- Hotel was founded by
an ex-football player.
The founder of the hotel Osman Akın was born in Gönen city
(a district of Balıkesir Province of Turkey, in the southern
part of Marmara sea). He was a professional football player.
Then he successfully started a restaurant in Bandırma (the port
city in the North-West of Turkey on the Marmara sea). Then
- Funny start.
The story of the beginning of Çinar hotel
was really unusual. Once, just to spend time, sir Osman Akın
decided to accompany his friend to an auction. Among auction
lots there was the right to lease a new hotel on Avşa island.
Being such a passionate person as Sir Akın was, he did not
notice himself how he bought this lot. That is how he turned
from the owner of the restaurant into the owner of the hotel.
- First Çinar hotel was situated in the different location
on Avşa island to the right side from the sea-port. It was
In 2014 we celebrate the 40th anniversary of
the second building that Çinar hotel where you can
relax today. It was opened in the summer
- There were no toilets and bathrooms in the rooms in this
first (rental) Çinar hotel. Guests
used public toilets and bathrooms on the floor.
- Actually Çinar hotel might now be not on Avşa island,
a very popular now Bodrum.
After 5 years rental of the hotel on Avşa
island sir Osman Akın decided to build his own hotel and chose
a wonderful place in Bodrum for it. But at that time Bodrum was
a protected natural park and any construction was forbidden
- Also you might have found Çinar hotel in
The head of Demre city suggested to build
hotel there and everything was almost solved. But suddenly he
died and the situation changed again. So really Avşa is a
destiny island for Cinar hotel.
- First idea about the name of the hotel was Pınar
otel. That means spring (a natural fountain).
But there was a hotel with the same name in
Erdek - the nearby sea resort on the Marmara sea. Thats why
our hotel is called Çinar Hotel today.
- Çinar is a Turkish name of the very popular
and respected tree in Asia plane tree. So you can
translate the name of the hotel like a Plane tree hotel.
- Despite its name - Hotel Çinar (The Plane Tree Hotel) - there
was no a single plane tree around it it
We planted first one this year in honor of the 40th
anniversary of the hotel.
- Hard to imagine but 40 years ago the area around Çinar
hotel looked like a desert and its location was
considered VERY REMOTE (
from the center (village with a sea-port).
Osman Akın freinds were shoked by his
decision to build hotel in such a place. They thought that was a
crazy idea. Later however it became clear that this was the
right decision. Today Çinar hotel is situated in the ideal part
of the Avşa island not very far from the center, but in a
quiet location. It takes only 10 minutes (remember? TOO
REMOTE!! ) to get to the
center on a scenic road surrounded by flowers and green trees.
Thanks to this location you can also enjoy the wonderful sand
beach - the widest one on the island.
- In August 1999 the hotel passed the most serious test for
construction quality. It was a dark year for all Turkey
because of one of the strongest earthquakes in the history of
the country. None of our guests was injured, because the hotel
was built in compliance with all seismic regulations and its
project was approved by all state authorities.
- Originally Çinar hotel had only two floors.
Does anybody remember this?
- ALL guests of Çinar Hotel can enjoy SEE VEIW, because
the hotel is built perpendicular to the sea.
How wonderful it is to meet sunrise or sunset
on your balcony!
- We care about all our guests, so we made ramps for guests
with mobility disabilities.
- Do you remember that Çinar Hotel is already 40 years old!
Quite a respectable age for a hotel! You can find some
lovely details from the past in our hotel -like old phone
cabin or old coffee-machine. Some of our guests remember a
retro wooden elevator with doors that you should push to go
out. Our guests love such details very much!
- The old safety box on the reception is a real rarity!
The representatives of the manufacturing campany begged us to
give it to their museum. We refused!
We like it too!
- There is a little library for our guests in the lobby of the
If you enjoy reading - spend your beach time
under the umbrella in theold style with a PAPER book
from our library.
- Its funny, but Çinar Hotel is a real trendsetter
on Avşa island and other hotels attentively watch and
follow our innovations.
For example one summer we decided to paint
walls of the hotel in different colors. It was new and unusual
for our island. People were surprised, but
next year some
hotels and homes did the same!
- Çinar hotel was first officially certified hotel in Avşa!
Our island is small and hotels here usually
dont care about world standards, but we do.
- Çinar hotel was first on Avşa hotel to buy power supply
generator to provide non-stop electricity for the hotel.
We will tell you a big secret until 1983
or 1985 year there were no good round-the-clock electricity on
Avşa island. One weak generator worked only 4 hours in the
village. For night they turned it off. But guests of Çinar
hotel didnt feel any discomfort thanks to 2 powerful electric
generators. Viva technology!
- How Cinar hotel helped Brazilian slave Izaura.
This funny story is also connected to
electricity problems on Avşa island in the past. In 1990s
Brazilian series occupied the TV all over the world. All Turks
were watching mega popular The Slave Izaura and
sympathized with the destiny of the poor girl. People on Avşa
were looking forward to the final of this film too. Finally the
day has come, but
they cut off electricity on the island
again! TV worked only in Çinar hotel thanks to our 2 power
supply generators. So all islanders gathered in the hotel to
watch the end of the story. All rooms were full! This time with
very special guests local people.
- Çinar hotel was one of the first on Avşa island to
introduce air-conditionings in the rooms. Guests
comfort is our priority!
- Çinar hotel was first on Avşa island to put TV into the
Can you imagine there was no TV in the hotels
on our little island even at the beginning of the 21st century!
- From the moment we installed Wi-Fi in our hotel
(in 2006) it was free for our guests. While guests of many
famous and respectable (for example) British 5* hotels still
have to pay for this service. Hey, colleagues, why
dont you follow our example!
- In Çinar hotel we offer to our guests buffet with a variety
of cold dishes, BUT for dinner main dishes are only
according to the menu. We serve it separately for each
The owners of the hotel are strongly
committed to this because it allows keeping food hot and fresh.
- When it comes to the quality of food, we are really very
scrupulous, careful and attentive to details.
You can be sure that its always fresh. For
example we buy only the freshest chickens because its one of
the most perishable food product in the summer. By the way many
years ago chickens came to the hotel alive in the cages. There
was no other way to keep poultry fresh that time.
- Because of our careful attention to food there was no
case of poisonings in the history of the hotel.
- Do you know one of the signs of a good hotel? It is a good,
not the cheapest cheese for breakfast! You can always find
it in Çinar Hotel.
- Several years ago there were no jam in little plastic boxes.
So guests of Çinar hotel enjoyed the most real HAND-MADE
Fresh strawberries, cherries, apricots, plums
came to the hotel and our cookers made jams with their own hands
under the leadership of the wife of the owner of the hotel. What
a wonderful time it was!
- Nowadays we buy fish for dinner at big supermarkets. But in
the old time our guests were enjoyed the freshest fish caught
the same day right here from the Marmara sea. There were so
much fish in the Maramara sea that a one day catch by one
fisherman was enough to feed all the guests of the hotel. And
that fisherman was Osman Akın - the owner of the hotel. :)
- We dont serve dinner with silver tableware.
But every night our waiters carefully rub spoons and forks
one by one with fresh clean towels and napkins to make
your dinner a pleasure.
- During its 40 years history Çinar hotel was honored to meet
a lot of Turkish stars actors, ambassadors and other
VIP-guests. On the photo bellow you can see a Turkish superstar
singer Ajda Pekkan in Çinar hotel. May be you will be lucky to
meet some of them when you come to stay with us!
- We never said it before, but around 10 years Çinar hotel
gave free accommodation to children from Bandırma the
best pupils whose families could not afford such holidays.
- A lot of our guests became our friends and keep coming to
our hotel every year for decades! WE LOVE YOU!
- Çinar hotel is a right choice for honeymooners!
The founder of Çinar Hotel Sir Osman Akın
told this story. Long time ago a couple of honeymooners came to
our hotel to spend first month of their family life. And
result appeared exactly in 9 months!
Of course it was very pleasant to us. But the most interesting
thing happened many years later. His son grew up, married, came
with his wife to our hotel too and
the situation repeated. So
two generations of one family were grateful to the hotel for
- For 40 years Çinar Hotel is a one family-run business. It
allows us to keep family-like and hearty atmosphere.
There is a tradition in Turkey to remember
ancestors by cooking sweets doughnuts and special semolina
halvah. Every year we do this in the hotel in memory of our dear
family members who already left us. So if one day we give you
doughnuts with halvah it means that its a sad day for us.
- The part of little pine forest on the Avşa island appeared
thanks to Çinar hotels sponsorship. And we hope this
only the beginning.
- Around 15 years ago we planted 9 wonderful palms on the
territory of Çinar Hotel.
There are 3 Canary palms (lat. Phoenix
canariensis) which is the natural symbol of the Canary Islands. Other
6 palms are Europian fan palms (lat. Chamaerops humilis).
Our guests love to make photos with it very much.
Sea, palms and you what a sweet memory
from the holiday!
- There are also 2 really beautiful Stone pines (lat.
Pinus pinea) on the territory of Çinar Hotel. It is so
cool to sit in the evening under the pines and breathe in its
fresh scent. These pines are quite big already, but once they
were only 2 fingers thick!
- The summer season in Marmara sea is shot from June till
the middle of September. But 40-30 years ago it was much
shorter and Çinar Hotel opened only on the 1st of July.
Fortunately nowadays you can come to us at the very beginning
of the summer. Welcome!