This was our second trip to Gumbet - having stayed at Queen Resort in 2011 we decided to return to Gumbet but choose another hotel just to get variation. We had been happy with Queen resort and therefore were a bit hesitant to change, but decided to give Club Paloma apt a chance to impress and they did manage to a exceed our expectations.
We arrived at midnight, and were quickly escorted to the second pool apt no 608 (upstairs). At arrival we were kind of dissappointed having to be by the smaller pool, but it quickly proved to be excellent choise as the smaller pool was more quiet, evenly deep at 140 cm (so that I could stand on the bottom as I cannot swim properly), easy to access and overall more our style.
Apt 608 is in a corner, with a palm tree just next to the balcony. That has its advantages while the palm was giving much needed shadow in the afternoon but as it was blooming, it also dropped its flowers directly to our balcony and oh boy did those seeds hurt when you stepped on one. We purchased a broom and cleaned the balcony two-three times a day.
Apartment was spacious, with 4 beds for the 3 of us, shower, toilet, small kitchen with also 2 sofas to give extra seats. There was no wardrobe or closet, but there was a hanging rod on the wall with lots of hangers and few shelves to store our clothes. we watched BBC morning news but most other channels were turkish. Two airconditioning units cost extra 5 euros per day, but in July/August heat that wast a must and well spent money. Safety boxes can be rented in the reception for 2 euros a day.
wifi was working quite well at the poolside and as our balcony was facing the pool, it was actually ok at our apt as well. During the 2 weeks I recall having experienced 2 or 3 days when the wifi was out of order, but the reception sorted it out quicly after we had noted them.
As this was self catering for us, we did not try restaurant food. Turkish night was offered on Tuesdays, for 30 YTL plus drinks as well as Sunday fish night for the same price. Bottle of Efes was 8 YTL and diet cola 4 YTL. There is also a small minimarket, which they even opened for us at arrival night. Prices at the market were higher than in nearby shops (like SOK food store about 200 m walk to the main road) except that the icecream was just the same as elsewhere.
Location wise this is excellent place: quiet but still very short walk to the restaurants, shops and mainroad. Our apartment was at the back of the property, and there is a strongly barking guard dog next door, which woke us up with his barking a couple of mornings, but other than that, no noise. The main pool area, however, might be different story as the pool bar was open until late some nights.
There was an incident with a young child pooping into the children pool (which water is in connection to the larger pool), and his parents did not pay any attention to this. Or at least, they did not bother to inform others or staff either. The "accident" was noticed by some other adults, who quickly reported it to the staff who rapidly emptied the pool, washed and desinfected it and I think it did not cause any problems - at least we were okay and seemed that sampe people were returning the next day so nobody got sick, luckily.
.I just read some UK people complaining about their stay and it seemed that they were indeed treated badly as I would not have accepted change to the Paloma hotel from these premises as an upgrade. However, I cannot tell if it was racist against british. I am a Finn, and there were also lot of Swedish and Danish guests. We had no trouble whatsoever, and we enjoyed our stay very much. Our hotel bill was also accurate to the point. Overall we had very good stay, would happily return again.
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