Located on a hillside a short walk from the marina and seafront restaurants the GDW is a sound family run and well appointed property. The deal was excellent including all flights and transfers and extremely well organized from the minute you land in Izmir.Avoid the official looking mobs of self appointed porters who grab your bag to take it 50m to the coach,and hold you to ransom just as easy to do it yourself.Everyone avoided this on the return journey!By buying a package which is rare for us , we saved E600 as the flights only were nearly E900 during the Autumn mid term break.Quite a few people had apartments in kusadasi and booked the package for this very reason and only appeared on the day of departure.
Rooms are well equipped with aircon, fridge, seating area and reasonable sized bathroom.We went on the last week of the season which is inadvisable as the place had gone into shutdown and most of the visitor attractions and ferries to local islands, fishing/diving trips, tours were closed and no longer operating.the rep was pleasant but tried so hard to get people onto the "Hotels" trips and activities which are pricey and limited to the time the coach is prepared to stop for ie Epheseus.The smart thing is to go by the local minibuses or "Dolmus" which criss cross the area at very freqquent inbtervals.
To get to Epheseus for two people is around E10.00 return and E20 entrance fee for as long as you want, wandering back through vineyards and dusty quaint country roads to Selcuk to get a a real feel of old Turkey then return Dolmus.THe GDW rep organized trip was E70 each! quite a difference and much more fun and atmosphere to travel independently, very early when no crowds or tour buses have arrived.Selcuk has no hint of the ghastly, gharish tourism that exists in parts of Kusadasi where they prey upon the cruise ships who deposit their passengers by the bazaar fro a couple of hours..be warned.So independent travelling to all sites and amenities either by Dolmus or the more expensive taxi, is the way to go for the adventurous and confident.
The deal at the hotel was on a B and B basis and the food was absolutely wonderful and so much to choose from and special items cooked in front of you to order.Hotel food from the bar/pool area was a bit more "chicken in a basket " variety yet a short walk to the sea front and a ramble around the alleys of the old town reveals some real value for money, unpretentios and authentic food.keep away from the pressure to be dragged into the brash, big seafront places which are expensive and often not the quality you would pay for.
The hotel had entertainment every night but we found it very "tacky and naff ,ie bingo, fancy dress, embarrassing singing and 70,s timewarp aimed at selling as much drink from the small bar.Tourists abroad en masse at its very worst.There is great entertainment, dining, drinking and sihjts if you take the trouble to find it in the town.Most people stayed in the hotel, a lot in a permanent drink haze yet the GDW has an excellent pool area and lovely views over the bay and the glorious sunsets.
One annoying and continuous problem was a minority of families with young and teenage children out of control , tearing around the building, lifts and pool unsupervised and doing the maggot and antisocial behaviour by the same, tilll the early hours of the morning till around 2-3am.Their parents were too busy drinking to notice or care about the mayem and some of the climbing on equipment up through balconies etc was a serious H& S problem as well as a night mare for people looking for a relaxing time.
Thhere is a great Hamam /Steam bath in the town but the hotel put on pressure to use theirs which is so poor in comparison.
With a little adventurous spirit, early starts and using local transport a great time can be had and on a budget if you have to.