48 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
lovely family run hotel.
"We stayed at the ata lagoon hotel at the end of july.On arrival at 6am we were greeted by a friendly man on reception.We were charged 28 lira for aircon. our bags were carried up the stairs to our room. Our room overlooked the pool, was small but very nice and clean.(room 207).The only complaint i had was i didnt think much of their towels as they look quite old.
We was really happy with the service we recieved and the friendliness of all the staff. The food was delicious and the head waiter Musa reserved us a table every night and dressed it with flowers.(nice touch).On tuesday evenings its turkish night, turkish dancers, belly dancer (my hubbies favourite) and a fire eater.Be warned they do try to get you up to join in .
Pool area is lovely with plenty of sun loungers and parasols, large pool table and bar.There is also a jacuzzi and small gym room but you need to ask to know where they are.
All in all a very nice hotel, nothing posh but comfortable with nice staff. 5 minute walk to the beach and local bars and shops. Will definately be going back."
- Travel date: Mon 10th of August 2009
An amazingly nice trip!
"After reading the very negative review, we were quite worried, but we totally enjoyed our stay at the Ata Lagoon. Yes, the room we had was a bit small, and we did ask about changing to a poolside one: however, there weren't any free, and we realised once we'd unpacked that the room was fine - also, the poolside ones were infested with small children, and we felt we've had enough of that...... The hotel is scrupulously clean, and the staff are the friendliest that you could ever wish to meet. they laugh and smile at you, and with each other all the time - a pleasant change from going out to eat in England! The food is amazingly good: we did intent to eat out, but it is obviously the best place in town to eat, and really good value. Best of all is the enormous, sizzling hot pitta bread - (about a foot long, by about five inches wide), that they bring to your table as soon as you have ordered, along with a pot of garlic & herb butter - yum! We've never been to Turkey before, and were slightly apprehensive that as it was a cheap trip, that it might not match up to other holidays, but it was glorious. The best trip we did was the one to Dalyan (including an hysterical half hour in the mud baths!). I can certainly recommend the Ata Lagoon to anyone - and if you have got them, they are very kind to children! The only negative point that our room, although well away from any noise from the hotel, was a bit too close to the one next door, and we suffered from their disco one night."
- Travel date: Sun 9th of August 2009
"The Hotel and especially the staff were first class
We had no complaints what so ever.
The food was excellent with a wide choice of all sorts
for breakfast, but evening meals was simply superb.
We ate out every night and none of the others were
as good as the Ata Lagoon, honestly. We ended
up eating their most nights.
From the gardener to the cleaning ladies who,
on my birthday and our wedding anniversary,
made beautiful arrangements on our beds using
flowers and towels.
Ikan and Mustafa who ran the pool bar
and kept throwing myself and Luke in the pool (we did get them
back though) and basically kept everyone entertained and were
just really friendly fun guys.
Haki and Musa who ran the restaurant. nothing was too much trouble
and again was just so friendly.
And finally Eminie, the receptionist who was just so sweet, nothing was
too much trouble not that we had to ask for much and had a permanent smile on her face
The rooms we had allocated were under the restaurant
and looked newer than the others. Could not have asked
for anything more. The one for the kids had two single and a double
bed in there and could have easily fitted another single one in
(room 506) and even had a bath in it. Spotlessly clean and
air conditioned which was a god send
The whole experience was excellent and would not hesitate
on recommending this hotel to anyone."
- Travel date: Thu 30th of July 2009
"Had some reservations after reading one reveiw, however the experience we had was the completge opposite. The place ia magical. Yes the rooms are basic but perfectly adequate. Loved every day every minute and every second of our holiday. The peolpe are the friendliest I have ever met. Funny , helpful. Brilliant. The area is wonderul but hey you'd have to experience it yourself. We loved it and can't wait to return."
- Travel date: Wed 15th of July 2009
What a Gem of a Hotel
"I stayed at the Ata Lagoon Beach for 2 weeks in October. I had a lovely holiday and met some great new friends both English and Turkish. I restaurant food was fantastic and I would highly recommend you try it. I did find the Turkish guy who tried to get people into the restaurant on occassions rude and over fimilar he also acted like a spoilt child when you did not appreciate his chat up lines, his friend Muso was the head waiter he also had a strop on at times.
But Oz the bar man was great, The receptionist Eminie and Musti were both fab, could not do enough for you. The Chef and kitchen staff work very hard. Kamal the owner of the Hotel was also very entertaining, and his family were very friendly. The hotel rooms were cleaned daily and linen changed every 2 days.
The chambermaids worked very hard.
The Gardener/Night security/pool man was also very nice and kept his gardens and pool area beautiful and clean.
I would recommend this to everyone and anyone."
- Travel date: Tue 4th of November 2008
Small basic but clean and loved OluDeniz
"When we arrived the hotel staff were very friendly, however the receptionist hardly spoke a work of English so it made a few things a bit tricky. There were 3 of us sharing one room and it was very small but it was clean. There were only 2 hangers in the cupboard and when we went to open the patio door the handle fell off. As we were on the ground floor we were a little weary having a door that didnt close. It took a while for the receptionist to understand this but the handyman 'Mammit' was extremely helpful and fixed our hot water and changed out lightbulbs aswell as fixing the door very efficiently and also very proudly presented us with more coat hangers and clean towels. Overall it turned out to be the best holiday I've ever had, Olu Deniz is a beautiful place and as 3 blonde girls it worked out very cheap with lots of free drinks!!! we did in the end grow quite attatched to out little room but when we go again in May we will look around for another hotel. Would not reccommend it for a luxury or romantic holiday but being so close to the resort center and the beach was a deffinate plus. Cant wait to go back to Olu Deniz!!!!"
- Travel date: Tue 14th of October 2008
Thank you to all at the Ata Lagoon
"We stayed at the Ata Lagoon in June 2008 and returned again in September 2008. The staff were absolutely fantastic with us. They were caring, generous and very friendly. We were there during the world cup and of course Turkey did very well. We displayed the british way of celebrating football and brought the roof down in the hotel.
Dave was well known by the staff and residents and also by the manager who was extremely friendly towards us.
We will continue to return to this hotel. It is only 5 minutes from the beach. The weather is fantastic, the pool area is comfortable and the food is good.
Will be back in 2009
Love David and Pat from Cheshire xx"
- Travel date: Thu 18th of September 2008
Great staff, good atmosphere; shame about the rooms!
"Just returned from a two week holiday in Hisaronu at Lagoon Hotel. Although a rather shabby looking exterior and reception area, this hotel proved to be a good choice among similarly rated hotels here. A great bunch of staff who were warm, friendly and charming helped to make this a memorable stay. The rooms, however, were a little meagre to say the least (however, the showers were pretty powerful compared to other hotels we have stayed in) but the fantastic weather and great pool facilities meant that fairly minimal time was spent in the rooms. We highly recommend the air conditioning at Â£3 per day - as it does get quite oppressive at times. The hotel is situated about 5 mins walk away from the pretty heavily commericalised main town of Hisaronu, where plenty of Dolmus buses and taxis are availalbe to take tourists down to the famous and much photographed beach of Olu Deniz, for instance, which is approx 15mins away and will cost Â£2.50 per trip. There are plenty of shops, bars and restaurants all over the place, so plenty of choice to cater for all tastes. The "ghost village" of Kaya (also known as Kayakoy) just 10 mins away, is historic and most interesting with quite a few little bars and restaurants around but we were recommended to try the Sarnic boutique restaurant here (www.kayakoy-sarnic.com) which proved to be a most tranquil and idyllic retreat away from the hustle and bustle of Hisaronu just 6km away, and served the most delicious freshly prepared salads. There are jeep trips, paragliding trips, boat trips, historic site trips, turkish bath trips etc etc so no excuse not to find something to do other than simply lazing around a mountainside pool sipping on your sangria! There was a good range of guests staying at the 40-roomed hotel during our stay, and, amazingly quite a few other teenagers which kept our two 15 year olds amused. Turkish nights are held at the hotel every Saturday and the guests are of course encouraged to go along and join in as are non-residents. Dalaman airport is very expensive, so stock up on water and eats before departing rather than over spending. YTL or Sterling were favoured currency and we advise that you pay for bar drinks and snacks as you go, rather than run up a tab as this can be difficult to keep track of!
All in all, it was a great two week break for us all and we would recommend the hotel as long as not a great deal is expected of one's accommodation."
- Travel date: Sun 24th of August 2008
Never step a foot inside Ata Lagoon!! Horrible place!
"We booked through A1 Travel to stay at the Ata Lagoon in Olu Deniz. Two words, absolutely horrible. Firstly we arrived and the staff were very rude and arrogant. The staff are nice with you, so long as you agree with everything they say, if you disagree with them, you see their true colours here at Ata Lagoon, especially the men, There were mainly two of them, the first man to look out for is the one who drags tourists off the street and into the resant at night! The second is the manager, or the "head waiter" as many referred to him. One night, a turskish night was held, we had a very nice evening and returned to our rooms satisfied. The next turkish night was held the next week, and as you can guess, we also attended that one. But this evening was totally different. The music was so loud we couldn't hear ourselves talking at our table. We asked politely for them to turn it down, and they ignored our wish. We asked again, explaining that it was spoiling our evening and that we would have to leave without finishing our three course meal unless they turned it down. They started swearing at us, saying it was our fault for attending. We explained it was ok the week beforeas the music wasn't as loud, but they woulnd't listen. They started threatening us, saying they would call "Jandarna" or as we call them "Police" unless we sat down and finished our meal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! By this point we were all very upset, and they had spoilt our holiday. Not only did they have the cheek to force us back down into our seats, but they also manhandled my boyfriend.
This wasn't what you would call "service," and pleasiustomers. We were being threatened in a country we hadn't visited before. It spoilt our entire holiday, and on top of this we made a formal complaint to the manager of the hotel, a lady in her 40's, and she told us in other words, to [--] off back to England!
Never stay at the Ata Lagoon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Horrible horrible place. Trust us, we've been there and hated every moment of it."
- Travel date: Tue 5th of August 2008
8.5 out of 10 Very good week at the Lagoon
"Just got back and had a great weeks holiday here. Yes its 2 star and rooms are very basic but we didnât stay in them a lot. And it has everything you need - shower, toilet, bed! Plenty of room for 2 sharing although balconies are small.
Air con needs to be hired. We didnât bother as it didnât feel too hot in the evenings/night despite being 30 degress at 7.30pm. Our room faced the pool so didnt get direct sunlight until the evening which is maybe why it was cooler? Didnât bother with safety deposit boxes as thereâs not much crime. Dunno where the fridge was which I thought we were getting!
The pool area is nice, staff are friendly / helpful Breakfast is fine if you like melon cucumber cheese tomato olives, hard boiled eggs and bread with jam / honey. Only annoyance was loads of signs up saying donât bring food / drink into hotel. Sorry but donât see why I should have to buy a drink from the bar if I want to drink in the room. Same with a snack.
Only ate at pool on last day â thought it was a bit expensive for what you got. Itâs a 2* hotel charging same prices as places on the main street other back street hotels were slightly cheaper for beers / food etc.
Hotel Turkish night was ok for Â£10 meze food and entertainment
I was expecting the lagoon beach to be a bit nicer â main beach is stoney, lagoon area is shingly â costs Â£1.28 to get into blue lagoon beach. I thought the dolmus ride from Hisaronu to Oludeniz was going to be by a battered old mini bus costing about 30p. Instead you get nice Ford Transits which cost about Â£1.06 for a 5-10 min ride to beach. You could probably walk the 3/4/5 km down but certainly wouldnât walk up as it is quite steep.
Turkish people are friendly and they do encourage you into their shops / restaurants but this is the same as Greece / Spain and is probably less hassle.
Currency you can pay for things in Turkish Lira (better rate out there than in UK) or they love British notes. We paid for everything in a mixture of both. Donât bother going to banks or exchange places â uses supermarkets, bars, restaurants who give a better rate.
They dont have post boxes you have to post anything at the PTT (post office), although you can get stamps from the shops. You have to take to the PTT and hand over the counter - make sure you dont get charged twice.
Dalaman airport is a rip off they have Mcdonalds and pizza hut but expect to pay double UK prices. Take your own food and water â they have no liquids ban out there.
Trips â we did the paragliding â which was excellent price varies between Â£45-Â£65 for a 30-50 minute flight.
Boat trip round the bay Â£5 including pick up / transfer and lunch. Cruise around to a few bays etc. For a fiver a day ouot on a boat is good value.
Jeep safari is more like a road trip. Very little off roading, but Â£14 for a full day out is good value. Trips do seem a lot cheaper than Greece, Spain etc. We visited a trout farm, some ruins, the gorge, mud bath and a beech
Turkey is a lovely place, very cheap as they are not in the EU (although they do accept the Euro).
Word of warning â mosquitos are rife. Take sprays, creams, plugs, (air con might prevent as well).
I had a very enjoyable week in Turkey (first visit) and it was great but overall cant give it 10 out of 10. Taking everything into account I reckon a very good 8.5 out of 10."
- Travel date: Wed 30th of July 2008
Great hotel and staff!
"I cannot speak highly enough of the staff at the Hotel Lagoon! From day one we were made to feel very welcome and you got the feeling the staff couldn't do enough to make your stay as enjoyable as possible, there was a real family feel to the place, with the 4 brothers led by Jamie looking after us. They have a good 'english' selection for lunch and a full dinner menu in the evening, and they had a big fridge full of cold water and ice creams!
The pool is a good size with plenty of sunbeds around it and never felt busy, although we were fortunate that the hotel was only half full while we were there.
One thing to note, there is air con in the rooms (which is a godsend) but you have to pay extra for it, it is only Â£3 a day and is worth the investment. Also, dependant on occupancy you can keep you room on for a Â£10 charge, we were meant to check out on the last day at midday but our flight transfer wasn't until midnight, so keeping the room on was excellent, and allowed us to go on a boat trip for the day, come back, shower and pack and still have time to go out for a final meal before leaving.
I can also recommend visiting Nasif in the in house barber shop for a shave (Â£2) or a full massage (Â£10)!
The only negative point about the hotel is that the rooms are very basic and have small balconeys. You pretty much get just a bed and a wardrobe so if you like to spend time in the room or on the balconey it may not be best for you but this really is a tiny fault in a superb stay. We got used to the basic'ness after a day.
There is no beach at Hisaronu but the lovely beach at Olu Duniz is only 10 mins in a bus (which run frequently from the town). The town centre is only a 5 minute walk away and is quite busy with many bars and resturaunts. The town felt very safe though and is all pedestrianised with familes and couples walking around well after midnight. I can recommend the Mediterainne and the Marina for great food and Effes bar for good drinks! Everyone in the bars and restuaraunts are very friendly as well.
if you like shopping you'll love this town with many shops selling 'designer' brands. 3 pairs of 'designer' jeans for Â£30, handbags, sunglasses, shoes, tops, and it's all cheap as chips . If you like your (fake) 'designer 'goods' take a spare suitcase, you can buy 3 pairs of 'designer' jeans, 2 pairs of trainers, half a dozen polo shirts and a dozen pair of 'designer' boxer shorts for under Â£100! My other half got two 'Prada' handbags for Â£25. if you dont have a spare suitcase you can by a 'Luis Vyton' one for Â£30!
I can also recommend one of the many boat trips. There are many companies offering this and most are just brokers selling seats for the trips. We went on the Olu Duniz trip through hamish McTurk which was run by the locals and a great day out. The Butterfly canyon and Cleopatra's bath are amazing. And we went on the 12 island trip through Carole tayloe. While this trip had the advantage of an English rep you were left felling uneducated as nothing was said about nay of the islands, and it is more for people who like swimming in the sea. But most of the trips are under Â£10 a person which included lunch and transfers.
I would recommend spending half a day at Butterfly Canyon and you can get a boat taxi there. It is 10lira to go into the canyon and quite a trek. You will only get an hour here on most of the boat trips and it would take 3 times this to climb to the top of the canyon to see the waterfall and the stonehouse and climb back down, and wear some good shoes as you have to climb over fallen boulders to get to the top!"
- Travel date: Wed 16th of July 2008
Best Holiday Ever!!
"My partner and I stayed in the Lagoon Hotel for 2 weeks at the end of June and it was the best holiday we have ever had.
The hotel rooms are basic but very clean. Extra pillows etc are available if you ask!
The hotel only has 40 rooms so you get that real personal touch, the staff could not do enough for you and Jamie the barman was a cracker, we miss you all already! The pool was a good size and we never had to fight for a sunbed, even if we didn' t get there till lunchtime.
The food in the hotel is lovely especially the BBQ they have on Turkish Night and the Fish on Salt (highly recommended).
Hakan the owner was excellent, went out of his way to make the guests feel welome and treated us VERY well! 10/10 for everything!
We would definately go back to Hisaronu, the place and people are lovely, no hassle and lots to do for those who like to see the sites and history of the country and you must go and visit the Blue Lagoon in Olu Deniz - Stunning
Cant wait to go back next year! xx"
- Travel date: Sat 12th of July 2008