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“Nice hotel, but no 5 star” 3 of 5 stars
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Yelken Hotel & Spa
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Kadikalesi Mevki, Turgutreis 48963, Turkey   |  
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Ranked #27 of 60 Hotels in Turgutreis
Nijlen
1 review
“Nice hotel, but no 5 star”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2010

The Yelken Hotel is a nice hotel, but no 5 star.
We asked for a calm room. We got a room right above the bar. Not calm at all.

Rooms are nice and clean. Bathroom is cleaned every day, but there was black fungus in the bathtub.

The airco does not work all day. We thought ours was broken, but the receptionist told us the airco only works between 4pm and 8pm and between 11pm and 12am.
If you arrive at 1pm and you have to unpack, it was really warm.
Our son takes a nap after lunch and it was also pretty hot in the room.

Food was alright. Standard all-in buffet.
When you ask a drink at the pool bar (like a coke), they mix it with water. Cheap trick...

Staff was alright. Friendly.
Animation team was friendly. We don't participate, so we don't really have an opinion.

The hotel was nice, but it definitely is not a 5 star hotel.
We however will not visit it again.

Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Manchester, England
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2010

The hotel is very clean the staff are excellent the food is good. If you have already booked then take ear plugs with you. it is the noisiest hotel I have ever stayed at - that is outside in the pool area, just a continuous bang bang bang beat in the main pool area almost unbearable there is a quiet pool but you have to be out early to get a place. The entertainment is very very poor. We went for six nights five of which were just audiance participation who provided the entertainment you know the usual belly dancing and ladies laying eggs etc. The outside area is very very poor. The hotel shuttle costs £4 per person and a taxi £15 return. Someone has stated they got a bottle of wine etc in their room on arrival - we didn't. If you are very hard of hearing and don't want to go outside the hotel then maybe you could enjoy it - otherwise give it a wide berth. I have been in travel since 1960 so having travelled the world and stayed in many hotels I know what i am talking about. The hotel is lovely the outside area is terrible the roads are so bad that when you come home you don't notice our pot-holes. They also quote you in Euros so when they tell you something is 10 you think 10 Turkish lira (about £5) but they mean Euros which is £10 their rate of exchange is 1 Euro to the £1.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bangor North Wales
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2010

The Yelken Hotel and Spa is the best hotel I have ever stayed in. All of the staff were extremely helpful and polite; also very welcoming. Resteraunt was very nice, good choice of food at breakfast, lunch and teatime; also a snackbar which offers burgers and chips if you do not fancy a big lunch or have children with you. Entertainment was very good, a chance for everyone to participate as the staff would go around and ask if you or your children would like to take part. Rooms very clean and always kept tidy, clean towels everyday and clean bedsheets. Also there is a little shop round the corner have any essentials you may have forgotten to pack but beware VERY EXPENSIVE!! Between 20-35 Liras for suncream! Would definetly go back to the Yelken Hotel.

  • Stayed June 2010
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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great britain
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2010

the yelken is beautiful and anyone about to go shouldnt worry about the bad reviews, we had a lovely holiday there. the pools are fantastic, clean and not at all crowded, there are always plenty of sun loungers .
the food was fresh with lots of choice and if you didnt fancy lunch in the dining room you can have burger chips, pizza, salad, from the snack bar, all inclusive. you can eat your food where ever you like , infact there are no petty rules telling you what you can and cant do at all.
our room was in the main hotel and was clean and comfortable, very nice, and we spoke to people in the annex who had no complaints at all either.
we all loved the slide pool and the animation team were very good, very very funny.
the hotel is right on the beach with a lovely jetty you can sunbath on or jump into the warm clear sea. if you walk on the beach to the right of the hotel for a few yards you will find the best little beach bar, right on the sand with loads of huge cussions to relax on. wonderful. if carlberg did beach bars !!
you can walk the other way on the beach to turgetreis which is a lovely , busy little town.
the all inclusive drinks are very good and the coffee liquer is basically bayleys, very nice !
we didnt try the disco so cant comment but i would say it is a hotel suited more for younger children than teenagers.
hotel staff are very nice . dining room is lovely, you can eat inside or outside.
now one or two words of warning, but these are just niggles and wont spoil your holiday.
we asked about keeping our room on cos our flight home was at night and you can only keep it till 6pm at a cost of 30 pounds (obviously not worth it)
the shower room you can use on your last day is very basic and not much privacy, no soap so take your own.
mini safes in your room are expensive , about 30 pounds again i think, but we really felt we didnt need it,
bodrum airport is horrendous. take food and drink with you as everything costs a fortune. e.g. bag of chips ,5 pounds, infact everything seemed to be about 5 pounds.
you are herded in like cattle and once in there is no getting out. hardly any seating and people just laid out all over the floor. reminded me of a turkish prison, not that iv ever been in one but you know what i mean ! i just thank god we were nt delayed. i dont know if all turkish airports are as bad but even if they are it still wouldnt put me off going back to turkey because its a beautiful country, lovely people and fab weather.
dont worry if it says rainy and cloudy on the hotel notice board, this means about 3 spots of rain and a cloud the size of a fried egg !
fully recomend parrasailing

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kettering, United Kingdom
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17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2010

I have just returned from a last minute holiday in Turkey and stayed at the Yelken for seven nights. Just like all Turkey hotels I have visited, the star rating is a bit generous, but that said I had a room in the main building overlooking the pool and I would rate it easily four star. The only let down for me was the meal arrangements in the main restaurant. It all seemed a little too rushed and queing for freshly cooked food was the worst I have seem for a long time. I think that the adjacent buildings were bought and renovated to increase the capacity of the hotel but the dining room was not expanded to suit. I used to take breakfast, lunch and dinner early to avoid the rush.

As for the remainder of the hotel, I found all of the staff friendly, the room was clean and was serviced every day with fresh towels. Air con in the room worked ok and the bed was comfy.

The population was, to my mind, principally German and Polish with a selection of French, English and Russian guests as well. There was the usual early morning saving of sun beds near the main pool and relax pool and most poolside beds were taken by 9.00am.

The beach is not worthy of reference. What sand there is is covered in sun beds. It ranges from two metres to six metres in width and there is nowhere for younger ones to play with buckets and spades etc, so don't bother with any of this equipment if you are going here. The timber decking area built out over the sea was good for getting the sun away from the pools, but again, you will need to be early to get one or two of the giant bags that you rest on. There are no sunbeds on the decking area.

I used the gym and had several massages. The gym equipment was ok but some bits needed minor repairs but all in all ok. The spa treatments are expensive on the price list but they will discount this by about half if you haggle enough. They only take cash though, so if you are planning to use the spa bring plenty of Euros with you.

Outside the hotel there is nothing to see or do. You can arrange shuttle transport into Bodrum from the hotel.

All in all a good hotel for a relaxing break.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Ankara
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2010

The Yelken Hotel & Spa in Bodrum is utterly charming with a lovely pool, flowers everywhere, extensive breakfast, and an excellent restaurant - with a stunning view. Our room was very comfortable, with all the necessary amenities. The views from all corners of the hotel are lovely - looking out over Bodrum, the harbour and the castle - and it is...

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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UK
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2010

My wife and I have travelled all over the world, and 15 tears ago we went to Turkey, on our return I said'' I will never go there again'' Well we have just got back'' And this hotel must rank as one of the best that we have stopped in.
Everything was first class , food ,pools, service etc… Animation team were just brilliant.
Okay there were some Russians , but although they maybee a bit rude and fancy themselves I would sooner have them than loads of Drunk English all over the place
( And Iam English). So if you want a nice relaxing holiday with a bit of luxury then I would recomend this Hotel.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Kadikalesi Mevki, Turgutreis 48963, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Turkish Aegean Coast > Mugla Province > Bodrum > Turgutreis
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#8 Spa Hotel in Turgutreis
#14 Luxury Hotel in Turgutreis
#15 On the Beach Hotel in Turgutreis
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — Yelken Hotel & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 297
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