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Rhapsody Hotel
Ranked #16 of 40 Hotels in Kalkan
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 3, 2011

We stayed here for the last week of September 2011 and had a very enjoyable holiday. Good quiet location with fantasic views over Kalkan and the bay. Room was very comfortable, clean and a change of towels everyday, even the towels provided for sunbathing by the pool. Food good served at tables overlooking the wonderful views. Afternoon tea with homemade cake at 5pm a nice touch. Friendly and very attentive staff, nothing was too much trouble for them. We would have no hesitation in recommending to other couples. Thank you to all at Rhapsody Hotel. Kalkan is a fantastic place and I can't think you will do much better than the Rhapsody Hotel. No comment about the Spa and Fitness Centre because we never used it.

Room Tip: Choose room 404 for the best views of Kalkan and to get the sun longer than most others.
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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 28, 2011

We stayed for two weeks at this great little hotel in Kalkan this summer after visiting other hotels and a villa in the town on previous occasions. The staff were really friendly & helpful, service was great, room was lovely and the hotel was in a really good location to walk to and from the beach and the town. A really good place for couples to stay and make the most of a beautiful location. We took up the offer of a three course treatment in the hotels spa - I can recommend the turkish bath and the hot stone massage and I guess the deep tissue massage was good for me really. The room was clean and airy, with a wonderful spa jet shower and loads of towels. Although it was the height of the season there were plenty of free sunbeds by the pool, we particularly enjoyed the quaint tradition of tea time in the afternoons with poolside tea and cakes. There was a good choice of breakfasts including the option of a fresh omelette cooked to order in the dining room. As experienced visitors to Kalkan this hotel is highly recommended and will will certainly be going back there again.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Gill L
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Reviewed August 23, 2011

We've recently returned from a weeks stay at this lovely hotel.
Having read the reviews on this site before we went it was interesting to compare other peoples views and opinions.
Both myself and my Wife were impressed with how clean the place was (we travelled with our 15 year old daughter). Nothing was too much trouble for the staff, everyone bent over backwards to ensure that all the guests had a relaxing stay.
The hotel is in a fantastic location, a 10 minute walk into town or the local beach clubs (Club Yali was superb by the way, clear waters and a swim with the turtles, brilliant!). The hotel is very quiet overall, the poolside bar is quiet at night too, a night cap & views over the sea before heading off to bed will be missed.
We will be visiting the hotel again in the future, it's a relaxing place to unwind and walk into town if/when you want some restaurants and evening shopping.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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1  Thank RayWatts90
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Reviewed August 1, 2011

The Rhapody is in a great position with lovely sea views, the pool is lovely with plenty of sun loungers. It has a nice little pool bar, Mohammed the barman is really nice & friendly . The rooms are small but very clean They serve afternoon tea with free cakes which was nice touch & the cakes were very good . Rhapsody is well placed for walking into Kalkan not too far,, but its fairly steep walking back up the hill
We would be more than happy to holiday there again . Kalkan is a lovely little town with some fabulous restaurants & some lovely little boutique type shops

Sonia & John June 2011.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank sonia2431
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Reviewed July 19, 2011

I sometimes wonder when I read the hotel reports on many sites, quite what people expect of a hotel in a holiday destination and having read some reports on the Rhapsody Hotel I find it difficult to believe that some have attended the same Hotel I have just come back from. However, I’m sure readers will see through some of the idiotic comments that are made. I should start by saying that whilst well travelled, this was my wife and I’s first venture into Turkey. Having been to Northern Cyprus which was very nice, but we found the Turks there somewhat abrasive so that put us off a little going to Turkey, but how different we found the Turkish people in Kalkan.

Our arrival at Dalaman airport saw us make a swift passage through even after having to pay our ten English pounds each for a visa stamp and then onto an air conditioned mini bus that took us on our two hour trip to the Rhapsody with a ten minute stop on the way. We made the mistake of buying some water in the airport and got well ripped off only to be given a nice cold bottle each when we got on the mini bus, a nice touch. Turkey is a mountainous country and therefore the scenery on the trip was great and the time passed quickly.

On our arrival at the Hotel the welcome was polite and efficient and we were quickly shown to our room. This was a standard room which we found perfectly adequate except for one thing, the balcony was extremely small and there was no room for chairs just two small stools so if you like to sit out on a balcony, you need to upgrade to a better room. The bed was large and comfortable, the bathroom was fine with a decent shower and whilst the wardrobe was a good size there is not a lot of drawer space, but that didn’t cause much of a problem. There is a room safe but this is charged for on a weekly basis which is a shame. We found the air conditioning in our room rather on the noisy side, but it was efficient and most nights we didn’t actually need it on.

I did have a look inside one of the next rooms up which had a balcony and were slightly bigger with nice bathrooms but they had showers over a bath so if you have trouble getting into a bath, you may wish to consider your options.

The Rhapsody is classed as a boutique hotel although I’m still not sure what that is supposed to mean, however it is small very clean and we found all the staff to be pleasant and cheery and very helpful. The pool is a decent size and there was always enough sunbeds with towels provided in your room for the pool each day. The bar is poolside and was open until the early hours and whilst we did on occasions hear the music after midnight it was never too loud and people were on holiday after all! What I would say is, that the bottled water at the bar is ridiculously expensive and if only the owner were to have some business acumen he would see that if he reduced the cost of the water he would do a far better trade and make more profit! Most people therefore brought in their own water and of course other drinks as well. A two litre bottle at the bar was £2.00 compared to 40p or less in the shops.

Breakfast was ok and as we were only there for a week it wasn’t a problem, but the choice is rather limited so if you like a big breakfast, you may find it a little boring particularly if you are there for two weeks. Fresh orange juice is charged separately, but they do serve insipid squash at breakfast as well as tea and coffee.

We only had one meal on the Thursday night which is when they put on entertainment with dancers and a belly dancer, which turned into an enjoyable evening and the food was Ok although others were expecting more such as fish dishes as well. This cost us £16 each which I didn’t think was too bad with entertainment as well. The views from the Hotel are however delightful and this was a big plus for this Hotel. A word of caution however, this is not a Hotel or indeed a resort for those who have problems getting about, it is a hilly area and there are quite a few steps to negotiate within the Hotel for those less able.

The Hotel is about a 15 minute walk in the heat from the harbour area, but there are plenty of eating establishments within a few minutes walk ranging from fairly basic to rather more grand. We did not find Kalkan to be a cheap place to eat out, but it was no dearer than back here in Malvern and I have to say that every meal we had we enjoyed. Whilst most restaurants had someone outside inviting you to dine with them, a polite no thanks would lead them to bid you a pleasant evening and to have an enjoyable meal so we never felt hassled at all.

The Hotel do a currency exchange, but their rates are poor so get down to the post office with your cash or the little jewellery shop next door which had the best rate going at 2.53 to the pound when we were there. There are plenty of ATM’s around if you want to use your debit card and many restaurants accept credit cards. We were told to expect mosquitoes, but in honesty whilst we took the usual safeguards we weren’t bitten and saw none of the little blighters.

Thursday is market day about ten minutes stroll from the Hotel and whilst it was all much of a muchness, it was good to have a bit of banter with the traders and I’m sure there were bargains to be had even if they were on a fake Rado watch or ‘genuine’ Ben Shurman shirt! The fruit was fresh though and for the first time in a long time I had a banana that actually tasted of banana!

We tried a different eating establishment each night and never had a bad meal. Bread & More just down the road was our first meal, the food was good but slightly overpriced compared to others we ate at. The Lizo Hotel was a roof top restaurant left then left up the hill and on the right. Super views, very good food and excellent service, but mind your head when you come out of the toilets, I nearly knocked myself out!

Chillies is a big favourite down the road on the right and the food and service here was excellent and good value with free bread and small starter. Over the road was the Corner restaurant where we had an excellent fillet steak, but the waiters could have been a little more interactive with the customers but I think they have only just started out which may explain things.

We then tried Mangos just down from Bread and More and another good meal was had. On the last night we tried Café Vita up past the Lizo Hotel on the left, not quite the ambience of some of the others but again good food and friendly staff.

You must however try the Atlantis Terrace restaurant near Mangos for their macaroons, they are to die for. Also for a pleasant evenings drink, try Pasha Apart Hotel just before The Lizo Hotel, small but a great atmosphere and really pleasant barman and owners who it turned out were Brits. I’m sure wherever you eat or go in Kalkan you are assured of a warm welcome, good food and friendly banter. We will be back and whilst I wouldn’t rule out going back to the Rhapsody, I do like to sit out on a balcony of an evening!

Room Tip: Go for an upgrade and get a balcony if you like sitting out of an evening
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  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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13  Thank Pencroft
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Reviewed July 19, 2011

Benefits... A great price- everything much cheaper than the eurozone.
Fantastic views of the sea and Kalkan.
Rooms very clean and great reception staff. Breakfast good. Restaurants were of good value and quality most everywhere in the area.
Concerns- music going from 8am til 7pm( such a shame as it's a very relaxing hotel) I really didn't like when they called tea time each evening for about 30 mins-
Solutions- just have background music as most of the people who used your hotel choose it because of relaxed location.
Don't keep calling out "tea time" just tell people once! We had a fantastic holiday in this hotel and enjoyed Kalken very much.You get what you pay for- value for money. Thanks to the staff.

  • Stayed: July 2011
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1  Thank Ruthmckay
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Reviewed July 18, 2011

A very tired hotel,needs updating and new staff.We sadly paid extra for a superior room ,and the only thing superior about it was the size,it was marginly larger than a standard room.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank panda060_11
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Address: Cumhuriyet Cad. Nilufer Sokak No: 48, Kalkan 07960, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Turkish Mediterranean Coast > Antalya Province > Kalkan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #16 of 40 Hotels in Kalkan
Price Range: $76 - $142 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Rhapsody Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rhapsody Hotel, Kalkan enjoys one of the best views of Kalkan Bay and village to be enjoyed from our pool terrace and bar. We have 26 rooms including 3 new Premium rooms with luxury fittings . Our terrace restaurant offers a varied and imaginative menu for lunch and dinner. Just 10 minutes flat walk brings you to the centre of the village passing bars, shops and restaurants on the way. All rooms are en-suite with air-con, mini bar and a safety deposit box. Relax by the pool, soak up the friendly and relaxed atmosphere and Turkish sunshine. ... more   less 
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