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“Great Welcome, Great Service, Lovely Food” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Ekin Hotel
Ranked #64 of 233 Hotels in Marmaris
Certificate of Excellence
Poole, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
188 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 366 helpful votes
“Great Welcome, Great Service, Lovely Food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2014

Before you read this review please note this is for the restaurant/bar only as we did not stay in the hotel.
The Ekin Hotel is situated in the Armutalan area of Marmaris and is popular with several Trip Advisor regulars.
As we had been out all day and were tired we did not want to walk far and the Ekin is just a few yards from our hotel, the Club Evin.
We were given the choice of where to sit and picked an end table close the second pool and the apartments.
Those that know me will understand that when I write a review I am as honest as possible. I do not gloss over the cracks! This can be a bit of an embarrassment when a restaurant is recommended by a friend.
A couple of years ago a lady who I thought was a friend asked me to review her favourite restaurant down by the harbour. The meal was poor and I was honest and she has never forgiven me. But life goes on.
In the case of the Ekin Hotel I hope that our friend Alan (and others) will forgive me for reporting a couple of fairly minor flaws. I did discuss theses with Muammer, the manager and he said he would talk to the chef about them.
So the review.
Both Jean and I decided to order off of the set menu.
Jean ordered the vegetable soup and fillet steak. The steak is shown as being without sauce but she asked if she could have some mushroom sauce with it. They were more than happy to oblige.
On recommendation from another Trip Advisor regular, STEVIEDEBZ, I ordered the chicken soup.
This was to be followed by the sirloin steak. Both steaks were to be cooked medium. Pink but not bloody.
We had already ordered an Efes for me which was nice and cold and good as always (8 lira) and a glass of rosé for Jean. The rosé was light in colour but full in flavour and Jean said it was very good and at 8 lira it was not exorbitant.
We had almost finished these when the “free” meze arrived. This consisted of a basket of what we call “market” bread. The type you get for breakfast every morning and a favourite of ours. A plate with slices of the same bread toasted and two squares of “English” bread with a good coating of garlic and herbs, covered in cheese and toasted. These toasties were lovely and we could have ordered more if we were not having a big main course. On another plate were pats of butter and a small bowl of the spicy red dip. All very nice to nibble on as we finished our first drinks.
Following Jean’s advice I then ordered two glasses of rosé.
The previous glass had been one of the smaller wine glasses, but full to the brim. The fresh glasses were much bigger, filled past ½ way and definitely contained more wine than the first one. When we got the final bill these bigger offerings were down as our free drinks, which we thought to be “perfect”. In fact I was glad I followed Jean’s lead as the wine was very fruity and much to my taste.
We had said we were not in a hurry and so it was a short while before the soups arrived.
When they did they were generous portions and piping hot.
My chicken soup was very creamy, rich and full of small pieces of tender chicken. It was excellent and obviously made with care.
Jeans soup was also of a creamy texture and contained a lot of chopped fresh vegetables. The problem was that it was surprisingly tasteless! When Jean told me I was a bit sceptical as Jean’s taste buds are not very good; she suffers from allergies and hay fever. However, when I tasted it she was right. I am not sure how you can make a soup with fresh vegetables and cream and have it come out bland, but someone had managed it! Still Jean was hungry and managed to finish it off.
Again our wish to have a nice slow meal was respected and the mains were held back for a while.
When they came they were nicely presented. On each plate, with our steaks were some hand cut, fresh, beautifully cooked (real) chips. A dome of saffron coloured rice and a good portion of a mix of green peas, cubes of carrot and morsels of baby marrow. Unfortunately the vegetable had been sautéed and gave the impression that they were a frozen mix! The peas were tough and the carrot like little pieces of sponge rubber. When, after the meal we mentioned it to Muammer he said that vegetables were fresh. If they were it must have been a few days before and they had been cooked and recooked; for us they were inedible. But that was no big problem as the portion of chips was generous and the rice lovely.
Jean’s fillet was a revelation. Usually, for cheaper meals, they use the point of the steak and batter it with a meat mallet to flatten and tenderise it. This however was a proper round steak cut from the middle of the fillet. It was about 4 – 5 inches in diameter and at least ¾ of an inch thick. When she cut into it, it was perfectly “pink” inside. The flavour was spot on and the tenderness all she could have hoped for. The weight I would estimate at between 6 and 8 ounces. Jean said it was one of the best she has ever had; and she has had a few, as fillet is her favourite meal. The extra mushroom sauce she had asked for came in a bowl on the side. It was creamy and full of sliced fresh mushrooms.
My sirloin was of a similar weight but of course longer and thinner. The fat had been removed so it was all meat. Sirloin is always a little tougher than fillet but this one was eminently edible and the taste with its “pan juices” was just right.
There is no pudding included in this set meal and to be honest we were pretty full anyway.
However, we were treated by Muammer to a dish of ice-cream each and a slice of strawberry cheesecake to share. We tried very hard but were unable to finish the crust of the cheesecake as it was just too big!
So to recap: apart from two small problems that I am sure will be sorted out, it was an excellent meal and at 32.50 lira each (£9.28) very good VFM containing as it did for us; a large glass of wine, a bowl of soup and a steak meal!
The menu contained a good choices of steak dishes such as Mexican, Hawaiian, mushroom and Diana as well as the ones we chose.
Definitely one to add to your list if you want a good reasonably priced meal.
Peter & Jean. :o)

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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5 Thank PRO69
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
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English first
Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
30 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2014

We visited the Ekin in September last year and really loved the friendliness of this family run hotel. We were lucky enough to go back at the end of May and despite the weather being really bad (unusual for Turkey at this time of year) and my husband getting food poisoning (NOT from this hotel) we had a really good holiday. The hotel is central for everything, the dolmus stops right outside the door so you can go anywhere for 2 lire. The owners will change money for you at a very competitive rate. In fact if you have any problems they can usually be sorted by the friendly team of Mo and his wife Angel or the barman/waiter Izzy who will do everything they can to help you enjoy your holiday. The hotel is quite small which means that you soon get chatting to other guests, many who have been going there for years and I now know why. After 20 years of visiting Marmaris we wouldn't stay anywhere else and will be returning in September

Room Tip: All rooms are the same size with big balconies
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 Thank libra47199
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Swansea, United Kingdom
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 23, 2014

stayed here july 2013 very nice hotel vry clean staff execellent food brill met some good people no entertainment will b visiting again marks 8 out of ten went down beach ca ptain jacks food and staff vey friendly and excellent if u have the chance go to turtle beach and the boat trip markets good but very hot in there andwere haselled all the time

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank StephaniebB6688IU
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Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
15 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2014

Stayed at tbe ekin last June. A pleasant hotel. Little dated but clean and comfortable. The staff were very friendly and accommodating, nothing too much trouble. Would certainly stay again. Tbe location is very good not too far from bars etc but quiet at night so no problems trying to sleep. The pool area is small but the adjoining apartments also have a pool so you have the choice of both pools.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank sandra R
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South Yorkshire
Level Contributor
20 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2013

Its a lovely clean hotel, location is fantastic but its very very dated needs massive refurb.
Its a great hotel for the money if you don't want all the mod cons. The staff are nice and friendly. The pool isn't great but its very close to the beach so you can always go there.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank TerriMichael
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2013

hi all my brother and i did not go to the ekin this year due to family bereavement, we missed all the friends we made there. but we did go to see them and were made welcome. i would recoment the ekin to anyone who is going to marmaris, fantastic place.

Room Tip: all rooms are good
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank brenda w
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West Midlands
Level Contributor
51 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2013

This was our fifth year and tenth stay at the Ekin Hotel and Apartments. We would not stay anywhere else. It is an amazing place, so friendly, fantastic atmosphere and service second to none. Proof of this is the number of repeat guests that return time after time and it is always great to see a familiar face due the number of friends we have made here. We had an apartment which was extremely spacious as all the apartments are. You have use of the hotel facilities also. Spotlessly clean, cleaners are in every day towels and bedding changed regularly. If you need anything more you only have to ask and staff will certainly oblige. There are two pool areas you can use either. The restaurant offers a great selection of food, reasonably priced, portions are huge and just delicious ... the chef is AMAZING! Please come back next year! The staff were as great as always a big thank you to the manager Muammer, Angel, Bossman and Lalle. Also a big thanks to Izzy, Yasin and Aytac for looking after us again. Everyone is so helpful and pleasant and go out of their way to make your holiday. Always great to get involved with the banter. This is a great place to stay. Not really recommended for younger people it is not a hotel for the 18-30 bracket. Unfortunately incidents do occur and we had to witness guests who wanted to drink their own alcohol by the pool which is strictly forbidden and clearly signposted. They were disrespectful and verbally abused the manager and staff as they could not get their own way. Despite this the staff remained professional and must be highly commended for trying to control the situation and for their consideration for safety and the effect on other guests in the hotel. At the Ekin there is always a great time to be had, great staff, great place, great location highly recommended just the best!!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank LK11
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Property: Ekin Hotel
Address: 139. Sok No:17, Marmaris 48700, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Turkish Aegean Coast > Mugla Province > Marmaris
Amenities:
Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 Best Value Hotel in Marmaris
#13 Romantic Hotel in Marmaris
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Ekin Hotel 1.5*
Number of rooms: 30
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