Hotel is in a wonderful location. You can walk in either direction and find many restaurants and mini markets. You don't need a car to get around - there is a taxi stand right across the street and it's cheap (compared to North American standards). Airport is 45 Turkish Lira, Lara beach is about 30 TL, and the Old Town 15 TL, all one way. The front desk has a card that lists prices for various destinations.
We were in the revolving building. We asked to change rooms at first because the initial room was on the lowest floor and since it was only one storey above the pool area, it afforded no privacy (7 is the lowest floor, 9 the highest, i.e., there are only three levels in the loft); plus, one side of the bed sagged terribly (likely due to broken mattress springs). The second room was on third level and better but the stand up shower didn't drain properly (the drain was not set on a proper downward slope). An inch of water would collect at our feet whenever we took a shower. Likely due to this improper drainage, there was mold all around the stall. Really gross for a 5-star hotel. I'm left wondering if the main building would've been better....the room was spacious but very basic and dressed up to be something more than it truly is, so it just seemed awfully tacky looking. (In case you're wondering, you don't really notice that you're moving...it's very subtle.)
The rock beach is accessible after riding down an elevator. Very neat to be perched on a rock cliff, sunning yourself. There's a diving platform off a rock that you can swim to (very short distance).
One thing that really bothered my husband and me is the rampant smoking in public places. This is not a Marmara hotel issue - it's an Antalya issue. Everyone smokes everywhere - in restaurants, by the pool, by the beach. I smelled smoke wafting in from adjacent rooms in the evening. With smoking pretty much banned in public places in North America, I'd forgotten what it's like to be surrounded by second hand smoke for long periods. Smokers rejoice - this is your paradise!
We only had breakfast at the resort and it was OK - nothing spectacular but that's to be expected with a buffet. Lots of variety, so you will find something to eat. Never had anything from the a la carte menu and wasn't enticed by the dinner buffet.
All in all, a great base for exploring Antalya, but don't expect 5-star luxury. The room was 2-star but the staff and general facilities brought the experience up to a 3-star.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A dynamic, surprising, pure, extraordinary product: The Marmara Antalya. Simple lines, crazy colors, comfort, dynamism, aesthetics, leisureness, technology, flavor, broad spaces, shared spaces, quiet corners, endless scenery of the Mediterranean are all united at The Marmara Antalya. Decorated by French architect, Christian Allart and mentioned by pioneers magazines in the sector such as; ‘Marie Claire Maison’, Maison Francaise’ ‘Home Art’, ‘Cosmo Girl’, ‘Harpers Bazaar’ from its opening day, The Marmara Antalya with its unique architecture and ‘HIP design’ aims to surprise the guests by going beyond what is accustomed and offers a refreshing alternative to Antalya with its quality. The hotel also accepts pets.The only pet friendly Hotel in the city Center of Antalya... ... more less
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