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.
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