For a mere $10 extra per night moved to the Marlin Inn. At first glance it was small, but once inside it opened up. Clean floors, furniture, rooms. Eating areas spotless. The staff smiling and friendly with pride in their work. The food selection limited but good. The pool safe and clean. The beach, not so big but well kept, well looked after and well staffed. As a Russian operated and guested hotel, one might expect fireworks, however there was a nice balance of couples, families, retired people and young travelers, all respectful and decent to each other and the staff.
The rooms (3 were seen) were clean, comfortable, well maintained and the only small gripe would be the showers, but this was very, very minor. The entertainment group were Turkish and Russian, active and along with the waiting staff, had huge patience and kindness with guests, especially the youngest ones. We attended 2 such events and enjoyed them greatly.
The area around the hotel was good with a nice selection of shops and restaurants. There were a couple of the local hawkers who were a bit aggressive 9especially around prayer time) and some of the shop keepers aren't keen to haggle, however there is enough to see and enjoy, with a choice of food, to make the hotel stay better.
I would come back again and recommend it highly.