I have just returned from having spent a really enjoyable holiday in Kalkan with my husband and two daughters. Unfortunately, the only blip was our hotel, the Sevgi. Having read reports on Tripadvisor , some of which said the hotel was basic I went ahead and booked as we don’t mind basic where the room is concerned. The rooms were fine. They were cleaned every day, towels and bedding were replaced, (we managed to avert our eyes from the mould in the shower) so one of the points I have awarded is for this.
The problem for us was the lack of any sort of holiday atmosphere. The family who ran the hotel were polite enough but spent their days sitting around the shabby reception area playing computer games and watching Turkish TV. The bar, which looked so pretty on the pictures was never open, in fact it was about an inch thick in dust. The pool area was always deserted, which I suppose would suit some people, but we like a place with atmosphere- this place had none.
On our fifth day we got chatting to the owner of another hotel whilst drinking in the bar there and he offered us his villa for the rest of our stay in Kalkan. We returned to the Sevgi and asked for an early checkout, not knowing if this were possible but were delighted when the young man on reception told us this would be fine and that we could check out next morning. We arrived in reception the following morning with our cases packed to be told by the girl there that it was not possible and that the young man had not understood what we were asking. We were really annoyed but realising there was nothing we could do about it we returned to our rooms and unpacked.
To be fair to the Sevgi they did make a little bit more of an effort with us after this. The young man was made to apologise to us and on our final day they let us keep our rooms until 7pm when the taxi came to pick us up- for this they get another point!
We tried not to let our stay at the Sevgi spoil our holiday. It didn’t and we have got lots of happy memories of our time in Kalkan and will certainly return. Only next time it will be to stay in one of the lovely hotels, whose bars and pools the welcoming staff were happy for us to use.
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