More about Dorian Hotel
I and my two friends (all middle aged women) arrived at the Dorian on 5th May for a one week stay.
On arrival we were shown to our room by two friendly Turkish lads. We were a little surprised at the size of the room. There was a bathroom to the right and three beds lined up in the room. There was also a fixed window bench, and one miniscule bedside table, and a small fridge in the room.
We could not walk in between the beds because the gap wasn't wide enough. There were only two chairs on the balcony and not three, (although to be honest it would have been a struggle to sit all three of us on the balcony).
There was no light on the balcony and despite several requests for this; a replacement bulb had still not arrived by our departure.
Showers were conducted with military fashion, as one person would have to go to the room and wave from the balcony to summons the next person up, whereby the first clean individual would exit the room. There was no space for all three to be in the room at the same time.
There were no top sheets on the beds, instead a course counterpane which was too warm on some evenings, yet not warm enough if the air conditioning was on. We requested an extra pillow for one of our party because she was experiencing pain in her arm and, guess what.... It never arrived!
The room was cleaned almost every day but due to the number of occupants in the room insufficient toilet paper was provided, with only one roll available at any one time, hence we found it necessary to acquire extra toilet rolls from other lavatories within the hotel.
The food was edible but highly mundane, with choice of either chicken stew or beef stew every night. Salads were provided; all draped in copious amounts of oils and the only fruit we ever saw was oranges. The soup was nice though. Breakfast was limited to eggs and bread, no toaster.
The owner sat on a reserved table with his brother at every sitting, where he observed how much food his guests were consuming!
The drinks measures were either the same or even smaller than the measures in the UK and when we asked why we could not have more, we were informed that these are the measures instructed by the owner.
With this in mind, also, the choice of 'all inclusive' drinks was very limited to beer, vodka, raki and brandy, (apart from the soft drinks). On one night they even ran out of brandy!! When one considers that there were probably no more than a dozen guests at the bar, this begs the question whether there is a limited supply of any drink for any one day!
The hotels4u rep, was a waste of space. He made arrangements to meet us at 1.30 on the Tuesday (3 days after arrival) and did not turn up. He arrived on the Wednesday and chastised us for not attending his meeting at 10.30am on the Saturday!
At this juncture, I must point out that we were still in the air at that time, not arriving at the hotel until after 5.30pm on the Saturday! He then told us that he would arrange our return transfer to Dalaman for 'a very cheap' price of £40.00, which we paid, grateful for his help.
All was not to be good though, as the transport did not turn up to collect us and another group who also were waiting for this pick up had only been charged £33.00 for a return transfer! Some cheap deal for us eh?
The trips are very pricey and you can get better value at any of the sales persons down the shopping area.
There is no entertainment whatsoever and we were told that this is a deliberate attempt by management to discourage people from spending their evenings at the hotel bar.
On a positive note, (and the reason for a 7/10 score), the restaurant and bar manager, called Happy, will bend over backwards to make you feel welcome and valued. Both Happy and his staff are friendly and kind. Happy will encourage you to go to infinity (a jewellers where his frind works). Very helpful but clearly the deal is commission for sales. I bought a turkish eye for my bracelet and it was quite inexpensive but realistically the gold was so thin that it would soon wear and the eye would get lost.
They mix with the visitors in such a way that I have never experienced before, treating all age groups and genders with unconditional positive regard. Happy makes a point of introducing himself to everyone and remembers your name, lovely chap.
The man who takes the photographs is very good at what he does. They are very professional. However, he can be a bit much! My poor friend was hounded by him. (It gave the rest of us a good laugh though!)
Ellen runs the onsite shop and organises Turkish baths and massages, which are conducted at the Turquoise hotel over the road. This is highly recommended and costs £20.00 for bath, facial and massage. Very good value for money.
If you are intending on going to the beach either take some jelly shoes with you or purchase some beach shoes from the local shops. They are inexpensive and are a must because the sand is so course it hurts your feet.
We were told that next season this hotel will no longer be all inclusive. That will be a good thing, because I would then consider returning, and eating at the countless eateries down the main street.
The Mosque is very close and loud but this is what we go abroad for, the culture as well as the sun. After a couple of days we found ourselves waiting for the music to go off so we could 'listen' to the prayers. Genuinely enchanting.
I have to say,though, all things considered, this was a great holiday for the money. I will go again, without doubt.
Lovely Staff & Very Clean
I have just returned from a weeks stay at the Dorian Hotel in Oludinez, it was a lovely welcoming hotel with two nice pools, great rooms and some of the most helpful staff ever.
The hotel is in a great position with beautiful Mountain views, its a short walk to the beach and shops and has a good range of drinks.
I think any one could have fun here.
Enjoy your stay here, i did.
I have been to Olu deniz several times before and this hotel was not a true representation of what a beautiful place it really is. I have stayed in all inclusive before (olu deniz resort hotel) and the service and food was fantastic, the best thing to come about staying at the dorian hotel was myself and my companion losing alot of weight due to the food being rubbish and the drink flowing more freely (when you could actually get served by the bar staff with attitude!) the rooms were spotless clean, nice big wardrobes with no clothe hangers?! Also no hot water in the shower, but that was appreciated after a day in the sun! but having a choice would have been nice. the hotel keeps goats which mysteriously dissappear the night of the hotels bar b ques! nice big pools, not too far into the village, if you are staying here reccommend taking plenty of money and eating out every night! Olu Deniz is beautiful, definately call in at the chinese half way down the strip at the asena beach (also a lovely hotel!)
Do not let the Dorian put you off Olu Deniz, just pay the extra £50 and stay somewhere nicer!
spent two weeks at the hotel dorian in a party of eight. arriving
back in the u.k. on the 8th oct 2007
the hotel was generaly clean and tidy, the room maids were
very good. the location was superb. BUT THE FOOD WAS
AWFUL. Sometimes the salad stuff was warmer than the veg
and most of so say cooked meals. but some very good
restaurants were found in the town
The Dorian Experience
The Hotel itself was quite good staff very friendly some better than others.A lot of the rooms were very good unfortunately the room my husband and i were in was not one of the best it was very clean the maid did a good job clean towels most days but would have preferred to have a room by the pool to the left of the restaurant, we were in a party of eight and unfortunately we were the only couple to be separated but this did in know way spoil our holiday we had a great time.
The food was i expect the worst part of the holiday we had read several reviews before hand but like a lot of other places you have to find out for your self - which we did, the coffee out of the machine was great!! we had to keep asking for the milk powder to be topped up, as with a lot of other things the staff were run off there feet always running out of things cutlery cups saucers etc., i think someone with a bit of sense needs to go into the restaurant to sort things as i think it could be run a lot better.
As for the food itself well it was cold most days infact the lunch time menu seemed to be a lot better certainly hotter than the evening meals. Variety was certainly lacking even the salads were not that interesting no meat or fish or cheese etc to go with anything, potatoes were always in short supply in fact almost none existent.
There was always plenty of bread which was as always very good but the standard of the meals should certainly be looked into, we did have the occasional meal which we enjoyed, the bbq was good (and hot)
Apart from the restaurant side of things we had a thoroughly good holiday one wet day out of 14 cant be bad in anbodys books,turkey is a wonderful country to visit and there are lots of places to visit and explore the dorian wouldnt put me off going back to oludeniz we would just find another hotel, so if you do decide to vist you will not be disappointed.
end of season
I came on my own as a middle aged woman. to meet friends who live in Fethyie. I found the rooms very nice and the restaurant waiters were really kind to me, the room cleaners were excellent and very friendly The barman was only interested in serving anyone blonde and under 20. The hotel dog was sweet and fun, but be warned he nips ankles and flip flops. Unfortunately the room i was in had an lack of soundproofing, so i had the delights of a severe throat clearer and a couple whose every action i really didnt want to hear .. i used the tv to drown them out!! The pool was lovely but cold and the tiles were very slippery. I had a selection of goats which dined on the grass outside my room entrance and stunk, but they didnt bother me. Food was plentiful and continental. I was disappointed when they scaled down the food towards the end of my week, as the season was finishing and there were only ten of us left and they were having to move the last few couples to another hotel. It was somewhat disconcerting to find the tables and chairs and the sunbeds disappearing every day.!! I did enjoy myself though.
After reading reviews from previous holiday makers we were a little worried, but now we realise most of the bad reviews are rubbish. Yes there were a few issues but that more to do with one or two members of staff, although I have to say most of the staff were brill. The hotel was nice, 2 pools 2 pool bars, food was excellent (if you want burgar & chips go elsewhere, you are in Turkey and therefore eat Turkish cuisine) not a massive choice but what was there was excellent, the mezes were fantastic.
Only issue was the evening bar staff, 2 were a real pain in the backside and very arrogant, the al inclusive finishs at 23.00hrs, so you have to order your drinks before then the only problem is the ring a bell early every night so you could easily miss out, the other problem is getting there attention to serve you.
However this did not ruin our holiday, we had a great time and would go back anyday.
Great location, excellent value hotel with entertainment provided
Great location hotel, newly refurbished with new bathrooms, balcony rails and fresh paintwork. Excellent hot and cold Turkish food with four buffet meals available each day (noticed burger & chips one teatime, 4 - 5 pm), a good variation throughout the week. Lovely pools with ample sunbeds, also seating with tables in the pool area both open and under cover. Free pool table. Coffee, cold water and soft drinks available all day at restaurant and bar and alcohol available 10am - 11pm. Friendly staff and good entertainments team with huge variety of music played throughout the day at one pool, quiet at the other. Entertainment most days and every night including excellent Turkish night. Would definitely stay again.
We stayed at the Dorian for a week at the end of April. We were almost the first visitors of the season and together with other first arrivals couldn't have been made more welcome. The hotel is in a great location athe top of the main road. The best thing about the hotel is Ufuk (means horizon in Turkish) He is the restaurant manager and really went out of his way to make everyone welcome. Habib the bar manager also went the extra mile for the guests. At night it was still chilly and the boys would light a fire in the chiminera for the guests. We felt it was a home from home. The rooms are very basic and small but have everything you need for holiday in the sun. We met some lovely peopley whlie we there, Hello, Tracy, Jason, Kay, Emma and Kathy. Cookie the hotel dog is gorgeous a real character and the blue lagoon is a real haven. We went paragliding which was the nearest thing to flying I think you could experience and have already booked to go back to the Dorian in September taking more of our family with us. It was a perfect week with wonderful company and lots of memories.
We arrived (4 of us) on the 19th may for 1 week.
First impression was extremely RUDE reception staff.
Second impression was small rooms with very very thin walls so thin that you could hear our neighbours (5 doors up) sneeze and flush the toilets ETC ETC.
third impression was Small metal balcony with no privacy.
Fourth impression was bland food and devastating alcohol.
Fifth impression was "entertainment" / music was aggressive loud music aimed at young people. Bare in mind most people were middle aged +. However we need not sit and listen round the bar as the music echoed our rooms and demented us there.
I could go on + on + on + on.
We have stayed in turkey about ten times over the years and love it but most definately not this hotel.
Whe we booked it was a 4 star, its now rated a 3 star however, i would give it a 2 star (generously) .
The hotel advertises free beach. ITS NOT. the shuttle bus if free. Once your at the beach you are charged for beds, umberellas and food etc. However, the beaches round the corner are prettier and with less hassle.
We were gutted to be so shocked at this hotel, and would most definately NEVER go back.
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prices of trips
can anyone please tell me how much it is for the jeep safari day trip please..and how much it is for the dalyan mud bath and african queen day trip...as coming over mid sept..and not done trips in marmaris before..many thanks..
RE: prices of trips
Hi, Jeep safaris this season (2006) seem to be around £12-£15 each depending on who you book with. Dalyan - about £10 per person including lunch. African Queen day trip not sure as the Dalyan trip is a 'peaceful cruise down the Dalyan Delter where the African Queen was filmed' so might be the same trip.
I got the information from www.hisaronuholidays.com, hope it helps.
RE: prices of trips
hey not to put u off or anything but whilst i was in marmaris in July two people wer killed in one of the Jeap safari trips, we were told it had something to do with the driver being distracted. jst thought i had to let you know.
RE: prices of trips
Just to let you know, the trips are all available from many places around Marmaris - shop around! And if you book through your tour rep, you will pay a lot more for them.
RE: prices of trips
£15, if you pay that youve been had! its about £7 -9 for jeep safari and yeah theres been accidents this year, but you can have an accident driving down your own street right? Turtle beach/mud bath is right at about a tenner and so worth it, its a really long day but brilliant!