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.
- 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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