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Review of Palmin Sunset Plaza

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Palmin Sunset Plaza
Ranked #45 of 147 Hotels in Kusadasi
Certificate of Excellence
Dublin, Ireland
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5 reviews
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“Highly Recommended”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2012

We are just home having spent two weeks in the Palmin Sunset Plaza (6-20 Oct 2012). The holiday rep while en route to the hotel gives you a card which contains details of the room that has been allocated to you. So on arrival, at the hotel you inform the bell boys of your room number, which they duly mark on your suitcase. Staff are waiting to greet you. You check in with reception (very quick service) where you are handed your room key and then there is a fruit cocktail reception for you. In the meantime while you are enjoying your cocktail the bell boys are busy delivering your bags to your room.

There are 12 apartments in each block. Some blocks only have 3 apartments. The rooms are very spacious and all rooms have a balcony. There is a complimentary bottle of water for you in the fridge. There is a kettle in the room to allow you make tea/coffee. The rooms are cleaned every day and fresh bed linen and towels. There is also a safe deposit box. Keys can be obtained from reception at a charge of €10 per week.

The pool and bar area are clean and tidy and there were plenty of sun loungers to cater for everyone. (However having said that, this time of the year the hotel would be quieter in general). There is also a children’s pool. The water in the pool is salt water and while it initially is extremely cold to get into, once you’re in, the water is lovely and refreshing.

The restaurant has a great selection of food to choice from, however, dining there is a little more expensive than dining in town. All imported drinks i.e. Budweiser, Miller, Smirnoff Vodka, Tia Maria are more expensive than at home. Their local beer Efes it ok. They also have an Efes light. For smokers, the only cigs available apart from local brands was Marlboro.

The nightly entertainment is very good, something different every night. During the day there was darts, water polo, bowls and aqua aerobics in and around the pool area. Fifi and Soli, the two people in charge of entertainment make it their business to get to know their guests and remember their names. They have a way about them (without being intrusive) of getting everyone involved with whatever activity is taking place. I have to say they are excellent at their job. They are also great craic.

The hotel is very clean and tidy and it looks the same in reality as it does in the brochure.

There is access outside the hotel down to Paradise Beach, a private beach shared with the Sealight Hotel, hotel adjacent to the Sunset Plaza.

If you sit around the pool bar in the evenings you can watch the beautiful sunsets go down on the Aegean Sea and watch the cruise liners sail into the night.

There is an onsite shop (water, cigs, chocs, ice cream etc), hairdresser and beautician. They offer all sorts of massages, Turkish baths, hair cutting, styling, colouring, manicure, pedicure etc. I had a pedicure costing €16, which is extremely good value and I must admit it was the best I’ve had in a long time.

The small drawbacks were; the shower is part of the bath and it is quite a high step to get into the bath, so care is needed and it may not suit elderly or infirm people. The other, is the fact, that the hotel is a fair bit out from Kusadasi town centre. You are dependent on the Dolmus to bring you there. Having said that the dolmus is an excellent service and for 2.25 Turkish lira each way, one can’t complain but sometimes it is just nice to be able to walk out of your hotel to the nearest bar or restaurant. Ladies Beach is a 12-15 min walk away, downhill but unless your fairy agile or a good walker, it’s a fair uphill walk back to the hotel. Oh and the beds are quite hard to sleep on.

The staff are very friendly and helpful and we enjoyed our stay at the Plaza.

Would I recommend the Sunset Plaza, (of the three Palmin hotels; Palmin All Inclusive, Sea Pearl and Sunset Plaza) yes I most definitely would.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Sligo, Ireland
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2012

I am literaly just home from a week stayn at the Palmin Sunset Plaza and all I can say is fantastic, all aspects of this hotel.I have never been to a place that has satisfied my holiday needs in so many ways.
When we arrived bell boys to deliever our bags to our rooms, fruit cocktails at front door.Staff very friendly and informativ in terms of deposit boxes etc.The rooms were sparkling clean with complimentary bottle of water (nice touch) ..The grounds around pool and bar were so clean and tidy with practically every sun chair parallel to each other.Over the week we ate alot in the restaurant at the hotel which was lovely a lil pricy buit the service and food u couldnt expect it to be any cheaper the waiting staff were so friendly and polite and catered to ur every need..The entertainment was second to none every night there was something different on and daily there was water polo darts etc...Wednesday night we attended the barbeque with a huge display of food, greatly presented and tasted good..The two people in charge of the entertainment were great.They got to know everybody and got people involved which was great.Ne body who dnt enjoy themselves it was there own fault.The rooms were cleaned every morning and the cleaninig staff were very friendly despite the little language they had..I would recommend this hotel to anybody couple and familys and just looking for a holiday to kick back as we got more than what we had hoped for it.It was such an enjoyable week I was sad to be comming home..Well done to all at the hotel..I will definetly be bak next year...

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Anita O
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Cork, Ireland
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6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2012

I cannot say enough about the staff here, fantastic, helpfull, friendly......
The entertainment team under the leadership of the fantastic FiFi is second to none.
I have never come across such brilliant hosts in all our travels. Hard working and inovative. Fabulous nights. I lack the words to describe how great these guys are.
First hotel that lived up to the brochure. Spotless clean and lives up to its name with sunsets to die for. Relaxing, A tase of heaven.
Cant wait to return again

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2012

Stayed here from 16th - 23rd September.
The Hotel is spotless, the staff extremely friendly, and can honestly not think of one thing the staff could have done more.
We were told on booking the only rooms available were twins, but Sunway put in a request for a double, and that was granted on arrival.
I have read the reviews regarding bottled water, and although there are signs, and the rep made a point of mentioning it, it was not really enforced as far as I could see, certainly no-one ever searched us.
The point is made that it is in accordance with every international hotel this rule is enforced. Hmm every international hotel except the ones I have stayed in the US, Germany, China, Egypt, Holland, Spain, Bulgaria, Belgium..etc etc haha - and it has to be said - in no other hotel I have I ever had salt water piped through the cold taps as this one does :)

Just to re-cap though - this wasn't really an issue, just buy the odd bottle of water and dont be stupid about being obvious what you bring in and i'm sure its fine. The facilities are good, the food is great, and the staff very friendly.

I would just like to reply to some of the price issues people are having.
We ate in the Hotel, and also in other restaurants around the place. We found the hotel to be cheaper than most of the popular places on Ladies beach, and certainly a lot cheaper than the popular "Irish Bars/restraunts". Turkey is not as cheap as it used to be, and prices can often be comparable with middle of the road restraunts in Ireland.

If you are thinking of booking here for next year, I would recomend. We had a fabulous week.

Room Tip: Pay the extra for pool view :)
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Dean M
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Sligo, Ireland
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38 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2012

Myself and my Fiance stayed here from the 16-23rd Sept, and honestly I have very few complaints about the hotel or location. We were in room 207, so it was overlooking the pool. Really good size rooms, bathroom & balcony, and spotless to be fair. I don't know what all the chat about the beds are about, but maybe its just preference or that we have two functioning hips, but we thought it was perfect. There is only one pillow provided, but ask housekeeping for any extra's and they will provide them straight away. I know we shouldn't have been watching TV on hols, but on one or two lazy/hungover afternoons, it was a nice surprise to have a movie channel and others in English which is rare enough for overseas hotels. The sheets and towels were changed everyday, and the housekeeping staff were lovely.

The bar is expensive - beer is def more expensive than is in town, but then again, it can be as there is no bars around the hotel to compete with. The pool is lovely, except there is an inordinate amount of wasps, but perhaps this is down to the time of year! The only complaint that needs to be mentioned is the parrot that appears at 1pm sharp each day, and yells down the microphone about "wwatttteeerrr pooolllllloooooooo" or whatever other activity is planned for that afternoon. Again, its not our bag of chips, but others were eating up with a big spoon, so perhaps we are just not used of resort activities, but her voice really did pulsate through my head. There was also nightly "entertainment", but after witnessing the first display of this, in which a man similar to Ron Burgundy performed the worst magic acts known to man, we avoided each night that followed with vengeance. We also had the Turkish Bath in the Venus Spa (€18), very relaxing and something different.

Kusadasi centre is very easily located via the Dolmus bus - 2.25lira - about 25 minutes ride. Advisable to get off once you see Capi Diem - its the most central point in the town. There is not a whole lot to see, every stall is pretty must the same, closely guarded by the same overly excitable men practically dragging you into there shops to buy "genuine fake" converse shoes, or Burberry bags! If you take their comments and "persuasive manner" with a pinch of salt, and have a bit of craic with them, they generally calm down and climb down off your back. Dont be afraid to haggle like hell, and if you don't think you are getting a good price, dont be after to tell them you will come back to them! If they offer you tea or a drink, this is of course a ploy to get you to buy, but if you just chat to them about their own lives etc, take their card and tell them you'll be back, they are usually good humoured about it. As fakes go, they are pretty good. There is a good variety of places to eat - however we found Saray & Ekiz the best for turkish food with really fresh Fish & Meat options. Saray is pricey by Turkish standards, but think its worth it for the ambience and food. If you want home away from home, you cannot go wrong with Ladies beach - Somewhere Else has good fresh food, and we also had breakie in Seamus's Place - proper Irish breakie. Personally I don't like going away and seeing menu's exactly like home, but they are there for those who dont want to taste the turkish tucker.

On a whole, I think the hotel is perfect for couples and young families - def a no no for young and singles or you'll be bored off your block. The weather was perfect for us at this time of year, and as the hotel is on a cliff, there is always a nice breeze. Don't mind the BS chat of staff checking your bags for water or food purchased outside the premises, cos unless you have a stall strapped to your chest, I reckon they would not nor would have any legal standings to do that! Also, don't heed the pics of close ups on iphones of chipped corners and rusting shower nozzles - honestly some ppl just need to get out more! The hotel is lovely, food in it is grand, only ate in it a handful of times (dont get anything with bacon...i mean it just goes without saying that a country that does not eat it, probably wont stock anything other than cat spam), and the staff are sound!

All in all, I would go back to the Palmin - just would ensure to bring ear plugs or sedatives for the annoying rep girl!

Cheers

Laura, Sligo x

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Laurapop28
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Limerick, Ireland
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9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2012

This was my 8th holiday to Turkey and my third stay at the Palmin Sunset and Im going to be honest when I stay that the negitives outway the positives. This hotel is rated 4* and to be fair I would give it an average 3*. It is a very clean complex, low rise and the pool is really nice. Food is ok, not alot of choice and pricey. The rooms are very spacious, nice balcony but the beds were so uncomfortable that we had to use the sofa bed. The bathrooms are in need of refurbishment, very old and shabby. You have to climb into quite a high bath to access the shower and the water is so salty I would recommend you ONLY use bottled water... From pervious years I also felt the attitude of the staff had disimproved. The waiters were not so friendly and the staff in the shop were very rude. Entertainment here is very good with something on each night. Having visited Turkey many times, this time round I felt that the prices are now the same as Spain, Portugal even Ireland which is a shame. Value for money is a thing of the past here and the hotel also needs to address some of the above issues. Time for a change of scene for us next year Im afraid.

Room Tip: Pay for pool view room
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Ivymai
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Castlebar, Mayo, Ireland
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2012

Just back from a week in the sunset plaza, we had the most amazing holiday there. The staff are brilliant, the rooms were clean, bright and airy. Beds were actully quite comfortable. We had a ground floor family room, which consisted of two interconnecting rooms so we had so much space which also had an excellent view of the amazing pool. They may charge Irish prices for drink but they don't serve Irish measures GREAT!!!! No staff member ever approached us as we entered or left the hotel. Entertainment good except for the magic guitar players AS they say on the X FACTOR it's 4 from us. Fifi was so friendly and really funny, Turkish night was the best !!!!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Emily5555
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Property: Palmin Sunset Plaza
Address: Kadinlar Denizi, Boyalik Mevkii, Kusadasi 09400, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Turkish Aegean Coast > Aydin Province > Kusadasi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#17 Family Hotel in Kusadasi
#21 Spa Hotel in Kusadasi
#32 Luxury Hotel in Kusadasi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Palmin Sunset Plaza 4*
Number of rooms: 111
Also Known As:
Palmin Sunset Plaza Kusadasi
Palmin Sunset Plaza Hotel Kusadasi

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