I sometimes wonder when I read the hotel reports on many sites, quite what people expect of a hotel in a holiday destination and having read some reports on the Rhapsody Hotel I find it difficult to believe that some have attended the same Hotel I have just come back from. However, I’m sure readers will see through some of the idiotic comments that are made. I should start by saying that whilst well travelled, this was my wife and I’s first venture into Turkey. Having been to Northern Cyprus which was very nice, but we found the Turks there somewhat abrasive so that put us off a little going to Turkey, but how different we found the Turkish people in Kalkan.
Our arrival at Dalaman airport saw us make a swift passage through even after having to pay our ten English pounds each for a visa stamp and then onto an air conditioned mini bus that took us on our two hour trip to the Rhapsody with a ten minute stop on the way. We made the mistake of buying some water in the airport and got well ripped off only to be given a nice cold bottle each when we got on the mini bus, a nice touch. Turkey is a mountainous country and therefore the scenery on the trip was great and the time passed quickly.
On our arrival at the Hotel the welcome was polite and efficient and we were quickly shown to our room. This was a standard room which we found perfectly adequate except for one thing, the balcony was extremely small and there was no room for chairs just two small stools so if you like to sit out on a balcony, you need to upgrade to a better room. The bed was large and comfortable, the bathroom was fine with a decent shower and whilst the wardrobe was a good size there is not a lot of drawer space, but that didn’t cause much of a problem. There is a room safe but this is charged for on a weekly basis which is a shame. We found the air conditioning in our room rather on the noisy side, but it was efficient and most nights we didn’t actually need it on.
I did have a look inside one of the next rooms up which had a balcony and were slightly bigger with nice bathrooms but they had showers over a bath so if you have trouble getting into a bath, you may wish to consider your options.
The Rhapsody is classed as a boutique hotel although I’m still not sure what that is supposed to mean, however it is small very clean and we found all the staff to be pleasant and cheery and very helpful. The pool is a decent size and there was always enough sunbeds with towels provided in your room for the pool each day. The bar is poolside and was open until the early hours and whilst we did on occasions hear the music after midnight it was never too loud and people were on holiday after all! What I would say is, that the bottled water at the bar is ridiculously expensive and if only the owner were to have some business acumen he would see that if he reduced the cost of the water he would do a far better trade and make more profit! Most people therefore brought in their own water and of course other drinks as well. A two litre bottle at the bar was £2.00 compared to 40p or less in the shops.
Breakfast was ok and as we were only there for a week it wasn’t a problem, but the choice is rather limited so if you like a big breakfast, you may find it a little boring particularly if you are there for two weeks. Fresh orange juice is charged separately, but they do serve insipid squash at breakfast as well as tea and coffee.
We only had one meal on the Thursday night which is when they put on entertainment with dancers and a belly dancer, which turned into an enjoyable evening and the food was Ok although others were expecting more such as fish dishes as well. This cost us £16 each which I didn’t think was too bad with entertainment as well. The views from the Hotel are however delightful and this was a big plus for this Hotel. A word of caution however, this is not a Hotel or indeed a resort for those who have problems getting about, it is a hilly area and there are quite a few steps to negotiate within the Hotel for those less able.
The Hotel is about a 15 minute walk in the heat from the harbour area, but there are plenty of eating establishments within a few minutes walk ranging from fairly basic to rather more grand. We did not find Kalkan to be a cheap place to eat out, but it was no dearer than back here in Malvern and I have to say that every meal we had we enjoyed. Whilst most restaurants had someone outside inviting you to dine with them, a polite no thanks would lead them to bid you a pleasant evening and to have an enjoyable meal so we never felt hassled at all.
The Hotel do a currency exchange, but their rates are poor so get down to the post office with your cash or the little jewellery shop next door which had the best rate going at 2.53 to the pound when we were there. There are plenty of ATM’s around if you want to use your debit card and many restaurants accept credit cards. We were told to expect mosquitoes, but in honesty whilst we took the usual safeguards we weren’t bitten and saw none of the little blighters.
Thursday is market day about ten minutes stroll from the Hotel and whilst it was all much of a muchness, it was good to have a bit of banter with the traders and I’m sure there were bargains to be had even if they were on a fake Rado watch or ‘genuine’ Ben Shurman shirt! The fruit was fresh though and for the first time in a long time I had a banana that actually tasted of banana!
We tried a different eating establishment each night and never had a bad meal. Bread & More just down the road was our first meal, the food was good but slightly overpriced compared to others we ate at. The Lizo Hotel was a roof top restaurant left then left up the hill and on the right. Super views, very good food and excellent service, but mind your head when you come out of the toilets, I nearly knocked myself out!
Chillies is a big favourite down the road on the right and the food and service here was excellent and good value with free bread and small starter. Over the road was the Corner restaurant where we had an excellent fillet steak, but the waiters could have been a little more interactive with the customers but I think they have only just started out which may explain things.
We then tried Mangos just down from Bread and More and another good meal was had. On the last night we tried Café Vita up past the Lizo Hotel on the left, not quite the ambience of some of the others but again good food and friendly staff.
You must however try the Atlantis Terrace restaurant near Mangos for their macaroons, they are to die for. Also for a pleasant evenings drink, try Pasha Apart Hotel just before The Lizo Hotel, small but a great atmosphere and really pleasant barman and owners who it turned out were Brits. I’m sure wherever you eat or go in Kalkan you are assured of a warm welcome, good food and friendly banter. We will be back and whilst I wouldn’t rule out going back to the Rhapsody, I do like to sit out on a balcony of an evening!
Go for an upgrade and get a balcony if you like sitting out of an evening
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