I've stayed in Marmaris once before and this has confirmed this part of Turkey is not for me. I was at the hotel from 23rd Oct - 30th Oct.
We arrived gone midnight and was greeted by the female receptionist who gave us our room key, air con remote and told me the hotel has free WIFI, we didn't actually get told where to go but it is clear there is a lift.. We went up to our room on the 3rd floor and that is where the noise began.
The hotel is all open plan so you can hear everything from everyone; people coming in at night, people slamming doors and the hotel lift. For the first three nights we go next to no sleep due to this. We spoke to other guests on different floors who felt the same. Our balcony door also didn't close correctly so we could also hear noises from outside. The hotel is clean and the rooms are spacious and the maid does the basics.
We had breakfast on our first day which was horrific. Cold beans, hard boiled eggs and hot dog sausages in a weird sauce. The toaster burns the bread and there was smoke coming from it. (You can smell this from your room) Breakfast stayed pretty much the same all week apart from soggy scrambled eggs on the odd day. Lunch & dinner didn't really get much better, although I'd recommend the chicken nuggets, chicken breast & meatballs. Sunday was the best lunch and dinner. Chicken kebab freshly done in front of us with all the trimmings. (salad, sauces, chips..) The 'beef' was chewy and people wasn't even sure if it was beef. It would be better if there was food tags, I did ask the man standing there but he grunted at me, I just guessed he couldn't speak any English.
As AI you can only use one of the bars, the other bar is for paying only and you get better cups, better drinks and a better service. Bar staff do work hard but sometimes walk away when they can see you walking to the bar, even though there is a sign for one drink per person I sometimes got 5 at a time! They sometimes let young girls work behind the bar, this just slows down the service and both times it was just before the end of AI, not sure if that is the con. If you don't buy drinks from the paid bar I did notice the staff wasn't as nice to you, the people who paid got better treatment, even their luggage taken to the car for them!
The owner is very nice and this is the first hotel I have been in where I have seen and spoken to the owner, he went out of his way to accommodate us and even drove us into town to help sort out a problem.
NOT TO DO WITH THE HOTEL:
Buy your excursions from BAT MAN (across the road) and no September (next to Sarah's bar). September conned us twice and got very abusive when spoken to!
Don't book airport transfers with UNITED BLUE as they came 25 minutes late, dropped us off at the side of the road and we waited 20 minutes then a coach came and we made it to the airport with moments to spare!
Overall I would say the hotel is a nice basic hotel in a good location but there were too many problems wrong with it for me to say I'd like to come back. I found the hotel very boring and there was only entertainment one day. (Male belly dancer & dancers) I will not be returning.
added bonus - The hotel has scales for you to weigh your case
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- Also Known As:
- Ares Hotel Armutalan