Firstly I do not usually write reviews for this type of thing but felt compelled to do so after reading all of the negative comments before leaving for Turkey. I was very worried about my holiday as I'm sure you will be if you read some of the reviews here, I will attempt to give you a fair unbiased account of what it is REALLY LIKE.
The hotel is on the side of a steep hill, as much of the coast of this peninsula is. As many have mentioned this means there are a large number of steps in the hotel, in fact from reception to the beach I'm sure it amounts to hundreds. The hotel are perfectly aware of their location and do offer a shuttle bus up and down the hill and offer to carry your bags to the rooms for you. For most people these steps will cause no problem and are safe as long as you take care as you would on any steps in the UK. However if you are elderly, immobile or suffer difficulty breathing, I would look elsewhere. The pool is plenty big enough and we got sunbeds most of the time without getting up at 5am, plus there is a second smaller pool above the beach and the beach itself.
The rooms at the hotel depend to vary greatly by block/level/side of hotel. We were a party of 3 so were not given a room with a balcony (these are the rooms for 2 people) which was a slight letdown, but we did have a window with a seaview and air conditioning (which we got for free, but heard others paid for) The room looked as though it was decorated within the last few years and the beds were comfortable and clean. The 3rd bed was a put up bed and my friend hated it at first but 'grew to love it'! We visited some other rooms which had balconies and the views over the sea were amazing. The bathrooms were clean and functional, perfectly sufficient for our needs and were cleaned daily along with the room (unless you tell the maid to come back tomorrow, which we did several times)
The food was as you might expect in Turkey - Turkish. If your expecting international cuisine of all varieties at all times of day, this is not for you. The food was always fresh, tasty and prepared with skill with plently of fresh salads and vegetables, fish (from the bbq), roasted meats, rice, potatoes, soups, turkish deserts and always fresh crusty bread. Once a week they have a special night where they prepare specialities such as chicken kebab, turkish meatballs all very nice. If your willing to try a few new things and eat in the way the turkish people do you will love it. Also if you do want something different, eat out one or two nights, we eat at china town and can recommend that, speak to the hotel and they will pick you up and drop you back as well as giving you a free bottle of wine. They serve breakfast, lunch, afternoon snacks at the pool/beach (burgers, chips, pasta, pide (turkish pizza)), afternoon coffee and cakes and dinner.
All inclusive drinking was a big seller for us as we would usually spend a lot on drinks and we did make the most of the bars (they have 4 bars around the hotel) We learnt to get the most out of the drinks, the lager they have is a low-alcohol tuborg, its not watered down, its just a cheap lager and not worth drinking if your trying to get drunk. One afternoon I think I had around 20 cups of it in a few hours and it just made me need the loo! Tried the wine, seemed OK but not amazing, drinkable at best. We mainly stuck to the vodka (they also had a gin and raki on offer) which once you made friends with the lads on the bar were strong enough to do the trick! They do allow 2 cups each at a time, so make sure you get them in before they start charging at 11pm.
All of the hotel staff (bar 1 or 2) are very nice people and certainly much more friendly than the lot you get in spain or greece (but will likely turn that way what with the way the brits treat them) Most are young men trying to earn a few extra lira for their families and work very hard for very little. But then when you pay such little for a holiday someone is always going to be exploited I guess. I always said please and thanks (in turkish) and never had a problem getting served, a couple of nights a few of the lads even came out with us for a few beers, really nice chaps. I witnessed several Brits treating them as if they were stupid and being very rude 'give me beer' as one said, wouldn't be surprised if they got a long wait next time! The managers are nasty to the staff, and can be rude to guests for example telling us we were not allowed any more drinks as we had too many empties on our table!! Reception also helpful as long as your not rude to them.
The animation team at the hotel is run by Ahmet and his girlfriend Eva, both are the nicest people you could ever meet and try really hard with what their limited resources to put on an entertainment programme. They do nights such as a macho man contest, turkish night, couples embarrassing themselves on stage all very funny. It is very obvious the hotel have not supplied any resources for the entertainment team, not even a new water-polo ball but then they are obviously very cost orientated. The hotel/temple bar run a free dolmus at 12:30am into the bar street and back to the hotel at 3am which Ahmet and Eva also come along on and really get the party going. Great fun.
Value for money
We paid just over £350 for a week in July all inclusive, but had I booked it a few days before it would have been more like £280. Considering the flights alone are around £220, this means only around £100 for the hotel per person per week, including as much food and drink as you can consume in that time, incredible value really. I must admit, had I paid over £450 as I hear some did, I might have been slightly miffed.
If you are the type of person who can make the most of the beautiful surroundings, relax and have a good time then you will love it here. It's not a 4* hotel, but it is clean and comfortable and offers great value. Fresh local foods are delicious and drinks OK for what you pay (nothing). If you are uptight, rude, and complain about every little flaw going do yourself and everyone else a favour and stay at home.
- Also Known As:
- Litera Gumbet Beach Hotel Gumbet