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.
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
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
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