We spent a much needed week's rest at the Pigale at the end of August and chose the hotel both for the good price and also we went there before 8 years ago and liked it then. It is noticeable that the immediate area has gone down since with no restaurants nor shops and indeed the beach was worse than we remembered it (not helped by my 7 year old getting 50 sea urchin spines stuck in his foot!)
The hotel was however as we remembered it. We were given 2 rooms and managed to change the one with a folding bed (not comfortable for a largish 11 year old) and then we were fine. The water is salty but I guess this is using local systems and probably the cleaner for it (like the pool which was also salty and fine with us). The rooms were always clean with fresh towels and while some of the hotel is a bit shabby and in need of external renovation, well it is a 3 star hotel not 4 or 5.
The pool is nice and the water slide very popular, the animation team very enthusiastic and as another has written, the Turkish night extremelly good. We travelled with also a 15 and 19 year old and to be honest we were pleased we were way out of town as this was to be a family relaxing holiday together rather than the eldest at least being up all night (as she was with her friends in Cyprus earlier in the summer!) and then asleep all day which would have defeated the object. This therefore is not the ideal hotel for groups of young people but fine for families.
We liked the international mix in the hotel though in fact we were surprised there were in fact as many from the UK as there were (good price I guess) and the other guests seemed to be mainly from Romania and Bulgaria and some Turks and French. It is a very unpretentious atmosphere and having stayed at more "upmarket" places to be honest I was just as if not more happy and relaxed at the Pigale.
We loved the food, all Turkish with no pretence of making dishes for other nationalities and the fish particularly was excellent. All was well cooked though and showed that they had some good chefs. The salads were also good, desserts a little ,less so though they nade a lovely Birthday cake (paid for of course) for our 7 year old's birthday too. The drink was also fine though I would not recommend the red wine and we loved the borek (salty cheese pancakes) they served after 4 in the afternoon.
We went to Adaland for the birthday treat, where the raindance is wonderful, the market in Kusadasi (my husband is still going around shouting "Sanglasses"), to Ladies Beach one afternoon and hired a taxi at 150 lira to take us to one end of Ephesus and then pick us up at the other, to the museum in Selcuk, up to Sirince village and then back to the hotel. For 6 of us and all within 4 hours that suited us fine.
Staff at the hotel were friendly (a Merhaba goes a long way!), the nurse we consulted once very helpful (grown men hurtling down the slide immediately after children and in our case banging our 11 year old and curtting her nose is not a good idea and there is no supervision at all). We made use daily of the internet service next to the pool also which was appreciated.
All in all a pretty perfect week was had!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Club consists of three building with 134 rooms which has got garden&pool view(1 suit,10 family room,118 standard room) The pool-side area includes half- olympic-sized pool with a waterslide,pool bar,snack bar,game hall and playground with large garden. Restaurant, Bar and snacks restaurant with national and international cuisines are included in the service offered to you for your comfort and pleasure. Evening program offerings in season, including dancing, music and shows. Soft animation in the Day Time. Tennis court, table tennis, billiards, volleyball, and game room The hotel's beach (with sunbeds and unbrella) is located 80 m from the hotel. The pleasant, comfortably -furnished rooms has been renovated on 2011 are equipped with WC, shower hairdryer, individually adjustable air-conditioning, TV with satellite direct-dial telephone, and a mini-bar. All rooms have a balcony. Market,doctor,First aid,laundry,hair dresser,game room,fitness center,lobby,tv room,safe box on reception. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pigale Beach Hotel Kusadasi
- Pigale Beach Resort