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Hotel Pirat
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Reviewed 19 October 2008

This was our first trip to Turkey. After looking at Tapestry brochures etc we eventually booked at the Pirat via a package company called Jewel in the Crown. The package was bed and breakfast only and cheap. We had no intention of eating at the hotel apart from breakfast.

Our experience was great. The location of the Pirat was excellent – it allows you to take advantage of all the restaurants etc in the old town near the harbour without a long uphill walk or taxis back to your hotel, and the view of the harbour is tremendous. The rooms are basic (but include air con), everything works.

A few points
- Do get a sea view room. We immediately upgraded when we saw the room we were going to get (overlooking steps at the rear of the hotel and never any sun). The additional cost was about £7 a night for the room..
- If you are going on a package, you may want to know which part of the hotel you will be in. We were in Pirat 1 which has a lift, TVs in rooms etc. Pirat 2 is across the road and is where the pools and bar, restaurant are etc, but no lift. I suspect that at night Pirat 2 may get less noise from the harbour area.
- We went in early October – I gather that July and August are hot and crowded – the noise from the harbour area may be more of a problem in peak season than it was in October.
- You do need to take towels if you want to use the pool area as pool towels are not provided (or buy them as we did!).
- If you have any mobility problems – check carefully as this may not be the hotel for you.

I would not claim that the Pirat is wonderful or that you are going to be a lifelong soul mate of the people who run it, but it is in a great position, professionally run and is not expensive.

Kalkan was everything we hoped for – but it is not cheap. We never came across anyone who had a bad meal in any of the restaurants, but they are approaching English prices. The roof top restaurants are charming and my wife who is vegetarian was really pleased with a good choice on almost all menus. The staff in the restaurants were unfailingly pleasant. Some of the food was really excellent.
Other plus points - lots of friendly cats to cuddle if you are missing your own and some exceptional value excursions to places which are not far away (we used Club Lycia who were reliable and friendly).

We will go back to Kalkan as it was one of the most relaxing holidays we have had, but with enough interesting excursions around and great food. At present I would go back to the Pirat for its position.

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled with family
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3  Thank Paul Schofield
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Reviewed 16 October 2008

The Pirat is the largest hotel in the centre of Kalkan, dominating the western end of the harbour. The original Pirat is a soulless five-story stump. Pirat 2 across the road is a more attractive complex of rooms and apartments. It has three small swimming pools on a terrace overlooking the harbour.

Our suite in Pirat 2 had a good sized air-conditioned bedroom with five-foot bed, a separate sitting room with banquette sofas and TV, plus a bathroom with overhead shower attachment. From the balcony there was a great view of the harbour.

The suite was just about sufficiently soundproofed to dull the late night noise from nearby bars and the early morning prayer call from the mosque.

Meals are served beside the upper swimming pool from a buffet. Dinner boasts 25 different meze salads plus a choice of three main courses - all for 20 lire. Breakfast is also a generous buffet based on cheese and salads. The place seemed efficiently run - and from our experience hard to fault.

There's a huge choice of restaurants in Kalkan. Deniz and Kebap House at the far end of the harbour front were a couple offering the best value for money.

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 October 2008

Many people did not appear to have a problem with the hotel therefore I assume that as we normally stay in smaller more intimate hotels / apartments the Pirat was not for us.
Group breakfast and dining, with plates being taken almost as soon as the last piece of bread was in your mouth by cloned waiters who isssued the same comments every day backed with bolero or themes from the Godfather was certainly not my cup of tea.
The evening buffet butlins style was left out without temperature control for up to four hours and on the 2 occasions we ate there rendered me incapable of anything other than staying in my room for the rest of the evening. A fantastic view from our balcony was well deserved after scaling 82 steps from harbour level.
The cleaning staff and towel changing were exemplary and the snck bar served some of the best goleme we tasted whilst in Kalkan. The reception was also well run and friendly as was the concierge who was faced with 30 kgs of luggage to carry for us up the 82 steps maintaining a smile as he did so.
Rooms are basic clean and have all the amenities you need but if you want a true feel of kalkan stay away from the Pirat and its half board culture. The Marina restaurant affiliated with the Hotel is lovely as are all the staff and is a much better experience.
The bar like the moon lacked atmosphere neither did it have EFES on draught and was expensive.
The pool areas were clean and tidy but I am mystified as to why people have to reserve their sunbeds and become so territorial when there is a wealth of beach life in and around Kalkan. On at least one occasion I was asked to move even though I had only sat down to wait for my friend for a few moments and these people then left the hotel to buy their daily paper without any intention of pool watching until later in the morning.
Dont go there if you want friendly people nice bar life and the personal touch do go there if you want a sterile hotel experience and you are into Bolero.

Stayed: September 2008
2  Thank jaybcardiff
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Reviewed 18 September 2008

We have visited Kalkan on several occasions but this is the first time we have stayed at the Pirat. We would happily return. The Pirat's great advantage is its location, and the views across the harbour.
Rooms are typically Turkish but spotlessly clean with regular changes of sheets and towels.
The evening meal is particularly good value at YTL20 when you condsider the cost of eating out in Kalkan.
Word of warning. The hotel is on both sides of the street. The 'old' Pirat is pretty dated and you have to cross the street to get to the pools, bar and terrace restaurant. Its four floors are however served by a lift. Pirat 2 is more modern but there are lots of stairs to climb.
Nonetheless a good venue for staying in Kalkan.

Stayed: September 2008
1  Thank EMJUk
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Reviewed 27 August 2008

This is still one of my favourite hotels. We were here in August 2 years ago and it was interesting to see that the Manager and the majority of the staff were unchanged. When you consider how many hotels there are in Kalkan this in evidence of a well managed as well as a happy organisation. Aside from the Staff, it was also good to see many familiar faces amongst the hotel guests; this is definitely a hotel that people go back to.

So what’s special about the Pirat? The service is attentive, friendly, thoughtful but above all unobtrusive. When you return to your room at the end of a day on the beach, its not unusual to find that the Maid has not only changed your sheets but scattered a handful of Hibiscus flowers on your pillow! The rooms are comfortable, clean but not luxurious. They have Air Conditioning, which is vital during the Summer months.

The Reception staff I could not praise highly enough, especially Yunus! We had a minor nightmare booking out rooms through Travel Republic so had to book one double via them and the second directly with the hotel. Despite the fact that this was a late booking, Yunus ensured that both rooms were side by side and facing the pool and the wonderful view over the harbour.

As we were on a bit of budget this year, we stayed half board which often can be a bit of a gamble with forgettable evening buffets not in the case of the Pirat.
The food extraordinary and every bit as good (if not better – we had some lunches out) than many of the restaurants in town featuring a wide selection of Turkish Meze (Hors D’oevres), salads and often meats (chicken, lamb) grilled on the barbecue with some typically Turkish puddings. Breakfasts are a simple affair with bread, yoghurt, olives, tomatoes, cucumbers, eggs plus occasionally scrambled eggs, eggy bread and a strange sausage mush thing make with frankfurters.

Many of Kalkan’s hotels are over towards the West of the town which was built in the last 5/10 years. The Pirat is right at the centre of things down beside the harbour. You’ll appreciate this when you fancy a wander around the centre with its wonderful carpet, craft and jewellery shops after Supper or if you fancy a night out beside the harbour in one of the many bars and restaurants there.

Kalkan is becoming quite busy and successful and many of the competing restaurants, hotels were in comparison to the Pirat a bit lacking in charm and personality until it came to paying the bill. With the Hotel Pirat the emphasis is definitely on genuine service as well as attention to detail.

Our two weeks in August 2008 in Kalkan were wonderful (we were there with our two children); much of the credit for this goes to the Hotel Pirat and I would highly recommend it to all.

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled with family
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3  Thank DrBumble
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