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“LOVELY HOTEL, GREAT LOCATION - but sting in the tail when I came to pay!!”

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Yacht Classic Hotel
Ranked #1 of 102 Hotels in Fethiye
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Reviewed 12 September 2008

LOVELY HOTEL, GREAT LOCATION – but sting in the tail when I came to pay!!

I have just returned from 2 weeks in Fethiye, staying at the “Yacht Plaza”. All in all – it was a wonderful holiday – the hotel is just lovely. It’s quiet, exclusive, great location, some LOVELY staff – and just the perfect place to chill out. It’s a great base for exploring Fethiye and the surrounding area.
I was going to give this hotel 4 star’s for the review – but I’m giving it 3 – and I’ll explain why.
I booked the room directly with the hotel. I dealt with BATU – he’s the owner’s son. He runs the hotel part – and the daughter seems to have more to do with the Yacht side of the business. We exchanged several email – all very friendly. He offered to organise transfers from the airport to hotel etc… It was great.
When I confirmed the room – he confirmed back to me via email that the room would be £35 per night, per room. And the Transfers were £35 each way as well. Batu also asked that I bring ENGLISH POUNDS – he wanted CASH. I did ask about paying by credit card (as that is what I had intended to do) – which he replied – card was “OK” – but he really preferred ENGLISH CASH. As the response was kind of tepid – I duly took out cash to pay for the hotel.
After a lovely holiday – when I went to pay, Batu actually wasn’t there – so I was to pay Mustafa.
Mustafa is one of these rare people you meet from time to time. A really special, lovely man – who goes out of his way to help you in anyway. He is funny, kind, generous – just really made the holiday for us.
Anyway – Batu wanted MORE money from us – as the rate Pounds V’s lira was going down. He had had 14 days to speak to me – but didn’t – he opted to get Mustafa to do it. In fact – during the 2 weeks there – I think I only spoke to Batu once – and that was to say hello. I didn’t really have much contact with him once there – at all!

Anyway – We had built up a really good relationship with Mustafa over the 2 weeks – and he looked really embarrassed when asking for the extra money. I said that I wasn’t paying it – as I had been quoted a price in pounds and that was what I was paying. Batu wanted an extra £5 per night and an extra £5 pounds each way for the transfers. Although it’s not a lot of money (£80) – it just didn’t sit right with me. It’s a lot of money to ask for at the END of your holiday - and it did kind of spoil the last day of the holiday. I felt sorry for Mustafa, as he was put in an awkward situation, Batu had asked for payment in Sterling – NOT Lira – and there was no mention of room rate being changed due to currency fluctuations – and even though I had an email with a quoted price – he was still wanting MORE cash from me!
All I would say is – make sure that if you are staying there – that you get a GUARANTEED PRICE – that will not change! – Or ask to pay in Lira, and that way the goal posts cannot be changed at the last minute!

Anyway – onto the actual review of the hotel….
As most of the reviews have said before – the rooms here are pretty basic. A wee bit dated – all pine furniture etc… - but they were clean – and had a fantastic AC system – which kept the room nice and cool. The outside of the hotel is just wonderful. The pool, garden, decking and marina area is just spectacular. It’s just a lovely place to chill out. The hotel has just 32 rooms – so it is a really personal feel to it. All the guests were really friendly, and it was a really laid back atmosphere.
The hotel operates like no other I have stayed in – and that’s due to the yacht factor.
• You have regular hotel guests like us.
• You have people who have their yacht in the marina and who use the hotel facilities (there are showers, loos etc.. for them – and they also use the pool/ bar etc…)
• You have people who live in Turkey – who have a yacht in the marina
• You have people who stay in other hotels – who use the hotel facilities
• And lastly – the hotel is the starting and finishing point for a company called SUNSAIL.
This is a yacht holiday company – who take you on a week’s sailing around the med. You sail the yacht – and it can be in groups of 3/4/5….
When its change over day – it can be kind of busy.
On a Friday they group return to Fethiye after sailing for a week (can be up to 40 folk)
They have a big party on the Friday night.
On the Sat – they start to leave.
Also on the Saturday – the next lot arrive – so it’s a bit crazy around the pool and lounger's.
The new crowd have their first night on the sat night – and then leave on the Sunday – then returning the following Friday – and it starts all over again.
So what you get it total peace and quiet most of the week – then it gets a wee bit busy and noisey Friday lunchtime to Sunday lunchtime – but it’s nothing too bad. It would still be classed as quiet compared to a 500 room hotel!!

There was never a rush for lounger’s – during the week anyway – the ones at the front tended to go first – but you could get a lounger SOMEWHERE!

Breakfast was continental – it was fine. Nice coffee, breads, cheeses, melon, fruit, yoghurt – and it was just bliss to have it outdoors. I’ll attach some pics so that you can see for yourself.

The location of the hotel is great – as you’re just 5 / 10 mins out of the centre of the bazaar. You’re far enough away – that you hear nothing – it’s really quiet around the hotel – but you’re right in the centre of things within minutes.

Now for the negatives!!
My main bug with the hotel was that there was NO FRIDGES in the room!
I find it really hard to believe that in such a hot country like Turkey – that there was no fridge. This is the first hotel abroad that I have encountered this – and it was a real pain. The only reason that I can think for this – is to make you buy drink/ water/ coke etc… from the hotel – and this brings me onto my second bug for the hotel – and that’s
The price of the hotel bars. – Beer was kind of the norm for the area – but water and spirits were extortionate. We were paying 4 times the going rate for water. Even the shops around the hotel were a rip off. I can only think that because they all thought we were millionaires with yachts – that they could charge what they like! And there were some seriously wealthy people in the hotel – or at least using the facilities.
Other things that I should mention is that there is a Mosque RIGHT OPPOSITE the hotel. I thought this would be a real problem – but actually – after the first night – I hardly heard him singing at all. But I think I have to mention this – because if you’re a light sleeper – then this could ruin your holiday – 5.20am every morning!!

Saying all this – we did really have a SUPER holiday- and we really enjoyed staying at the hotel.
It’s just a pity that the money incident at the end kind of left a bad taste in my mouth – and I was angry that Batu hadn’t spoken to me personally, and had gotton Mustafa to do it for him.

As I said earlier – I would have given this hotel 4 stars – 1 off for not having a fridge, and for the price of the hotel bars – but I reduced it to 3 cause of the room rate saga at the end.

Hope you find this useful. Any Q’s please feel free to contact me thru the Trip Advisor site
Cheers – and happy holiday!

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 28 July 2008

Great quiet family hotel with nice friendly staff, great swimming pool en excellent view over the bay. Beautifull garden with enough beds and parasols.
Its nice to eat your breakfast outside at the edge of t he harbour.
Prices of the drinks are a bit high.
Too bad there's a mosque just across the street, because early in the morning(at 5 oclock) the imam is yelling his koran verses through the loud speakers. I guess when you have a room at the sea/pool side the noise will be less.
It's a good place from which you can plan trips to Dalyan, Kayaköy, Tloss, Xanthos, Patara, Dalaman and even to Antalya, but this will take a few hours to get there.
You'll need a car to visit the interesting places there are. And there are quite a few.

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 15 July 2008

Nice place, sweet staff, very good location. Rooms were a bit basic in decor but perfectly adequate and clean but if you get a room with a sea view it definitely makes up for it. (No fridge which was a shame.)
The selling point for me was the breakfast/bar/pool area located looking out over the harbour - great as the sun sets right across the bay (and you get a nice sea breeze.
Hotel is situated about 10mins walk from Fethiye old town or a short taxi ride away (the shared ones) 1.50TL.
There is a new man made beach around the other side of Fethiye bay (5mins in a taxi - 1.75TL) - not bad if you don't want to travel far but beware the seabed is particular sharp and painful to walk on when you wade out.

Stayed: June 2008
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Reviewed 14 June 2008

We loved this hotel....thought the owners were really friendly and hospitable - definitely worth the money we paid, as the rooms were large and spacious, the swimming pool and outdoor area was lovely, plus the breakfast was generous!

  • Stayed: June 2008
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Reviewed 27 April 2008

I am not a great flyer,but when our son decided to live for a while in Fethiye and told us how great it was, I decided to take the bull by the horns,grit my teeth and take the 4 hr flight to Dalaman from Manchester.
Unfortunately on arrival at the airport the flight (Thos.Cook) was, we were told,delayed for 1Hr. We boarded after the 1 Hr delay onto a budget airline plane (Jet 2.com) not Thos.Cook,and then sat on the plane before take off for another 1.1/2 Hrs,not a good start for a nervous flyer.
Our son met us at the airport and said he had booked us into the Yacht Plaza Hotel.Fortfive minutes later we arrived at the hotel,which to be fair to the hotel,wasn't quite ready for the seasonal visitors.
The hotel was clean and comfortable,but the beds were rather hard and the bedding was only just large enough for the bed, and at that time of the year it got a little chilly at night.
Breakfast was adequate with what I know now as traditionally turkish,eggs,cheese,tomatoes.olives and very nice bread.
We ate out in Fethiye and loved the local food particularly the fish,at very reasonable prices.
As we were about to leave, the hotel had a makeover in preparation for the season, the transformation was incredible,we wished we had arranged our visit one week later.
We will definitely return to the Yacht Plaza,but probably not out of season.
For our return at Dalaman Airport we were told our flight was to be 3 Hrs late(Thos Cook) again, but that's another story.
Would someone please let me know the best way to get to Dalaman from Manchester, PLEASE, PLEASE

  • Stayed: April 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 April 2008

My sister and her hubby have stayed at this hotel twice before and loved it! Therefore, when we were looking for a holiday last year we decided to go with her recommendation. I can honestly say that it is one of the nicest hotels I have ever stayed in. The setting is beautiful overlooking the harbour (be sure to ask for a room with seaviews), and the staff are wonderful and can't do enough to help. You almost feel that they are family by the time you leave! The rooms are quite basic but are clean and have everything you need. We booked the accommodation direct with the owners as I think Thomsons have stopped featuring it in their brochures. I think this is due to the fact that 70% of the people who stay at this hotel, return year after year and book independantely.

  • Stayed: May 2007, travelled with family
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Reviewed 31 October 2007

We stayed at Yacht Plaza for two weeks in late Oct 2007. Whilst we were impressed with the location and the friendly and attentive staff, we were disappointed overall with this Hotel. The main attraction was its location which was very good,overlooking the bay, coupled with the kindness and friendly staff.

However the Hotel, apart from the reception/lounge, was poorly lit and sparsly furnished, which gave rise to a gloomy atmosphere. The bedroom was adequately furnished, with a very clean shower /bathroom ,with a balcony overlooking the bay. A T.V. with about 60 programmes, of which only 3 were in English (news programmes) Totally inadequate lighting, which was,nt enough to read by. The bed itself was extremely hard and unforgiving.and the limited lounge area was not paticularly comfortable.

The dining area was seperate to the hotel which although covered was open to the elements, and required a quick dash if raining to avoid getting too wet.!

The local bus service into Fethiye was excellant and stopped outside the hotel, taking a short ride into town, where the restuarants gave good and varied menus. The hotel did provide an a-la-carte menu, but we found it better to go to town.

Despite the drawbacks we enjoyed our stay, although we felt under the circumstances a week would have been better. In general we felt a 3 star rating was only just justified.

  • Stayed: October 2007, travelled as a couple
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Address: Karagozler Mah. Fevzi Cakmak Cad. No:24 Fethiye Merkez, Fethiye 48300, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Turkish Aegean Coast > Mugla Province > Fethiye
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Fethiye
#1 Luxury Hotel in Fethiye
#5 Family Hotel in Fethiye
#8 Romantic Hotel in Fethiye
Price Range: £50 - £119 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Yacht Classic Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The newly renovated Yacht Classic Hotel opened its doors with the Turkish hospitality that underlies the service it gives its customers, along with its elite decoration and comfortable rooms. The hotel is ten-minute walking distance to the city center of Fethiye. The hotel is open throughout the year. Located at sea level, our facility offers a warm family atmosphere. The hotel's image reflects our centuries-old, deep-rooted Mediterranean culture. Our rooms, with their unique sea view, have the quality of a boutique hotel. We offer family, deluxe, superior and standard rooms. We furnish our rooms with many amenities, meeting all the needs of our guests. Guest satisfaction is the ultimate objective of our service. Our congenial waiters and waitresses serve our guests at our outdoor swimming pool, located in the garden section, as well as at our sun tanning areas, our pool bar, and in our restaurants. Our dining facilities offer extraordinary taste, ensuring that you will enjoy your meals as much as your holiday. It is the Yacht Classic Hotel's pleasure to host you with its entire team at our service. ... more   less 
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