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“Good value for money - average hotel with great staff” 3 of 5 stars
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Blue Park Hotel
Merkez Mah 254 Sok No 2, Armutalan, Turkey   |  
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Ranked #17 of 33 Hotels in Armutalan
High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Good value for money - average hotel with great staff”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

We stayed here 10th to 20th July, last minute deal for £400 each all inclusive. It was 'ok', nothing terrible but nothing outstanding either, but a lot of areas for improvement (but then that's why it's not a 5 star). Considering the money we paid it was exactly right; beds were fine and changed/made daily, food was edible, drinks were fine however the staff were by far the most OUTSTANDING attribute to this hotel. It could have been a completely different holiday if the staff had not been as friendly, helpful, happy and 'up for a laugh' as they were :-) For this review however, I'll do a PROS and CONS list if that helps.
PROS
Rooms were a decent size - pool was fine and sunbeds were always available - other guests were friendly towards each other (Scottish, Welsh, Danish, Turkish) - really friendly local cats - food is fine and if you ask for more Turkish themed food, you will get it within a couple of days (and it was gooood) - staff are wonderful (Attila helped me surprise my husband on his birthday with candles and sparklers on a box of baklava, made him a birthday cocktail on the house and blew up balloons for him too...oh and sang Happy Birthday to him!) - location is ok as there is a bus (dolmus number 3) right outside that takes you to Marmaris, goes every 5 minutes and only costs 2TL (68p) each way - nice views - walking distance to bars/restaurants/shops that are great in the evening when you fancy a cocktail and a dance to the Macarena, or to see Michael Jackson (?!) - the organised trips are well worth doing, we did 7 and it cost £55 each (booked with Ozzy) - the hotel shop does not rip you off, decent prices and helpful staff - ask the staff (any of them) for advice and you will get it - the staff respond greatly if you make an effort to speak Turkish (which we did) and they would then go out of their way to converse with you (and for them to improve their English too) - free wifi

CONS
Air con is extra (£30 for a week) - safety deposit box is extra (£10 for week) - rooms were not cleaned (only the beds get made) whilst we were there and we had to ask for toilet roll twice - food is minimal with choices, always includes chips and is very repetitive. Pudding is always just melon. - Drinks stop being all inclusive at 10pm and you're not supposed to get more than one drink per person despite the drink being served in a small plastic beaker (the staff don't worry about this during the day though) - the table cloths were filthy and were only brushed down, not replaced, despite stains being very visible from breakfast to supper - the toilets don't seem to have been plumbed in very well, they are at an angle and wobble when you sit on them (making me chuckle just thinking about this) - our shower was miniscule and had no shower curtain, the bathroom flooded every time we had a shower. - the pool is deep and I could only just touch my toe to the bottom (although there is a kids/Jacuzzi small pool too)

Basically, we are realistic nice positive people and we made the most of our holiday, whereas I can see that other people would love to moan about things. I wouldn't necessarily recommend this hotel, I would want to try another one, but then again I wouldn't worry if I was going back there. If you've booked this hotel, then you will have a fine time, just don't expect 5 star.
Marmaris itself is very touristy, but well worth spending time there. Try the smaller local looking restaurants (great value and fab food) and avoid the mariner terrace roof restaurants which are far more more expensive. We got stitched up and paid £76 for a meal not including drinks at the KAPADOKYA which is utterly outrageous and even our hotel staff tried to help us complain to the police about it if we wanted to. Hey that's life, you win some...
Icmeler is also worth a visit (another dolmus ride, no problem), similar to Marmaris but slightly smaller with less hassle plus they have an old town (we didn't get to go there but apparently is great).
The trips we did were: Turkish bath - Horse riding - Lazy boat trip - Midnight boat trip - Turtle Beach boat trip - Icmeler market - Turkish Night (this was awesome and highly recommended). The boat trips were good but had the same meals on each one which was a shame, plus it wasn't traditional Turkish food which we would have liked. Horse riding was great too! Other people were raving about the Safari and Quad Biking trips.
Anyway, I hope this helps and I hope you have a fab holiday...we did :-)
Much love to Attila and his team xxxxx

Room Tip: The balconies are tiny but useful for drying off your towels. We asked for a ground floor room with...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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English first
Belfast, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

me and my boyfriend are just back from turkey and would just like to say we had a wonderful stay at the hotel the only down side are the moany holiday makers who were staying at the hotel i mean they complained about the smallest thing and made a mountain out of it !
the room we were in was very nice and clean. The food was not the best but it was nothing to complain about tbh but i have to give it to the manager and the chef thy tried every thing to suit every body he even asked all guest what type of food thy would like and most morning the chef cooked on a live cooking station fried egg, scrambled egg, egg omelette , pancakes there was fresh bread fresh fruit and fresh salad out every day . The Bar staff were a bit slow on the bar and did not seem happy to be there apart from atila but again i think this was because of moany people ! the staff were very friendly and helpful i did not see any staff flirt with any girl at the hotel .on the down side there was no entertainment at the hotel but a short 5 min walk away there is plenty of other bars for internment . we Also booked all our excursions with ozzy which was good for us because we met 2 wonderful girls from London that were staying at the hotel and were defo keeping in touch i would not book Turkish bath with him as thy concentrate on photos more than the bath itself i would recommend you go to the other excursion places n make sure its in a hotel before booking it i would not book the bar crawl with him because the hotel do one for free to the same place and would defo recommend scuba diving dalyan jeep safari thank you to the hotel staff happy Irish couple :) / Irish coffee xox

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013 via mobile

I went from the 9th-20th July and arrived back a couple of days ago, I have nothing but good things to say about this hotel,I went with a group of friends and we all loved it I met some of the most loveliest people there all the staff are amazing will go out of there way to do anything for you always have smiles on there faces, always up for a laugh regardless of the extremely long hours they work, food was good always find something that you like, rooms always cleaned, I received really good service and would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone, and will definitely be returning.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Weymouth, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

I've just returned from spending a week at the Blue Park hotel in Turkey. I traveled with 2 friends (all of us girls in our mid twenties). At first, I was a bit apprehensive of Turkey - we've all read those 'I fell in love with a Turkish love rat' articles! But it was a fantastic holiday.

We arrived at the hotel before dawn following an evening flight and a longish bus journey. Being dropped outside the hotel's swimming pool, we were initially unsure of how to enter the hotel before a receptionist came out to greet us. We were given our keys and told to come down early for breakfast, and to meet the excursions rep, Osman, who was friendly and made sure that we had lots of things to do during our time in Turkey. What was really good was that all the excursions included transport there and back, which is needed for a hotel that is not very central.

Our room (407) was perfectly clean. Whilst it's true that that our bathroom wasn't cleaned during our stay (as many reviews do state), we never felt that it was a problem. The water that escaped the shower soon drained away and we never felt that it was a hazard. It was pleasant surprise to find that our beds were made on a daily basis and our bedding was changed once during our time there. The cleaning style was one that I relate to at home - the clean what's visible/out of sight, out of mind philosophy, reinforced by a layer of dust and a lone slipper (not ours!) found under the bed. This is the only reason that I have not judged the cleanliness of this hotel to be excellent. The hotel itself, including the pool, were always really clean and i was impressed at the thoroughness taken over the cleaning up of a broken glass - no chance of slicing a toe off here!

One criticism I would make is that one of the perks of this hotel when we booked was that it offered air conditioning. The hotel does indeed offer air conditioning, but it comes with a £30 price tag. We paid this, but felt a bit cheated - hence not an 'excellent' service rating.

The food was fine and certainly very plentiful. Yes, it did seem quite samey (therefore, not an 'excellent' rating), but I wouldn't expect a menu choice at an all inclusive hotel. I did appreciate the pancakes for breakfast - slow, but worth it! The all inclusive free bar closed at 10pm, which we considered to be really early (but finishing some of our nights out with water was probably a blessing in disguise!) But in all seriousness, this is a big reason for me not rating this hotel overall as excellent, and why I deem the 'value' to be less than excellent.

The staff at the hotel were all friendly enough. Yes, they were full of banter - just laugh it off!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013 via mobile

Me and my girlfriend enjoyed our stay here. The room was basic. Few minor faults.... Shower curtain was held up by a plastic chain and paper clip which I found quite innovative if anything haha. The food wasn't the best but it wasn't anything to moan about. You could have certain things cooked in front of you. Eggs etc. The bar staff were all young lads although after finding out girls who with partners or weren't interested in them were quite rude. But to be honest I've experienced that in many places I've been. Ozzy who you can book all your activities with is very good value. I advise everyone to book through him. The bar closing time is 22:00 which is poor. But all that means is start drinking earlier haha. This hotel was just what a expectant paid for. A simple, basic hotel in Turkey. Want more than that. Pay more. Happy travelling everyone

Stayed August 2012
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013 via mobile

Bar staff rude creepy unless your a blonde 15 yr old girl the manager turns a blind eye to all the discussing things that are going on also to get clean towels and bedding was far to much hassle!!! And the cleaners Do not clean by any means the only good thing was we were minutes from the lost boys pub whom were fantastic food was fab also the none stop entertainment every single night it was the highlight of are holiday finding this gem of a place and would recommend It to everybody there there gentle men in like other locals we met please try there BBQ and there boat trip was so relaxing n such a laugh;)

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013 via mobile

To begin I would just like to say dont listen to any of the bull s**t people have been writing on here it sounds to me that people book this hotel and eect to be going to a 7* all exclusive hotel in dubi! This is the second time i have been to this hotel and i would come back for a 3rd time but To kick off my review I would say all of the staff are very friendly (some more than others but that is to be expected) they were always happy to help, atilla was my favourite he was always happy and having jokes with every one making an effort! The rooms themselves were nice and clean I have not a complaint with the rooms. Moving on to the meals, the breakfasts were good, toast, eggs ( any way you want them done and done infront of you) omelettes with a topping of your choice, cereal and a variety of cold meats and jam. Lunch and dinners were also very good chips and wedgies most days with lunch and dinner for kids and fussy adults. One night a week there is a chicken kebab night and then another night there is a BBQ night food is to a good quality there was always something to eat and my girlfriend whom I was there with is a very fussy eater and even she had huge plate fulls every night. In conclusion I would say this is a great hotel - food - great , hotel - great, staff - great. I would urge yous not to listen to the bad reviews about this place and give it a try these people have just been very picky oh and a shout out to ozzy the hotel rep he was there every day more than happy to help and helped book our day trips. I would, I fact I will return to this hotel for a 3rd time. Thanks blue park!

Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Address: Merkez Mah 254 Sok No 2, Armutalan, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Turkish Aegean Coast > Mugla Province > Armutalan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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#4 Spa Hotel in Armutalan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 70
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