WOW! We had a great time. The staff and bar staff were as friendly as you are to them. Many of them couldn't help but laugh and smile with us around. Even the massive storm that hit us did not dampen out spirits. When we arrived, we were greeted and taken to our rooms and although at first we were a bit concerned because we were on the road side of the hotel and not overlooking the bay, the traffic at night ceased so much, it was not any different to were we live.
Out room was cleaned every day even though it really didn't need it and the chamber maid always made a lovely design out of the towels on the bed. We didn't see any bad areas and we even used the 'in-house' massage service...mmmmm!
The weather changed after the storm on our second day, to a cold wind, but overall that did not deter us from enjoying ourselves.
The entertainment we would say was a bit poor but only because people were not in the mood to participate. Sometimes, that happens. When you go away, you just want to relax and do your own thing. But the staff and the big Fire Show they put on was good. It's the end of the year for these folks and it must get tiring trying to amuse thousands of visitors day-in-day-out. They were looking forward to going home as many have to 'live-in' on the job.
If you are nice to people, they are usually nice back. There were some staff who did not speak English but a few hand signs and gestures usually were understood with a smile.
A great place to go is The Golden Boys. Ok, it's not 5* in looks but the staff and food were 6*!!! We also told them we wanted to visit Ephesus but did not want a tour. For a very, very good price, a guy picked us up on the arranged time from the hotel, took us to Ephesus and was there when we were finished. It was a great day.
Be prepared to be hassled by vendors - they too must make a living. A polite: 'No thank you' usually is met with a smile and release.
Like most coastal holiday destinations, when you've seen one gift shop, you've seen them all, but Kusadasi is the most beautiful town we've seen and the views from the hotel were amazing.
We would certainly recommend this hotel. It was a 3*+ in our grading - a good 3*+
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