Me and my girlfriend travelled here in June 2011. We booked the hotel online after being advised on the location by the travel agents. I must advise people to shop online for the best deals as when we went to the travel agents, the hotels they were trying to sell us for a similar price were rather horrible after seeing them first hand. Also, a good read of this website is a must before you consider booking anything.
So upon arrival, we had a private car journey to our hotel which didn't take too long and it is a fairly nice journey. It also gave us an insight as to what to expect from Turkey. Nearly every shop sells abercrombie clothes and every football shirt imaginable which is quite a funny sight to arrive to.
Arriving at the hotel and it looks modern from the front and the reception is very clean and almost 'ikea' like. After a quick check in we were escorted to our room by one of the friendly staff. Upon entering our room, it wasn't quite what we expected. By looking at their brochure, our room didn't quite live up to the same standards but was still relatively nice. After arriving in our room, I did ask to be moved to one of the more modern rooms and maybe be cheeky and ask for an upgrade because if you don't ask, you don't get! However, they were having none of it and seemed quite ignorant to the fact that I was a little annoyed at the standard of our room. When returning to our room, a fellow resident stopped me and noticed what I had been saying in the reception. She said they had a similar problem, although they were in a modern room to begin with. The story with this hotel is (please correct me if I'm wrong but I'm just going on what I have been told) that the newest rooms are situated on the front of the hotel by the main road. The lady I was speaking to was in one of these rooms to begin with and said that the noise from the main street was unbearable! Being on a busy road didn't help and the shops literally never close and are constantly playing music. This probably wouldn't be a problem if you were staying here with a view to go out on the booze every night, but if you actually want some sleep then you are better off staying in one of the other rooms located nearer the pool area. Our room was located near the pool but facing out towards a pathway so we didn't get the noise from the pool either which was on almost all night as well. So the location on your room can make or break what you think of this hotel.
The pool is great and I noticed someone saying it was too cold?! Bit of a strange aspect to mark the hotel down on considering it was nearly 40 degrees every day we were there so if anything it was a godsend! Lovely big pool with islands in the middle with some tortoises which were a pleasant addition!
The bar and food area were nice and clean as well. We went half board so got breakfast and evening meal. The food which was served for breakfast and dinner was relatively nice. It wasn't amazing but of a relatively good standard and for the money we paid, we couldn't complain. Because of this, we managed to eat out a fair few times and the hotel has another restaurant called the kebab house. We ate here once right on the sea front which was really pleasant. This food isn't included in stay at the hotel but the food is very nice and never massively expensive.
The beach is nice and is just a few meters from the bar. The bars and local hotels play music which is nice when lying on the beach and there are water sports available nearby.
The hotel is in a perfect location for the bars and shops which are open almost all the time. Expect to get hassled from nearly everyone you walk past. Don't be afraid as they are all friendly and you get used to them after a few hours of walking round. Arranging day trips was easy as there are plenty of companies making them available. We went on an all day boat trip which in total cost us £10 each and it was wonderful. It included all the drinks we wanted and a lunch which wasn't fantastic but edible and brining snack along as well helped fill the gap. I definitely recommend going on a boat trip on one of the smaller boats. Ours had around 20 people on which was a nice amount and meant you could chat to some of the other people. However, some of the trips available you are on the boat with maybe 100 people. We stopped at several locations, including camel beach where we got to ride a camel and have a photo taken. The ride was only probably about 10 minutes but you can't not do it! We also had a Turkish bath and were then tempted into having a lot of other treatments done. It wasn't massively expensive and it was lovely and relaxing. Definitely a must for everyone! There are plenty of other places to go and other day trips to markets and other nearby towns.
Overall, The hotel was brilliant for what we wanted. It was kept clean, the food was good and the service was as well. Exactly what we wanted and for the money we paid, we couldn't complain. I'd definitely recommend going in June if possible as it wasn't too busy and cramped. Turkey is a must for anyone who wants a fairly cheap holiday out of the euro zone, nice hot weather and some entertaining locals!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Magnific All-Inclusive is set among landscaped gardens which lead down to the pool, bar and restaurant area, and from here you are just steps away from Gumbet’s beach. Be sure to take advantage of the complimentary sunbeds and umbrellas for hotel guests. The rooms are contemporary in style, and the All Inclusive package offers a visit to one of the a la carte restaurants during your stay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Magnific Hotel Gumbet