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Grand Blue Sky International
Ranked #18 of 156 Hotels in Kusadasi
Reviewed 22 October 2011

this was are first visit have stayed in very good hotels before and this is the worst. No entertainment everything was being packed away, no entertainment. Pools were to deep for the children so we went on the beach all day which was very nice. There was a little restaurant down the beach where you could get lunch. On the beach there was a drinks bar never had any milk for tea or coffee and always ran out of soft drinks.The bar staff were rude and could not be bothered to serve the children who had asked for a ice cream and they said they were closed but they were all on there phones. The main dinner food in the hotel was not good (lived on salad) desserts were nice and had a good selection.We went out to eat twice once in Ladies Beach and the other time at Planet Yucca in the town of Kusasasi had a brilliant night. On the positive side the veiws were lovely and down in the town the people were nice. We went on a Jeep Safari with Jean Claude(Emil) had a great time and would recomend that you try one of his trips he is great. Would go back to Turkey again but would not stay at this hotel ever again.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 October 2011

first visit to this hotel and was a bit worried after reading some of the reviews. I am fairly open minded so here goes:
the rooms are great, very roomy, spacious, plenty of storage, free safe, large balcony
downside - first room was in block A right next to reception, very noisy but the long dark haired girl on reception was amazing and got me a new room in block b, away from the noise. Housekeeping came every day and despite a hiccup the first day we had water every two days.

Pools are great and there is plenty of room. Be warned, top pool is deep and they are both very cold. Bottom pool is busy because of the bar but there are plenty of sunbeds. There is also the beach but due to steps it was too much for my mum.

Food - you have the main restaurant, terrace with pancakes, burger bar just under umbrella bar, top pool. The seafood and Italian restaurant are one and the same, menus alternate and are open dependant on the weather. There is also the Turkish restaurant but this was never open. The pancake terrace closed the day after we arrived and the selection of food was ok if you liked veal, chicken or mince with chips, even for breakfast. the desserts were delish and the omelettes for breakfast were amazing.

Now the bars - umbrella bar, always being photographed and closed after the 3rd day, due to poor weather. the pool bar closed the next day so you could only get drinks from the lobby bar after 5pm, with your evening meals. There were drinks available at the burger bar: sprite, fanta, coke, tea, coffee, juice or beer. As we had been promised all inclusive drinks for nearly 24 hours this didn't go down well, especially with guests who wanted alcoholic drinks other than Efes beer.

Entertainment - we were advised there was an amphitheatre available which was were the majority of the shows etc would be. This was never opened and the poor entertainment team had to come up with other solutions - bingo, music quiz, dance contest. Very poor and if you were not able to leave the complex this meant for a very boring day, loads of people playing cards etc

The staff - most are very helpful and always have a smile. Some don't like being disturbed, especially when on their phones, watching the match or serving the gorgeous young girls. They adored the children and nothing was too much trouble.

We would certainly like to go back but feel earlier in the season would be better, don't go in October as there is no point. Such a shame as the hotel and the views were exceptional, pity.

Room Tip: anything above the second floor offers a great view. rooms on block a near reception will be noisy...
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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 10 October 2011

We returned for our fifth visit to this hotel and were happy to see that it is back up at the top again with its service, staff, food and guests. The location can hardly be beaten and the view from the rooms (especially from the top floor) is fabulous. On our first visit to Blue Sky years ago, there were no signs telling us where everything was and they were still planting their wonderful garden and grounds! We love to see how it all has grown. For anyone who wants access to Internet, the hotel needs a serious upgrade. In this day and age its a must. But, we loved our stay and we will be back.....thats for sure.

Room Tip: All rooms have sea views are spacious with king size beds and all this at no extra cost.
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 October 2011

just returned from 2 weeks at grand blue sky, hotel lay-out very good, rooms spacious and clean, cleaning staff eager to please. main problem is getting drink at any of the bars day or night as staff too laid back and policy seems to be customer comes second to anything else mainly them using mobile phones or laptops. bar staff not very pleasant or friendly at all. food in main restaurant usually cold on positive side italian a la carte very good, made a change to have hot meal. need to check plates and cups in main restaurant as these are not always very clean.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 September 2011

The best parts of this hotel in order are firstly the staff, all of whom are 1st class, willing to please and always with a genuine warm smile. Second comes the 3 a la carte restaurants, Ottoman, Sea food and Italian. We really enjoyed all 3, food was great, location terrific and service as good as a decent restaurant. Well done the management of Blue Sky international for this. Thirdly the location, views and bar positions were superb. Block C, the higher floors, offers fantastic unobstructed views over the Aegean along with wonderful colourful sunsets in the evening.
The Umbrella bar has a great location and ambience in the evening and the beach bar offers respite from the heat during the day. Disco at night here is smart too as the sea is illuminated from the bar.
We made use of the Spa facilities here, the special offers were affordable and the massages and rubs were well worth the money too.
Now the not so good. Rooms were poorly appointed and the maid service was the worst we have encountered anywhere. They were not cleaned properly and consumables not replaced. Constantly having to call reception to get new towels, toilet rolls, water etc... was quite disappointing.
All inclusive drinks were very limited but were not watered down here. I have never been to an all inclusive resort that does not offer bacardi/local rum in the standard AI package. Beer was good though, Efes is a great light beer. At least one bar is open for almost a full 24hrs a day.
Reception also failed us on the early morning call, nearly cost us the trip to Ephesus. No apology received.
The food in the main restaurant was not great at all. We only ate dinner there twice as the food was really poor quality. Local aubergine dishes were about the best on offer but they were very oily and only luke warm. Seems their budget is being hit by the Iranian contingent who secrete vast amounts of fruit and self prepared rolls about their person and depart the restaurant with bags full of food while still leaving piles of uneaten food on the table. On one occasion we watched one lady empty 4 platefulls of peaches (30+) into a carrier bag and hid it under her coat! Pointed it out to management who just threw their arms in the air in despair, hopeless!
The staff in the main restaurant are clearly not well trained in hygiene. Handling ice after sneezing or wiping bar surfaces with a cloth after wiping the sweat of their brow was horrible to witness and many other similar examples could be listed over 2 weeks.
Staff smoking on the job is clearly not allowed but every opportunity is taken to light up when management look away.
Despite these issues I would still go back for more as it offers a great base for a holiday, reasonably priced too. Location a few mins walk from Ladies Beach and a short busride from the town is perfect as there is so much variety close to hand, shops, bars and restaurants ( bacon butties available everywhere too!).

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 September 2011

i just returned from 2 day stay at the blue sky as i was put there waiting for my other hotel to be sorted out,the views and grounds are fantastic .the service outstanding ,every thing great apart from 1 thing the food was discusting.about a 3minute walk to ladies beach,and plenty of things to do.i would love to have stopped at this hotel instead of the one i was put in .it is a 6star never mind a 5star.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 August 2011

First impressions of the hotel were very positive, considering we arrived at 5am and were shattered! We had a large room with a massive double bed for us, and a camp bed for our child and there was loads of storage, wardrobe space and although the decor could have done with a bit of an update it was spotless and light and airy. We had a corner room, with a lovely sea view (most rooms would have a sea view, except those on the ground floor so ask for a higher floor if you want a better view), and tucked away from the main drag of the corridor whcih meant no-one walked past us so it was super quiet. It was cleaned thoroughly every day, with towels and bedding changed every other day. There is a fridge with water thats restocked every 3 days.

The setting is gorgeous, on a hill (there are lots of steps, but there are also ramps in parts so its not all that hard on the knees!) and from everywhere in the hotel there is a beautiful view of the sea and the fantastic sunsets over Greece. They work hard to tend the gardens and keep them nice. The beach is small and packed with beds, and the walk into the sea is stony but its quite sheltered and not that deep in the water so feels safe. The new beach bar is very nice, especially in the cushioned chill-out bit.

The kids pool is fab, and thats where we spent most of our time, its a bit away from the adult pools, through a gap in the hedge, and feels quiet and secluded. THe water was waist height to our 3 year old, and there was a slide and some toys around the pool to play with. Also there are two childrens toilets right by (handy!) and thats also where the kids club is. I say kids club, but really its a shaded area for kids, that has some tables in that they get out 4 hours a day, and is run by 3 girls - they do colouring, face painting, kids darts, some other games, but its very simple, and really catered for younger children - I don't think any kids over 6 or 7 would be that interested as its very low key. But it kept my son occupied for a while when he got bored of the pool so it was fine for him. It does get busy on the sunbeds by about 9.30 but if there are none by the pool there are plenty in the gardens.

The pools for adults/older kids were superb I thought. There is a deep pool that is bigger than it looks on the pictures, and then another one that its possible to stand up in (I'm 5'6) They do aquagym here every day (with the same songs every day, my first niggle...) and then group dances round the deep pool which are fun. In the afternoon I think they also did handball. There is a swim up pool bar at the lower pool. My only criticism is that it looks a bit worn in places - tiles missing off the floor and around the sides of the pool - my husband cut his finger quite badly on a broken tile at the edge of the pool, I dread to think what could have happened to a child's hand. But it was handled well by the staff and I think it was taped up (the tile, not the finger!). There also needs to be more anti slip mats around, as the tiles do get very wet and hot! The spa is also a bit grubby, and the stairs down to the toilets are precarious with all the wet feet traipsing on them all day. The treatments offered are also VERY expensive.

Food was excellent, although the restaurant did get incredibly busy and one night there was all sorts of chaos when they ran out of plates! There's an outside grill but the queue for whatever is going on there is always enormous and not helped by people pretending not to know how to queue.... Over two weeks there was some repetition - breakfast and lunch tended to be the same every day, but there was a lot of variety at night - always some sort of potato, rice, couscous, with meat and fish dishes, a vegetarian option or two and turkish pizza. Sometimes what appeared at lunch would appear in a different format at dinner, but that was ok, it was always good and none of us had any tummy trouble. The pancakes for dessert are to die for! The waiting staff work hard to turn tables over quickly and were very friendly (unlike the bar staff...) and made a big fuss of the kids. The Italian a la carte restaurant is superb - you can visit once per stay, and its well worth it. Its a 6 course meal (the menu is confusing, just let them bring you whatever!) and its in a beautiful location on the beach with a sunset to die for. There are 2 other a la carte's which we didn't try as they didn't accept under 12s. Two flavours of ice cream are served at 5pm for an hour, be warned the queue gets HUGE. And the coffee bar serves pastries at 5pm, also for an hour. There is also a burger bar that was open all afternoon, and Turkish pancakes served from a bar in the gardens all afternoon as well. So you won't be hungry!

My biggest criticism of the place was the entertainment at night. It was really poor. It was run by the staff, all the performers were the staff and they weren't professional at all though they did try (some staff are better than others), and there are a variety of different acts they put on, but none of it really works. There's a kids disco at about 9.15 every night, then a kids game, then quizzes, a variety show, turkish dancing, or whatever is on, but watching little bits here and there we could see it wasnt for us - the Russians and Iranians seemed to love it however! So that meant the evenings were a little quiet, as there isn't music or much atmosphere in any of the bars, but as Turkey was mega cheap, we didn't mind walking down to Ladies Beach after dinner (about a 5 min walk away) and having a drink down there - there's loads of bars and really nice restaurants and the competition between them keeps it cheap and fun down there! PS in the hotel they don't tell you what drinks are included in the all inclusive - not all are, for example rum is extra but you have to find out by trial and error!

I was surprised at how few English there were there - out of a hotel full of 900 or so people, there were a max of 30 at the time we were there. I don't mind this as I come abroad to meet people from elsewhere but if you are looking for a big Brits-abroad experience with full english breakfast, The Sun and chips you'll be disappointed. Most of the guests are Turkish, Iranian, or Eastern European and sometimes not the most considerate of people esp at mealtimes, but there was never any trouble or drunkeness.

Overall the holiday was superb, and the Grand Blue Sky was a lovely place to stay with good food, rooms, and a stunning location.

Room Tip: Choose a higher floor in blocks B or C for the best views.
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  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Address: | Kadinlar Denizi Mevkii, Kusadasi 09401, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Turkish Aegean Coast > Aydin Province > Kusadasi
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in Kusadasi
#12 Luxury Hotel in Kusadasi
#13 On the Beach Hotel in Kusadasi
#15 Family Hotel in Kusadasi
#25 Romantic Hotel in Kusadasi
Price Range: £46 - £134 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Grand Blue Sky International 4*
Number of rooms: 325
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At The Grand Blue Sky International, you can feel the breeze of Aegean Sea in your room and enjoy the gorgeous sea view to the full under the shades of Palm trees. The Grand Blue Sky International offers service with its qualified, self-disciplined, good-humored personnel and professional management board under the concept of customer satisfaction and good quality service based on years of experience. Our aim is to help you experience a joyful holiday full of unforgettable moments. ... more   less 
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