My wife and Ihave just returned from a fortnights stay at the Side Kervan Hotel and thought we would share our views.
When booking this accomodation we knew that it would not be 5 star and as other reviews have noted, that the food would not be great. Upon arriving just before midnight, we were met in reeception by a friendly enough guy who spoke reasonable English. After checking our paper work he informed us that he would take us to, in his words, "Our economy room" We were then led to the basement level of the hotel and shown a tiny gloomy room containing three single beds and little else. It had no view and a tiny balcomy. Now as at the time of booking I had requested an upper floor room, with a sea view, I was very disapointed. This chap then said he would shoiw us another three vacant rooms. We were then shown rooms on the upper level all with sea and pool views and containing either twin beds or a double. He then said we could upgrade for only 140 Turkish Lira. We haggled him down to 100 Lira and selected a top floor (4th) room with a nice view. Not a good start but at least the air con was included in the price.
The next morning we went down for breakfast, we had booked half board and as expected it was the usual cereal, dried fruit, boiled eggs and a hot selection of omlettes etc. Not too bad. There was no fresh orange juice, you had to pay for that and the coffee was almost undrinkable.
We quickly established that there was not nearly enough sunbeds around the pool which didn't really matter to us as we spend most of our time on the beach. The pool itself was a reasonable size and very clean. There is a poolside bar but prices were we thought a little high, it also closed at 11.00 pm at night and there was no hotel entertainment at all.
We then spent the day onthe beach (seperate review of Side to follow)
The evening meal was a selection of spaghetti (every day) turkey stew (every day) grilled turkey (most days) minced turkey with potatoes and a selection of vegetables. The menu very rarely varied and we soon got fed up with it there was no tea or coffee provided with thge evening meal and if you wanted a drink you had to pay for it.. One evening there was lasagne but that quickly went, so we ended up eating out at least 50% of the time.
The hotel had an in house Hammam (Turkish bath) and the guy that ran it was a real pain, pestering guests on a daily basis, my wife finaly succumbed to him on the last dayand apparently enjoyed it.
The beach was a 5 - 10 minute walk away as were the the nearest shops. bars and restaurants.
Old Side was a 25 - 35 minute walk away.
Our room was cleaned every day most days with fresh linen and towels so no complaints there.
Check out time was 12.00 noon and as we werenot flying untill 23.30 we asked if we could pay extra to keep the room untill 6.00pm. we were told we could for 60 Lira which we thought reasonable. When we went back to pay we were told we couldnt as the room was required. The "helpfull" receptionist suggested we just stayed on the beach untill it was time to go.! The day before we were due toleave we asked again if there was a room we could have and were told we could keep our room after all. so who knows what was going on.
So, would we recommend this hotel ? Ihave to say no. It caters for mainly Russian and Scandinavian guests as the food reflected, we felt that at every oppertunity they were trying to get money out ofyou. I suppose at the end oftheday you get what you pay for but taking everything into account we would not return to either this hotel or to Side itself.
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