This hotel is brilliant.
If you would like a relaxing, quiet break with picturesque views and warm weather in a spotlessly clean hotel with great staff, book this place without hesitation.
However, if all you want to do is whine that they don't do a full English and there aren't any chips, then may I recommend Blackpool?
We booked this hotel due to its reviews and were not disappointed. We arrived late after our flight was delayed and our transfer took a long time (if we return we would book a private transfer). We were greeted by our names as we were the last guests to arrive. We were given a huge plate of food and a glass of beer, which was amazing, especially after travelling for so long and the delays etc.
We got up to our room and were amazed at how spotless the place is. I mean SPOTLESS. Every surface was clean and dust free, the rooms are well kept and spacious unless for some reason you need room to hold some kind of conference or line dance or whatever. Towels, hair dryer and soap are all provided and the bed sheets are arranged into pretty patterns.
We went for breakfast on the first day and were greeted with lots of choice (the same goes for lunch and dinner) I will say that there was no fried breakfast option but as I don't eat that everyday at home I don't expect it everyday on holiday. There were plenty of things to eat such as toast, cereal, rice pudding (tasted awesome) and lots of bread/pastry and salads. The Turkish bread is wonderful. I cannot recommend it enough (although make sure you pick up the butter and not the rose jam as I did...)
We caught the free bus into town to investigate. the town is a pleasant area of shops and cafes, nothing to complain about - everything you can possibly need. We saw the marina and booked a very reasonable trip to the aqua park (it's worth a visit)
Back at the hotel we were greeted by more food and drink!
We spent most days by the pool which was lovely and relaxing, the staff cleaned constantly around us, the bar staff were polite and smiling (it's amazing what a please and thank you can do)
The Turkish night and the live music nights were good. People did mention a lack of entertainment, however as we made friends we didn't need it - evenings were great without it and its a wonder what a seemingly endless supply of very strong gin and tonics can do for international relations.
Other guests - the only issue we had was that the Russians as a whole didn't speak (although we did get them dancing) but we did have a small issue with some British guests who felt that this was not their type of place. But we had gone on holiday to enjoy ourselves so we soon gravitated towards other guests with a similar mindset, be they British, Dutch, German or Norwegian.
Evening meals are also good, there are good selections of hot and cold foods as well as a grill option cooked by the chef at poolside. One of the highlights of the week were chili and garlic vegetable noodles which were absolutely amazing. Again if you need everything to be compatible with chips, you might be disappointed, but if like myself you like Mediterranean and middle eastern cuisine you'll be more than happy with everything available. We only ate out once (other than when on trips) and that was because we were already out in town and wouldn't make it back for lunch. I think that is testament to how good the food is, as on previous all inclusive holidays we have often gotten bored with the selection/quality and resorted to eating out.
Wi-fi is available, as are pool towels all free of charge.
One thing to say is that we would probably not return to Kemer, simply because it doesn't have enough to do for us, however if we could move this hotel to other areas we would be very happy people.
Overall, a great holiday - good hotel, good food, good staff and met some great people.
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Viking Kemer
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