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Kalamar Hotel
Ranked #20 of 39 Hotels in Kalkan
Certificate of Excellence
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“Favourite hotel by far”
Reviewed January 30, 2014

My friend and I are great lovers of Kalkan and have been visiting for several years now. We have stayed in different accommodations but kalamar hotel is our favourite by far!

Breakfast is unreal, and you get the privilege of enjoying your food with breathtaking views over the kalamar bay! It really is spectacular!!

We upgraded to a duplex room (the honeymoon suite in fact). We found it just added that bit more of luxury to our holiday and gave us a great terrace with sun beds to catch the early morning rays.

Location wise this hotel was perfect for us, we love the bars and restaurants down kalamar road and some nights we never even made it down into town. The restaurants on kalamar road are incredible there is no need to pay the premium down by the harbour or in town. Aqua, cafe Vita, Moonlight terrace just to name a few are the best.

The beach club is a definite bonus and there's no charge for beds or umbrellas while you're staying at the hotel. We go everyday and the staff are brilliant especially Musti we love him. Food is also very good we often eat lunch there to seek shade at the hottest part of the day.

We are planning our trip to Kalkan for this August 2014 and will definitely be staying at the kalamar hotel!

  • Stayed August 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed October 31, 2013

My girlfriend and I stayed at the Kalamar Hotel in June 2013 (yes, only just getting around to writing this review!) and thoroughly enjoyed our time there. Whilst our room was a little on the small side, it was perfect for our needs and immaculately clean. The view from our shared terrace was spectacular, one we admired each evening over a glass of Turkish wine before heading out for dinner. Breakfast each morning was delicious (fresh fruits, cereals, toast, eggs, meat, juice, coffee etc), served on a terrace looking over the ocean. We arrived late at night, but we were greeted on our first morning by the friendly and welcoming hotel manager who provided us with information about the hotel itself and the local area. The beach club was probably our favourite part of the stay – we loved spending our ‘quiet days’ relaxing on the spotless terraces and going for cooling swims in the sea. The beach club staff were incredibly hospitable and we got to know them throughout our stay. As our flight back to the UK was late at night, but the checkout time was in the morning, the hotel manager provided us with a room to shower and dress in, along with fresh towels. This was much appreciated after a long and sticky day down at the beach club! We would recommend this hotel without hesitation, although be prepared to spend a fair amount of money on taxis – the 30 min hike back from town twice a day in the scorching heat was tough, although reduced our guilt levels after eating so much wonderful food in the local restaurants every night.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Haddington, United Kingdom
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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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liverpool
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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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London, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
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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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Stockport, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
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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Reviewed September 24, 2013 via mobile

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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Property: 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:
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Kalkan
#23 Romantic Hotel in Kalkan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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