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“Lovely place and people” 5 of 5 stars
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Meldi Hotel
Kalamar Yolu, Kalkan 07960, Turkey   |  
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Ranked #7 of 39 Hotels in Kalkan
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Crowthorne, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Lovely place and people”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013 via mobile

That can only be our conclusion after a two week stay. This is an established hotel in a good location relative to the town. There are newer ones with perhaps better room facilities but the pool, bar and friendliness of the staff makes this a place that many return to year after year. The hotel gives good value for money and you can book with absolute confidence.

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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English first
Chatham, United Kingdom
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

Following a very negative recent review of this hotel we would like to share our reasons for returning each year. We first discovered this gem of a hotel some 13 years ago, and if this makes us part of 'God's waiting room' guests - then so be it, a group we are extremely proud to be members of.

No, it is not a 5 star hotel, doesn't claim to be and certainly doesn't charge 5 star prices. This is a small, friendly and comfortable TURKISH hotel. However, for a very reasonable room rate (see 2013 price list) you receive fantastic service from each and every one of the hard working staff in a clean, comfortable room (NO - televisions are not in the majority of rooms and are not advertised as part of the amenities), a beautiful pool, gardens and bar area plus at no extra charge hats, slippers, book marks, room safe, air conditioning, pool towels (which you can take to the beach or beach clubs). For stays over 7 nights the airport transfer is included and should you have a late flight accommodation is provided - again at no extra charge. Money can be exchanged at reception at as good a rate as in town without any commission charge.

Regarding the food - breakfast is more than adequate with fresh eggs cooked to order at no extra charge, lunches are as good as anywhere else in Kalkan - fresh salads, pasta, pizza, toasties etc. and if you feel like egg and chips - just ask!

That is the point - if you don't like the Turkish way of bed making - ask for another sheet, if you have a twin bedded room but want a double - ask them to make it up as a double. If something goes wrong in your room - tell reception, they will do everything in their power to put it right for you.

As for the notices in the rooms, this is a hotel not a self catering apartment! One notice in the rooms not mentioned previously advises hotel guests that a free bottle of wine is offered with evening meals taken in the hotel.

The music played at the hotel, which other reviewers have praised, provides a relaxed ambience during breakfast and around the pool during the day.

Unkind comments have been made about regular guests and their rose tinted glasses. If we have such glasses then we hope to wear them for the next, hopefully, 20+ years whilst we are awaiting our call - in the meantime we are happy to continue visiting 'God's waiting room' each year, meeting up with old friends and acquaintances and yes, welcoming and making new ones - see you all around the bar next year!

In conclusion - to have so many repeat guests the Meldi must be doing something right!

  • Stayed May 2013, 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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Porto, Portugal
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29 reviews 29 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

Near downtown but far Away to avoid noise. Friendly staff.
No tv in THE Rom and AC did some noise. Even so we decided for a extra night as we liked it (we're on our own by lycian coast)
At THE end we got a Nice souvenir in THE front desk.
If back to THE area, back to This hotel.
Nice breakfast.

Stayed August 2013
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Chatham, United Kingdom
1 review
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

My partner and I stayed at the Meldi the first 2 weeks of July, we have been visiting Kalkan for the last 12 years and have stayed in a few hotels during this time, this year we booked at the Meldi and we were far from disappointed! The hotel was clean, staff very accommodating and the best breakfast we have ever had in Kalkan.

We were staying in room 301 and this was more than adequate for our needs, when going on holiday your room is only a base, the shower was good and didn't keep going hot and cold, the room was clean, there was a mini bar and little extras like caps, pool towels, slippers and book marks, we have never had these little extras at any other hotel we have stayed in Kalkan.

A previous comment made reference to the fact that you are not permitted to bring food and drink from outside into the hotel, I think this is acceptable and this rule applies at all the other hotels we have stayed in, one hotel even has video cameras watching to check you don't break the rules. So if you are a first timer to Kalkan please do not be put off staying at the Meldi, this rule applies everywhere!

Some references have been made that this hotel has lots of returning guests and as a neewbie you are not made to feel welcome, I totally disagree. On our first day we spoke with the majority of the guests and yes alot of them had been staying at the Meldi for many years but we were never made to feel unwelcome, we met some lovely people and subsequently made some wonderful new friends.

The Food - Well what can I say, the Meldi lay on the best breakfast by far, unlimited tea. coffee and juice which I must add is free of charge, all other hotels we have stayed in we have been charged for fruit juice. A previous review made reference that the tea served was Liptons, that is the Turkish brand of tea, have you ever tried to buy PG tips in Kalkan! There is a chef cooking fresh eggs to order, poached, fried or boiled and there is also plenty of other foods available ranging from cereal, cheese, breads, honey, yogurt and fruit. Staying at the Meldi has been the only hotel that my partner has gone to breakfast every morning as he has always been quite fussy, but he loved the fresh cooked eggs every morning. Breakfast time was always a good opportunity to sit and relax and catch up with other guests ti hear all about their previous day/evening.

We ate one evening on the hotels roof terrace, the view was stunning and the quality of the food was just as good as what you get in one of the harbour restaurants, if you are a guest of the hotel you also get free bottle of wine with your meal!

So to sum up - This hotel has won us over, we are proud to say we are now going to be classed as 'the returning guests' as we have already booked for next year and we are counting down the weeks already.

Well done to Halil for making this hotel such a success and you have our custom for many years to come.

  • Stayed July 2013, 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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London
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

We have been returning to the Meldi for some years now.. this makes me a member of the club and so in a good position to reply to that negative report.

The Meldi is like all hotels and has a rule about food and drink being brought into the rooms. Why is that "Gestapo"? Most abide by these rules and buy drinks at the bar which where you meet the other guests. If everybody brought in their own food and drink then there would be no need for staff!!!

As for the complaint regarding breakfast what exactly do you want from a Turkish hotel?
There is enough food on offer for most tastes unless you expect a full English each day.
Do most people have a full English each day at Home?We have been down to breakfast at all times and have never found food to be scarce, if more bread is needed it will be provided,

Lunchtime has a nice choice of snack foods freshly cooked when ordered.
So where can anyone complain?

The Meldi is certainly not a 5 star hotel and does not claim to be but it has 5 star service and that is why they have so many return guests. If it was so bad do you think they would go back. Of course not. some people just like to be too picky, Glad the majority of guests are not like them.

See you next year all you club members.
Pebbles41

Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Bath, United Kingdom
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

My boyfriend and I stayed at Meldi hotel for out first holiday together. We chose the area as it offered both the comfort of tourism but also the opportunity to easily explore the coast and ruins near by. Don't be put off by the lack of deposit required, its only the hotel being trustworthy, nothing dodgy! The staff are always happy to help (even if its as small as an insect bite) and the facilities are more than adequate. This is not what you would rate as a five star celebrity style hotel as it is far too friendly and homely. My partner and I had the most perfect first holiday which was definitely helped with the reliability of this hotel. I would recommend this hotel to pretty much every type of person, couple, family, friends etc. As most of Meldi's guests, I will return.
I hope this helps you find your perfect holiday, I know that all the positive reviews we read did.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013 via mobile

As the title of my review suggests, the beds are TERRIBLE at Meldi. It's such a shame as the discomfort the beds caused would actually stop me from staying again at this otherwise, wonderful hotel. If I read this review before going I would think, man up, it's just a hard mattress. However after 2 nights in these beds, you really begin to notice.

Beds aside, Meldi is a great hotel - the staff are extremely friendly, the pool area clean and enticing, location - convenient.

Extremely strict rules on not bringing food bought outside of the hotel, into the hotel which is taken so seriously that you can't help but laugh. Breakfast was average.

Difficult to say whether I'd recommend this hotel - if you can handle sleeping on something that is equivalent to the comfort a cheap sun longer provides you with, then definitely stay here as everything else was lovely. However if you're looking for a restful holiday which will leave you feeling truly rejuvenated and refreshed then maybe not!

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Kalamar Yolu, Kalkan 07960, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Turkish Mediterranean Coast > Antalya Province > Kalkan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Romantic Hotel in Kalkan
#14 Family Hotel in Kalkan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
31 Rooms are available at Meldi Hotel. All rooms are tastefully furnished and fully air conditioned. Each of them has its own private balcony and bathroom. Transfer from/to the Dalaman Airport is included minimum 7 nights of stays. We are inviting you to book with our hotel directly. ... more   less 
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