We stumbled upon this place as a search to find somewhere with a none too deep and quiet pool, (whilst staying somewhere else . My mum being the reason for the search)
Walking in and being shown around by the lovely owner and his team, was an insight into itself. The place is immaculate!.
Spotlessly clean, the Staff are helpful and kind, the food is prepared freshly as you order it, and it is still none too far from the centre of Dalyan if you need to take a walk.
Reasonably priced, we tried the Hammam and massage package for 150 TL. Wow,!!!! so fantastic we tried it twice, and came with a few friends who could keep a secret.....shhhhhh
Travel operator: Independent
Hotel tip: Try the Hammam and massage packages, they work out no more than £25 pound for the full Hammam, scrub, steam, sauna, and aromatherapy massage after. Bargain. Keep it to yourself tho
Travel operator: hotholidays.co.uk
Hotel tip: Stay at the central park hotel, you won't regret it
The hotel is small with only 12 rooms of different types, the rooms aren't the plushest in the world and some would even say basic similar to those in Greece.
Before we left Turkey last year we had booked with Kudret the owner to go back this year and guess what? We have booked to go back again next year.
As I mentioned the hotel is small, there are ample sun beds for use around the pool especially when we were the only guests (our own private hotel -bliss) however I would imagine it might be a bit crowded around the pool if the hotel was full, Kudret does have ambitious plans for the future though that would see big changes to this area.
There is a small restaurant on site which is excellent value and the food is superb, even if you are not staying there it is well worth making the 10 - 15 minute walk from the resort centre for a meal.
DON'T be put off by the look of the interior, it isn't modern and fancy, to me it looks a bit more .... for want of a better word I shall say rustic, there is also an outdoor eating area.
On our first visit last year we requested a move to a particular room and again stayed in there this year and have requested it again for next year.
As I mentioned the rooms are a bit basic however they are good sized and there is free A/C included, a fridge, kettle, hair drier.
A lot of the rooms have four poster beds which have now been dressed with Voiles on them (we took them out this year) and they look really nice now.
Some of the quirky wee things such as mis matched bedding / pillow slips might be a bit strange however that is not uncommon out there and I have plans for this on our next visit.
Kudret the owner is a genuinely fantastic guy and will go beyond the normal to ensure you have a great stay, if you want anything just ask him.
Almost forgot to mention Kudret has also now got a couple of mountain bikes for free use by guests which is ideal for getting out and about as the roads are so flat.
If you want entertainment take some cards or an iPad / laptop (there is free wi-fi) as there is no entertainment at the hotel however you will find enough bars etc to accommodate all tastes in town.
Should you wish to buy anything there is a small supermarket almost next door and plenty of large supermarkets in town.
A taxi from the town back to the hotel only costs Â£3.
I have no hesitation in recommending the Central Park Hotel.
The Central Hotel is a small hotel with only 11 rooms of varying size set on two levels, if you want to go totally self-catering be sure to ask for the room that is fully equipped for this, all the rooms have a view over the small grounds and the good sized swimming pool.
All the rooms have a small fridge with a freezer compartment and have a kettle for making tea or coffee. The rooms all have a shower, some are small cubicle style while some are of a larger wet room style, and some of the rooms are equipped with hairdryers.
The rooms are cleaned daily and the towels are changed every day, the bedding is changed every 3 or 4 days, a quick mention about the towels, don’t expect the usual white hotel style of towel you will be given various styles of towels including beach towels.
In fact the linen is all a bit of mix and match as your bedding will also be mixed and not necessarily matching.
The pool is a good size and suitable for a swim or splash about in. The area around the pool has plenty of sun loungers for use of guests only, there is plenty of shade from parasols or trees should you wish it.
The restaurant / bar which is located beside the pool serves meals throughout the day, you can have a choice of breakfasts from a Turkish style right through to a fully cooked breakfast should you wish.
The food is all freshly prepared and cooked on the premises by the owner Kudret and his staff, the food at the Central Café is superb and very good value for money, we ate in there several times whether it was a light lunch or dinner it was always excellent and I would highly recommend you try it out, the Chicken casserole is particularly nice.
You are able to sit in the restaurant or there is a small seating area outside beside the pool where you can sit and have a drink or meal.
Kudret the owner is a fabulous host and can’t do enough for you and goes out of his way to ensure that you have a good stay, if you want to know anything about the area such as excursions to take or even somewhere else to eat he is happy to help you out.
There is a small supermarket almost beside the Central Hotel if you are looking for any essentials or snacks, ice creams etc., there are larger supermarkets in Dalyan for all your other requirements.
Dalyan is set on a river between Köycegiz Lake and the sea, you can take a boat out on to the lake and go a cruise and swim and also visit mud baths and thermal springs. From Dalyan you can also take a 45 minute boat trip down to the lovely Turtle Beach or you can also take a dolmus to the beach which takes about 20 minutes.
On the opposite side of the river you can walk up through the pomegranate and orange groves and visit the ancient city of Kaunos (Caunus).
Dalyan is larger and much more developed than I had expected however it still manages to retain a small and friendly resort feel to it and everybody is very welcoming and friendly.
I must just mention the mosquitoes, they were out in force and you will have to ensure that you put on repellent and cover up, most restaurants also provide spray for your use when you are eating there.
The all important question is would we go back?
The simple answer is definitely, we have already booked to go back to Dalyan and the Central Park Hotel next year.
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