My wife and I have spent a very enjoyable ten nights at the Gumbet Cove Hotel in late June. Like just about everyone else on this forum, I was searching the reviews before making the booking to ensure it was what we truly wanted.
I can now fully understand the number of positive reviews this small family run hotel has received. I booked the room through [------] and paid £208 for ten nights half board.
I reckoned at that price if the food wasn’t up to much, then we could always eat out.
In fact the food wasn’t bad! The buffet breakfast had the usual offering of tomato, cucumber, yellow cheese, a salty sheep cheese, olives (which were not very good) and slices of a Turkish processed salami style sausage. There were also cereal, plenty of fresh bread, butter and jam. A coffee machine dispensed coffee with or without milk. Turkish black tea was also available.
The fresh orange juice dispenser turned out to be merely orange squash, which was a bit of a shame really! But I’m not complaining, given the price I paid.
The meals in the evening were tasty, and during the ten nights we were there, never had the same meal twice. My wife and I agreed, the best dinner we had was the chicken with potato and carrot poached in a stock. But the highlight of each evening was the selection of Meze dishes. These were a true touch of authentic Turkey, especially the Okra Meze. A soup was also available each evening but always needed a great deal of seasoning.
The hotel is small, just 38 rooms in all, and that is partly why I booked it. I wanted to sample the cosy intimate ambience of a family run establishment, instead of the much larger hotels nearby.
The owner family dined in the large open-air restaurant every night and whilst we acknowledged each other, the dialogue was a bit limited. Just how many times can you say hello, how are you, good evening, in Turkish and generate a conversation?
The room we were in was the basic standard room, which consisted of two single beds and a shower room. It was clean, but the toilet could have done with a good bleaching, if you get my drift! There was always plenty of hot water for showers whilst the towels were changed every three days, along with the bed sheets. There are superior rooms and self-catering apartments on site and if we were to return would certainly consider upgrading to one of these.
The weather during the first couple days was hot, peaking at 42°C, which made the pool even more inviting. Both the pool and beach bar were very pleasant places to be. The personal and attentive service of the two head waiters, Norman and Idris, was second to none. Both enjoyed practising their English whilst helping me get my Turkish pronunciations right.
One of the highlights of our holiday was the boat trips on “Ozz Life”. This small Gulet can be booked through “For Get Me Not” agency, in a side street not far from the beach. A fantastic day out and worth every penny! So good, went out a second time!
As we were in Gumbet whilst England were struggling to find form at the World Cup, we needed to find a bar to watch and cheer on our team. There were plenty to choose from, but our favourite, which also had the lowest priced beer in town, 2.5TL a pint, was Mandarin Garden. Hasan and his team are great characters and always ready for a bit of banter! Thanks Hasan for a great holiday! Also worth a mention is the Bacardi Beach Bar. Just walk through the hotel gardens to the beach, turn right, past the boat yard, and the BBB is on your left. Bobby the barman is another of life’s great treasures!
So, how do I rate the Gumbet Cove Hotel? If you’re seeking a low cost budget hotel which is honest to itself and delivers more than it’s two star accreditaion, then this is the place for you. If you’re expecting the standards of a five star hotel, then best forget it.
Proof of the pudding – would I come back? Honestly, yes!
One final tip. Bring sterling and just a little Turkish Lira with you. The exchange rate in Turkey is far better than in the UK and you can exchange money just about everywhere, bars, restaurants and money exchange offices.
I hope this has helped and have a great holiday!
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