We arrived at the hotel at about 11pm and were greeted by Joseph who took our bags up to our rooms and explained if we wanted air con etc the charges which we already knew in advance. He was a very shy guy and I think this is where people who review him as grumpy etc get it wrong...the guy basically works 24/7 for 7 months and near the end of the holiday he was much warmer and friendlier and organised our private transfers to the airport.
Upon our first day at the pool we were greeted by most of the bar staff individually and they were all genuine guys as far as I am concerned. People who say they are only after your money are a bit off the mark they are no different than a waiter at a normal restaurant they give you good service and they rely on the tips to make a wage I always make a point of tipping as in my line of work I also rely on this.
We did have a few small problems such as not many children and a few groups that were clearly only in Marmaris to get to Bar Street at night which was disappointing when we were there with a 7 and 9 year old however any issues that did arise I just had a word with the manager Oral and felt better that my concerns were being listened to.
As for the pool itself it is good but quite deep as I am 6 foot tall it was not an issue but there were too many middle aged people in the pool reading books etc and then moaning if they got splashed which was a bit of a joke if you don't want to get splashed STAY AWAY from the pool???? What I really liked about the pool was if you wanted an ice cream or crisps you could buy them from the hotel shop which was very reasonably priced for most things even in contrast to the other local shops. The man in the shop is a real gem he worked in a shop near the hotel we were in last year and remembered us and the 2 boys loved him a real gentlemen who again works very very long hours but always has a smile on his face.
Last year we stayed at Club Alpina which was more expensive however we did not once eat in the restaurant there as they were rather forceful trying to get you to eat there. We did eat a few meal in the Merdiyen and although there did not appear to be the special offers that you get in the restaurants nearby the atmosphere was always pleasant and the prices were not too different.
My son who is 7 really enjoyed the dancing which started at about half 10 to half 11 depending on how busy the bar was and Tash ( one of the staff) became a hero of my boy as he was showing him dance moves etc which in turn made my son ask us to get him a Besiktas football top as Tash supports them lol.
The apartments themselves could be doing with a bit of internal upgrading and décor but really for about £10 per night it is a joke to complain about anything, we always had hot water and the
towels and sheets were changed regularly and the bins emptied every day.
Overall we really enjoyed out stay and would definitely return but we like to try different things and places so who knows.
If the décor was more modern and the rooms had been done up we would have probably given it 5 out of 5 stars
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- Also Known As:
- Meridyen Apartments Hotel Armutalan
- Meridyen Apartments Marmaris
- Meridyen Apartments Hotel Marmaris
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