Just returned from a seven night stay at the Kalamar. Sadly we found the hotel to be soulless. Such a shame as it is in a beautiful location overlooking the Kalamar bay.
It has nicely furnished rooms, although they are small. We did consider upgrading to a split level duplex but with the bedroom on the upper level, and the bathroom on the lower level, connected by a rather dodgy spiral staircase, we decided against it. We had frequent linen changes and the place was spotlessly clean. However, there was no one around. The bar and the hotel itself were deserted most of the time and we found that the folk staying there used it as a place to sleep and shower. The only time we saw anyone was at breakfast time.
Another possible downside, depending on your attitude towards physical exercise, is that the hotel is a bit far out from the town centre. For those who are maybe a bit less inclined to stretch the legs a bit there is a hotel bus that does a morning and evening one way trip and there is also a dolmus but we are not sure how often that runs. A taxi we understand is approx 16YTL one way. The obvious alternative of course is to walk but we were astonished as to how many people baulked at the prospect of a twenty five minute walk into town.
The beach club, which is owned by the hotel, is as we have always found it absolutely superb. The hotel does a shuttle bus to and from the beach club. It is an easy downhill walk to the club but a bit of a hike back up a very very steep hill , and we mean steep, so the bus was a bit of a bonus after spending an exhausting day soaking up the sun.
For what we paid for B&B the hotel provided good value for money. We can't comment on the quality of service other than to say we rarely saw any staff other than a young lass clearing breakfast tables and the manic cleaning lady who we have to say did do a grand job.
Whether or not it was a case of late season malaise that was affecting the atmosphere it is hard to judge. We suspect it is always like this which is sad. An injection of a bit of life would greatly help make the hotel better.
We shall return to Kalkan. It is unashamedly a seaside holiday resort but it does have a certain charm. However, next time we will either self cater or choose one of the many hotels closer to town.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located high above Kalamar Bay and overlooking the water, this hotel features a pool and a beach club with a restaurant and terrace. The Kalamar offers modern rooms with views of the water and the white-washed houses of the fishing village. The rooms are equipped with air conditioning, a minibar and private bathroom. Kalamar's restaurant overlooks the bay and serves a selection of international meals and snacks. It is possible to eat indoors, or out on the terrace with its bright bougainvilleas. Guests can relax on the lounge chairs by the outdoor swimming pool or arrange a diving or snorkeling excursion at the 24-hour front desk. Kalamar Hotel offer free parking and is a 30-minute drive from Kaş. Fethiye is a 1.5-hour drive away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kalamar Hotel Kalkan