I too like many others read the reviews and became a little worried about what we had done, but honest hand on heart, we've just come back from spending two weeks at La Rosa and we had a fantastic time. We are already looking up prices etc to go back next year.
The hotel was just perfect, just set away from all the hustle and bustle of the markets and busy night life in Gumbet/Bodrum, so was nice and quiet, apart that is from the Mosque which went off four to five times a day, however, after day two we stopped noticing it and if in the room the double glazed doors really did close it out, we couldn't hear a thing. If wanting to go into Gumbet it was roughly a 10 to 15 minute walk away, mostly down hill so going back to the Hotel meant a walk back up the hill, now a lot of people say it's quite steep, honest, it's not that bad, I just think with it being so hot, it just makes it more of a struggle. Gumbet has a lot of bars, restaurant's, the beach and lot's of shops with Turkish guys trying to get you to go in and buy there cheap designer items. You must haggle with them, what ever they ask for then offer them a third of that price, they will drop the price down and you can walk away with some good bargain's. Just so you have a sort of rough idea on prices, we brought 200 fags Lambert and Butler, 2 pairs of designer sun glasses, a bottle of Poison perfume, 5 boxes of Turkish Delight, 3 Polo shirts for my nephew's and had a meal which included a starter and drinks, total cost for all of that was 340 TL which is 125 quid at 2.70 to the pound. It would cost 90 quid just for the fags, so you can see it's very cheap. If wanting to go to Bodrum then you would need to get the Dolmus (bus) No 3 which is so easy to do, picks you up just up from the hotel and drops you off at the bus station set right in Bodrum town centre and cost 3 TL each way. Much bigger market etc and you didn't seemed to be pulled in by the shop owners so could walk around without the hassle. When returning to the Hotel on the bus, just go back to the bus station which is easy to find, get the number 3 and when you get on the bus just ask for La Rosa, the driver drops you right outside the hotel. You can get a taxi if you wish but going on the Dolmus is an experience.
The Hotel was brill, staff were so friendly and helpful. Two lovely ladies who cleaned the rooms, changed the bedding and gave us clean towels every other day. I know it's there job, but when you see them and see how they lug bags around and sweep the carpets with dustpan and brush, yet are always smiling, even though they worked all hours, good on them, they did a brill job. Yes breakfast was a little basic but it didn't stop people from eating it and going back for more. Boiled eggs, scrambled eggs, tomatoes, cheese, olives, meat, cornflakes, oats, bread, jams, coffee, tea or juice. Yes there is only one toaster, but after asking the Manager why, you understood the reason's, if adding another toaster or toasting machine, it would blow the fuse as there wasn't enough power sockets and couldn't add anymore extension leads. He did say that they are aware of this problem and it is being looked into and when the holiday season is over they will work on it. However, waiting for toast wasn't a problem, well I didn't think it was and I had toast every morning. Tea was from 7pm onwards and the dinning area was lovely, set outside close to the pool area with olive trees etc surrounding the area. We'd have soup and bread, main meal and bread and pudding, even though the main meal at times did look like a small portion due to having the soup and pudding it was quite filling. My husband is a Celiac and they were absolutely brilliant with him, if there was something on the menu that he couldn't eat then they made him something different that didn't contain wheat. In fact if you didn't like what was on the menu anyway, if you saw the reception area before 12 midday then you could change it for something else. If you wish to eat during the day then they have a menu which had lots of choices and were very nice and not to expensive either. The hotel also laid on some entertainment which was really enjoyable, belly dancer with snake, break dancers, karaoke and plenty of dancing on the bar, had some wicked nights.
The hotel sets up a tab for you so what ever you have on the day gets paid for the next morning at the reception, we thought that was a good idea, however, some people would of liked to pay as they went along and no the barman don't add drinks onto your tab. All rooms have air con but there is an extra charge for this, 4 pound a day and they like you to pay for a week at a time in advance, it's worth it and needed so it's a must, depending on when you go of course it can get very hot. Make sure when you've got it on that the balcony door and bathroom door is shut, we were told if you do this then the air con won't drip. We didn't have any problems with it. Depending on which control you get to operate your air con, the bottom part does open up and you can set it so that your air con blows away from you and has many other options. As far as I'm aware I think all rooms have single beds which can easily be put together and they will give you a thick blanket that can be put between the two mattresses to make it comfy, which it was. Bathrooms are basic, shower, loo, sink and hairdryer (not that it's needed, your hair dry's in 5 mins with the heat). Water from the shower is warmer in the evening rather than first thing in the morning, There is a TV in the room, we just had the music channel on whilst getting ready. There is also a phone in the room and at a charge you can make calls if needed.
You can get a safety deposit box which I would recommend, not that we didn't trust anyone, it's more than there jobs worth, but it was handy to keep our passports and money in it. The charge for this was 1 pound a day and well worth it.
Sophie are rep was brill, always there if you needed and very easy to get hold of if she wasn't. She was very helpful and had lots of offers for great trips etc. Keep the good work up Sophie, thanks for always being there when needed.
Also to let you know, if you come out of the hotel and take the first set of steps on your left then take a left again and walk up the small hill, on the very first right turning you will find a Sok Market, this has cheap water, coke, juices and many other things that you can keep in your room, but please be aware you can not take these items to the bar or pool area, which is more than understandable, you wouldn't take your own drink or food into a pub or restaurant. Directly across the road from the Sok Market you will see a Pharmacy, in Turkey just so you know, you do not need a prescription to get antibiotics, they sell them over the counter and aren't expensive, however, you need a prescription if wanting Sudafed so if you suffer from a blocked nose then take them out with you because you can not buy them over the counter in Turkey. Next door to the Pharmacy is a cash machine, card in, enter pin number, it will ask you what langue, then enter amount you wish to withdraw in TL.
The two weeks that we spent at La Rosa was just perfect. Very chilled, didn't know what day or time it was and batteries are totally recharged. Hotel was lovely, staff were brill, location fantastic and made lots of new friends. Did things when we wanted too and enjoyed every second of it. We will be going back.
We had room 209, first floor, back of the hotel so balcony facing bar, pool etc, however, wasn't...
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