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Kalamar Hotel
Ranked #18 of 40 Hotels in Kalkan
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 18, 2013

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.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 17, 2013

we have just returned from a two week stay at the Kalamar hotel our large duplex room was great with our own private balcony and sheard terrace we had amazing views across Kalamar bay, breakfast was taken on the roof top terrace which once again gave us breathtaking views. The hotel is a little out of town however the hotel provided a shuttle bus in the morning and again in the evening. The hotel is quiet and is perfect for a peaceful holiday. The Kalamar beach club can be accessed by steps if you are feeling fit or you can take the free shuttell bus which runs ever hour, the sunbeds and parasols are free of charge to hotel guest. The guest relations manager Serkan greeted us every morning ensuring we had everything we needed and was able to give us advice regarding trips and the local area, we found all the staff from the beach club boys hotel kitchen staff and house keepers friendly and happy to help.I am looking forward to booking for a return journey next year.

Room Tip: Duplex have the best views however the bathroom is down stairs the suites are large plenty of room
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank boomarangLiverpool
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Reviewed September 29, 2013

My wife & I have recently returned from two weeks in the Kalamar Hotel. My overall rating is based on its very fair value for money. Yes, the standard rooms are a little small. However the beds are good quality & the linen is changed very regularly. The bathroom is cramped, but I've not had a shower with so much pressure before. The views from the hotel are stupendous & well worth sitting on the terrace sipping a drink from your own fridge as the sun went down.
We're both retired, but active, hence the steps up to the wonderful breakfast terrace & down to the beach club were quite 'do-able'. The beach club is a real asset - Dosh, Mustapha & the other lads couldn't do enough to help. The restaurant drinks might be a little pricey, but as a hotel guest we didn't pay for the chairs, brollies etc.
We didn't use the other hotel facilities so can't really comment except to say that more could be done to attract guests to the bar area in the evening.
The walk into Kalkan was a bit of a hike. The hotel does provide a courtesy bus into tow both in the morning & evening. However, we almost always got a taxi back which cost around a fiver. Some nights we ate locally. If you can put up with the disorganisation (especially when it came to pay the bill, then Café Vita is the best especially their 'barbecue nights' which were excellent value.
What more can I say an [lace to stay.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Battery17
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Reviewed September 25, 2013

Just come back from a ten day stay at the Hotel Kalamar . Weather was amazing in the 30 's every day ,with a warm breeze most days .The Hotel is situated on a very steep hill and the rooms were therefore terraced with many many steps ! The rooms were basic but they were clean and the beds were comfortable .In our room there were twin beds , but pushed together they made a quite adequate double .The bar is very disappointing nobody uses it - management please note ,it could easily be made better - some Turkish candle lights on the tables ,an outside Bar and C.J. type person as a barman ( C.J. is one of the waiters in the Kalamar Beach club which I think is owned by the Hotel and maybe bring the price of wine down a little ) Wine is much cheaper in the U.K. in our bars -so why is the Kalamar so expensive ?Nobody uses the Hotel pool it is situated in the wrong position - very little sun on it , so it is very cold ! Overall we had a very good holiday and met some great people - cheers to Paul and lorraine -keep up the diving - there is a very nice diving centre at the beach club .We probably would revisit this Hotel .

Room Tip: Upgrade your room .
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank HughChristine625
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Reviewed September 24, 2013

My wife and I booked a last minute holiday to the sun before British winter and wound up at the Kakamar. Yes the hotel was a little old fashioned and perhaps lacked the sophistication of smarter hotels, and even though our room was snug and smaller than we were used to, we had a great time.
Our room was spotless and the linen though somewhat rough was perfectly clean. We found the staff friendly, helpful and in particular the Guest Relations Manager, Serkash I think his name was, performed his role excellently despite issues with the bus transfers and local irate taxi drivers!
Breakfast was delightful and the view from the terrace the best I have EVER seen. The Beach club was beautiful and the facilities there were great. The sunbeds were plentiful, the service friendly and lunch a few steps away - perfect! Suggestion for the owner, please improve steps into the sea.
My only minor criticisms are the toiletries in the rooms were meagre, and the wine in the beach club bar overpriced, but this is being picky. We would definitely visit Kalkan again and stay at the Kalamar, though we would opt for the suites next time.

Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 21, 2013

The hotel is in a perfect location for the beach and is not far from the shops, with a shuttle bus too which is perfect. The beach club is amazing, with friendly staff and a watersports! The food at the hotel in the morning is nice and the rooms are clean and comfortable! Overall a lovely stay!

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank LizH89
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

We stayed at the kalamar for 2 weeks at the beginning of august
The hotel is located on the peninsula about 15-20 mins walk from the centre of kalkan but we didn't mind as there were lots of bars on the way !!and the view was amazing
The housekeeping staff kept the rooms spotless and they were very pleasant as were the 2 girls on reception and Serkan the manager who was very informative on the area . The only staff that let it down were those in the breakfast area who looked and acted like they didn't really want to be there !!
The big thing that lets the hotel down though is the pool area or rather lack of it . It's very small,no bar and no atmosphere and not everyone wants to use the beach club all the time
Would definitely visit kalkan again as it is a beautiful area but perhaps not the kalamar

Room Tip: We had a suite which were large with their own private terrace . they had furniture , sun beds and a...
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Kalamar Hotel

Address: Kalamar Bay, Kalkan 07960, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Turkish Mediterranean Coast > Antalya Province > Kalkan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Kalkan
#23 Romantic Hotel in Kalkan
Price Range: $42 - $97 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Kalamar Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 63
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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