Canada Hotel Cirali Olympos
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TravelPod Member ReviewsCanada Hotel Cirali Olympos
My boyfriend, mother, & I just returned from our 15-day vacation in Turkey. Nine of those days were spent traveling by car along the Lycian Way. Our first stop (2 nights) was in Cirali, where we stayed at Hotel Canada. Now looking back on all of our travels on the Lycian Way, I have to say that our best time was in Cirali - and part of that was because of our wonderful, unique experience with Hotel Canada. Carrie & her husband own and operate Hotel Canada and are so very kind and accommodating! I really enjoyed that Carrie made the rounds among the guests, speaking with each of us, making sure that we had all we needed. Also, the property is absolutely beautiful and provides a very secluded, serene environment! We stayed in one of the bungalows - very clean, very quaint, &d perfect for all we needed. The location is also great - it's proximity to the charming little village & the Olympus ruins is quite convenient. We had a car, so we were easily able to drive ourselves to the Chimera at night. (The hotel also offers to transport guests to the Chimera, too). And lastly, the food!!!! For only 10 Euros each, Hotel Canada serves a 5- course dinner each evening (bread, soup, salad, entree, dessert). We enjoyed some of the best food of our entire trip here at Hotel Canada. The only minor negative comment I have is that the wireless internet connection is very weak & it doesn't work at all if your bungalow is located further out from the central building like ours was. But actually, we had this problem at EVERY hotel that we stayed at during our trip (except while in Istanbul). If you are truly on vacation then one may argue that you don't need internet, but since my 13-yr-old daughter was back at home in Texas, the internet was our only means of communication. Also, I was writing an online travel blog, so an internet connection is necessary for that, too. But nonetheless, I would LOVE to return to Cirali some day and spend more time than just 2 nights. If/when we do, we'll certainly stay at Hotel Canada again! Thanks so much for making our stay in Cirali so memorable, Carrie!
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews Canada Hotel Cirali Olympos
Come stare a casa
Vuoi sentirti coccolato, il cliente e non un cliente, il tutto in un ambiente semplice ma pulito e con tutto ciņ che serve? Questo č l'hotel che fa per te.
Tutti sono cordiali e pronti a soddisfare i tuoi desideri o a consigliarti sull'itinerario migliore e/o i luoghi da visitare. Ottima la cucina.
A wonderful stay!
The Canada hotel really exceeded all our expectations. The rooms were clean and had all the comforts we needed away from home. Saban and Carrie went out of their way to make us feel welcome. You'll definately not be disappointed! The beach is a short walk/bike ride away. Thank you Carrie, Saban and Mustafa! We look forward to our next visit to Cirali. It was a fantastically relaxing holiday!
Good hotel in the best Turkish place
Excellent rooms and service
TV in rooms, swim pool
Peaceful location aside from other hotels
Not the closest to the beach though
Carrie is a gem!
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Canada Hotel in Cirali. Carrie and Saban make a great team and really looked after us.
the atmosphere was incredibly relaxing, friendly and provided a welcome oasis...gorgeous pool and tropical garden setting with hammocks made it all the more of a treasure for us. Would definitely stay there again...great for children. Carrie and Saban couldnt help us enough, they were a pleasure to meet.
Loved it!!! Welcoming and friendly
We simply can't give the Canada Hotel and Carrie, the propietor, enough praise. We went to Turkey for two weeks at the end of August and from the first moment of arriving very late, well after the kitchens had closed, but still being served wonderful fresh food to leaving some days later with our route carefully planned out for us; we felt cared for and genuinely welcome.
It's a wonderful 'town' (more an area really) with a great deal to do and enjoy. The beach, while a bit pebbly and salty, is stunning. The chimera flames are magical and the ruins around Olympos are well worth a day's exploration. The food along the beachfront is generally very good (Oleander and the Orange Cafe especially).
The hotel is quite simple and the rooms are comfortable but none too fancy. Which is fine. The pool is relatively small for excercise but more than large enough to cool down and gently swim in. The food at the hotel is also very good and with very generous portions. But where the Canada Hotel really excels is in the warmth, generosity and efficiency of the family who run it.
Staying there was a wonderful introduction to a great holiday in such an interesting and friendly country.
Perfect for us
We stayed at the Canada Hotel with two children (7 and 10) for 3 nights and had a great time. We shared a spacious family room, brand new, very clean, all the facilities needed and more (TV, Minibar, Air-con). The garden is absoluterly lovely (palm trees, banana trees, lemon and orange trees, Grenade apple trees, figue trees and plenty of flowers) - our children even had a nap in the hammocks after an exhausting day on the beach.... very peaceful.
The pool area is nice and very clean as well, although we spent most of the day on the beach.
Saban the owner (speaks English) and Mustafa (speaks German) spoilt us, served delicious food (including fruit fresh from the garden) and helped us with directions to the local sights.
The ancient city nestled behind the beach is vast and absolutely idyllic - parts of the sight is totally hidden by lush vegetation. Definitely worth seing, it is a very welcome and sharp contrast to other touristy sights along the coast. The other highlight is of course the gas flames on the foot of mount olympos. Good shoes and a torch are a must!
Thank you for a wonderful stay - we will come back again.
Fabulous people and a lovely home
Kathy and I have just got back from a 3 week ride on a motorbike around Turkey. We had booked the hotel with Carrie over the internet, and we were e-mailed excellent directions from where we would be staying the night before.
Getting out of the hustle and noise of Antalya, and heading south along the D400, we saw our first sign for Cirali, great, it was down into a valley for about 7 kilometres, and what we noticed was how stunning the valley was, and also how peaceful it was. We soon came across the sign for the Canada Hotel and rode into the lovely shaded car port, a welcome rest from the still strong sun. We were met by the incredible Mustapha, who knew all about our arrival and was happy to lug our luggage up to the room.
He offered us a drink by the pool, after we had changed. The room was excellent, just what you need, a nice large double bed, a lovely balcony overlooking the ever so fruitful gardens, in fact we could have picked the limes from our balcony.
Each room had satelite TV, and air conditioning, a nice shower cubicle, handbasin and toilet, and a nice high ceiling to help with heat dispersal.
Later we met Saban, who owns the hotel and he was sorry he was not there to welcome us, he waited as long as he could, but had an errand to run. He asked us if there was anything at all we needed, and sat down with us and gave us a good account of the local area.
The food was excellent (local) at the evening meal and again we were attended to very politely and promptly, dinner by the lit pool was enchanting.
Breakfast the next day was local produce, and Saban explained all the dishes to us, as he had done the night before.
As we were travelling a long way on a motorbike, I asked Saban if I could wash it, I was given all the gear needed and it looked so much better after a good wash.
The gardens around the hotel are heavenly, all the grass is deep green and the variety of fruit bearing trees is staggering. We even ate some lovely Japanese Oranges from the tree, and some hand picked grapes. The garden had lots of shade afforded by the banana trees, under which there were 4-5 hammocks to chill out on. There are even a few rabbits and chickens to add to the fun, and Saban gave us ample access to his PC to send e-mails and keep our blog up to date.
We only stayed at Hotel Canada for two days, but out of our 14 nights in Turkey, it was the best place we stayed.
The lovely beach is about a 15-20 min walk, and there is the Chimera to see, (natural gas, alight, escaping out of the rocks) about 4kms along the beach.
Near the garden there is a small building which contains two self contained family rooms, I guess these would be ideal for a family group, these looked very new and had excellent fixtures and fittings. The pool was so clean and the filters were running all the time, the pool was surrounded by none slip marble, there was also a shower and small toilet block near the pool. Bikes were available to use to discover the local area, and we were offered a lift, or a pick up from anywhere. The day we left, Mustapha was off to collect a family from the local airport.
We would recommend the Hotel to our family and friends easliy, and the welcome you get is awesome, a million times better than some of the faceless, souless bigger hotels....
George and Kathy
Paradise in Cirali - The Canada Hotel
Coming off the night bus from istanbul to Antalya, minibus to Cirali and dolmus to the Hotel Canada I found that I had arrived in paradise, what a beautiful location, a moutain in the front yard, lovely garden, chickens, sensational pool and the warm greeting by owners Carrie and Saban. My somewhat travel worn spirits immediately revived. My second floor room with balcony was clean, neat with tv and shower. Arriving well after lunch I was served a delicious chicken stir fry while Carrie told me of all the things to do in around Cirali/Olympus. Spent a relaxing evening talking to other guests and finding that at the Hotel Canada you are more than a guest you're actually a member of the family. After a long lovely sleep, (they say you get more oxygen in the air down here), I awoke to a rooster crowing and having showered and dressed went down to a breakfast by poolside served by the wonderful Mustafa. Having stoked the inner LemonLady I set off on foot to the beach, a short walk away. Lovely, unspoiled, hatching ground for turtles (they proved to elusive that day), I walked over to Olympos, great beach, certainly not deserted with boats taking off for cruises of local waters. Walked on the beach to ruins in Olympos, climbed all about, smelled the scent of wind borne jasmine, I walked and climbed, photographed and talked to people. Stopped for a quick gozleme (Turkish crepes) and ice tea and walked over to see famous tree house hotel. Found lovely shops and friendly people. Walked back to the Hotel Canada where I went for a refreshing swim, talked more to Carrie about the day's adventures and enjoyed one of the best nights sleep I had in ages. The atmosphere at the Hotel Canada is conducive to rests, relaxation, and renewal. The service is personal and attentive. Next day, I took one of the bikes, free for the asking and set off for a turn around Cirali seeing the beautiful scenery, stopping for freshly squeezed orange juice. That night I went to climb up the mountain to see the Chimera lights, a natural phenomenon close to the Hotel. Dropped off by Saban's brother who said he would collect me in 2 hours I ascended at dusk which soon became dark (take a flashlight) and after some time, 700 meters straight up, saw the truly fascinating lights. Going up was one thing but coming down in the dark was only made possible by the kindness of 4 Czech students who literally carried me over the rough spots. Returning to the Hotel Canada with a real sense of accomplishment I really regretted having to leave it. I highly recommend the Hotel Canada for it's peace, quiet, welcoming, warm and friendly service, good amenities, good food, and reasonable prices, not to mention the extra shot oxygen in the air. If you can't relax at the Hotel Canada you're beyond help. Happy Travel, LemonLady
A wonderful hotel in a lovely unspoilt part of Turkey
We began our Turkey holiday with 4 days at the Hotel Canada and it was very hard to leave. The kids spent hours in the lovely swimming pool surrounded by beautiful natural scenery. We lazed in the hammocks in the gardens, watching rabbits hopping around us. We enjoyed the delicious, great value meals. And above all, we appreciated the friendliness of Carrie, the lovely Canadian owner, her family and her staff. The atmosphere was so relaxed and happy.
We stayed in the new family garden room which was spacious and spotless.
Cirali is a charming bay, which has thankfully avoided the over-development found along much of the coast. The Olympos ruins are at one end of the beach, the Chimaera just five minutes away by car (what a unique experience to climb up the mountain in the dark and see the burning flames).
This intimate family hotel is thoroughly recommended if you want a totally relaxing stay in an unspoilt corner of Turkey.
Charming hotel in an idyllic location
We spent two days here on our driving tour of the Turquoise Coast and loved it. Cirali is tucked into the mountains on the coast not far from Antalya--the nearby pebble beach is practically deserted, with some evocative Byzantine and Venetian ruins to explore to boot. The hotel's rooms are simply but comfortably furnished--ours had a little balcony overlooking the lovingly maintained garden. In the large common area there are tables for breakfast and dinner, a TV, and a pingpong table. There are also a bar and tables outside alongside one of the nicest pools we saw on our travels in Turkey. Saban, the proprietor, and his staff were friendly and helpful with good suggestions for local touring. The food is good home-style Turkish cooking. If you are looking for discos and nightlife, Cirali is probably not for you. But if you want a perfect base to explore the paradise of the coast and mountains outside Antalya, I highly recommend this hotel.