My boyfriend and I visited Turkey, Marmaris the last week in June 2007, unexpectedly the temperatures raised to 49c in the heat wave so beware if you don't like it hot, hot, hot as Turkey is just a stones throw away from Africa so the heat could easily surge again.
We stayed in the Star Hotel see link to site - [--] The hotel is situated 5 minutes away from the beach and a 15 - 20 minutes walk away from Bar Street.
Surrounding the hotel is a huge selection of all night bars and restaurants. Therefore we rarely walked to bar Street and visited the bars & restaurants on the beach front mainly.
The Star hotel is a place that I would highly recommend. The basic rooms compromised of an ensuite toilet shower and wash facility, dressing table, wardrobe, bed and balcony. Although these rooms were basic they were clean, tidy and when on holiday out every night do you really need 4 poster beds and mini bars?
Our stay at the Hotel included a free buffet breakfast, this wasn't anything special but did set you up for the day, the buffet offered a selection of breakfast snacks, fresh bread and butter, a selection of jams, boiled eggs or fried on request & cheeses etc.
We didn't eat very often in the hotel but when we did the lunch time and evening food offered was fantastic, the pizza's were amazing and the Turkish foods such as skewered meats etc were great!
All the food and drink in the Hotel was of a very reasonable price no more than £2 for a beer and meals were no more than about £5 per course.
The last night we were in Turkey the Star Hotel had a Turkish night which was brilliant for £10 you were given one drink, there was a huge Turkish buffet and BBQ all very tasty, the entertainment was fantastic, break dancers, belly dancer and snake charmer. Entertainment is not offered every night and normal days there will be just an album on loop.
The hotel has it's own pool which was quite small, but was cleaned daily, in turkey most Hotels will let you use their pools even if you are not staying in their hotel, you just have to buy a drink, so we went to a couple of 5 stars bought drinks and used their gorgeous pools, (cheeky I know!!)
All the staff who worked at the Star were friendly helpful and pleasant, the manager there could not do enough for us.
On Thursdays the derelict market building across from our hotel became a huge bazaar, selling groceries, clothes bags and some beautiful Turkish jewellery and pottery, make sure you keep bartering if they don't chase you when you walk they can't go any lower. If you do decide to buy something make sure you are 100% sure you want it before handing over your money as there is no getting it back after.
2 minutes away from the star was a lovely restaurant called Jana's we ate there 3 times once for breakfast and twice in the evening the Turkish food offered was fantastic.
If you do visit Turkey I would highly recommend going on one of the trips offered by all the agents there, you can't miss them there is one on every corner, we visited a water park which was great fun and went on a boat trip which was my favourite part of the holiday, it was great! It cost about £15 each, all drinks were free there was a fantastic BBQ meal with pasta which I think was the best food we ate there. The boat makes a few stops for you to feed fish and swim in the sea. They drive slowly and in the calm weather there was no swaying, so no sea sickness, we were taken to a little island where you are given an hour or 2 to explore and shop, the shops there were a little more high class than the usual Marmaris offerings of designer rip offs, selling beautiful Turkish furnishings and ornaments, pots, etc.
My only regret was missing out on the Turkish baths which were highly recommended by then, but you have to go on the first day as it can ruin your tan.
I also regretted not visiting the ruins but it was far to hot!!!