For a cheap holiday, I have few complaints. Admittedly, this hotel is not a 4**** (none in Turkey are what most Europeans would call 4 star, but you don't pay the price for a four star) and is not for families due to lack of kids facilities.
The rooms were a nice size and had all you needed in them. They were cleaned every day and 'disinfected' once a week. The cleaners were friendly and made lovely things with the towels. The air-conditioning was free (and if you were lucky like us the card slot for electricity was broken so it stayed on all day) and the safe for the week was only about £10.
The food was ok. Breakfast wasn't great and made you miss a big fry-up loads, but there were eggs and bread and lunch meat and cereals.. so some of it was edible!
Lunches were quite nice as was dinner and they did a tea break with cakes which I always needed. Admittedly, selection wasn't incredible, so if you're fussy there is no point going all inclusive.
BAR AND ENTERTAINMENT
With all inclusive you get free drinks from 10-10, but you can take free water from the fountain at anytime. Otherwise you can have tea, coffee, soft drinks (coke, fanta etc etc), wine (which is alright), vodka, gin and raki (local spirit which is very strong and tastes of aniseed). You can stack up alcoholic drinks just before ten so I was always fine until the bar closed at twelve.
There is only one night of entertainment (a belly dancer and a snake) but I always managed to have a good night. And if you drank enough you could always dance on the stage, which is always funny to at least watch!
POOL AND BEACH
There was an outdoor and indoor pool but we only used the outdoor one which was really clean, had two slides and wasn't too cold.
The beach was not 500 metres away, but you could take a bus there and the loungers were free. However, the hotel's section wasn't that big but there is another bit of beach ten minutes away from the hotel.
Only a few minutes walk away was a big market, restaurants (Tusefs does a good English breakfast and the Queen plays football and has lovely food) and shops. I would recommend getting trips from Mehmet who is the cheapest in the area and easy to find.
There was a bus to Side a few minutes down the road which cost 1.50 lira: well worth going there for the market, roman ruins, beach and shopping centre.
There is a nightclub very close to the hotel which is huge. I never went there due to Ramadan but the one night it was open the noise did not bother me.
As you can probably tell from the reviews below, mostly Germans stay at the Palm D'or.. but they are all lovely and there was a large group of British people.
I must also mention that the staff at Palm D'or were exceptional, despite only speaking some English. Our safe broke twice and had to be replaced and this was done efficiently. The reception staff were attentive and gave us free food at 6am which was well needed! And the bar staff were just hilarious.
Overall, although the hotel wasn't perfect I had an amazing holiday on a fantastic budget.
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- Also Known As:
- Palm d`Or Hotel Side
- Palm d Or Side