My girlfriend and I booked a 'cheap week' in turkey and thought we had taken a small risk with Golden gate (as I’m sure you will see there are mixed reviews)- However from the moment we arrived we were pleasantly surprised , the hotel was clean well placed and the staff were efficient, friendly and happy to help. We booked a self-catering room and were on the 3rd floor of the hotel , the room itself was decent size with ample facility’s (Fridge, kettle , cooking utensils , pots pans ect and a hob which we never actually used!) for basic meals. We had a double bed (not two single pushed together as you come to expect with ‘budget’ hotels) and a single bed spare the shower room was good size with a good water pressure and ample supply of hot water , the toilet facilities were also in a separate area to the shower. As for cleanliness the room was not spotless (but then again whose house really is!) but was certainly well maintained – I’ve never stayed in a budget hotel where the room was cleansed , mopped , sheets and towels changed every day. Air-conditioning was extra (60TL for a week) but well worth the money and cooled the room down perfectly.
We really ate in the hotel but the lunch snacks we had were all cooked freshly and very tasty and almost as cheap as the restaurants along ladies beach. The pool and surrounding areas were always clean and the pool area is great suntrap almost capturing the rays from the moment the sunrises to the moment it sets. Again the bar staff were all very friendly , happy to help and made you feel a part of the hotel rather than just a customer.
The only downside I can really think off were that were too few plug sockets in the room for all the electronic goodies we brought with us and the sheets and towel could benefit from a decent fabric softener as they tend to be scratchy against the enviable sunburnt skin.
If you are on a budget and are not expecting 5* quality I would certainly give the Golden gate a try and like me you will pleasantly surprised!
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