If you are an easy-going person, you will love the Siesta and everything it has to offer. However, if you are going to this hotel expecting the Hilton, this may not be for you.
I, a 20 year-old student, went with my parents, aged 52 and 54, to the Siesta for the first time on 19th June 2012 for a week all-inclusive. We got to the hotel the early hours of the morning, around 2am, after having a delayed flight. We were greeted by the receptionist and another friendly member of staff who took our bags upstairs for us.
We had a first floor room facing the hotel pool and I was at first surprised by the size of the room. But after getting a good night’s sleep, I could see that once the cases were under the beds and we’d unpacked, the room was perfectly sufficient for us. There is a long shelf above the double/twin bed to put clothes on as well as a wardrobe so the three of us didn’t struggle for storage. The air-con in the room is free and if you wish to have use of the fridge or the safety deposit box, they have a charge, payable at reception, of 21 lira each for these amenities for the week. This is about £7-£8 so a reasonable price in my opinion. Ladies, there is a hair dryer in the bathroom, so you don’t need to bring your own. The bathroom is again compact, but has all the necessities.
By the reception, there is a computer for use by guests for a small charge, a free pool table and a book shelf with various books left by other customers for you to enjoy. The hotel has free Wi-Fi for guests, which is a luxury in England, never mind Turkey so I was surprised the hotel offered this!
The outside restaurant area is really pretty, with a water fountain in the corner.
The actual pool size was fine, I wasn’t doing any Olympic swimming so was happy to just be able to cool off after being suitably cooked on the sun bed! We got sun beds every day and didn’t get up at 7am to claim them, so finding a sun bed isn’t a problem.
Meal Times are Breakfast: 07:30-10:00, Lunch: 12:30-13:30, Snack: 15:00-16:00 and Dinner: 19:30-21:30.
We’re the type of family who try any food so we were content with the different tastes and flavours on offer. We were there for a week and were quite happy with the variation presented.
Breakfast was a typical continental affair with cold meats, cheeses and cereals. There was bread, scrambled or boiled eggs and beans available if you wanted something hot.
Lunch and Dinner were similar. There was a different soup, with bread, at every meal and chips are always out for the fussy eaters. There was lots of salads offered, with usually 3 or 4 hot dishes containing meat, fish, vegetables, pasta or rice. If you still had room, there were some desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Every day at 3pm, you can see the guests preparing for burger time. I don’t even eat burgers at home but loved these ones. Sometimes my dad and I shared a burger and chips so we didn’t feel fat!
The Drink (Very Important to the British)
The All-Inclusive Drinks run from 10:00-23:00 and include all soft drinks, coffee, tea, house wine, local beer (Efes) and local spirits. You have to pay for bottled water and any branded spirits like Smirnoff for example. My parents drank the wine and they said it was ok. Not the best they’ve ever had but you know, it’s free. I’m a vodka drinker (staying true to my student roots) and the local vodka with diet coke was my regular order.
The Staff: The best thing about this hotel!
You’ve heard it before in other reviews, but the staff make this hotel. Somebody said that the staff were rude, which we never experienced, and in my opinion, people treat you how you treat them. The staff are so friendly and will do anything to help you. Every day they ask how you are and always have a smile on their face. They work very long hours and I’m not sure I could smile for that long! Taner in the restaurant always came over and said hi and helped us with some basic Turkish like hello and thank you. Last but not least, the bar staff. They certainly made me smile, with their cocktail making and sparkler dancing. Echo was my favourite, he always had a cheeky smile for me and we would have lots of banter with each other every night.
Icmeler is a lovely place that a bit quieter than it’s neighbour Marmaris, but still has a lively nightlife with many bars open ‘til late and 2 nightclubs, Eastenders and Ambiance. If you’re not a party-all night-type, there’s lots to do in the day too. Local markets, boat trips, Jeep Safari and many other trips can be booked from various stalls on the main roads. I really have to recommend a Turkish bath, which if you get at the beginning of the holiday, makes you get a better tan! They scrub you, exfoliating your skin, with some packages including a massage too.
I loved this hotel so much I went back on my own in July for a week and had a fantastic time all over again. The friendliness of the staff made me feel safe and I just got chatting to other guests at the hotel. There were a lot of people (myself included) that were returning to the Siesta and I think this just shows what a gem this hotel is. This is the first hotel I’ve been to where I believe I could return year upon year and never get bored. My parents also loved the place and the three of us are booked in again in September!
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If you’ve already booked the Siesta, you’ll have an amazing time. If you haven’t booked yet, what are you waiting for?!
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