First time with Nielsen and first time at The Seaside Hotel. Holidayed here late October 2011.
Quiet location right next to the beach.
Other guests were pleasant professionals - no sign of raucous behaviour (except me..) - nice kids for ours to mix with..
Excellent service and activity staff, despite this being the end of the season
Great sense of achievement gaining our PADI Open Water Diving qualification
Great October weather (though can be variable according to other guests..)
Sitting around the fire pit with other guests in the evening
Good food (generally: a la carte a bit iffy when the head chef was off..)
Terrific range of activities - diving, swimming 1.2km to an island, sea kayaking, catamaran, wake boarding, etc. Excellent instruction.
Reasonable bar prices
Good bus service to Bodrum - well worth visiting
Our room and several parts of the hotel were tired and in need of refurbishment. This is planned for 2012.
The Bodrum Peninsular is getting overdeveloped. Seaside Hotel is in a quiet location and has pleasant views from the beach across the bays and islands, but don't expect an unspoilt paradise: new hotels and villas are springing up everywhere. The beaches are OK but not fab: lovely clean water, but don't expect miles of golden sand.
If you're struggling to locate the exact position of the Seaside Hotel it's not actually in the town of Ortakent: it's by the beach next to the village of Yali. The nearest large place the other way is Bitez, itself very pleasant and worth a visit.
Other than the hotel's own restaurant and bar the nearest places are in Yali, a 10 minute walk along the beach. The holidays season is virtually over by mid October and the place has a slightly shabby, end-of-season feel (quite atmospheric in its own way if you like that kind of thing..) A number of cafes, bars and restaurants were still open. Bitez was livelier but reachable only by taxi (or a kayak or bike).
We booked last-minute through Thomas Cook in the high street. Judging from our conversations with others we paid less than the going rate.
Nielsen Holidays at The Seaside Hotel are probably best understood as middle class activity package holidays. If you're comfortable with that, enjoy meeting new people and trying new challenges (or just want the kids taken off your hands for a while during the day...) you'll love this place.
- Also Known As:
- Seaside Hotel Ortakent