My wife and I have just returned from a last-minute weeks stay at the Bodrum Beach Resort and this is our feedback.
We booked and travelled with Thompson and our experience of flights and arrivals mirror everyone else's so I won't mention them again suffice to say that we felt the late book out charges were exorbitant at 80 Euro's for 10 hours so simply put what we needed in a bag and left our bags in the (unlocked) luggage room in reception.
With regard to the hotel itself, as one would expect of a facility which has only been open for approximately six months, the standard of the buildings and all facilities was generally excellent. We had requested a room in the quiet area of the hotel however, we were actually placed in a room overlooking the main pool (more of this later). The room was in excellent order and the views across the harbour fabulous although both my wife and I had problems sleeping on the hard mattress. However, this can possibly be put down to personal preference.
There are three pools at the hotel; one in the quiet area which we didn't use, one small one into which four water slides descend and a main pool. All were kept in excellent order with the pool man in frequent attendance.
The location of the hotel cannot be faulted being barely 200 metres from the beach (albeit across a scruffy car park) and within easy walking distance of numerous bars and shops. The main town of Bodrum is a short (and cheap) bus ride away and provides everything anyone could ever want.
The main asset of the hotel are undoubtedly the staff who are quite simply fabulous. From the cleaners who seemed to work both tirelessly and constantly to the waiters in the restaurant, everyone was extremely attentive, very chatty and quite amazing with those children in residence. This despite it being the last week of the season when one could reasonably have expected them to be exhausted!
Others who have reported on the hotel have commented on the food however, as salad fans we found it to be generally excellent and plentiful if slightly repetitive menu wise. If I have one complaint, it's that ice cream never seemed to feature on the menu. If it did, I missed it!
The one and only complaint we have about the hotel relates to the main pool or more specifically, the poolside bar. The bar itself is quite scruffy and for some reason, the hotel feels the need to play music constantly. Although it's very repetitive, it's quite pleasant however, from about six o'clock onwards it's almost like being in a nightclub. At times, the volume is beyond ridiculous to the point where it makes any kind of conversation all but impossible. Unfortunately, although they will happily turn it down if asked, it's usually only a matter of minutes before it begins to creep back up. Given that this often goes on until two in the morning, it's something of a nightmare when it's happening under your balcony!
But just as importantly, many couples, especially elderly ones, simply avoid the place altogether. If it's a ploy to save the hotel money on the all-inclusive bar tab, it's certainly working! However, all it did for us was simply force us out into the local bars or into our room with the door closed firmly shut! Not that it helped that much!
Despite that, we would heartily recommend the hotel to anyone but if you don't like loud music, take ear plugs!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our personnel, specially trained to give you all that is expected of an unforgettable holiday, promise you tranquility, fun, happiness and comfort. You can bask in the sun and relax in our private beach only 100 meters away from the hotel.Our hotel has a modern design consisting of a main, and 11 separate buildings, offering you two alternatives for 4-star comfort:• Standard Room Standard rooms with a maximum occupancy of three guests offer a double bed or two single beds, and an extra folding bed on request. Features include parquet floors, bathroom, LCD TV, mini bar (water at check-in), direct dial phone (at charge), split system air conditioning, balcony, and safe box (at charge).• Large RoomSpacious rooms with a maximum occupancy of four guests offer a double bed or two single beds, and a bunk bed. Features include parquet floors, bathroom, LCD TV, mini bar (water at check-in), direct dial phone (at charge), split system air conditioning, balcony, and safe box (at charge). ... more less
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