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“3rd year at Alvaro.”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Alvaro

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Alvaro
Ranked #17 of 78 Hotels in Icmeler
Certificate of Excellence
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33 reviews
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“3rd year at Alvaro.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2013

This was our 3rd year at the Alvaro. Arrived about 3 in the morning. Booked in and bags were taken up to an attic room !!!!! Didn't unpack just slept and was moved to the 1st floor the next day.
To be fair the attic rooms themselves are fine and the bathrooms lovely, I just don't like the small balcony and find the stairs a bit of a climb. 3 pools and pool area is kept nice and clean and this year there were new and extra sunbeds so didnt have to get up so early to reserve a bed. The fabulous Eddie, as usual, kept everything running like clockwork - the man is a legend.! Food is good and reasonably priced - try a mixed fruit juice. Rooms are basic but comfortable and clean. Funds permitting would definitely return next year.

Room Tip: No lift so ask for ground floor if stairs are a problem. Attic rooms are nice but have very small ba...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2013

My first time staying in Turkey and reviews on here are why we chose the Alvaro.
The reviews are all pretty much spot on - basic rooms, dodgy water supply at times but these minor factors should not be considered when considering this place.
- The staff are fantastic (all of them) and really go out of their way to make your holiday good and they work especially hard to make sure all the kids have a good time. I went with a 12 and 16 year old and both loved it.
- The location couldn't be any better. In the very centre of town the hotel isn't more than a 10 minute walk from anything, shops, beach, restaurant or market.
- Swimming Pools, all three of them and a slide. The two main pools are warm and the slide into one of them provides hours and hours of fun (if that is your thing).

All this coupled with the Turkish night the hotel lay on and I really do not have a bad word to say about the hotel or iots people.

The town is a slightly different matter. It is totally focussed on the English tourist and a peaceful walk around the town is nigh on impossible. As long as you a firm and polite this isn't really a problem but it does tarnish what would otherwise be a fantstic beach town.

Would I go back - to the Alvaro yes, without hesitation. To Icmeler....I'm less keen.

Room Tip: Try to avoid the top floor rooms. These have very small balconys from which you can only have a vie...
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2013

First time at Alvaro and will not be my last. Rooms are basic but cleaned everyday. The staff made our holiday, they are so friendly and will do anything for you. The pools are great and the waterslide kept everyone entertained. A must is the Turkish Night which is good value for money. Be prepared to go in the pool around 11ish !!! Location is good, about 7 mins walk to beach. Overall the ideal place to stay if you want fun and a friendly atmosphere

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2013

Just returned from a weeks stay .. wonderful pool and the water slide was the best attraction for my nine year old daughter . Fabulous staff and an amazing Turkish night . Rooms are basic and the shower was a bit hit and miss not always warm and sometimes just a trickle but we were warned about the water situation before hand . Minutes walk from beach, shops and supermarket so a great location too . BEWARE of the market in Icmelere on Thursday I haggled for a leather handbag to below half the original asking price and spent £ 40 which I was very happy with and I thought was a fair price I was assured the bag was leather ( I asked the trader twice ! ) It smelt like leather and looked like leather but on arriving home and on much closer inspection it is not ... very disappointed as I was looking forward to owning a leather bag bought from Turkey which is famous for its leather goods , to find out I was lied too and feel conned :( Wish I had been warned about that so please take notice !!!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Dumfries, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2013

9 years running going to turkey, first time at Alvaro! Superb service, friendly, especially Eddie. Rooms basic but cleaned daily and plenty space for family of 4. 3 great pools with 1 slide, and a soft play area for young kids, I had 3 kids there aged between 3 and 9 and they all had a great time. As for location we were centre of everything from shops beach and restaurants, what more could we ask for. Can't wait to go back next year.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Moreton, null, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2013

This was our second year running at the alvarro , we had the same room as last year ,and it had been updated since last year , the room was fine , yes basic but you don't go on holiday to sit in your room , it was clean and had everything expected in a self catering apartment.The apartments are in an excellent location , it's really quiet but just a 2 min walk into the centre . As some have mentioned there was a problem with hot water , now I assume this is temporary as it was fine last year and the first week of this years stay .
Eddie , Erkan and the team are superb at looking after you, and nothing is to much trouble, they are great with kids and adults alike ! ( If you went last year Erkan is Ridvans brother )
Air con £4 a night and the safe is £10 a week .
Trips : If you have kids under 9 ish , the Jolly Roger pirate adventure is superb , and the Turkish night at the apartments was brilliant , be warned you will end up in the pool !
Hannah was our rep and was great fun and helpful and game for a laugh .
The Alvarro apts come highly recommended!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Yorkshire Dales National Park, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2013

Here is an honest view of the Alvaro apartments and Icmeler itself.
Good Points
The staff at the Alvaro are excellent, making every effort to ensure you enjoy your time there. The pools are very clean and good fun, there is a nice, friendly atmosphere around the pool and the bar.
The Turkish night was one of our best nights, good fun and excellent value.
We were on the ground floor and our room was spotless, fresh towels every day and linen always clean.
There are some lovely restaurants in Icmeler The Waterfall, Café Annes The Winehouse. The Florida is good for entertainment in the evening.

Not so good
Be prepared because the rooms are very basic, and although we didn't have a problem with the water plenty of people found it difficult to shower between 6.30 and 8 pm. I found the beach a little dirty and the water quite murky so preferred being at the pool.

All in all we had a great time mainly due to the relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Alvaro

Property: Alvaro
Address: Cumhuriyet Mah. Osman Gazi Cad. 65. Sok. No:4, Icmeler 48720, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Turkish Aegean Coast > Mugla Province > Icmeler
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 Family Hotel in Icmeler
#15 Romantic Hotel in Icmeler
Hotel Class:3 star — Alvaro 3*
Number of rooms: 274
Also Known As:
Alvaro Hotel Icmeler

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