we decided to go to this hotel as we were recommended it by someone who lives in gumbet and has done for many years. we did get a fantasticly cheap deal as we went the last week of july/ beginning of august in 2011. As it was recommended to us i didn't look on tripadvisor as i wanted to decided for myself what it was like. We went all inclusive, me my wife and our two children of 17 and 14 years off age.
Firstly, whenever i go abroad and arrive at night i always think to myself, where the bloody hell have i come, mainly cause its all so different and the roads and surroundings are never the same as the uk. this time was no different. We were shown to our rooms, we asked that they were near each other and they were. the hotel is made up of blocks, about 3 or 4, with about 8 rooms to a block over 2 floors. The rooms were quite basic but adequate. We had a double bed, some bedside cabinets, a suitcase rack, a wardrobe and a small portable tv sitting on a dressing table (which served no purpose as one one english channel, but that didn't bother us as we dont go on holiday to watch tv). Be warned no drawers. The ensuite was a shower only affair, quite small and typically turkish, horrible coloured tiles etc and the room had aircon. we requested a balcony and got one but beware, the balconies arent what you would expect. They are french style balconies which are about one foot wide with wrought iron railings round them. you cant sit on them just open the door for air. again didn't bother us as we would prefer to sit round the bar or pool. We didnt have to pay for aircon but did rent a safety deposit box as you can never be to careful anywhere, especially with the cleaners, but thats the same in any country. I think we paid about 15 pounds for the weeks hire. I always hire a safe for my money, cards and passports. The cleaners came in every day and every other day she would arrange flowers and petals and the towels in an arrangement on the bed, lovely touch. we tipped her about 5 lira(under 2 quid) aday for both rooms.
The hotel is a turkish hotel and by that i mean its not a turkish hotel trying to cater for the english. when we were there we were the only english people there until the last few days when we another family came. There were russians, polish, italians and turkish families there. I thought this was good as most, no all, spoke english and were polite to me and my family, they werent to the hotel staff but this proveded us with some banter with the staff when their backs were turned.
The food and drink. because its all inclusive dont get mixing it up with spainish hotels, who in my opinion have the all inclusive down to a fine art. This is turkish all inclusive. So we had breakfast, which was mainly bread and salad and sometimes a form of scrambled eggs, juices and coffee, and fruit. Dinner/lunch was again mainly breads and salad with some type of meat. Evening meal was normally chicken cooked various ways, potato dish, rice dish, salad and again bread. Now we are a family that eats most things so this didn't bother us, infact we ate well. but for some families who are particular i kinda guess this aint for you. We had breakfast out twice (only went back second time as it was soooooo good) and we ate out one night. oh at about four or five oclock we had some sort of cake.......
Drinks, coffee, water and squash type drinks were served all day until 10pm. bar opened about 10am until 10pm, after this time you had to pay. Drinks were larger, vodka, gin, brandy and i think whisky, not to sure. cola, spirit, tonic water, red and white wine and quite a few juices. My wife and i drink larger and vodka so was well away. some of the concoctions being drank by the other natonalities were amusing, brandy and red wine ????
Meals were quite late, i think evening meal started at 8pm.
So to recap, the hotel is a turkish hotel so dont go there expecting anything other than that, it is what it is.
Location, we found out whilst in Bitez, that its the place the turkish go to relax by the seaside and if you put it next to bodrum and gumbet you would say Bitez was the upmarket resort.
because of this prices for food and drink might be a little bit more expensive. but in my opinion well worth it.
The hotel has a small road to the front of it then the beach, its basicly on the beach. it is at one end of the bay, turn right onto a red block paved path and walk round the bay, there a numerious restaurants to eat at on the beachfront. They almost all have soft cushions to sit on the beach with with latterns etc. i have to say its lovely walking round there and sitting down for a drink. A large lager cost me 7 turkish lira which was about £2.5. waiter served to the beach, with a frozen glass and ice cold lager they pour for you. bliss.
We didnt get hassled, just asked the first few nights then they leave you alone.
We travelled to bodrum and gumbet. during our stay. Bodrum was what i expected a hussley bussley city, far to noisey for a relaxing break and gumbet was benidorm in turkey. full of english, english food and drink, loud and brash. not very nice shop staff or other staff way to creepy. Now dont get me wrong I go to benidorm but not for a relaxing holiday. gumbet also has the night life so if thats what you want go to gumbet. If you're looking for a relaxing holiday with a chilled out vibe head to Bitez, you can always pop to gumbet for the day or night. as we did.
So would i go back, you bet i would, loved it.
ps try the golden spoon for something to eat and i think its call otan tours on the beachfront in a stone front shop for your day trips. go on try a turkish bath at the beginning of your holiday, amazing laugh.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel facilities include a swimming pool for adults and children, games and TV room, table tennis, outdoor parking lot, power generator, garden, table tennis and water sports (seasonal and against charge). Pool bar, snack bar, indoor restaurant (capacity 120pax), outdoor restaurant (capacity 120pax), breakfast hall. Location Kassandra Hotel is located very close to the most attractive quiet spot of Bitez Beach, one of the finest beaches of the Bodrum peninsula. Peace and tranquility allow you to savour the enjoyment of the sea, sand and sun while being conveniently near the attractions of Bodrum. Bodrum is only 7 kilometers away and Milas Airport 45 kilometers away. The property is situated just 500m from Bitez city centre, 2km from the night life of Gumbet and 7km from the centre of Bodrum, all easy reachable per local buses. Room information The hotel offers 56 rooms in 5 two-storey buildings situated in garden surroundings on 4000 m2 of land by the beach. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kassandra Hotel Bitez