Trips to Bodrum are fantastic if you’re craving some heat and relaxation. Most will, however, want to visit on a tight budget – if so your best bet is to book into a backpacker hostel. Here’s a quick run-down on some of the better options.
Thirsty backpackers in search of a party make a beeline for the Bodrum Backpackers hostel. Hostelbookers and Hostelworld five star rated, in high season they will squeeze you onto their rooftop terrace where you can sleep under the stars with spectacular views of the turquoise sea just one hundred metres away. Those who book their Bodrum Holiday ahead can enjoy a choice of ensuite, seven bed dorms, twin rooms or doubles ranging in price from £12-£44. The hostel’s website guarantees that, at least in low season, those needing their beauty sleep will be accommodated away from the pub next door, and most guests will be tucked in by 11pm. For some reviewers it was too basic, but with the Turkish Riviera on your doorstep, who is going to be in? A Lonely Planet listing will assure anxious travellers that it is not off the beaten track.
More intimate budget accommodation can be found at Bahceli Agar Aile Pansiyoni, also listed in Lonely Planet. Accessed by a narrow passage way opposite the Marina, you can dream of your next adventure by the aquarium on the terrace dripping with Dionysian vines. Prices are not listed on-line but you can telephone +90 252 316 1648 for information.
In the Turkish tradition of treating staying visitors as more than a guest, most accommodation is hotel style. While the warmth of the welcome sometimes exceeds the depth of the cleaning across the board, there are pictures on-line of happy travellers at the Gardenya Apart Hotel. Blue, painted windows look onto a pool with sun-bathers, and this family run hotel offers two and four bed rooms with kitchenette, air conditioning and wireless internet connection at just £12.78 per person per night for shared accommodation. A single will set you back £39.32, so it might help to hook up with fellow travellers to get the best deals. As with a number of hotels, reviews identified a disconnect between glossy, publicity photos and their own snap shots in which that chair in the corner turned out to be plastic garden furniture, and the bed plywood with a foam mattress. This was common throughout the budget price range and if you look on the bright side, it can also be liberating in terms of freely dragging sand into the room without negotiating an irate housekeeping staff. Look out for the Panorama Hotel with pool and terrace views, and Hotel Centrale, prices from £32.97 per room.