Our part of the hotel consisted of three low-rise blocks (four storeys) around a pool with the bar/restaurant area on the fourth side. The general appearance is attractive and enhanced by brightly coloured flowering creepers growing up the walls.
Our apartment comprised a living room with two long sofas, coffee table and TV at one end, and a kitchen area with fridge, kettle and two hotplates at the other, Equipment was basic but just about adequate. But take a corkscrew and bottle opener.The bedroom was twin bedded and the maid, who came in daily, often left flowers on the bed, a lovely touch. It is quiet at night. The bathroom would have benefited from a good scrub in parts - blackened grouting in parts of the shower - but I am fairly faddy about such things and still found it within the acceptable range. Sheets and towels were changed twice weekly and the loo roll supply did not falter. There is a small balcony with two chairs and a little table. I have read quite a few critical reviews of the accommodation and can only think these people must be used to staying in expensive hotels, which I am not. We found the accommodation perfectly acceptable although I would suggest getting a steam cleaner into the corners of the bathroom.
Ther are two pools, three if you include a paddling pool, and they were immaculately kept. The water did not smell of chemicals at all. The large pool is a very good size. If you like cats there are about half a dozen lovely little cats around - and, mysteriously, a white rabbit - which are not only well-fed by tourists but apperently someone from the hotel does see to them during the winter so high-fives for that.
We were on half-board and breakfast consisted of a huge array of dishes, fruit, cereals and bread. I must admit that many of the dishes were rather odd but if you can't find something to suit you among all that lot, the fault may also be yours. However, the fruit juice should be avoided, it is truly horrible, tasting of disinfectant. Breakfast is served from 8-10. We ate there in the evening only once, on their Turkish night, which is very good value at £10 each. The food was fair, but nothing special. I would recomment the Cihan, a restaurant 10 mins walk away. A lot of Turkish families ate there. £20 bought us 4 beers, 2 main courses, and a huge flatbread with salad to start. Alcohol, apart from the local beer, is expensive. If spirits are you tipple, I suggest you decant some into a plastic bottle and bring it in your suitcase.
I cannot praise the hotel staff too highly. They were very friendly and extremely helpful, and at least two spoke excellent English. Even the cleaning ladies, who spoke no English, always had a smile and attempted to communicate with us. The little shop stocks only a limited range of goods but it is very reasonably priced.
The area is very new - literally nothing looks over twenty years old. Few of the roads have names on them, there are few proper pavements and only the main roads have markings. It is not tidily kept, but then this is Turkey, not Harrogate. It is ten minutes at the most to the bus stop to travel to the older part of Side, just a short ride away, and the fare is very little, one or two liras.
The hotel runs a free bus to the beach at 9, 10, and 11, and back three times in the afternoon. The journey takes 10 mins. Each hotel seemed to have its own designated area of beach and cafe/bar. Ours was the Apollon Temple bar and their omelettes are very good indeed. The beach is clean, the sun loungers free, and I saw nothing nasty in the sea.The beach slopes very gently, you can walk a fair way out.
The hotel has a little spa, and I had a massage, £10 for 35 mins. Germans and Scandinavians are in the majority, fewer Britons and fewer French still. But there were plenty of sun loungers so it didn't matter. We had a lovely week there. This was out first visit to Turkey and I was greatly impressed by the friendliness of the people. The importuning to buy was good-natured and you get used to it. If, like me, you are a middle-aged woman, you will enjoy constantly being told you are very beautiful. I even got the hang of bartering, which I did not imagine possible before I went. I would probably not return to this hotel, but only because I would rather stay in a more traditional area.
We had little view from the balcony because of a tree. Also, my husband noticed some rooms looked on...
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