Just returned from a 12 night break to the Rebin Beach Hotel. Overall, for a 3 star hotel, it is very good value for money but there were too many disappointments in general for us to recommend this hotel or the area to any english tourists under the age of 60.
The rooms are good, basic and serve all your needs. The shower is great, maid service is excellent (fresh bedlinen, towels and sheets every day), plenty of storage space, small television, A/C and a safe deposit box. We stayed on the first floor and had a balcony but it was very small, you could fit two chairs out there but there was no table which was slightly disappointing. The bed however is rock hard and the pillows are like bricks, probably the worst bed I've ever slept in. We were also put in the room right next to the 4 lane dual carriageway and I was worried as I am a light sleeper but to be honest, the road noise at night could not be heard over the A/C unit unless the door was open, so this was fine with us. Overall we were quite happy with the room.
The pool area is probably the best part of the hotel, the pool is quite big (possibly the biggest in Calis), there are enough sunloungers for everyone, but we found people taking one parasol per person and there is only 15-20 parasols max, we got down to the pool area at 10:00am one day and all the parasols were "reserved" (up) or being used and there is no real breeze by the pool ,so shade is definitely needed. The bar plays an assortment of music during the day, not a massive selection of music and you’ll often hear the same songs played all day long. They also have a free pool table at the bar, it’s very well looked after too and plays great on.
The bar area and restaurant were always spotless and very clean, the bar prices were slightly overpriced but in-line with the other resorts in Calis, they will pull you up on bringing your own food and drink into the hotel if you dont go straight to your room with it, we usually went to the supermarket once a night and only got pulled up once when we sat at the bar to have a drink before going to the room. But it’s no big problem, take a beach bag with you and put the shopping in that, they certainly won’t search you!
Breakfast was repetitive, dull and pretty basic. You get the same EVERY day, fresh bread, jam, processed meats, cheese, cereal, melon, juice and eggs. Sometimes the chef will cook a fried egg, but thats as exciting as it gets. If the full english breakfast on the beach wasn’t so expensive, I'd of been down there every day, I feel sick just thinking of eating that same breakfast over and over again, it wasn’t to my taste at all.
The location of the hotel is good, but the area is obviously still being built up and there isn’t much there. It’s a 5 minute walk to the beach, although the beach is not very nice, just a pile of grit and huge pebbles really which is not nice to lie or walk on. If you carry on walking (so 10 minutes walk) you’ll reach the centre of Calis resort. We were both a bit surprised to see just how quite the resort really was though and this is nearing peak season. There are plenty of restaurants, but they all look the same, offer the same food, and all try and hassle you into coming in, it gets a bit boring after the third or fourth time so we figured out shortcuts to avoid them. There are the exceptions though - Bella Mamma has the best food on the beach by far and doesn’t hassle at all which is probably why it’s packed by 7pm and throughout the night. Cafe Soul was quite nice too. Also a special mention to the restaurant/cafe a 1 minute walk behind the hotel, they were a lot cheaper than the hotel in everything they sold, their menu was basic but their food was always top notch. We ended up going there 5 times over the course of the holiday and was never disappointed once.
There is a distinct lack of decent lively bars in the area though which is where our main gripe with the area came from, there is one dingy looking club called MCM which we didn’t venture into because it just looked grotty and Scarletts which is the biggest bar in the area.. it looked and sounded great but its tucked away from the beach front and when we walked past at 11pm, it was completely empty! It might possibly be down to the fact that all spirits and cocktails are very pricey out there. £5-6 for one cocktail in pretty much all places and even in some places they give very small shots of alcohol. The Lighthouse is a great cocktail place, it has loads to choose from and you get a good almighty shot of alcohol in there.. problem is, like all bars round the area, the atmosphere was dead, but I would recommend it for the cocktails, just be prepared to pay top price for them.
I could put up with a quiet resort if the hotel was a bit more livelier but we also found the hotel to be very quiet, it is in no way geared towards an English holidaymaker at all. Most of the holidaymakers were Turkish or German, I would say about 10% were English but it felt we had booked into an all German resort at times. We only met 2 staff members who could speak some basic english as well and whilst all staff members were friendly, it was really hard to get a conversation going with them. The English tourists there were really nice and we talked to pretty much all of them at some point, but being 30-40 years younger than most of them didn’t really help us find a common interest amongst them. There were plenty of young German and Turkish couples and families there but they all seemed to want to keep themselves to themselves. Apart from a turkish night once a week, the hotel didnt put any other activities on for their guests, a pool competition for example would of been great to meet other guests and what not, but there was nothing like that.
So all in all, it’s a mixed review for this hotel. We liked the hotel and location, but disliked how quiet Calis and Fethiye were and would of preferred a hotel which was more english dominated. We did go to Olu Deniz at one point in our holiday and if we were to come back to this region in Turkey, we would probably choose there as there seemed to be much more about it and it was a lot cheaper!
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