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Hotel Pirat
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Reviewed January 4, 2013

Hotel Pirat is situated in a beautiful area of Kalkan, right beside the quaint harbour and only yards away from the numerous restaurants scattered alongside the seafront.

To reach the hotel proper it is necessary to climb several flights of open-fronted steps, though the reception is in a separate annex on the other side of the road, where you will find the main dining room, the swimming pool and a number of apartments at varying levels and standards of accommodation.

My wife and I stayed in a spotlessly-clean room in the annex (accessible either by flights of stairs or by a lift), which is just a few yards away from the main hotel, and the room was cleaned every day by a lovely lady who kept it immaculately clean and tidy throughout our stay. A small balcony was just big enough to accommodate two chairs and a tiny table, and it had beautiful, uninterrupted views of the sea and the harbour. And every day, from late morning until evening, the sun shone high in the sky.

Amenities at the Pirat were basic and the pool was adequate for the number guests staying at the hotel while we were there. However, I suspect that in the height of the season it would soon become crowded if too many like-minded guests chose to use the pool at the same time.

The restaurant is just a few yards from the pool where the tables are set under large umbrellas. The restaurant is self service and the choice of food at breakfast time is reasonable considering this is a three star hotel and the price we paid to stay and eat here.

One thing I did find a bit strange was that while you could help yourself to as many boiled eggs as you wanted, getting a fried egg was a bit of a task. A young lady stood in front of what appeared to be a portable gas stove, pan in hand ready for action yet when I asked for two fried eggs she hurried away and returned a few minutes later with a gaggle of eggs and then set about frying them. But the funny thing is that after breakfast she came chasing after me asking me to pay my bill for the fried eggs, a sum amounting to something less than 60p. All very strange.

The choice and quality of food at dinner is a different matter; little choice of food and what food was available was barely warm. Not pleasant at all so we didn't dine again at the hotel restaurant, instead choosing to dine out at the many restaurants in town. But to be fair, though, the meal cost less than £6.00 a head, and we only ate there once so perhaps my remarks don't reflect the general standard of food at the hotel.

Dining out in Kalkan offers many challengers, not least the hilly roads and alleyways. Wherever you go in Kalkan there is a hill to climb. Most restaurants in the lower half of the town are located on roof tops of what ostensibly are family homes, and you have to climb many flights of stairs to reach them. I imagine that the restaurants, no more than flat, open-topped roofs with a scattering of chairs and tables, were once used to hang out clothes and, perhaps, to store bits and pieces of household junk.

We had two dining experiences, in the evening, and whilst the food was mostly abysmal, and expensive for the meagre portions put before us, I cannot remember ever laughing so much in a very long time. The waiters were brilliant and we had much light-hearted banter with them and many of the other diners. There are, of course, many other restaurants further away from the harbour where the cost of eating out is less expensive and, in my opinion, the quality of the food is far superior to the restaurants near the harbour.

Must do:
Take a boat trip. Boats leave early morning and return late in the afternoon. They visit several beauty spots where you can swim and dive from the boat, if that's your thing, or laze about on the deck. You can get refreshments throughout the trip and you will be treated to a slap-up lunch. And I mean a really wholesome, freshly cooked, delicious meal. The trip is well worth every penny.

Also, visit what I call 'the cliff-hanging, sun-bathing bar restaurant'. To get to it, stay on the right side of the road when you leave the Pirat hotel, past the Ice Cream Parlour (great ice cream, by the way) and follow the track on the right hand side far about a quarter of mile on the cliff edge The sun-bathing place is on the left. You pay to enter, or I should say, you pay on exit. Pick your own spot to sun bathe. Superior sun beds are available, and you can get a half-decent lunch there for very little money. If you stay until after 3 pm, you will be treated to some home-made cake by the lady owner. A nice day out, in my opinion.

Thursday market is well worth a visit. But be warned, it is a long climb to get to it from the harbour. If you don't fancy the walk, there is a great taxi service available from outside the hotel (painted yellow) and they are reasonably priced.

Would I stay at this hotel again? Most definitely yes. The Pirat is set in a lovely location, the staff are both friendly and helpful, the rooms are well equipped and kept clean at all times, breakfasts are good without being brilliant, and you get a great deal for what you pay for at this hotel.

Just one other thing. I wrote this review shortly after returning from Turkey in June 2010 but forgot to post it on TripaAdvisor. It wasn't until a few days ago that I accidentally came across it (4 January 2013). I mention this so as not to mislead any reviewer as the hotel may have altered since I was last there. Though I feel sure Kalkan and its many attractions will still be the same.

Brian Wells

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 1, 2012

Just enjoyed 5 nights at this good hotel. The staff are so hard working and welcoming. Food is good and plentiful. Agree with previous comment, hair salon good value, had a really nice cut and blow dry. Weather changeable but managed to squeeze 1.5 days on the beach. Last visited Turkey (and this area) in 1988 and although Kalkan has grown over this time, we still think it's a beautiful part of the world.

Room Tip: Lovely overlooking the harbour out to sea, also for the sunsets.
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 27, 2012 via mobile

I have just spent 10 days at thus hotel .

Wonderful home cooked food . I even ate fish, wiuch i usually avoid,

All the staff, I mean all of them were courteous an friendly. Service fantastic .

It's right on the marina so you have it all at your fingertips. Avoid the hill by the hotel . Locals call it cardiac hill. Instead walk up the stairs immediately adjacent or walk along the grin until you find the first of many inclines . Charming shops and great restaurants.

Thus is not a place for anyone with fitness or mobility problems; please take note!

The bus station will take you anywhere etc Kas 5 TL , Patara the same.
Go in the lively boat trip to Kekova which Lokmab, the receptionist , will arrange. All are made to feel special here.

Another nite are the great hairdressers opposite the hotel . The man's in the ground and lady's on 1st floor

Enjoy

  • Stayed: October 2012
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

this hotel is in 5 star location.close to harbour and restaurants but best to book bed and breakfast as restaurants are fantastic and good value.unlike pirat food very boring and all the same lots of stairs in the new part.one of the hotels best asset the pool barman reggae made u feel welcome playing music and interacting with guests.pool area very good and clean plenty of loungers and umbrellas rooms clean we had a room at the rear by the dreaded chocolate club luckily we had a suite and could close the door slightly and turn the air con on which took the edge of of it! but i think they need to do something about it because it is putting people off staying! if you book a boat trip the yeltzen 2 or 3 book it early because he is so popular overall great holiday and would use the pirat again ps try the beach clubs very good not patara prince

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 4, 2012

If you stay at the Pirat try to make sure you are in the new part and nowhere near the Chocolate Club, the music goes on till 4 in the morning and is deafening! We changed rooms 3 times on the day of our arrival. That said once our room was sorted we had the most relaxed and enjoyable holiday. The staff are friendly and helpful, food is good and plentiful, though we would book bed and breakfast next time as the quality of the restaurants in kalkan is astounding. Kalkan is perfect for a relaxed, easy going holiday. Plenty of activities if you want or just chill out by the pool or on the beach. A special mention and thanks to Erdal (reggae) who runs the bar, what a star! His friendliness and good humour really added to our enjoyment. We are planning to return next year and hopefully reggae will still be there. For men, go to the barber shop next to the entrance for a shave, an unforgettable experience and the best shave ever.

Room Tip: Rooms in Pirat 2 are better, try to book direct with the hotel and choose rooms overlooking the pool
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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