I will start by saying " If you want The Ritz why only pay this amount?!!".Our trip was mid August. We had an idea what to expect regarding cleanliness standards due to reading other helpful reviews. 'Tis true, our room wasn't cleaned all week & towels unchanged, we took our own anyway. We were asked VERY politely when booking in re air con requirement/cost which we gratefully accepted & very much needed! We didn't see any signs re no food & drinks and there wasn't a hint of this rule during our stay.
We met some lovely, really lovely people here & manager, Arkan & staff just couldn't have been more approachable,genuinely caring & friendly. The owner's family were fab with our children, they couldn't have felt more welcome. From 'dancing' in the pool as a huge group, to football games 'til late! We did have a fridge in our room & our shower was powerful & ALWAYS provided an excellent temperature of water! The bathroom is small, & a 'wet' room which quickly dries. The food is basic, but staff really tried to please, always courteous. Only complaint was at breakfast the cups for tea were really small & it wasn't fun making numerous return trips to replenish my morning nectar...personal thing! (I'm not meaning the traditional turkish cups!). You could spot the British by their local supermarket-bought mugs lol! We could smell a drain smell occasionally in our room which wasn't pleasant, fettled with good old 'Domestos', but that's local turkish drains for ya!
The local beach is busy & scenic. We had a couple of fine, reasonably priced turkish meals there. Only a few mins walk from hotel too. If you get chance, wait til almost sundown & the tables are placed right next to the incoming tide...Shirley Valentine came to mind! Very memorable.
If you are not aware, you WILL be woken up at around 5 am by the 'call to prayer' from a local VERY loud speaker..sweet dreams!!
The local, exceptionally cheap & frequent Dolmus ( pronounced dolmush), provided a great & welcome service to stretch wings. We visited Turgetreis which has an interesting huge market (Saturday) & is a busy town with plenty of places to eat, drink or buy a carpet! The sunsets from here we found amazing. We also went on a boat trip for the day which I would recommend for value, BUT book with the REP!! Slightly more money but you have insurance & trained first aiders on board with health & safety certificates!! Difficult to put all detail here, but please take this advice. Bodrum is definitely worth the visit! Don't miss this, it's essential. great shopping, scenic & good eateries.Our boys had a ride on the camels at Camel Beach too, which is one of the boat stops...well worth 10 lira!! WARNING...when we had opportunity to swim to the 'Wishing Cave' a couple of us got badly stung & reacted to the stings which we still don't know what caused them & the boat staff were most uninterested. I couldn't sit down for a couple of days properly as covered in large blisters & hives. I had anti histamines with me thank goodness!
The pool was always kept very clean & has an interesting mosaic on the floor of it.It was very welcoming in the heat! Warning...be careful of the overhanging ledge at the back, it's easy to bump your head on. Remember to essentially sort out your medical insurance, no free NHS in Turkey!! We were relieved to have sorted it as we needed it!! The care we had in all was exemplary, apart from a local taxi driver who claimed not to know where the main clinic was in nearby Turgetreis?? We were on a meter!! Bodrum hospital isn't as scenic as the town by the way!! Like I say, don't forget your insurance...health & safety isn't an issue in Turkey...there simply isn't any! I've never been surrounded by so much cigarette smoke in my life either!!! Everyone seems to smoke!
If you like peace & quite & no hassle, this place is ideal.Nearby hustle & bustle (& hassle!) of either Turgetreis, Gumbet, or Bodrum is within easy, cheap reach. A few guests we got to know had returned year after year...speaks tons! We got so many hugs when we were leaving, I didn't want to go!
One last word of advice...pay your bill as you go, DON'T set up a tab. We did have a prob/confusion which was sorted amicably, but we regretted using tab system.
Friendly, happy people with which we had, on the whole, a very enjoyable holiday. We met some real characters and have very fond memories... Thank you so much to the lovely staff that did their very best to ensure we had a great time! Arkan is an absolute star & is needed so much at Hotel Bizimtepe as majority speak VERY little English, but do get by in a very friendly mannner! Might see you again one day, who knows??!!