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“Unimpressed-Not Worth Your Money! Must read, very honest.” 1 of 5 stars
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4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Cumhuriyet Mah. Sahil Sok. No:23, Icmeler 48700, Turkey (Formerly S Hotel)   |  
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Ranked #56 of 93 Hotels in Icmeler
Doncaster, South Yorkshire
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Unimpressed-Not Worth Your Money! Must read, very honest.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2010

I shall warn you now, this will be a very long and honest/detailed review!
Ok, lets start with a bit of an intro. Me and my partner looked for a holiday to relax but with things to do (bars/shops etc). I am 22 and my boyfriend is 25. Stayed in S Hotel for 2 weeks.
Now the negatives. Firstly we were introduced with the two hour long transfer from the Dalaman Airport (after a four hour journey on a plane!) this seemed to be in the middle of nowhere. We then arrived at the hotel around 9pm, their time, and had just missed dinner. Our rep asked if they could throw something together for us to eat due to long journey etc, they flatly refused and then produced cold rice and brown salad...stating that this was all that was left. We took it lightly and was then shown to the room....
This was the best suprise. The rooms looked completely different to the picture in the brochure. The room was extreamly dated, worn carpet, scuffed beds, a very old and dirty fridge. The bathroom was hideous. The toilet smelt like a urinal, even when we complained of the smell, it wasn't seen to. The shower ran hot and cold no matter what setting. The sink was set in to a unit with a rim of black mould around the seal. The lighting consisted of two very dim strip light either side of the mirror and when you were in the shower with the curtain drawn you couldn't see a thing! There was also a very random telephone fixed to the wall which rang on and off through the day and night!
The beds were very hard and the sheets were rarely changed, when they were, they were stained with what looked like either make-up or just dirt. The pillows were very lumpy and could visibly see yellow sweat stains on the fabric. I ended up with a very stiff neck by the second week. The base of the beds were dirty and scuffed, even the covering fabric was ripped.
The carpets in the room were worn and rough. They were peeling back in the corners and never hoovered by the cleaners.
The hotel states that it as air-con in all rooms. This is not as it seems. There is no air-con unit outside (apart from in the dining areas). The rooms however are supplied with air blown in from the corridor out side your room door. There is a box with temperature settings which didn't seem to make a difference.
You are supplied with a card on your room key which slots in to a box on the wall to supply electricity to your room. The air-con didn't seem to cool the room unless this electric fob was left in the room all day, which wasn't possible as we were only supplied with one key. We ended up removing the key from the keyring and leaving the electric card in the room constantly and leaving with just the room key in a pocket. This was the only way we could keep the room just under boiling point.
The food was a joke. There was plenty of chips, but the main dishes were terrible. Meat was fatty and full of bones. Pasta over cooked and sticky. Flavour was bland. There was more choice of salad than actual dishes. Stale bread. There was plenty of russians and bulgarians staying at this hotel who of which has no respect for any other holiday makers. They pushed in the que and demanded huge quantities of everything on offer. They even attempted to start "ordering" certain foods for the day after. There were things appearing on thier dining tables that weren't shown at the buffet.
The dining area consisted of indoor and out door tables, or should I say wooden chairs and tables. The tables were covered with a cloth, but the chairs were left with bare wooden slats which were extreamly uncomfortable to sit on. Funnily enough, the other more demanding customers had cushions on their chairs. Breakfast consisted of boiled eggs and "mini meats" and again, stale bread. Alot of the time we ate out, costing just under an extra £400 for the two week stay.
The choice of drinks were poor. They had chilled juice in dispenser machines, which we later discovered were filled up with a hose pipe that they also used to clean the floor. Even though we were warned not to consume the tap water, they still filled the juicers and boilers with the hose. The bottled water was kept in a cupboard and wasn't refridgerated, the water dispenser wasn't swiched on so this was also warm. The pop bottles were kept out on the side so unless you added ice to your drink every ten minutes, these were also a warm refreshment. There were alot of alcoholic drinks on offer such as local beer, vodka, gin, red/white wine, and "raki" (turkish spirit alot like ouzo). Alot of the russian and bulgarian customers drank alcohol from 10am when the bar opened and spent the days being loud and roudy. Not a nice atmosphere for people there to relax and enjoy the day time.
The reception area didn't seem to be very friendly and none of the staff spoke good english. Mostly communicated through actions. The "free high speed internet" was actually an old computer that could never get connection.
We never saw the pool getting cleaned and the sunbeds were dangerous! The pool area itself was clean and the mattresses for the sunbeds were decent. The sunbeds were plastic and looked pretty durable but most of them were broken down the centre and could not be used. Your towel would get moved if you left your sunbed for longer than 30 mins. There were even people laying on towels on the tiles. There are around 25 sunbeds for a hotel that keeps up to 160 holiday makers. These broken sunbeds were not taken away but just stored on the grass.

Now to the positives.
The towels were changed everyday.... the lager was tasty.... thats just about it for the hotel.
The town Icmeler was incredible. There were plenty of things to do, marvelous bars and resturaunts. Plenty of little shops selling little trinkets and jewellry etc. All the turkish people were lovely and friendly. There are rumours that the turkish men were "overfriendly" with foriegn women but I didn't see anything like that towards me. All the staff in the bars ect weren't very fussy and were just there to make sure you were enjoying yourself. Plenty of entertainment!
If it wasn't for the location I would have probably requested to move hotels. There were plenty of other hotels that were in the same area. We will definately go back to Icmeler but will look to stay in a different hotel. The area was surrounded with incredible views. The boat trips were lovely and the further out you go, the clearer the water gets. On the beach the water was pretty murky due to the taxi boats to Marmaris polluting the water, but once out of the bay, the sea is so clear you can see right to the bottom.
Alot of the local residents made negative comments when we told them where we were staying. Alot of comments with regards to Russian's and food. One man told us that S Hotel had not changed for 5 years and "guessed" that the hotel would be taken over in a few years time if it didn't improve.
This hotel is very much designed around Russian nationals. The food, decor, manners, and drink is suited to everyone but the English visitors. While we were there we were noticing alot of other hotels and ALL looked alot better then the S.
Before we booked this hotel we checked the reviews over the internet and all seemed to be positive unaware these were years old. There was also mention of entertainment at this hotel, however this no longer stands. There were no entertainment during our stay.
I would recommend that anyone looking to stay in this hotel looks elsewhere.
I hope this helps for any future couples/families/groups heading to Icmeler.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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  • French first
  • German first
  • Polish first
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England
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2010

The S Hotel is not suitable for British people and is no where near the standards of a 4* Hotel. The Balconey was very small, only two chairs side by side and no table. Air con and fridge not working. The bed linen and towels only changed three times in 10 days and were very stained. All food brought in and based on Russian style meals. There was only 4-6 British couples there at 1 time. The rest were Russian or Bulgarian who took great quanties of food. Sun loungers were mostly broken and dangerous. The toilets in the reception area were disgusting and broken. Everything we asked to be replaced was ignored. Overall this hotel was a bad experience not the type of hotel for English people or families with children. Icmeler its self is a really nice place and the people are very friendly and made the holiday worth while. I just wish we had picked a better hotel.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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London
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2009

I've been on MANY holidays and this was by far the best one I've ever been on. The staff were so friendly and always stopped to chat to everyone and make sure they were all having a good time. They had entertainment most nights like belly dancers and kareoke, but the best part of that, is that it wasn't at all cheesy. I went with my Mum, two younger brothers, my aunt and her husband (Who are quite young) and there 4 young boys. I'll admit that there wasn't much choice with the food, but we ate out most of the time anyway and they always gave an afternoon meal and tea and buiscuts! The staff were great fun, always jumping in the pool for laughs. Although they were more like friends than professionals (Even with the language barrier). The manager also told me that every year they change staff, so I doubt the same people are there now. This was one of the cheapest holidays I have been on and I loved everything about it. I might actually go again this year!

  • Stayed August 2006, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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wolverhampton
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2009

If you are russian this is the hotel for you,you will get table service but unfortunatly if british its self service.
Rooms are basic & need a makeover but are very clean,extractor in bathroom didnt work & the air con was only working at set times.
The location was excellant for all amenities with an irish bar next door.
plus side,good location & clean.
negative side,staff not very friendly & couldnt speak english or smile,food was awfull with only two choices per sitting.
would i recommend this hotel to my enemys NO.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Sofia, Bulgaria
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2008

First let's finish with the negative stuff: I believe the hotel used to be perfect around 5-10 years ago but now rooms need repairs. Furniture, bathroom and carpet are worn-out and therefore look dirty, even if they have been cleaned. Breakfast was too scarce in terms of variety.
Now the good stuff. Very tasty food, very nice pool area and in the first place - wonderful personnel! People were so friendly and cooperative, they made our stay really nice. The hotel manager passed through every table at dinner, every evening to say "hello" and "bon appetit". All waiters were cheerful and talkative and polite.
It is true that sunbeds at the beach were not enough for all the guests, but if you are going to Ichmeler, you wouldn't want to use the beach anyway. Water is too salty to swim. It is far better to go to boat trip everyday - it is 100% worth the money!
And if you are wondering whether to choose a hotel in Ichmeler or in Marmaris: always choose Ichmeler - it is far more peaceful and beautiful and flowering than Marmaris. And if Ichmeler's bars and discos are not enough for you, you can always go to Marmaris and back by bus - day or night.

  • Liked — Personnel, food
  • Disliked — Bathrooms
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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chorley
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2008

Returned in June after spending 1 week at the S Hotel with my husband.
Food was good, staff and management friendly and helpful, Rooms kept clean daily, towels and bedding changed most days. Pool side was very clean and relaxing and bar staff very friendly.
Location of hotel very handy for beach and shops.
Reception very helpful re keeping room on for last day, gave us a room on the rooftop which was basic but clean and the views over icmeler were breathtaking well worth the small amount they charged us £10 for two, which included AI until we were picked up for the airport at 10pm.
Would recommend this hotel, going again in September for 1 week with our son and partner and niece and partner as we have talked about hotel and resort to them and they decided to join us.
I'm sure another good time will be had by all.

  • Liked — relaxing friendly atmosphere
  • Disliked — the soft pillows
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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liverpool
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2008

We have just come home after 2 weeks stay, all inclusive, at the 'S' hotel. Myself, my wife, her brother and his fiance. Had a good stay at the hotel, food not up to much but we always eat out anyway when in Icmeler. snacks by the pool were nice in the afternoon. Rooms spotless, maid service excellent, changed beds/towels everyday. Bar staff & waiters also excellent, particularly Evren & ronaldo, made us feel very welcome. Not many Brits there, mostly Russians, but they were no problem (staff were glad to have a few Brits staying, had a laugh with them). Location was great, about 50 yards from canal, very central. The two bars outside the 'S' turn their music down at midnight, so no problem. Excellent value for money. Would definately go back to this hotel.
Jill,Tom Robbie & Pat, from Liverpool.

  • Liked — room, staff,
  • Disliked — food
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Cumhuriyet Mah. Sahil Sok. No:23, Icmeler 48700, Turkey (Formerly S Hotel)
Location: Turkey > Turkish Aegean Coast > Mugla Province > Icmeler
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#18 Luxury Hotel in Icmeler
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Verde Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 102
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