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Aegean Garden
Ranked #8 of 9 Hotels in Guvercinlik
Reviewed August 22, 2012

Family of four ( 2 adults 40-50yrs & 2 teenage boys 14 & 15yrs)
Well where’s best to start …probably get the ‘Bad’ out of the way first, there is some good points to follow so don’t panic !! xx

We arrived at about midnight on a Friday morning, I was asked to give in our passports, but I had photocopied them before we went, with which they were happy to just have the copies.
We were then shown to a damp dark smelly basement room, with only three beds?? & a put-u-up bed,To which I hiked back up to reception to find out why, after further debate I was assured I would get a family room with two rooms & four beds in the morning.
So by this time we were hot tired & extremely hungry, the bar in the hotel closes at midnight & no food is served out of hours?? So having read the comments on here, we walked down to the seafront and walked to the right, five miutes round the corner …where we found a couple of bars & restaurants which were closing! ( but at The Guvercinik Motel, about the 3rd bar along that you come to,they were brilliant ‘Adem’ (waiter) made us much needed cheese & tomato toasties homemade chips and a couple of drinks (£15.00GBP) for all of us, despite the kitchen been closed.

After a restless night we were shown to a much better family room with two rooms ( 1 x double, 1 x Twin ) with air-con & a balcony overlooking the sea, the rooms are basic, but as they are only used for showering & sleeping they are adequate, it was a total of 100 stairs from our room to the seafront ( so not for the faint hearted !!), our room was cleaned 3 days out of the 7 & topped up with loo roll daily.

Food is also basic, we found breakfast & lunch ok with selections of cold meats, bolied eggs (which have all gone by 9.30am!!) , cheeses, salads, melon & bread with a soup lunchtime, evening meals were of an aquired taste various meats in sauces, rice & pastas.
The Bar is open for your all inclusive drinks ( limited to Beer, vodka, Raki, cola sprite,fanta fruit juices coffee, & lipton tea) from 10am-11pm, the bottom bar does not serve alcohol so you have to walk up 38 steps to get your beers ( so get a few at the same time).

We found the hotel location a bit too remote with two teenage boys, so we hired a car with air-con for 3 days ( approx £113 GBP for the 3 days), which again Adem in the restaurnt was great in sorting for us. Took them to nearby water park & Bodrum town centre.
The hotel Reception are bloody usless & extremely rude by ignoring you…she quoted 150TL to go to bodrum in a taxi , where in reality it costs about 40TL. A couple of the bar/restaurant staff are friendly though, It is not a hotel frequented by many English ( we were the only ones there, it is mainly Turkish,German and Polish)
The seafront is lovely I quite liked the fact there was no sand... less messy lol, there are plenty of parasols & sunbeds (no charge) remember it is a jetty which drops straight in to 10 feet of water, so id be aware if you have young children.
Overall a holiday is what you make it, ( and for the price it cost!) the location is lovely & pituresque and the well needed breeze is a godsend!! .. you are only 12 km from the airport & 20km from bodrum, totally recommend ‘The Guvercinick Motel’ for food and drink lovely setting overlooking the fishing village & nice company.
Enjoy :o)

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 21, 2012

So me and Sam book this holiday on the cheap 4 das prior to leaving. Then found reviews and was dreading it. By time we arrived it was late about 1am on 2nd July. We checked in and taken to rooms (our passports not kept like others) before the. Boys left we cheked the bed and the room in general happy with it small but to be honest we are only slee pinging int. slept perfect air con work our room was 192 we got a safe in the morning was 18tl for the week. So we went to te beach 48 steps to be accurate to the bech which was not like advertised it was just a concrete promanard view was stunning and very quite. We found a subbed wet for breakfast. I am very fussy eater so all I had was ceral or bread as they don't have a toaster. However every day there was sald and boiled eggs with a tomato or that would change to what looked like pepperoni. Lunch time always found something most being chicken every day good for me as I thought fishing village it's all going to be fish not my cupa tea. Only one day was fish. And to go with it was rice or mint pasta strange. Some das we got mash patao wedges and one day chips those days in my eliment. Dinner was the same different for or chicken however one day I thought was chicken and wasn't anything else I liked so had a bit of bread and made a chicken sandwich ( however turned out was rabbit) first time trying rabbit was nice however felt sick the fault of eating a furry friend after. Int he main restaurant there is a bar that services local alcohol very very strong. We got a drink and went down to beach from ere to beach was 28 steps they had a bit of music mainly Turkish but its a Turkish resort however the bar at the bottom does not serve alcohol so every time you want a drink you have to go up 28 steps they won't put the drinks in plastic glasses so you can carry on a tray as dangerous however would give you 4 drinks to carry down in glass in your hard (no health and safety ) so was fine we orderd 4 drinks at a time and keep on table so can enjoy without needing to down a drink as soon as you for ro top and bottom. We asked if one the boys could bring down in a tray he was told off. We meet some english and Scottish people lovely glad otherwise 2 23 year old girls would of been board. There was 10 of us around the table all had 4 drinks only went up once each it's all inclusive drink what you like take advantage if wanted well our table of drinks offended the manager told the boys no more and they then didn't talk toys the next. Day manager told us to go I bed at 1 am when all we whee doing was enjoying our company our own drink brought from shop we ignored him as we on holiday
We being quite we don't have a curfe he Sat waiting a waiting for us to finish. Wry uncomftable. However ignored him.

Rooms where cleaned daily and towels changed beds wernt but were made every day some other guests had nothing but problems no towels. I toilet rol air confident work ect but when they were noted it was out right. Wheather was amazing 37-40 every day pool was nice full of kids but it's School holiday if you don't want to be surrounded by children go I the beach bit sea lovely lots lil fish went snorkelling. At the bottom by the beach if you went right and follow it there is a lovely village we we ha a drink one night and spoke to the owner very nice. On our 2nd day we met a young couple our age going home guted as looked like a lovely couple I asked was there shops near te was a supermarket across the road of hotel gates also informers us you can get a bus to bodrummm for 3tl each each way about 25 mins busy shopping area and bars ect. You have to get gulvinick bus back to take you I hotel.

Me and Sam just want a quick getaway quite hot and to relax and we def done this the wheather was perfect I am a gusset water found something everyday with no stomach problems and are very sensitive. Our room was fine we only slept in it. Staff were lovely expect manager we taught a coupleturkish how to play fish with the cards. Surroundings stunning. I come home relaxed taned and enjoyed it made some lovely friends. For what we paid was well worth it we only paid 368 with transfers baggage flight and all inclusive hotel perfect couldn't stay in a travel lodge and e fed for 3 days for that in uk.

The down fall for this was we had two ladies next door to us one with ms was told wasn't many steps and disable proff what a lie 48 steep steps to beach back up 28 for lunch and dinner ad drinks however se enjoyed her self and took her time however if you can't walk at all note he place for you.

How I see it is a holiday is what you make it if you relax and enjoy you will have good time wether you got a cracks on the wall I. Your room or no toilet tool relax enjoy and you have a great time also he company with plays major we met great people.

We also met Lewis hamiltons look alike who was a tour rep spoke lil English but ever to learn we vandalised a sign with him as they spelt equipment wrong.

I had a brill time don't be put of however I wouldn't go with lil children but I would go back if I wanted to get away and was cheep xxx

  • Stayed: July 2012
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Reviewed July 11, 2012

I spent a week here with my husband in July 2nd till the 9th, I wasnt expecting a lot from the reviews but it wasn't too bad.

The hotel
The hotel has a lot of steps some off them are quite steep, on our first night we were put in the staff quarters as they were fully booked, and the room was ok nothing to complain about. The next day we moved to our new room which again was ok very basic but somewhere to shower and sleep. Please note the floors in the room and bathroom are very slippy. We had about 2 inches of water in our bathroom floor all the time I made a comment to a member of staff and was fixxed stright away.

The food
They do breakfast lunch and dinner that's it, there is no snacks really just some strange tasting cakes which you hav to fight the turkish people off to get a look in.breakfast was salad bread boil eggs and cearals, lunch was the best meal normally bread soup salad chicken in batter and pork in a sauce with rice and nann bread with desserts and fruit. Dinner was the same as lunch sometimes they had potato wedges ect instead of rice.
Do not go to any meal when it first opens as every Turkish person is there waiting and they over run the place the best bet is wait 30/40 mins then u can enjoy the
meal

Location
This hotel is in a small village 20 km from the main town bodrum , there is no beach as stated in some reviews but the sea is 5 meters from the bottem bar, it's more like a mini harbour with a concrete jetty which was very nice. It has steps into the sea which is very refreshing. If u follow the path around to the right ur find some little restaurants and shops which are pleasant. There is a largish boat advertising boat trips for 30tl which is the going rate but he only takes about 15/20 people at a time instead of 40/50.
You can get the little green mini buses into bodrum for 3 tl each they come every 15 mins on the main road.

The staff
After our first day the staff were brilliant we got to know some off them well hussuain in the restaurant was brilliant and the bar staff were great really helpfull, please bear in mind these young
lads work 14/16 hour days for 3 months

stright to get 4 days off.

Bars
There are two bars 1 in the restaurant which serves beer vodka pepsi lemonade cherry juice pineapple juice and water. The bottem bar doesn't serve beer or vodka so it's a bit of a trip when u want a
drink and are sat down the bottem part,
But if ur gunna drink a lot get a couple at the same time or if u tip the staff they will carry a tray down the stairs for u.

All in all we were expecting a dive but we didn't worry as we're normally out and about a lot anyway, but we had a great time and even tho 90% of people there were Turkish we met too lovely couples diana and the water monster and sue and ad, which really made our holiday, give this hotel a chance is all right

  • Stayed: July 2012
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2  Thank JOdavishill
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Reviewed July 7, 2012

We arrived at 2am 29th june 2012 and where put in a temporary room and feared the worst. Dark damp room with two beds for two adults and two children and were told we would be changing rooms the next morning. That promise was held and they found us and helped us move rooms. Room was better than expected. Room wasn't cleaned in the 7 days but fresh bedding and towels were provided. Staff were friendly but English was limited. Food was catered for Turkish but it was fitting for the guests as there was only a dozen or so English guests. Food was all cooked to a good standard (I myself have got a sensitive stomach and no problems). Pool was good but sunbeds had to be reserved Germanly early especially with our 2 young kids. Plenty of sunbeds available down the steps to the seafront (no beach, but steps into the sea). Location was about 20km into Bodrum (3 lira each on dolmus) which was a busy typical Turkish town (we normally go to marmaris on holiday) location of the hotel itself was spectacular views, a few local shops n restaurants a short walk away. These sound negative but a holiday is what you make of it and we enjoyed ourselves and would possibly go again, however I would go in a larger party as I think it would suit the english better as there wasn't many we had a lot in common with. Matt, Claire and the kids.

  • Stayed: June 2012
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2  Thank MattClaireandkids
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Reviewed July 5, 2012

After reading the terrible reviews of this hotel after booking I was dreading going, when we arrived at the hotel at around 1am I was ready to want to leave but as we walked into reception we were both relieved as it looked quite clean and modern, we were then asked for our passports (which he wanted to keep to photocopy) I refused and luckily we had photocopies with us, we later found out this was due to our late arrival time and none of the other guests had had an issue. We were then taken to our room, through admittedly a bit of an alley (at this point I was ready to leave tomorrow) to our room, as it was very late I had no idea where we were and felt uneasy especially given previous reviews.

We were pleased to have working air conditioning and on first inspection the room was ok, very basic but comfortable for what we paid, the bed linen was fresh and plenty of toilet roll provided (previous complaints). I didn't relax or sleep the whole evening as I was worried where we were, I couldn't get hot water for a shower in the morning but to be honest it was so hot outside that a cold one was fine as it wasn't icy cold, however my boyfriend never had an issue with hot water apparently I was turning the tap the wrong way.

We then went for breakfast and I was pleasantly surprised again, the food was fresh and continually refreshed, I don't eat meat but there was plenty of cereal, bread and cheese I could eat. (I found all meals, even without meat were reasonable there was a fantastic selection of salad which I would have usually with the carb they were serving (e.g mash/pasta/rice) there was also always bread and the soups were lovely.)We then took a look at the hotel grounds/surroundings, it was beautiful. The gardens were lovely and you can see the sea from your table where you have meals. Although there was no beach the pool and sun beds next to the sea were all really nice so I didn't miss the sand. Both the sea and pool are deep though however the shop sells inflatables etc and families were managing fine. The hotel is on a slope and there are quite a few steps, however, going between the restaurant, pool and sea isn't too bad, even when it's hottest!

The staff weren't fluent in English but knew enough to know what we wanted and to communicate, we made an effort to be friendly and this was reciprocated. We found all the staff helpful and friendly other than reception who we found a lot less helpful when we asked for information about how to get into Bodrum or what there was to do. We found out from other English people staying there however there was a member of staff we discovered who helped with that sort of thing. For future reference to get into Bodrum just stand at the hotel gate by the side of the road and look for a bus which says Bodrum, they will beep and flash their lights and you just have to nod or put your arm out and they will stop. It costs 3TL each and takes around 25 minutes. Bodrum was also beautiful and it was here we booked tours for other days. To return to the hotel look for a bus with Guvercinlik on (we found one eventually!). You could easily travel to other places via bus if you wanted to but we were happy to stay at the hotel by the pool/sea for most days!

Take wetsuit shoes if you are going to the beaches and bring some £ as tours are generally better value in £ than Turkish Lira, most places (even the Guvercinlik market) will accept £ or euro or lira.

We walked to the village most evenings and found a few shops/stalls for any essentials. We also ate two evenings in the village which was lovely, I recommend the bar/restaurant called Kiwi something-or-other (sorry, can't remember fully!) as the waiter/manager/food there was brilliant! And not too expensive, we ate two courses and drinks for under 70TL (around £25-30).

Our room was cleaned most days and our towels were changed but not our bedding. One complaint would be that the bathroom floor became very wet after showering but we just used hotel towels on the floor and found they cleaned this for us.

Overall, I think we were expecting the worst and perhaps this was why we were impressed however, given what we paid and what we received, we would go again. We didn't search out problems, if we had we may have had more to complain about but we didn't feel the need to. The staff, food, room and hotel was good enough for us to relax and enjoy the sunshine. We also enjoyed there being lots of Turkish people holiday-ing there and made friends with a few despite the language barrier (we taught two how to play 'go fish' with very little English). We took a phrase book but used this mostly when we were out and about and did not need it at the hotel or village.

If like us, you are reading this after booking to stay here- its not necessarily as bad as you think, don't panic like we did!

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank jen454
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Reviewed June 22, 2012

On arriving at 2 in the morning on Friday 15th June 2012 all we wanted was our room only to be told that the hotel was fully booked for a decent room and they would put us in a temp room just for that nite.The roomwas down a dark alley and looked like a staff quarters,filthy & horrible.We didn't even unpack just tried to get some sleep at 10am next morning we went to reception only to be told to come back at 1pm when rooms had been cleaned.We eventually got a room with seaview this was very basic and had mould in the bathroom.To be fair the cleaners came in everyday but the decription of the room was not exact no fridge and looks nothing like the online pics.Food was ok if you like salads as the hot food was cold.We were one english couple out of about 5 they should tell you its where the turks go 4 a hol.Also if you have a problem its hard to communicate with the staff-if it wasn't for the other english people it would have been a crappie hol.

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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank ManchesterTrixie
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Reviewed May 18, 2012

we stayed here in the beginning of may for 3 days. To begin with positive things:
This place has such a nice location! they have a pool and if you walk one stairs down you can jump in the sea. There are no hotels near to it and the view is amazing.
Its allinclusive so you get at 3times a day food ( no buffet) they make a nice 3 course meal every day for lunch and dinner. Also the drinks are included and they are not scarce with the amount of alcohol in the mixdrinks- as much as you want!

Then the downside:
Room didnt get cleaned in the 3 days we stayed. Bathroom had slippery tiles and if someone got out of the shower there were wet spots everywhere and no bathmat or towel extra to clean it up so your bathroom looks filthy easily and is also slippery. when we asked for 1 they said they would sent someone and no one got there. Next day we asked again and then someone came. Shower was REALLY cold and when we asked for someone to fix it someone looked at it, and yet afterwards it wasnt fixed at all, still very cold.
ALso they only provide 1 (!) toiletroll , nothing extra. So since they dont clean it everyday you have to ask at reception for it and yet you get only 1 again. This is very inconvenient, especially if you're with 4 girls in 1 apartment/hotelroom.
Service is messy too sometimes, when we were at dinner we had to ask 4 times for the main course.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with friends
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4  Thank jla20
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Address: Guvercinlik Koyu, Guvercinlik, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Turkish Aegean Coast > Mugla Province > Bodrum > Guvercinlik
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Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #8 of 9 Hotels in Guvercinlik
Number of rooms: 103
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