24 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
we loved it
"The hotel, staff and food were lovely, the views were beautiful, the rooms were spotless and comfortable, nothing was too much trouble, see you again. "
- Travel date: 31st May 2014
"After a second visit for 14 days at the destina hotel I can say without a dought that on my second visit it was better than the first. The whole general welcoming from management and staff was overwelming. Once again the rooms were spotless, the food was brilliant,the entertaiment was Ok, the pool was spotless and the staff deserve credit for all there hard work, in such a hot climate, we all had a great time and will be visiting the Destina for a third time later this year or June next year. Give your selves a pat on the back, as I have never gone back to the same hotel twice, but will be making it a third time. Cheers keep up the good standards, recomended to all visitors. Jimmy Maher"
- Travel date: 25th June 2013
"Good budget hotel, but please please get a ice machine! Ok but repetative food, never knew chicken could be cooked in so many different ways! But eating out is good"
- Travel date: 11th September 2012
"i LOVED staying at Destina!! first girls holiday and loved every part of it!! Staff were all friendly especially Anil ,Saigin (manager, cant spell his name0 Yusuf and Tyfun. Made very good firends with all the staff and went out with them quite alot of the two weeks we was there. rooms were abit small but we wasnt in them that much so couldnt complain. Food was repetative but cooked very well and was very nice. All in all i loved my holiday at Destina and all the other reviews are rubish because the staff were lovely and we got on with them Saigin was not at all arrigant or rude and Anil is lovley!!!! we all loved it and go on with everyone that much we are going back in september!!(:"
- Travel date: 4th August 2011
Destina a great destination
"The Destina was clean,the food was great , staff friendly and efficient,the bar staff were attentative and the entertainment run by Christine and Lyndon was brilliant !We got to see a fireeating/glass walking conjuror,a traditional belly dancer and traditional turkish dancing as well as having competitions ,quizzes and hilarious games!All in all a fabulous holiday.We will certainly be going back! "
- Travel date: 5th July 2011
hotel Destina Loadsa fun
"Hi we have just returned from the Destina after a 10 day break. Yes the walls are thin but we still got sleep and the other guests on the whole did respected this. The food was also ok we never went hungry and the tea is the best I have tasted abroad by far. Rooms were cleaned every day Pool area was kept clean but you will have bother with flies and bites. AZDA is just down the road and you can get a spray call OFF which did help stop the bites so be warned. Lots of trips to book at vast ammounts of street agents in Hisaronu at reasonable prices. We had a brilliant time mainly due to the fact we met really lovely people at the hotel Audrey and Ian especially also Sue George Miriam Ronnie etc you all know who you are and thank you for sharing your time with us. We flew with Thompson and for the first time ever we had our hand luggage weighed!!!! so also be warned (a bit of a ploy for excess baggage charge )"
- Travel date: 26th June 2011
Had a brilliant time
"We arrived at the hotel feeling quite wary as some of the reviews on here were quite harsh. However, we have had an amazing holiday. The rooms are quite basic and small but seeing as you only sleep in them we didnt find this a problem. They were cleaned every day and the maid was very friendly - we quite often got back to the room to find flowers and swans made from sheets/towels which was a nice touch. The food was absolutely amazing- there was always a soup on at lunch and dinner and they were all very tasty and hot (and yes I did try most of them lol). A huge choice of salads and I didnt realise there were so many ways to cook eggs !! Yes there was lots of chicken and turkey but it was all cooked very well, different every day, was tasty and hot. Chris and Lyn (the entertainment team) are a lovely couple and tried very hard every day to get people to join in. Me and my husband dont usually do things like this but had such a laugh doing the water aerobics, water volley ball, music quiz and "Beat the Clock" (had to be seen to be believed-one of our team still has rope burns lol). Turkish bath was a lovely way to spend a relaxing hour and we didnt expect to get a face pack included at the end. All the staff were polite and friendly and most had a good sense of humour. The food and bar manager, Saygin, was very helpful and knowledgeable and Mustapha and Yousef (waiters) were always up for a joke. Murat (bar staff) was like Marmite-you either loved him or hated him. Met some wonderful holiday makers, made some new friends and had such a laugh. Hisaronu is only a 10-15 min walk away and is certainly an eye opener but there are some lovely restaurants down there (can recommed Shine Indian -set menu 19 Lira). Would also recommend Talk of the Town - Diamond Diva's drag act- as a good night out. This is the first time I have been to Turkey but it certainly wont be the last - and I would definately stay here again."
- Travel date: 18th June 2011
"Just come back from a 2 week trip to the destina. The rooms are rather small but adequate. My main problem was that the walls are paper thin and the hotel is rather noisy so i would definately reccomend ear plugs! If you can i would recommend a top floor room in blocks 2 or 3 ( and i'd have a back facing room) The hotel is about a 15 min walk down hill into hisaronu which is ok going but coming back is a killer and we took a taxi every night at 10 Lira to Hisaronu. Food is very nice, quite repetative. Soup, Salads and chicken, Turkey, Fish or Veal, Pastas, Potatoes and vegetables. The staff are very friendly. Murat the barman appears to be miserable but it's just his sense of humour, wind him up back and he'll soon be fine. Lyn and Chris the entertainment staff are great. They arrange things like aerobics, killer darts and volleyball in day and different things like Quizzes at night. Hisaronu is very nice with plenty of bars, few clubs and shops. The quiz at Fez bar on Tue is good ( they also do break dancing shows on other nights). Barrumba is very lively and Hustlers is also a good bar. If you fancy some karaoke then Eski bar is a good place. Would definately advise against horse riding it isn't safe and 3 ppl on our trip of 10 got thrown off the horses. The Jeep safari is a good day trip out! Overall enjoyed the holiday. Probably wouldn't go back to the hotel as it's a tad bit out of town. "
- Travel date: 18th June 2011
warm freindly fun
"the hotel is having a make over this winter which it does need. However the hotel is brilliant the staff friendly and helpful the food of a good quality. The views are truly stunning you have to see the sunset for yourself to understand. You are only a few minutes away from the sea at Oludinez or the shopping at Hisaronu both have dolmus vans running back and forth regularily. I will be going back as a lone femail traveller I felt safe and welcome! "
- Travel date: 31st May 2011
well worth a visit and not far from the main town of Hisonaru
"I have holidayed in most european resorts and feel that when reviewing the hotel it is only fair to consider what the cost was and what the expectations were, based on the brochure or travel agents advice. Thomson described this hotel perfectly. We arrived on a Monday afternoon in Mid May and were at the back of a small queue of newly arrived people waiting to book in. The first few were complaining right away that they had not got a ground floor. The hotel manager explained very politely that any requests for specific floors were not guaranteed and that all floors needed to be used. He added that if the opportunity arose to swap floors he would arrange it. The hotel only had three floors and all rooms were quite close to the main dining and pool areas. I think most if not all rooms would have had a pleasant view. We were given a second floor room, it was quite small but very clean and cosy. We accept the fact that it was advertised as 3 star and felt this was a fair reflection. The hotel is set in pleasant grounds with a mountainous backdrop which makes for a lovely out of the way location. The maid cleaned our room every day except for the last full day and often left us some towel art which was a nice touch. On one occasion she left a rose in a plastic container using it as a makeshift vase, it was the thought that mattered and this typified the whole attitude of the turkish people. Our door did have a bit of a gap beneath it and any noise in the corridors could easily be heard in our room. This didnt bother us and there was certainly no drafts as the temperatures were fantastic every day. All the staff regularly asked if we were enjoying our holiday and helped with anything we asked for. The receptionist named 'typhoon' (probably spelt this incorrectly) was very pleasant and helpful. The meals are all self service and in my opinion are varied and well prepared. the waiters patrol the dining areas and ensure that tables are not allowed to get cluttered with used plates etc. I think it unfair to suggest they snatch your cutlery away (as one reviewer suggested). They always had a smile and a polite word as they ensured our tables were tended to. During our week we had beef, chicken, fish and turkey cooked in various ways. Soup was always available as a starter with fresh crusty bread that you sliced yourself. There were always plenty of tasty cakes etc for dessert. Soft drinks were available all day long as per brochure. Many of the guests that i saw were piling there plates up so the food could not be that bad. i personally really enjoyed it and we only ate out a few times to make the evenings and occasional lunchtimes more interesting. It is important for parents to note that every afternoon at 3pm there was chips and either chicken or burger available as an afternoon snack. Chips were never served during lunchtime or evening meal, so we cant say we had chips with everything. I guarantee you wont go hungry. The pool area is kept clean and tidy, the two British staff that arrange fun activities etc are attentive and make every effort to offer games etc during the day and evening. The on site shop is handy and the lads that run it are polite. The bar staff of an evening do their best to encourage a fun atmosphere. The hotel is located in a small town called Ovacik, it is a pleasant stroll down a gradual hill to the main area of Hisonarou. I would strongly recommend that lazy people such as me always use a taxi back to the hotel as it was only 10 Lira (Â£4). The restaurants are all very reasonable and the owners try and encourage you to have a meal at their establishment. I can honestly say that a huge percentage of these staff would wish us an enjoyable holiday even if we declined their offer to have a meal. We particularly enjoyed eating at the Lemon Tree restaurant, a very reasonably priced three course meal, beautifully cooked and deliciously enjoyable (peppered steak, great) and also Alex's Bar and Restaurant for a typical pub meal with chunky home made chips. There is a fun show known as The Talk of the Town, three drag queens that are extremely funny. Just to the left of the talk of the town is a great little shop that sells a fantastic selection of Turkish Delight, the shop is called Sweet Paradise, the name sums it up perfectly and the two main staff will be most welcoming. On our return home we sampled our items bought from the Sweet Paradise shop, coffee was delicious as was the Turkish Delight and the shop enabled us to buy all the gifts we wanted for family etc. In truth no-one gave us a hard sell throughout this holiday, we cannot wait to go back and would not hesitate to use the Destina again. We visited the beach at Olu Deniz, it is very clean and there are plenty of shops and eateries to ensure you can stay all day. We went by the bus which was laid on by the hotel each day. Incidentally, the hotel manager was around as we were due to get on the coach back to the hotel, he helped with my cases and after gently kissing my wife he shook my hand and wished us 'safe journey'. Absolutely charming. My only real gripe is that the Thomson rep could have and should have sold the local area much better, the choice of shops and restaurants is vast and guarantees a nice evening or day out. PS make sure you visit the Ghost Town. It is a short bus ride and there are plenty of places to have a drink etc once you are there. "
- Travel date: 27th May 2011
nothing like the brochure pictures!!!!!!!!!!!!
"the rooms are small and stuffy. arrived at night and hoped it would look better in the morning......it didnt. all inclusive was a good idea with the kids but if you put your knife or fork down for a second, the waiters took the plate, nice to be clean but being able to finish your meal without keeping one hand holding it down would be nice. pudding looked nice but the flies got to it first... bit off putting. a few net covers wouldnt go a miss....set times are a good idea but when you start to cut a slice of bread and get told "no, stop, still 3 minutes" i think thats taking "set times" too far. if you sleep in and miss breakfast ending at 10am, there is no way whatsoever of getting a tea, coffee or juice untill the bar opens by the pool at 11am. most of the staff were ok but a handfull were very rude. swearing at the kids and flirting with the teens. bar shuts at 11pm, on the dot, but you can have all the cocktails and booze you want if you have got the money!!! snacks like crisps and nuts were available "from the shop" not cheap. big shortage of sun loungers at the pool. kids loved the pool but us grown ups were left feeling a bit let down....."
- Travel date: 26th August 2010
Great Value For Money
"The hotel was more than we first expected it to be, value for money wise as well as appearence, state and matter. The cleanliness of the holiday was more than a standard service meaning tidied and also made the bed with a special pattern made with the top bed sheet for presentation. Any body going to this hotel will be very happy as been very clean, tidy and welcoming. The cleaning staff always left every part of your room clean such as beds, bathroom, balcony and the general room you were/are staying in. At the end of the day this is a great hotel to finish and partly make the holiday come together. Its not a five star hotel but its the value for money and worth a try just to see some of the hidden away hotels in Ovacik."
- Travel date: 4th July 2010
Top traveller tips for Destina Hotel
"indulge in a turkish or mud bath"
"Don't go with a closed mind, be there to enjoy it"
"Get used to warm Gin and tonic"
"Yse local dolmus or taxi to return to Hotel as its up a steep hill"
"use the local bus service it is cheap and regular"
"It is a pleasant walk down into Hisonarou where there are lots of lovely restaurants and shops"
"Great hotel for value"
"baech and the mountains"
Destina Hotel is also called
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