We've just returned from a really enjoyable week long stay at the Ece Saray. We had a lovely, relaxing break and here's why.
The interior of the hotel is nice enough - quite charming and chic. The exterior of the Hotel is lovely and is reminiscent of the 'colonial style' buildings that you see often in The Caribbean. It's set in beautifully manicured gardens and in a fantastic location right on the waterfront of the marina. The view of the marina and the pine-clad mountains beyond is pretty special.
The Hotel is starting to look a little bit tired in places and is in need of some TLC and I think it's probably the right time for bit of a facelift / update.
Our room was very nice and spotlessly clean - it was serviced every day with a fresh supply of clean towels. We'd booked a suite with a view of the Marina which was very spacious and had a Juliette Balcony in both the bedroom and the separate living room. There were separate Air Conditioning units in each room which worked really well, especially given the fact that the weather was scorching.
The bed was very comfortable and absolutely huge with a choice of hard & soft pillows - we both managed to sleep really well which is not often the case when we're staying in hotels.
Bathroom was very clean and a reasonable size. It had a whirlpool bath with shower over. The bath was great but they could do with upgrading the shower, although it was powerful and there was always plenty of hot water.
Although the rooms were charming, the decor would benefit from a makover and the wardrobe (singular) was far too small for us.
The Pool Area was great with a large swimming pool and more than ample space for a Hotel with only 48 rooms. Plenty of high quality (and very comfortable) Sun Loungers and there was none of the early morning nonsense you get in other Hotels. We didn't get to the Pool before 10.30am but always secured the exact same place we wanted every day with no fuss. There were also comfortable hammocks and loungers dotted around the marina.
The Pool Bar was good with a separate seating area for lunch, but we preferred to eat lunch at the tables which were at the waterside of the marina.
We were on a half-board basis and we thought the food was excellent. Breakfast was served on the roof terrace (great views) every day. There was a good variety of choice including a pretty full selection of cooked breakfast options and it was all tasty and freshly prepared.
Lunch was served by the pool or at the waterside of the Marina and was always very good - the salads and the fresh baked Turkish Pide were always superb.
Dinner was always served 'al fresco' at the waters edge where you could watch the Grey Mullet swimming around the Marina every night. There was a 'buffet' selection of salads, Turkish specialities, and desserts and the a la carte main course was based on a different theme / cuisine every evening. All the food was absolutely delicious. The wine list was pretty good and the local wines were very drinkable. All the drinks we're reasonably priced for a 5* Hotel.
The staff could not be faulted in any way and gave superb service from the minute we arrived to the minute we left. They couldn't do enough for us and were polite, professional, and on the ball. Not only that, they were genuinely friendly and wore beaming smiles the majority of the time. The Pool Attendent and the restaurant waiters were particularly good.
There weren't really any negatives about the Hotel apart from one slight niggle. The Gym was supposed to be air conditioned but it was excruciatingly hot - very difficult to exercise.
This is a great little, chic, refined Hotel that I would thoroughly recommend. Probably more suited to adults / couples than families with smaller children. I'm sure (and hope) we will return at some stage in the future.
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- Also Known As:
- Ece Saray Marina And Resort
- Ece Saray Marina Hotel Fethiye
- Ece Saray Marina Fethiye