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Lemon Tree Apart-Hotel
2.5 of 5 Condominium   |   Gumbet Mah. Kavakli Sarnic Cad. No:69 Bodrum Merkez, Bodrum City, Turkey   |  
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UK
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“clean and welcoming”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2012

We had a 1 bedroomed apartment which was adequately furnished and equipped, including a hairdryer in the bathroom and a free TV, although only a few English speaking channels available. Maid service was excellent and the whole complex was kept very clean.
Plenty of sun beds...no "reservation towels" necessary!! You need to bring your own pool towels though, as none are provided.
The Lemon Tree is between Bitez and Gumbet and there are hills down to each...about 10-20 mins walk....OK going but get a dolmus or taxi back!
Easy to go into Bodrum town by dolmus for 3 TL each way. Bodrum is a much busier town with lots of shops and a throbbing market...remember to barter hard!
Restaurant in Lemon Tree with good choice of food. There was a BBQ on the Sunday.
In Gumbet (just down the hill) there are so many restaurants to choose from. Most will offer a free collection and return taxi from your hotel/apartment and some include a free bottle of wine. Great value.
the 4 we would recommend are:
The Columbia -fabulous steaks at very reasonable prices + free wine and taxis.
China Town - free wine and taxis, good menu choice
Shanghai - not opened long, but very well presented and good menu and free taxis
Mandarin - good menu and friendly waiters, free taxis.
We found the Turkish people all very friendly and helpful, especially the dolmus drivers!
We would have no hesitation in recommending both this area and the Lemon Tree.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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English first
Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2012

The Lemon Tree Apart- Hotel was a great get away friendly kind and most helpful, Ali and his family and staff where very helpful, rooms clean and tidy and excellent support and help from the staff, food good, with a small bar for drinks and music from the bar giving you the holiday feel, we have been to Turkey a number of time and the Lemon Tree is one of the best Hotels we have stayed in,would recommend to family and friends.
Very Good

Room Tip: All rooms Good
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2011

This was our first trip to Turkey and we chose the Lemon Tree from the reviews on trip advisor. Apartments were basic, but fine, ask for top floor as some of the lower ones look like they will be dark. Floors were probably swept clean, but not washed whilst we were there, you would get out of the shower and walk across the room and your feet would be filthy. Apartments have hairdryers and kettles. Take bottle/wine openers for that evening drink on the balcony.Sorry to say the weekly BBQ wasn't good at all, just got plate of meat (nothing special) with a few cold chips, no salad or rice as promised. Ali & his family & Sadar do everything they can to make you feel welcome. They exchange money too.The apartments are nearer Gumbet, but we preferred Bitez beach, about a 20 minute walk, there is a short cut, so ask directions for that. Bitez beach is lovely, make sure you eat at the Sultan, good hot food, great service. Don't book any trips through the reps they mark them up big time, we got a great boat trip, visit 5 bays including a great lunch from Alvin Travel in Bitez for £10 each. (rep wanted £25). Turgutreis market is exactly the same as Bodrum Market, not worth a trip really. All the restaurants in Bitez will come and collect you and take you home free of charge. We will return to Bitez, lovely place.

Room Tip: Ask for top floor - room 11 is good, it's away from the bar area.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Liverpool
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2011

After reading a lot of good reviews on tripadvisor I had high hopes about the lemon tree. Unfortunately I was disappointed. Whilst the building itself and the pool area were lovely, the hotel was let down by the poor level of cleaning within the apartments. I think the beds were only changed once in 8 nights whereas the hotel states sheets are changed every 3 days. Also we only ever got half a toilet roll, and for three days got none at all. We were in the room one day when the cleaner came so we asked her to come back in 30 mins. She didn't come back leaving our bathroom bin full of used toilet paper. She didn't come the next day either.

The hotel has a weekly bbq for 25 Turkish lira. We were asked on the Monday if we wanted to participate on the Wednesday night. We said yes, but next morning remembered that myself and my sister were going out on a hen night with friends who were staying in Bodrum. We told the owner straightway as we knew he was going out to buy the food. However later on that day he said he had bought our food anyway and that we could eat ours on the Thursday night. When Thursday came around, I had by then succumbed to traveller's tummy. My husband told the owner who basically replied saying that it was a waste of a piece of fish. My husband and sister had the bbq and said it was pretty poor.

The hotel advertises itself as having a restaurant, but infact it was just a bar by the pool with some tables, serving normal bar food. There was an extensive menu, but this is always a bad sign to me especially when it has food from many different cuisines. I had a chicken burger which was of the type you buy in Iceland 4 for a pound! On the bright side, the chips were nice.

The onsite supermarket is more of a hut, better described as a tuck shop.

My single sister who had her own apartment received a lot of unwanted attention from the barman. This is fairly normal from what I have seen in Turkey however I do feel he overstepped the mark when he rang her room at midnight and asked her to go down to have a drink with him.

Our flight home was at midnight on the Sunday night so we had booked until Monday so we could stay in the room. However upon checkout, the owner said we should have checked out by midday and that we owed him a day's room charge! After several minutes of arguing, I found the original booking confirmation and he backed down.

As for the location of the hotel, it is not far from the beach...10 mins walk perhaps, but the roads are very uneven, bumpy and have no pavements. There is also a very steep downhill section. The local bus is very good though, taxis are cheap too. Most restaurants nearby will come and pick you up and take you home if you call them.

All in all, it was an ok holiday but the lemon tree could be improved by better customer service, and by narrowing down the menu.

  • Stayed September 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Rotherham, United Kingdom
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2011

2 Year old appartments, very well fitted out and away from the hustle and bustle of Bodrum & Gumbet. Run by Ali and his family plus mad barman Sadar who were all really friendly and welcoming. Will definately return

Room Tip: Try for upstairs room as others appeared a little dark
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2011

This was our first trip to Turkey and we chose the Lemon Tree on the recommendation of friends who were going back this year. Even though we did not arrive until 0200 am Ali and his family were waiting for us and had kept the bar open, a cold beer was a very welcome sight. Check in was easy and after a couple of drinks we got a good nights sleep in a very clean and tidy apartment which was basic but comfortable. Our only criticism of the room was that it is very close to the road and with the door / windows open for a cooling breeze it can be quite noisy until the traffic subsides. Next morning we got a proper look around and all was excellent, the pool is literally seconds away from the rooms and there were always sun loungers available,the bar is very relaxed and sells a good range of drinks, 6TL for a large beer ( just over £2 ).The restaurant caters for most tastes although we seldom eat there, a short taxi ride into Bitez or Gumbet ( about 11TL or £4 ) offers greater choice and beach front dining if you wish, 3 full english breakfasts, chicken & chips, 4 x fresh orange juices, 2 teas and 2 coffees came to 57TL, about £20!!! While on the subject of Bitez or Gumbet they are within walking distance but involve some very steep hills, I wouldn't do it in flip flops if I were you !!!
To sum up the Lemon Tree apartments I would gladly go back again, Ali, Emre, Sardac and the rest of the family really do make you feel welcome and they all came out to wave us off at departure time, you don't get that from some of the bigger places.Being able to watch the QPR v Newcastle match in shorts and barefoot in lovely surroundings on Monday night was so nice. If you want a relaxing, away from it all holiday with no hassle and superb weather then this is the place. If you want continuous disco music, drunken party games or the 18 - 30 type holiday then this is not the place. It's not the Ritz, but for the price it is excellent value for money.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Blackpool, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2011

We have just returned from the Lemon Tree after spending a fabulous time there.Ali & his family were lovely people & could not do enough to help you.The apartment was very spacious & clean - we were in apt 13 which was a 2 bedroom suite on the ground floor. We did not have a balcony but this did not matter as we spend a lot of time in the bar area & met lots of nice people.
The BBQ night was lovely & the food was great .
As i said before Ali & his family were very helpful to us .One night when we were going into Bitez for a meal we has asked if they would call a taxi for us & next minute Ali went to get his car & dropped us in the centre of Bitez himself . Amazing service.
We were all really sad to leave yesterday & had wished we had booked 2 weeks instead of the 1. we will definately be returning again .
Elaine Steve & Emma - Blackpool England.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Gumbet Mah. Kavakli Sarnic Cad. No:69 Bodrum Merkez, Bodrum City, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Turkish Aegean Coast > Mugla Province > Bodrum > Bodrum City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 71 Specialty Lodging in Bodrum City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Lemon Tree Apart-Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 18
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