Last minute get away to this hotel. Choice made based on good reviews and my last visit to Turkey - Dalaman was fantastic. On arrival check in was swift. My room was brilliant, modern, clean and bright, the decor was first class. The main restaurant served a variety of food. Not the best I've tasted, but I was always able to find something to eat. The beach was clean and easily accessible via poolside lifts
Now something that concerned me greatly...
A LOT of Germans at hotel, I heard probably 3 other English speaking guests there during my stay 3 day stay. Unfortunately from experience, lots of people of German descent seem to believe that they own the whole hotel, which manifests in their behaviour towards those of other nationalities or cultures. That is not the most concerning issue I have and I am not tarnishing all German travellers with the same brush, cos they're not all the same.
As a single, British, non white, 'well travelled' traveller, this is the first time EVER while travelling that I have felt unsafe in a hotel environment or tourist resort. The looks given to me by the German guests, security staff and some members of staff made me feel, like, a non German in Hitler's Germany, a black person in 1960's Alabama and one of my parents generation who had just accepted the invitation from the British government to come and work in the UK and having arrived, read the signs on doors which said, "No Irish, No Dogs, No Blacks!!
I spoke to one of the members of the reception staff and asked him how many English people there were in the hotel currently and he said including me, there were 17, then I asked how many guests there were in total and he said about 550!! The majority being German. I then asked him how many non white people stay at the hotel during the year, "not many" he said! Well no wonder I was the spectacle of the Melas Hotel!!, good job I was only there for a few days.
So... before you book this hotel in this resort, if you care at all about more than decor - to all Singles - think first, to all British - read reviews from other hotels so that you are not in the minority, to all Non white couples - Beware, to all Non White Singles - DON'T GO TO THIS HOTEL!!!
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