We booked this hotel through low cost beds as it was offering 5* all inclusive for a very good price and booked before reading any reviews.
After booking we searched trip advisor for the hotel and were horrified by some of the reviews and were very worried by what we were reading, many of the reviews referred to the food being poor with many guests being ill, the annex that was very poor with damp in many of the rooms and detached from the rest of the hotel and generally the hotel being run down and in need of restoration. Many of the reviews advised people not to go there and we did think twice about booking something else.
However, on arrival on our transfer we pulled into a hotel called the Bodrum Beach Club and both my girlfriend and myself commented that we wished we were staying there as it looked lovely, as the driver called out the name of the hotel no one on the minibus moved and it appeared at first that the driver had made a mistake, he then disappeared into reception and came back repeating our names! We went into reception a little confused (it was the early hours of the morning) to be told that the hotel was no longer called the Etap Litera Altinel but the Bodrum Beach Club and had been taken over by the Noa Group.
First impressions were very good, the reception was chic looking with large white leather sofas and amazing views through the huge windows out to sea, as it was 1am though it was difficult to fully appreciate the views.
We were shown to our room by the porter, there are quite a few steps and no lifts so may not be suitable for those with walking difficulties but looked very nice and had obviously been recently painted. Our room was a decent size with a double and single bed, the only disappointment with the room was the size of the balcony and the fact that our sea view was blocked by a big tree!
The following day we had chance to have a walk around the hotel and we were not disappointed. The pool was huge and looked very inviting, the restaurant had a wonderful view out to sea and was a perfect setting for meals, especially in the evening with the sun setting on the horizon. The beach was shingle and a little disappointing though many of the beaches in this area are much the same and in comparison it wasnt bad. There is a wonderful jetty that juts out from the hotel and is covered with huge cushions and bean bags and a very nice setting to catch some rays. The shoreline is also scattered with four poster sun longers, large hammocks and beanbags and there was never a problem with getting a spot as there was plenty around for all guests.
The food in the hotel was also very good. Breakfast was mainly continental though there was lots of choice, lunches again had lots of choice with tons of salad and a great selection of hot dishes as well as an abundance of desserts, it was the same of an evening with the added bonus of a BBQ with a different dish cooked fresh for you every night. The staff were very efficient and attentive with the chefs constantly checking the temperatures of the food and asking if you were enjoying the food.
Facilities in the hotel were good. There was a Turkish Bath that was free for guests though it was extra if you wanted a massage, facial etc, there were many activities going on throughout the day including the usual water aerobics, kids club, table tennis etc. As well as that there is an internet room, snooker and pool tables, hairdressers and a mini market.
The annex that has been mentioned in other reviews is now the staff quarters so there is no chance of you having a room over there.
The only let down for my girlfriend and i was that there was no where locally to walk to. The hotel is approx 20km from Bodrum and 10km from the nearest village, Guvercinlik. The dolmus are regular and cost 2 lira to Bodrum so are an easy and cheap way to get around. We hired a car for a couple of days and would highly recommend getting the dolmus or driving to Guvercinlik, this is still a small fishing village and the locals were all very friendly and proud of the fact that their village hadnt given into the huge hotels that line the rest of the peninsular, there are several fantastic fish restaurants along the quay, we chose one as the owner made us feel very welcome as he chatted to us and the food was exceptional.
Overall, we had a fantastic holiday and the hotel was a wonderfully relaxing environment to enjoy it in. There was still a lot of work going on around the hotel (this was never intrusive though) and i believe that once all of the work has been completed the hotel will be superb. I think the size of the rooms and their balconies would probably keep it from being 5* in my experience though it is definatly worthy of 4*
Please ignore all of the reviews referring to the Etap Litera Altinel, The Bodrum Beach Club is well worth the visit.
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Litera Altinel
- Litera Altinel Bodrum