Myself and my partner stayed here for 14 nights in Sept 2011.
We arrived at 5am local time and after a speedy check in process we were shown to our room.
Large, modern and very clean, with a huge balcony overlooking the beautiful bay and the islands across it. Our only snipe with the room throughout our stay was the aircon not working when we first switched it on. However this was fixed the next day. Also the beds were really hard, but I found that if you lay ontop of your duvet, it was fine.
Really comfortable stay, room cleaned everyday, towels changed etc and lovely housekeeping staff. Could not ask for more in this respect!!
We were a bit disappointed to find that on our first morning we were refused entry into the late breakfast because it was 'almost time for closing'. We hadn't eaten or had a drink since around 5pm the previous evening, so a piece of toast and a coffee would've been fab! The restaurant manager did indeed turn out to be a bit of a chocolate teapot in the end!! But more of that later.
We had a mooch around and the place is absolutely stunning! You will not be disappointed with any aspect of this hotel's appearance at all, it is gorgeous! The inside areas of the hotel are very modern and very clean, although the public toilets could have done with a bit more attention, but with so much traffic in and out of them over 24 hours this, I suppose, is to be expected. Oh, and whilst washing your hands you can watch fashion tv on the flat screens built into the mirrors! Odd!
Outside is where the hotel really shines. Lovely, well kept garden areas and long very clean pathways guide you from one section of the hotel to the other. Along the way you will find the large 'quiet pool' and it's adjoining bar area, the larger 'activity pool' again with it's own bar, where snacks are served, and the towel collection point. A bit further along the pathway you will find the beach. Clean and well maintained but very busy most mornings, finding a sunbed with a matress was always a problem, and we were at the beach every morning for 9am. I'm quite fussy about beaches, I like to have my own umbrella for shade and on this beach it is row upon row of awning like covers all attached to each other, so people were packed in like sardines. We found a nice quiet spot next to the water sports office and used the little palm trees for shade, it was bliss! The sea is very calm, almost like a pool, and very shallow, my partner could stand up all the way out to the safety buoys 50m out from the shore. The sea bed is rocky so watch your tootsies!
We slobbed by the pool for the last week, as we both had very upset tummies and it was nearer to the loo. Again, lovely and relaxing with the bar a few steps away. Don't know what caused our dicky stomachs! Nobody else was ill so clearly not the hotel.
Unfortunately, I did have to see the on site Doctor. I ate some watermelon for breakfast one morning and went into anafalactic shock! Very, very, very scary but the Doctor was brilliant. I am a Nurse so can judge his ability with confidence. He gave me adrenaline, steroids etc and I was on a drip for most of the day, but very well looked after. There is an English liason who came straight down to let me know what was happening, but being a nurse I already knew what was coming!!! Rest assured if for any reason you do need a Doctor, you are in good hands. They will also contact your insurance company for you.
Ok, so here are the not so good bits.
Meal times are buffet style but the service at the hotel is actually self service. This includes setting your own table at meal times, getting your own knives, forks, glasses and clean table cloths. The restaurant staff were probably the worst we have encountered, anywhere. A little bit rude, clearly not that bothered and they did honestly just stand about and drop things. We are not the kind of people who expect to be waited on, quite the opposite, but it really was a bit of a joke. The English couples we made friends with agreed. I don't want silver service, we are very chilled out in that respect, but to have to clear and then set your own table for an evening meal where a dress code was in place was to us, a bit daft! Especially when there are 15-20 waiters standing about looking like lost sheep!
Saying that, the food was.....it was OK. Had better, had worse. Not a huge selection and very samey, but this is the experience we have had in most all inclusive resorts. Breakfast was nice, the pancakes were amazing! Lunch we just grabbed a burger or something similar from the snack bar, or a turkish waffle from the waffle tent. Tip: Stear clear of the butter, it was really bad! Like eating lard. Afternoon tea was served from the snack bar every day as was ice cream betweem 3 and 4pm, and it was really nice.
Restaurant Management were really, really and I mean really awful. Very rude, very abrupt and sometimes it felt like being back at school or in Mcdonalds, lots of shouting at waiting staff, but didn't seem to stir anything in them! Bar staff were alot more friendly though, and would make conversation, ask how we were etc. Nice lads.
We did use the spa, which was lovely! Full body scrub, Turkish bath, massage and facial was about £20 per person, a good price and lasted for 2.5 hours. Watch out if you have any brittle bones, as the Thai girls jump onto your back during the massage, we were in stitches, it was like something off crouching tiger, hidden dragon....you didn't realise until it was too late! Well worth the money and very relaxing. We also used the spa facilities to shower and change on our last day, as the hotel wanted an extra £120 to keep our room until 3pm. We let some friends we made use our room on their last day to use the shower etc, I wouldn't let anybody pay that much for an extra 3 hours in their room. But the spa facilities were good enough for us.
Altinkum is good for a mooch at night, bit naff in the day time but good for entertainment if like us, your hotel doesn't provide anything. And it really didn't. Also it's only 15 minutes on the dolmus (get off at Dolphin Sq) On our second to last night a coach load of German people arrived, the entertainment was stepped up a gear and the live music they put on for them was brilliant, even if it was in German, and went on into the early hours. Strange, as our all inclusive stopped at 11pm....??? There was no atmosphere in the hotel at night, not even any music. It really did feel like a ghost town and so we went out most nights. Altinkum is so cheap for food/drink. So if you can, budget for this and get out and have some fun. We met some lovely people and would often get the dolmus together and have a few drinks in town, nothing excessive, was just nice to have some background noise and a cocktail or two.
Anyway. To sum up, a lovely hotel, with mostly nice staff. We didn't let anything spoil our holiday, and we would recommend this hotel to anyone, just so long as you're aware of what to expect. If you have booked to stay here you will have a super time, I'm sure of it!
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