We are just home having spent two weeks in the Palmin Sunset Plaza (6-20 Oct 2012). The holiday rep while en route to the hotel gives you a card which contains details of the room that has been allocated to you. So on arrival, at the hotel you inform the bell boys of your room number, which they duly mark on your suitcase. Staff are waiting to greet you. You check in with reception (very quick service) where you are handed your room key and then there is a fruit cocktail reception for you. In the meantime while you are enjoying your cocktail the bell boys are busy delivering your bags to your room.
There are 12 apartments in each block. Some blocks only have 3 apartments. The rooms are very spacious and all rooms have a balcony. There is a complimentary bottle of water for you in the fridge. There is a kettle in the room to allow you make tea/coffee. The rooms are cleaned every day and fresh bed linen and towels. There is also a safe deposit box. Keys can be obtained from reception at a charge of €10 per week.
The pool and bar area are clean and tidy and there were plenty of sun loungers to cater for everyone. (However having said that, this time of the year the hotel would be quieter in general). There is also a children’s pool. The water in the pool is salt water and while it initially is extremely cold to get into, once you’re in, the water is lovely and refreshing.
The restaurant has a great selection of food to choice from, however, dining there is a little more expensive than dining in town. All imported drinks i.e. Budweiser, Miller, Smirnoff Vodka, Tia Maria are more expensive than at home. Their local beer Efes it ok. They also have an Efes light. For smokers, the only cigs available apart from local brands was Marlboro.
The nightly entertainment is very good, something different every night. During the day there was darts, water polo, bowls and aqua aerobics in and around the pool area. Fifi and Soli, the two people in charge of entertainment make it their business to get to know their guests and remember their names. They have a way about them (without being intrusive) of getting everyone involved with whatever activity is taking place. I have to say they are excellent at their job. They are also great craic.
The hotel is very clean and tidy and it looks the same in reality as it does in the brochure.
There is access outside the hotel down to Paradise Beach, a private beach shared with the Sealight Hotel, hotel adjacent to the Sunset Plaza.
If you sit around the pool bar in the evenings you can watch the beautiful sunsets go down on the Aegean Sea and watch the cruise liners sail into the night.
There is an onsite shop (water, cigs, chocs, ice cream etc), hairdresser and beautician. They offer all sorts of massages, Turkish baths, hair cutting, styling, colouring, manicure, pedicure etc. I had a pedicure costing €16, which is extremely good value and I must admit it was the best I’ve had in a long time.
The small drawbacks were; the shower is part of the bath and it is quite a high step to get into the bath, so care is needed and it may not suit elderly or infirm people. The other, is the fact, that the hotel is a fair bit out from Kusadasi town centre. You are dependent on the Dolmus to bring you there. Having said that the dolmus is an excellent service and for 2.25 Turkish lira each way, one can’t complain but sometimes it is just nice to be able to walk out of your hotel to the nearest bar or restaurant. Ladies Beach is a 12-15 min walk away, downhill but unless your fairy agile or a good walker, it’s a fair uphill walk back to the hotel. Oh and the beds are quite hard to sleep on.
The staff are very friendly and helpful and we enjoyed our stay at the Plaza.
Would I recommend the Sunset Plaza, (of the three Palmin hotels; Palmin All Inclusive, Sea Pearl and Sunset Plaza) yes I most definitely would.
- Also Known As:
- Palmin Sunset Plaza Kusadasi
- Palmin Sunset Plaza Hotel Kusadasi
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