My boyfriend and I stayed at at the Marmaris Imperial for 10 nights in September. There was about 10 people incuding us from our flight going to our hotel so they provided a mini bus rather than having to change half way through the transfer like we were expecting which was nice as I slept pretty much the whole way there. It took about an hour and a half as it states when booking so don't be surprised. On arrival at the hotel all the other couples rooms were ready but ours wasn't and even though it was about half 3pm we were slightly grumpy from a long day travelling. We were ushered over the Harmony bar for an afternoon snack while they finished our room and after being greeted by a very friendly waiter there and a bit to eat and drink we were much happier when we went back to reception to check in. The reception staff must have sensed our grumpyness as the phone rang when we had been in the room about 5 minutes to check if everything was ok.
We had room 125 which had very few steps to it so if you don't want a hike up hill I suggest you request a low room like this one. The room itself was nice a bit basic but nice all the same. The bathroom was small but had everything you need. The shower cubicle was large and the shower was lovely. It did seem to leak though and once the two of us had showered there was quite a puddle so be careful. There is a fridge in the room which is filled with water which is nice after a hot day by the pool. The TV does pick up some British channels (including sky sports) which was nice when getting ready in the evening. The bed was comfortable and a king size which is always nice.
When we booked we were told we would have a partial sea view so I was expecting to see a slither of sea but we actually had a good view through the trees. The hotel itself is set on a lovely tree covered hill side and provides very picturesque views all over.
We opted to spend our days relaxing by the relax pool as we don't really want to do much on holiday apart from lie by the pool and read. This pool is lovely and quiet or at least it was until the arrival of a large russian group who didn't seem to understand that people around the relax pool wanted a bit of peace and quiet. There is a bar at this pool and tolilets, which we noticed a couple of days in after going back to our room to use the toilet. The pool itself was a little cool as it tended to be shaded from the sun most of the day but was refreshing when it was very hot.
As for the food, I am a fussy eater and I know others have said this but I really am. I found the food to be satisfactory rather than superb like others have stated but then again that may be due to my limited sampling. I have to say there was a large selection so even though I am fussy I always managed to find something to eat. I did find the food a bit repatative especially after we had been there a week. And as someone else stated lunch a lot of the days did seem to be leftovers from the night before. I found the puddings very dissapointing and had ice cream most of the time. We both would have liked to have had ice cream throughout the day as well as in the evening as it would have been very refreshing on a hot day. We did eat in the Turkish a la carte restaurant and thought the food was very nice. It was the nicest meal we had all holiday. Yes the service is slow so you will be there for a while but you are on holiday so who wants to rush?! I would recommend getting a spoon before your ice cream as there seemed to be shortage of them every evening and the first night my ice cream had melted before I got one.
As previous reviewers had mentioned the drinks did seem watered down. My boyfriend thought the beer was watered down which was confirmed when he had the same make (Effes) outside the hotel. This didn't seem to agree with him and ended up giving him an upset stomach. I only drank soft drinks which are of the named variety and most of the come out of a bottle so you can see they aren't watered down. I did like the fridges with bottles of water all around. Very handy.
The waiters were very hit and miss. They seemed to really look after the older guests and ignore the younger ones. If you were matey with them you got excellent service if not it was easier to go up to the bar yourselves. I managed to annoy one waiter in particular by asking for a drink (I know, rude of me!) and then asking for another when I had finished!! Some of the waiters were very nice though and didn't act like it was above them to do their jobs and get you a drink.
Each night is a different theme and on saturday it is Turkish night which is nice apart from they don't warn you about the stalls that suddenly appear on the bridge area to the restaurant. You don't want to be pestered to buy fake goods while at the resort and on your way to dinner. They had jewellery, turkish delight, nuts, fake perfumes, fake handbags and clothing. I liked the food and jewellery but I didn't think it was appropriate to have the fake items there.
The evening entertainment was average. I liked the undercovers or whatever they were called who did some nice cover songs. Yes they aren't the best singers in the world but if they were why would they be at a hotel in Turkey? I didn't like the solo artist Adrian though, he was very cheesy and seemed to cater for the older guests. We enjoyed the evening quiz although some of the questions were impossible for us to answer again being geared towards the older guests. The wifi in the bar was good and we made use of this in the evenings. It would be nice to have it in guests rooms as would be expected of a hotel of this class.
We went into Marmaris one morning and found it hugely dissapointing. It seemed to just be selling a lot of tourist tat and fake goods. There didn't appear to be anything else to do. We ended up only stopping for an hour or so and returning back to the hotel. The bus was an experience all on it's own. We have used the buses on many Greek islands and thought we knew what we were in for. The buses on the Greek islands seem like National Express coachs compared to these. The driver at one point was driving (on a narrow road at some speed) with no hands free, in one hand was his phone and the other was busy sorting change. I also had to perch on a plastic stool as all the seats were gone and basically held on for dear life. As it was about £3 for the return trip you can't complain too much.
We went on two day trips whilst on holiday. One to Rhodes which was nice, we had done a similar island hop on a previous holiday and quite liked seeing two countries on one holiday. It was a nice day although we were expecting some sort of guide in Rhodes which you only got if you bought it on the boat (provided by the bost company). The trip cost around £45 each and did seem a bit steep considering we were just left to our own devices. It may be possible to arrange the trip yourself for cheaper. I would recommend hopping over to Rhodes as it's nice to see the differences between the two.
We also went to Pammukale which is an ancient roman city. It was a 3 hour trip each way but it was worth it. The guide we had was exteremly knowledgeable and was keen to tell us all about Turkish life not just the area we were visiting. We took a dip in Cleopatras pool which is meant to have healing powers. We also visited a stone factory where they produce onyx orniments etc which was obviously intended to make us part with our money (which nobody did). Apart from that the trip was enjoyable and interesting. It's worth getting up at 5.30 on holiday for.
The wasps were annoying especially when sunbathing, I would recommend if you are bothered by then as I am take some insect repellent with you. I was pleased to see the "cat hotel" when we arrived which is an area they have built for the cats to sleep, play and be fed. There was a sign at this area stating that the hotel feed the cats and would appreciate it if the guests did not. I was impressed with this until I saw one of the cats was practically skin and bone. I know the cats in these sort of countries are often a lot thinner than our domesticated pets but after seeing the sign stating they fed these cats and then seeing one in such poor condition it upset and annoyed me. This cat also had a bad leg that no one seemed to pay any attention too. I spoke to another guest who said she had reported it to the rep who said if the hotel don't sort it she will take it to the vet herself by a certain date. Well that date passed while we were there and when we left the cat looked worse than ever.
Overall I would recommend this hotel especially if you want a relaxing holiday. The hotel does seem to be geared towards the older guests but I suppose they are the ones who generally go to couples hotels. It would have been nicer to make the younger guests feel a bit more welcome. There were plenty of other young couples, it is always a worry of mine that we will be the youngest by about 30 years on these type of holiday and it was nice to see we weren't.
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