sliced crispy rolls, cereals, honey, jams, butter, eggs, olives, cheese, cucumber,sweet breads, yoghart,melon and juice,coffee, tea(turkish)- but there is boiled water proved for those with their own teabags!!!!. The pool is on the top of the hotel- even better views! The pool though, is smallish- not sufficient to swim great lengths,in the evening this is where dinner is served- if you choose to dine at the hotel. This is again, a super place to spend an entire evening over a bottle of wine- or two! A previous reviewer did mention that the air con is not on from around 7 am to 5 pm. As far as i know-( most guests are out during these particular times of the day- myself being one) but i believe the air con is on for a bit longer in the mornings and is turned on earlier than 5pm. Anyway, with the rooms at the front of the hotel, when you open the balcony doors there is usually a wonderful sea breeze. The rooms are cleaned each day and linen changed- i think every couple of days- the women who clean the rooms are very pleasant and if you require any extra linen or pillows, they will oblige. Another bonus is that there is a small fridge in every room and television-- (watch and wonder at some SURREAL turkish television), english news is also available!This is a hotel i would recommend to anyone who wishes to have a relaxed and peaceful holiday. I trust this review is of use. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!"
- Travel date: Mon 9th of May 2005
"i stayed at the derici in kusadasi in september last year and it was a nice hotel but the staff need a lot of customer care training.
I was asked to sign my travellers cheques at rec eption on the front but as i was leaving the hotel to get my transfer coach they called me back saying i should have signed the back of the chq as well, why didnt they tell me this when i was cashing the chqs not as the coach is waiting outside for me.
The food was terrible and if you got to breakfast at 10.00am you got bread and not alot else.
i love turkey and kusadasi but i will not be staying there again.
It surprised me as a was a jmc hotel."
- Travel date: Tue 7th of September 2004
Terrible Customer Service
"First off, let me say the actual hotel is nice enough, although their aircon doesn't run from 7am-5pm. The front desk staff were helpful and courteous as well.
The problem we had with this hotel is management's treatment of their guests. Thinking it was a nice hotel, and seeing as they provided a laundry service (with the usual printed plastic bag in the room to put your laundry in), we gave them some laundry to do, which they completely ruined. Light colored shirts had huge red, green, and blue blotches on them, where they were apparently left to sit against non-colorfast items (not of ours, mind you - we had no new clothing that was red, green, or blue). When we brought this to management's attention, they stated that of course they kept colors separate, and they don't know how it happened. Then the head laundry person came out and told us that our clothes had been that way to begin with! After that, we got various stories about how no, they don't actually wash things separately, and how the hotel didn't actually offer laundry service at all, and it must have been a cleaning woman doing some work on the side, for which the hotel was not responsible - this even though they had a laundry bag in the room with the hotel name and details printed on it. In the end, the hotel didn't reimburse us (which I honestly didn't expect, as I'm sure there's a disclaimer buried somewhere in something we signed), nor did they even apologize and acknowledge their responsibility. We honestly would have been happy with a sincere apology. We love Turkey, and think Kusadasi is worth another look, but we won't be going near the Derici Hotel again. BTW, we were booked into it by a travel agent in Istanbul."
- Travel date: Fri 27th of August 2004
"We booked seven nights in the Derici Hotel with Thomas Cook.
We were shown to our room No: 405. which is located at the back of the hotel. The room was small, with old fashioned furniture but it was clean. The view from the left hand side of the balcony was an area of waste ground used as a bus and car park, and in one corner there was a dumping ground of abandoned cars and vans. Surrounding this car park was a derelict building with a rusted corrugated roof that had caved in. The view from the right hand side was the rear of the kitchen where the bin lorries made their collections. The view in front of us, almost within reaching distance, was a roof top pool of another hotel, which looked directly into our room.
Not the sort of view expected from an hotel of this quality.
- Travel date: Fri 8th of October 2010
great hotel/superb location
"went with an open mind after seeing the mixed reviews.
found the hotel to be superbly located, the room was a little tired in its decor but was spotless and equipped with a tv (2 news + 1 music channel in english)and a minibar (which came in handy for chilling our water in). the airconditioning was free and there was a safe available for 2tl a day.
the bathroom was again spotless with a fantastic supply of water to the shower (not the usual trickle) with hot water available 24/7.
we were there for a week and in that time the bedlinen was changed 3 times and the towels 4 times. if you passed the cleaner in the corridor she always asked if the room needed anything
went b&b so can only comment on the breakfast which was standard turkish fare, everything was fresh and there was a good variety available. there was the option of an "english" breakfast for 15tl.
the rooftop pool area has the most fantastic views, the pool itself wasnt the biggest but was clean and seemed adequate. what was annoying was the bedblockers (ie people claiming a bed at 9am with a towel) who disappeared for the day leaving latecomers with nothing.
you can get food at the pool but watch for your change as the lad who covered for the girl had to be asked for it every time.
would i stay at the derici again, most definitely"
- Travel date: Wed 22nd of September 2010