My partner and I stayed in Hotel Zinbad toward the end of July 13 for 9 nights and were very pleased with our choice. This is a small, very friendly hotel, very clean and freshly updated throughout. The service was good and the staff very attentive and helpful at all times - we felt very welcome. The Hotel has had a recent change of ownership and a complete refurb so only recent reviews will be relevant. The likeable hotel owner, for whom nothing seems too much trouble; is frequently on hand. The Hotel is probably not ideal for families with children, we saw only couples during our stay.
We chose this Hotel mostly because of its location in Kalkan old town, we had stayed in Kalkan previously when we rented a small old house and were aware of the value of location because if you are walking away from the sea anywhere in Kalkan, you are climbing steep hills.
We were situated on the seaward side of the Hotel with a great view over the sea and harbour and a balcony. The sea view is partially obstructed by other buildings as the Hotel is not right on the sea front. I'd strongly suggest that anyone staying here take a Sea View room. This is not a new building and as such and in common with old town properties the rooms are not large but ours was adequate for us and the bathroom was quite large with a spacious walk in shower. The rooms/bathrooms do vary in size, with some smaller than ours so keep this in mind.
The location down side, depending on your point of view, is that Kalkan is a very busy and buzzy town at night so there tends to be noise until 4am when the Mosque, which is very close by (you have been warned!) pipes up with a call to prayer. We were on the harbour side so you get general noise from the bars and restaurants. The other side of the Hotel has a Nightclub close by. All the rooms have new double glazed doors where there is a balcony and triple glazed windows on the back to keep down noise. Air conditioning was effective so we kept our balcony doors closed at night.
Hotel breakfasts are Turkish, very good and fresh and served in the rooftop terrace. We were B&B only as there are many restaurants in Kalkan half the fun is eating out. We did have one evening meal in the hotel; it was very good but when we came to pay the bill at the end of the stay we found it to be 205 lira (about £72.00 at the time) This was the most expensive meal we had in Kalkan and definitely not competitive. For this reason I am only awarding 4 out of five stars for our stay, I am not saying don’t eat there, just check the price beforehand
I hope this review is helpful in making an informed choice, Zinbad does not have a high star rating (2 I think) I expect this is due to the reasons I’ve set out but it’s better than the rating suggests. If you want a Villa with a swimming pool and spacious rooms they do exist but will be away (often a long way) and uphill from the old town.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- ZINBAD Boutique Hotel and our warm-hearted personnel have been giving the best sample of Turkish hospitality since 1985. Recently renovated to the highest standard, Zinbad Boutique Hotel has a fresh clean modern feel to it. All 25 rooms are complete with beautiful new furniture, the latest AC units and Bathroom with shower room. The hotel is within walking distance to the center of the bustling old Village, Marina and the beautiful local Beach. After passing the center and going down towards the marina you can reach our hotel following the pretty narrow side streets with buildings reflecting typical Mediterranean architecture and climbing bougainvillea.Our friendly personnel will be waiting to welcome you to make you feel at home and to ensure you a dreamlike, comfortable, stress free stay with us. ... more less
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