My wife and I booked a last minute weeks holiday at Club Evin for the last week of the Turkish holiday season in October this year.
Some friends had suggested we all go for a break away together and at the time the suggestion was made we were not certain we could both get the time off work.
Then when we found we could, our friends had already booked a break in Marmaris but when we researched the hotel they had booked it didn't really appeal to us.
So we looked through the offers available just 5 days before we would have to leave and found the most appealing deals on the web were all made much more expensive by added on transfers, huge baggage charges and other sundry fee's. So we tried Thomson's own website and were pleased to find the late deal prices shown included transfers and a 20kg per person baggage allowance. We then listed the available holidays by price and the first two best value available did not come out too well on T.A. The third option was for Club Evin, after reading through the previous great reviews on T.A. we did not hesitate to book there and then, happy that we didn't need to look any further, holiday sorted.
The next day I sent an email to Club Evin requesting a room with a double bed if at all possible (I don't much care for two single beds pushed together, its somehow just not the same)
The email was promptly answered saying they would do their best to accommodate our request, a good sign.
When we arrived at Club Evin (4am! eek! we had awful flight times) we were met at the coach by a member of staff to help us carry in our luggage.
There was another group on our coach and we were all dealt with incredibly efficiently and got to our rooms quickly, with no fuss whatsoever.
Our accommodation for the week was room no 1006 which is on the first floor at the furthest end of the corridor facing out over the front of the hotel.
There was a small hall (with a cupboard/wardrobe to the side) leading to the bedroom, bathroom and lounge & kitchen area.
We were pleased to find we had indeed been given a room with a proper double bed (not two singles pushed together) the bedroom also had a wardrobe and a small dressing table.
The bedroom had a huge fitted headboard arrangement that is actually designed for a room with two singles so it looked a little odd and consequently it only had a single bedside cabinet.
We didn't mind the odd effect it created in the room but for the first couple of nights we did inadvertently hit the light switch and turn on the lights in the middle of the night.
The bathroom has a 2/3rd size bath with a curtain and shower over. The basin has a hairdryer hard wired into the side of the wall for use in this room only. The bathroom had two bath-towels, 2 hand-towels and a cotton bath-mat provided. The shower was hot first thing in the morning and from lunchtime on, it did seem to dip in temperature from 8am until the sun was well up. Not a problem as it was predictable you could easily adjust the time you showered to suit.
The lounge / kitchen has a balcony to the front (with a small table and two chairs) a double sofa bed, breakfast bar with four stools and one wall of kitchen units with a freestanding double electric hob with an extractor fan above, a small under-counter style fridge and a small sink (but no draining board), there were adequate plates, bowls, cutlery and utensils to cook within the confines of two rings should you wish too. There was also an electric kettle for you to use. I would suggest you take a couple of old tea-towels, scourer and a small bottle of washing up liquid if you intend to make use of the facilities. (Don't take your best tea towels then you can leave them there when you go so you can cram another bargain in your case when you come home)
Therefore everything you need is here, 1st impression was very good as everything is spotlessly clean or new. I would say the quality of the fixtures and furniture etc is best described as basic but it is all undeniably functional and certainly more than adequate for a week or two's summer holiday.
There are plenty of electrical sockets so you can recharge your phone, computer or whatever you have that needs to be plugged in, we were able to use our computer on an open network without any problems (We were told it wasn't actually the Club Evin system later on in our break when we were on it in the restaurant one evening but as it was working perfectly we stayed on it!)
We paid 25 lira to have a safe deposit box for the week which was operated by two keys (One you keep and a master key kept behind the counter) so it is very secure. We did not have the air conditioning controller as we felt we wouldn't need it so late in the season.
The room was cleaned to a very good standard every single day.
The hotel prides itself on having a sun bed for every guest, so there are none of the silly games you often find to get somewhere to sun yourself here. There is a nice sized swimming pool and a small children's pool to the side for the little ones. The pool area is surrounded with marble, beware if you are wearing the wrong footwear, with the smallest amount of water can become very slippery.
The restaurant has a big projector TV for showing sporting events etc and there is a sub-terrainian bar / nightclub area underneath the main bar.
We took the option to upgrade our holiday to the Club Evin version of full board.
Unlike many full board hotels where you have at best, little choice of food, with Club Evin you could have anything you wanted off the breakfast menu for breakfast, anything from what they call the snack menu for lunch and (Almost) anything you like off the full menu for dinner. Therefore if you wanted you could have a full English (Or Turkish) breakfast in the morning, fish & chips or a pizza for lunch and a 16oz T bone steak for dinner!
We had many different meals including the Ottoman special, Chateaubriand, Mexican steaks, Fillet steak, Fish & Chips, Pizza's, Baked potato's and shepherds pie all of which were perfectly cooked and served to us. The only thing I would say is that because the food is very reasonably priced in the restaurant if you are likely to be eating out more than a couple of times you may well be better off paying as you go. We did have two lunch's out (in different places) and were outrageously overcharged for what we had in both establishments for this reason we decided that the best thing for us was to stick with the Club Evin deal, this we did not regret for a moment.
We paid the bar bill at the end of the week which was reasonable when considering we had drinks with all meals right up to a very nice bottle of Merlot with the Chateaubriand.
So doubtless just like we were, you will be asking yourself why is this modest family owned 3 star hotel rated as no 2 (out of 289) in Marmaris (at the time we visited) and this question I am only too happy to answer.
Unlike the 5 star All Inclusive hotel our friends were staying in, we were made to feel like welcome guests at Club Evin.
We were on first name terms and welcomed as such by everyone at Club Evin every day, our friends told us they really were just a room number in their hotel.
No small achievement anywhere these days, the whole team of staff are like an extended family and carry it off without any apparent effort.
My wife and I both work in retail and know just how impossible customers can be these days but at Club Evin nothing was done with anything other than a winning smile and a happy positive attitude. When you are on holiday this attitude is infectious and the while the guests are enjoying great service they too are happy to be there, no grumpy faces to be seen in any direction at any time, boy does that make a change these days. I can only speak for the time we were there but judging by the previous reviews on T.A. and the fact that only 1 hotel in Marmaris is rated on T.A. higher I would take it as read our experience was typical of the "Club Evin Standard" holiday experience.
In a nutshell we absolutely loved it, Mehmet and Ayse have a great team of staff who do everything they can to make your stay unforgettable, we will be back and would happily recommend this hotel to anyone that wants a lovely relaxing (shopping?) holiday.
Lastly I would like to add that if you go at the absolute end of the season (Late October) like we did, Marmaris is effectively shutting down for winter.
This means many of the hotels will be closing and you may well not get to go to the hotel you booked (Two groups that were staying in the Club Evin had booked to go elsewhere) but had been put here because their hotels were now totally shut. They all seemed quite happy to be there all the same. It also means that many of the bars and clubs and entertainment opportunities are also shut, which if that is what you are going for may well leave you disappointed. However if you like it quiet (like we do) and you want to make some amazing buys in the shops and at the jaw dropping Marmaris bazaar (when Dalaman airport effectively shut's on the 1st of November all the traders Know there will be no more customers for 6 months and on many items will do an amazing deal rather than have to sit on what could become unfashionable stock next year) We bought superb replica watches, clothes, handbags, jewelry, spices and many other things at prices that would be unbelievable frankly anywhere else.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Modern designed apartment and studio rooms designed for your comfort. Onsite a la carte restaurant, pool bar, games room, kid's playground. Entertainment program throughout the day and night including bingo, karaoke, quiz, cabaret and much, much more all to make your holiday one to remember... ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Evin Club Marmaris Hotel Marmaris
- Evin Hotel Marmaris