John, Paul, Shane and Ali are the most amazing staff you can find - friendly, helpful, attentive. I could go on. They're such lovely people and do not hassle you into spending money on anything (where as staff at every other bar/restaurant/shop/hotel you so much as walk past will not leave you alone and pressure you into coming in). You will feel at home at Blue Palace straight away. But be warned - John will not hesitate to pour a bucket of ice water over you whilst you are sitting by/in the pool!
The cleaning staff (two women - mother and daughter) are also very lovely. Rooms were cleaned every day. Don't pay attention to the horror stories about Blue Palace unless you have very high expectations. For the price you're paying here, you can't afford to be fussy. Having said that, Blue Palace exceeded my (low) expectations. The rooms are spacious - bedroom (with air con), bathroom (with bath and shower head) and a joint living room and kitchen. The balcony is also very spacious with two plastic chairs and a table. The only down side is that the air con is in the bedroom - but it doesn't take long AT ALL to cool the bedroom down which allows the rest of the hotel room to quickly become cooler too. I would recommend bringing your own hair dryer if drying your hair is important to you (it is to me when I'm getting ready in the evenings!) as the one provided in the bathroom will take absolutely ages to dry your hair properly and you'll want to be in the bedroom nearer the air con when drying your hair!
The food is amazing. We ate lunch at the hotel everyday - the cheeseburgers are DIVINE. You can choose to pay straight away or to keep a tab.
In terms of location, Blue Palace is a 2 minute walk from the high street (clothes/gifts shops galore, plenty of restaurants, a supermarket etc) and a 5-7 minute walk from the sea front where you'll find more restaurants and lots of bars and clubs. Most places completely water down alcoholic drinks and some don't put any alcohol in at all (they won't admit this of course). My boyfriend and I chose to instead drink the local beer, Efes, which is really nice and very cheap (5-9 lira depending where you go). Many restaurants offer a 5 course meal for between 13 and 15 lira (less than a fiver!) which I would really recommend. The 5 courses are a large naan-type bread and mezze to share which can be topped up if needed, soup, a main meal, dessert (which is usually just ice cream) and then tea, coffee or a shot. Drinks are not included in the price. By the way - the tea in Turkey isn't very nice but drinkable.
You can also get a dolmus (bus) from the high street to other areas such as Bar Street or Icmeler (nicer beach) which takes 10minutes tops and is only 1 or 2 lira which is really good! The dolmus will stop wherever you want it to and there also bus stands to wait at.
You can call home from the hotel. It costs about 4/5 lira for a 5 minute conversation or about 12 lira to call mobile phones. I would recommend getting a phone card for about 5 lira which gives you 10 minutes talk time. I topped up £20 on my phone and it was gone after about 2-3 days! The phone card is brilliant.
The hotel pool is quite deep. Well then again I'm only 5ft so I'd say it's about 5"10-6" deep. However there is a little pool next to it for small children or for those of us who can't swim and just want to sit in it to cool down! There's never a shortage of sun beds but the pool side ones get snapped up in the early morning.
Anyway I'll wrap this up. All in all - I couldn't recommend Blue Palace enough. Best hotel EVER!
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- Also Known As:
- Blue Palace Apartments Marmaris
- Blue Palace Apartments Hotel Marmaris