We spent a week at the Arum as a couple. The hotel is more suited to families and is largely german occupied.
We apparently were 'upgraded' to a 2-bedroom apartment, but as this was bang in the middle of the families and screaming children, we asked to be moved to a normal double room. There definitely was a language barrier and instead were moved about 2 blocks to the left, again in a 2-bedroom apartment. All we wanted was peace and quiet with a view - no chance of that! The sound-proofing is non-existant and we had continuous noise from upstairs - chairs scraping, footsteps, banging - really was awful.
The bathroom was nice and modern, but the a/c didnt work very well. The bedlinen was weird - seemed to be a single sized cover for a king-size bed - we eventually used 2 single covers. Beds were comfortable. Shower was good.
Bit of a building site, but suppose this will improve with time.
Boring after the 2nd day. Both of us went down with upset stomachs and my partner suffered more than me - be careful of food being prepared outside. vivid crazy deserts - weird colours!
Half-board vs AI
It is false economy not to go AI - the drinks are so expensive, you may as well pay a little more. Tap water is not recommended and there are signs to this effect.
Euro vs TL
Pick your currency and stay with it - there is too much confusion between the 2 currencies and we lost out quite heavily. Suggest you stay with TL.
Some are very pleasant, others are quite dismissive. The cleaning ladies are very friendly and we didnt need to lock anything away. They work very hard.
These are well kept BUT, forget finding a lounger after 7am - nothing will be available and one of the major irritants to us was the 'sun lounger' hoggers, who very often turned up late in the afternoon. I don't understand why the hotel can't sort this out - towels left out at 5am (or even earlier), is just crazy.
Very expensive and the hairdresser is West End priced. Really not worth the bother.
Not bad, but boiling hot - why no a/c?
In summary, was ok, but not one to recommend for couples. Perhaps families may enjoy it more. Seemed to have quite a lot for kids and the size of the apartments would suit families of 4 quite easily.
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