A friend and I have just returned from the Viking Star in Kemer Turkey. Where do I start ? We arrived very late in the night approximately 4 a.m. to find that our room was not ready ! We were offered food and a drink while we waited for our room to be prepared and eventually got to bed at about 5 a.m. only to be ripped from our sleep by a duet from a 6.30 cockerel and the mosque next door ! No worries we thought, we can catch up on some sleep by the pool we thought, Wrong !!! Doris Day and Co. was being blasted out on the P.A. system at God and Allah Knows what decibels whist the entertainment team paraded around the pool greeting everyone 1950s Butlins style ! This was followed by the days ittinery being yelled in several different languages, Novelty Darts, Water Polo , Aerobics, and a daft game that required the contestant to spit an ice cube into a champagne bucket ! The prize ? A free drink ! Not bad, considering its an all inclusive hotel, the forfeit ? to jump in the pool ? Helloooo... I thought this was a 5 star hotel !!! This brings me to the food and restaurant ! Well the food isn't bad..... Breakfast was interesting there was plenty of choice...including boiled brussell sprouts ! Lunch, again, there was plenty of choice... but it would have been helpful to know what was actually in the dishes, all we knew was that it had no gluten ! Oh and Turkey was served twice a day, every day ! I never realized that poultry could be so versatile, I am now familiar with at least 28 way to cook the bloomin things ! but there was plently of fruit and salad and desserts ! Now call me old fashioned but I like to have an allocated table, I like to take my plate of unidentified food and sit down, not wander around aimlessly looking for somewhere to sit ! At the end of our first day we decided to skip the entertainment (wise decision) and catch up on some sleep! However, a couple of hours into our much need rest we were again ripped from our sleep, by the noise from the disco, not the music, but the unbearable bass that was throbbing through the bed ! We requested to be moved and the management arranged this promptly and the next day we were moved to a higher floor,
After the noise at the poolside we decided to give the beach a try, the sandy one, a bus is laid on to shuttle guest to and from the hotel, the beach is ok, a little crowded but with plenty of sunbeds and parasols and hot and cold running waiters lol ! However, in the water we saw two condoms floating about and worse, on the beach a hyperdermic, and even more worring was that the "needle" was no longer attached which means its somewhere on the beach, we reported it to a waiter at the beach bar who seemed disinterested !
I could continue to moan about our experience at the Viking Star, but to be fair, the staff were polite and helpful and our complaints were dealt with efficiently and promptly. I have stayed in Turkey in 5 star hotels several times before and Im afraid despite having a Trip Advisor Award it simply does not come anywhere near 5 star rating.
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- Hotel Viking Star