We stayed at the Merve Sun last year as after being to other Turkish resorts, fancied seeing some of the architecture in Side.
I agree with the people who have been recently that the area is not the best for British holiday makers. Side itself is lovely with a very nice beach and some good restaurants! but we had to catch the dolmus there as the walk along the promenade was quite unpleasant only one cafe in two miles for a drink - otherwise just lined with 5* German/Russian hotels - be prepared to hear the cha cha slide in German in every hotel you walk past of you do this!
The Merve Sun itself is very basic but I actually really liked it! On arrival it was full so the lovely man on reception let us choose our own room and carried both our heavy cases up 3 flights of stairs in one go! we also had various utensils/pans missing from the kitchen and when reported im convinced he went out and bought us new ones!
there are two pools at the Merve sun the top one is very cold but the bottom one is lovely and we often had it too ourselves!
the staff who speak English were great in the restaurant and very attentive to us! not sure if the same staff will be here this season but they made sure we always got a table and would come and have a chat or a drink with us!
it is worth getting the dolmus into manavgat the large town for the markets. the manavgat waterfalls were also lovely and deserve a visit!
we didn't book with Thomas cook - we used co-op travel and paid little over £300 for 11 nights so to be honest for that price I think we got above and beyond what I expected! I wouldn't book this with Thomas cook as I imagine you will pay more and the rep appeared quite unhelpful and surely! we booked a trip with her and she was pleasant when paying her the money but after that she looked straight through us and never asked us how it went!
the maids were great and made different towel and petal arrangements on the bed! the food in the restaurant was lovely and the fillet steaks a bargain!
I don't think I would return to Side, but im glad i have been! if you want to visit Side and you want a cheap friendly base I think the Merve Sun isn't a bad choice!
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