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Hotel Iz Flower Side Beach
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Reviewed 31 July 2016

Location: Hotel is situated in Kumkoy - Side, less than 1 hour from airport (in normal traffic), few kilometers from ancient city Side, approximately 10 minutes by dolmus (1 € per person). From hotel you can get to Kumkoy downtown with streets full of shops in less than 10 min walk. There are many shopping possibilities near the hotel, and also Side is very lovely city totally worth visiting.

Hotel: Hotel itself from outsidefirstly might not look appealing, but you change your mind right when you walk in. Hotel is divided into 2 buildings. We spent all the time in the main building (with reception) so I will review only that one. During day, reception seems to be dark a little bit, however its very nice decorated and designed. There is a lobby bar with patisserie opened from 10-24 (cakes only until 21). Lobby bar could be opened from 9, as they serve very nice coffee. Hotel has a very nice restaurant, which in some time periods is very busy and it is hard to find place (mostly dinners). I must praise lovely terrace by restaurant which is perfect for breakfasts and dinners. The pool area has bar and snack bar (lunch is served also here) and at the beach there is bar again (however they serve only non-alcoholic drinks and beer, alcohol is served by the pool). The exterior of the hotel is very well maintained with a lot of palms, trees, bushes, and it makes the hotel looks very nice. There are 2 bigger pools, I tried one which was surprisingly 160 cm deep, but the water was just right temperature :)
The hotel is little bit uphill, which can be an issue for someone. In the ,,beach floor,, of the hotel you can find hamam and hairdresser with pedicure/manicure.

Room: We had a standard double room with sea view on the 7th floor (7/9). Well it was smaller than we were used to in Turkey, but for 2 people just enough. It was very nice furnished and clean. The set for the tea with kettle was a very positive surprise for us. Otherwise there was double bed , TV, fridge (daily filled with big bottles of water), safe (paid) and huge wardrobes. Balcony was accurate for chairs and table. The bathroom was quite small with a bath tub. It looked older but it was clean and working. The cons were programmes on TV were german, turkish (neither we understand) and only 1 card to room. We find it very limiting as we did not want to depend one on another. You could get pretty good wifi in hotel, room and beach for a fee - 14 days 5 € and 7 days 3 €.

Food and drinks: Hotel has 1 main restaurant and some a-la carte (didnt try), lobby bar, pool bar, beach bar. The food in the restaurant was very wide in range and very tasty. Breakfast: different egg options, sausages, cheeses, salami, pastry and bread, marmelades, pancakes, crepes, musli etc. Wide choice of tea everywhere in hotel (my fav herbal and turkish of course). Lunch and dinner, wide offer of meat (excellent turkey meat and beef), everyday different fish, side dish (delightful rice and mashed potatoes), a lot of salads mixed already or vegetables. There was several times octopus served and once sushi. A lot of cakes and pastries to choose from, also wide variety of fruits - bananas, apples, peach, grapes..In the restaurant they serve you drink at the table, you dont go to bar. However you can take tea, coffee, water and some juices and sodas. During the day, at the pool there is lunch served (hamburgers, pasta, chicken nuggets etc.). At the beach there is gozleme place, water-melon at certain time. Food was generally were tasty and compared to 5 star hotel we spent vacation last year in Turkey, food was much better quality and wider choice.

Beach: Beach was one of the highlights of the hotel. Pure sandy wide beach, with a lot of sunbeds and the best beach boy Mehmet, who was always very nice, with smile on the face and helpful. The best places in the first row were taken in the morning, but since there are not that many tourists you could find the spots during the days. On the beach you can walk both sides to see different resorts, on the left (direction to the pear) after cca 500 m there starts a promenade, where you cant walk directly to Side. There are many sport centres on the beach you can buy some attractions.

Animations: The animation team was friendly, but not too pushy. There is boccia, darts, aerobic, some competitions, volleybal etc. Evening shows were nice, they are all great performers. There is every week either pool party or beach party and every second week there is live music. They tend to sit to the guests during lunch and dinner to make contact so you might be suprised when they sit next to you :)

Staff: Very nice and friendly all around in the hotel. Some of them were clearly more friendly to german guests, but that´s how it is. The level of english was not perfect, but we could communicate with reception but also with waiters without problems. However, german was widely spoken by everybody. The cleaner of our room was very nice lade, she did her job very well :)

Guests: Many Germans and Turkish, then some Scandinavians, Czech, Slovak, French, Dutch. Mostly families, couples. The hotel is not perfect for young couples looking for night-life I would say (there is no disco in the hotel). The guests were mostly nice behaving, not loud, not drunk :)

Conclusion: Even though the hotel has only 4*, it is really a great 4*. Compared to last year 5* hotel, IZ flower was much better in many aspects. The beach and location is excellent, hotel itself is beautiful, food was delightful, staff very nice and friendly (with some exceptions). We chose it based on the good reviews, and some gut feeling we had that it would be great vacation...and it really was. I recommend it definitely, and would love to come back once.

Room Tip: Rooms on 7th floow and higher has great views on the sea.
  • Stayed: July 2016, travelled with family
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4  Thank Nikola V
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Reviewed 25 May 2016

First and foremost! If you are from scandinavia and need help with anything, dont bother because the staff only speak german. When our ac broke down I waited 30 min in the reception for one in the staff the where supposed to know a little english but apperently he just nodded because our ac remained broken the entire week. We slept in the extrabeds outside the bedroom in our suit. I regret that we didnt sleep on the stone floor, that would have been more comfortable. Im actually not exagerating. the beds are that bad. The food was good. The cleaning good, and the location is fantastic, but I would not recomend this hotell for anyone who isnt german.

Room Tip: Ask for the new building! and stay away from the bottom floor!
  • Stayed: June 2015, travelled with family
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2  Thank Ida N
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Reviewed 30 April 2016

1 weeks all inclusive for 2 people £450 including flight upgrade etc. Hotel had probably only been open 1 week or so when we arrived, the food initially was of a very poor standard but did improve as the week progressed. Standard room ok in size with quite small bathroom and small balcony, the beds are extreemly hard and unforgiving. The hotel has mostly German guests and the in room tv is mostly in German, I found 4 English speaking news chanals from 70. The entertainment is what one expects from an allincusive place (very holiday camp). Quite a lot of different levels to negotiate if going to beach so not easy for anyone with walking difficulties.

  • Stayed: April 2016, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank sturob47
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Reviewed 5 October 2015

We were a big family staying together for a week. The poolside is beautiful and clean. Restaurant is clean as well with antibacterial sprays at the entrance. Beach was ok. Breakfast was a bit boring after 2 days but this was expected as it is an all inclusive resort. Staff was very nice and did their best to help us, except for one man in the reception, who was generally very unhelpful and rude from check in to check out. The cleaning lady did a great job swinging by out room everyday to tidy and clean. Though the bathroom didn't live up to our expectations of a 4star hotell. It was easy to slip why geting out of the tub and the toilet wouldn't really flush. Bed was from our perspective very hard.

Soup at night was the best meal of the day, tasty fresh soups every night. Selcuk, the hardworking man we met in the restaurant every night is missplaced, he should be working in a place such as the reception as he is service minded and very friendly.

We had an overall nice stay.

Room Tip: Ask for rooms higher than 6th floor facing the pool.
  • Stayed: September 2015, travelled with family
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Thank Emma S
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Reviewed 4 August 2015

chilled out hotel, needed a little bit of tlc, all inclusive package we upgraded too was expensive, not too much choice of food, a bit repetetive, nice beach on your doorstep, lovely blue sea, good sized rooms with a nice view, lovely largr swimming pool with lots of loungers

3  Thank MarianneP535
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