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“Marmara - Heaven and Hell.” 3 of 5 stars
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The Marmara Antalya
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Eski Lara Yolu No. 136 Sirinyali, Antalya 07160, Turkey   |  
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Ranked #33 of 230 Hotels in Antalya
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Bath, United Kingdom
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“Marmara - Heaven and Hell.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2010

We have just returned from a weeks stay in the Marmara in Antalya. It is a lovely hotel but not the equivalent of a 5* Hotel in the UK. The check in staff were very indifferent to us when we checked in and passed us our Room Cards and Towel Cards with no further detail. The towel cards are for you to hand in at Level 5 in exchange for large free towels to use at the pool or beach area. You then return the towels at the end of the day and get cards for the next day, Keep them safe as you will be charged 20 Euros each if lost.
The rooms are very strange - we were on the 12th floor ( go's up to 22) and had paid extra for a Sea View. The view was lovely but the room is very cheaply decorated and the ceilings in every room are " unfinished" and are just bare concrete. Hated it at first but you soon get used to it. The bed was large and very comfortable and the bathroom had 2 large sinks, a bath/shower and a separate toilet. The Air Conditioning unit was also very good in the room. There is a flat screen tv and a very expensive mini bar/fridge. A small can of coke was 8TL ( about £3.50 ! ) and the spirits and wine etc absolutely extortionate. This is the same for all drinks and food bought in the Hotel so check the prices first..There is a small shop just opposite the hotel called EFES Blue Sea and wine in here is about 14 TL and Beer 3TL a can. However the hotel actually insists that you can not bring food and drink in from outside and they have Guards at the front door and in the grounds of the hotel watching you! If you are caught with any bottles etc they will confiscate them from you and return them when you leave. We managed to hide bottles of wine in our bags and get away with it but a lot of other people didn't. The Hotel Spa is excellent - free to use the Sauna and Jacuzzi but expensive for Massages etc.
Be warned that there is no beach nearby . Even in the Hotel , although they call it a beach it is in fact a large concrete platform with Sunbeds, Cushions and a Bar area.
You access this "beach" through a concrete building behind the revolving building and use a lift from Level 6 to Level 0 and go through a tunnel ! There are some signs in the Garden but are not very clear.
From the platform there are steps down into the sea but there are signs clearly staing that the area is unsafe so no good for small children. The Pool is very large and has plenty of beds available. There are also plenty of seats under the revolving hotel ( 3 stories high and behind the main hotel).
The Breakfast was very good - lots of variety of hot and cold selections and is available up until 1030 every morning. The freshly cooked omelettes were very good and there was plenty of everything.
The Hotel is on the outskirts of the main town so you need to get a bus or a taxi everyhere. There are some restaurants within walking distance - the Stella Restaurant and Tapas Papas were very good ( turn left out of the Hotel and walk towars the main town for about ten minutes and they are both on the left hand side overlooking the sea ) and there were other restaurants towards Antalya. The Shakespeare Bistro looked popular but we didn't actually go there ourselves.
The Marakesh Restaurant opposite the Hotel is an Italian type cafe and is very good value. A large Efes Beer will cost you 7TL and is served in a chilled glass. Recommend their Pasta dishes and especially their chips as well - just 6TL and really good.
Kalechi is the old town and costs about 10 TL by taxi ( there is a Taxi Station right opposite the Hotel ) . If you walk through Hadrians Gate and head towards the sae there is a great restaurant - the Vanilla Lounge on the left hand side about half way down. Fantastic food ( it is No 1 on tripadvisor ! ) and run by an English Chef Wayne and his wife Emel. At the end of this road there is a large piazza overlooking the sea. There are also 2 nice bars/restaurants - the Terrace,with a bar right at the top, and Kabanas.
Alternatively, if you go past Hadrians Gate and head towards the Clock Tower this road will lead you to the Harbour. There are lots of shops and stalls all the way down and are very cheap. Just behind the Clock Tower there is a side road with the Seraser Restaurant ( No 2 on tripadvisor) . Beautiful restaurant - there was a singing duo on the Friday night - and nice food.
We also took a taxi ( 20 TL each way ) to Lara Beach. Nice beach but a lot of the beach
is privately owned ! We were dropped off at the Dido Beach Club - Sunbeds cost 10 TL for two people but again you are not allowed food and drink - even water - that you have not bought from the Beach Bar. Food was fairly cheap but was terrible !
There are several stops all along the beach road where you just press the yellow box for a taxi - one came within a minute - you will see these outside restaurants and bars as well.
The Hotel staff are quite unhelpful especially the female reception staff. We paid 50 Euros to check out at 8pm - normal check out is 1200 although if you ask they will extend that to 1400 for free. 50 Euros will give you a late check out up until 1800 but we managed to persuade about the only helpful person there - Arfan Erturk -a later one at 2000.
All in all we had a good holiday but a week was plenty - we would not recommend a longer stay as although the holiday was great value for money when we booked it, you will need a lot of money to stay there.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2010

Stayed here two days June 14 and 15 in the revolving tower. The tower which is 3 stories tall slowly revolves and allows a 360 degree view of the area. The revolutions are imperceptible so don't worry about motion sickness. The rooms I had were more like upscale cabannas not the traditional hotel room I am accustomed to. The toilet and shower are part of the bedroom, small, and offer no privacy to anyone in the room. There is a bathtub and sink at the head of the bed separated from the bed board by about 2 feet of walking space. Breakfast was included in my plan and was a delicious buffet. Internet was free and I appreciated the number of available computers to use about 6. The greatest thing about this hotel is the deck on the ocean. It has a great view and the swimming area is loads of fun. There is an inflatable platform to climb on and a large rock a short distance from shore with a diving board. The hotel is very obnoxious about bringing in a beverage or snack from outside. This of course would not be a problem if drinks and snacks inside the hotel were not so obscenely priced. Just make sure you hide your drinks or snacks in a backback or use a bag that looks like you made a gift purchase.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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ILFORD,ESSEX
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2010

My frıend and I came to stay at thıs hotel for a week in May 2010 and we were dısappointed wıth the quality of the hotel, the staff, decor and food. I had told reception that we came for my frıend's bırthday, and the guy had told us he would gıve us the best room - when we got ınto our room, ıt just seemed standard but spacious. As we walked into the room, we also noticed that the ceilıng did not seem right or finished!! When I called reception and asked them what the ceilıng ıs all about, the same guy that checked us in said that all the rooms are the same layout, and thıs ıs how the concept of the rooms are. He also said that this ıs how all Turkey hotels are, we did not belıeve what he was sayıng. He then came up to our room as we were not satısfıed. He showed me another room on the same floor as us, on the 21st floor, and ıt was exactly the same. The view my frıend and I had also was not that great and ıt was too noisey for my friend. The prıvate beach we had, was just rocks wıth water and a small place to sunbathe which was dısappointıng. The food in the evenıng was disappointıng for my frıend and I, as the choice of food was not that great for a buffet at a 5star hotel. I ended up feelıng sick and vomıttiıng in the evenıng during the weekend, so that put off eatıng particular foods. And after complaınıng several tımes, the staff were not friendly at all nor were they apologetic which to us has put us off coming back to Turkey. We have literally had to spend alot of time out and about to avoid any more problems at The Marmara Antalya and to make sure that we have a good holiday despite our bad experience at the hotel. This hotel ıs not meant for young single people, ıts more for business people and local people. To compensate me vomitting we received a small plate of fruiıt wıth two plates.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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exeter devon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2010

We arrived on the 6th may our rooms had a lovely sea view . The beach was lovely also pool area .I found the staff very helpfull expecially in the restaurant .The food we thought was nice not to be eaten every day of course.
We found a few good restaurants one was called stella bistro which was expensive but nice.Also on our last night we found a good restaurant called tapas bistro not to be missed very cheap and good food, come out of the hotel turn left keep walking for ten minutes.
Its very easy to get a bus to anywhere you want to go the buses are very cheap .lara beach is not far get the 105 bus it takes you straight there.
When you are paying for your goods make sure you dont pay over the top in the town as some over charge .We nearly got caught a couple of times always ask prices before you buy.
The hotel itself is wonderful not many english in the hotel mostly dutch and bussiness men . Its very peacefull at night you can have a good sleep and not get disturbed.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2010

I am writing from the hotel right now - we are really disappointed - the facilities are poor and the food is so boring

  • Stayed May 2010
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2010

i have choised from the internet this hotel and when i arrive to hotel i relaised how i choised good about that.All of them is better from the photos what you saw and very soft,elegant and quality hotel.staff is friendly athmosphere is warm and rooms is denilitelly amazing.Also i'm hotelier from Istanbul too and i really liked everythink about this hotel.i can highly recomended.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jackson Hole, Wy
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2010

I got a great deal on the room at 50 euro a night. And was upgraded to a sea view room at no cost. The place was far from full. The space is great as well as the rooms. Just kinda a drag to be have the help hate there job so much that you can read it on there face, and all there interactions with you the paying dude. Had dinner one night BIG mistake it sucked. Go away for food. the free breakfast wasnt bad (free) if you could get the omlet girl out to her work station to do her job. But for 50 a night i can deal,The only exception to this is in the spa there the staff was friendly and happy you were there.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Eski Lara Yolu No. 136 Sirinyali, Antalya 07160, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Turkish Mediterranean Coast > Antalya Province > Antalya
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#13 Business Hotel in Antalya
#18 On the Beach Hotel in Antalya
#19 Spa Hotel in Antalya
#30 Luxury Hotel in Antalya
#31 Romantic Hotel in Antalya
#33 Family Hotel in Antalya
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — The Marmara Antalya 5*
Number of rooms: 238
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A dynamic, surprising, pure, extraordinary product: The Marmara Antalya. Simple lines, crazy colors, comfort, dynamism, aesthetics, leisureness, technology, flavor, broad spaces, shared spaces, quiet corners, endless scenery of the Mediterranean are all united at The Marmara Antalya. Decorated by French architect, Christian Allart and mentioned by pioneers magazines in the sector such as; ‘Marie Claire Maison’, Maison Francaise’ ‘Home Art’, ‘Cosmo Girl’, ‘Harpers Bazaar’ from its opening day, The Marmara Antalya with its unique architecture and ‘HIP design’ aims to surprise the guests by going beyond what is accustomed and offers a refreshing alternative to Antalya with its quality. The hotel also accepts pets.The only pet friendly Hotel in the city Center of Antalya... ... more   less 
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