Having visited Marmaris for the past 5yrs, we have stayed in the same hotel every year and decided to book something different. After much debate, we decided on the Club Aida.
Having read many reviews on trip-advisor before we booked and also before we travelled, expectations of the hotel were good, this changed throughout our two-week stay.
On arrival, early hours of a Sunday morning (5-6am) we were the only people from our transfer coach to be staying at the hotel. Driving up the driveway to the hotel itself, people on our coach were commenting on how lovely the Aida looked and why they didn't book it themselves.
On entering the reception, a male receptionist finally checked us in (after 10minutes of us telling him we did not want to pay for the Sky television or any of the added extra charges at the minute, we would do it later that day) not the first thing you want to be greeted with after a long flight and transfer. Once checked in, the receptionist carried on talking to two teenage girls, one in her underwear, the other in her pyjamas screaming, and making a racket throughout the hotel's lobby. This is whilst we stood with our room key, un-aware of where to go to find our room. It was only after asking the security guard who took us to our room, we actually found it!
The following morning we paid £60 for our air-con (which only works in the bedroom) and a further however much for the safety deposit box.
Our room was on the ground floor of the hotel, right next door to the "Sweetheart" store, selling ice-cream, sweets etc and the main stage.
Entertainment throughout the hotel is fine if you have children under the age of 10, and are prepared to play every party game possible up until 12o'clock at night.
Nightly entertainment starts around 9-3.30pm, with the same entertainment being repeated every week. (Definitely venture out on a Tuesday, as a Scouse lady holds a karaoke and dedicates every song to her Turkish boyfriend).
Outside the hotel there is a kind of dirt-track/path (covered in broken bottles and glass) that you must walk across to get to the main road, unless you want to walk along the drive-way up to the hotel (this also leads to the water-park, so taxi's and scooters fly up and down this hill beeping their horns at you to move out of the way).
The beach is approx 10mins walk away and is a much better option than lounging around the pool of a daytime. People are up and out at 6am to put towels on their sunbeds, and from 10am Shaggy or whatever his name was, is on his microphone around the pool shouting all sorts of rude jokes and remarks!
Staff are helpful if you're a teenage girl who is willing to show them a bit of attention. Reception staff speak hardly any English and will not be able to solve any queries you may have. (The hair dryer in our bathroom every time it was used would spark, until one night it totally burnt out and smelt like we'd had a barbecue in the room! On consulting reception staff at 6pm at night, it was finally fixed the next afternoon. Great service of course, paying attention to guest safety at all times..)
The maid service was the only area of the hotel that was spot-on, and done to a very high standard.
Drinks are very expensive in the hotel, as is the on-site supermarket. We ventured out to local supermarkets located around the hotel and bought drinks and snacks to eat and drink around the pool area and in the apartment.
Food in the hotel (available from the bar) is relatively cheap.
All in all, I would not return to the above hotel, nor would I recommend it to anybody travelling without children. There are much better hotels located around Marmaris, and if we returned I would book elsewhere.
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- Also Known As:
- Club Aida Hotel Marmaris
- Aida Hotel Marmaris