I went to stay at the Birmar Hotel with my boyfriend, I was a little concerned as had read some bad reviews but as it was holidays 4 U recommended I wasn't too worried as having used H4U twice before I have never been disappointed.
When we arrived it looked ok from the front although it is very noisy as it is on the main road, checked in to the room which was very basic and wasn't the cleanest and quite tired looking but it was ok, so we were quite content.
On the third morning of our stay we woke up to find that there was no power which meant no water so you couldn't flush the loo never mind have a shower. We had a Turkish bath booked that day and we were getting picked up from reception. There were a number of people waiting in reception to speak to the rep as apparantly the power had been off 3 times the day before (we had been out for most the day and it was on when we were in so we hadn't noticed) On returning from out Turkish bath we decided to relax next to the very small dirty pool when the H4U rep came and asked us if we would like to move to another hotel due to the lack of power.
We ended up moving to a hotel called The Imren along with nearly all the other guests from The Birmar. The Imren was much nicer, the rooms were much cleaner and brighter, the pool was much cleaner and bigger. We loved it there, It was a lot more personal.
The Imren is a small family run hotel just round the corner from the Birmar much better location as it is not so noisy but still very close to the main bars and beach, you couldn't fault the staff especially Fes the general dogs body, he didn't speak much English but he seemed genuinely happy in his work and always had a smile on his face. The staff did not hassle us at all and soon became our friends.
It became a running joke with all the other Birmar guests that we were all the "Birmar Victims" We all became quite good friends and had some really good nights at the hotel's Turkish nights.
After talking to the other "Birmar victims" We found we had it easy at the Birmar compared to other people. One couple had to move rooms 3 times!! A young girl didn't feel she could wear her bikini as she felt all the staff were staring at her. She did not have that problem at the Imren.
On a whole I would say the Birmar was ok but wouldn't advise staying there as everyone I spoke to at the Imren absolutely hated it!!
The fact that the pool and bar are a separate business (The Adam and Eve) from the hotel there is not really anywhere for guests to chill out as the pool bar is a restaurant. There is no personal touch to the hotel it is just somewhere to sleep.
At the Imren it was so relaxed and easy going that I was happy to go down to breakfast on my own if my boyfriend wasn't ready to get up.
I think we would have still had a nice holiday if we stayed at the Birmar (if the power stayed on) but it was a blessing in disguise to be moved to the Imren as the staff and other guests made our holiday alot more memorable and it is by far a much nicer place. The staff told us that they have guests that go back there every year which I can quite believe because I would definately go back. I have also stayed at Swans 1 and the Elegant both very nice but the Imren is by far the best.
- Also Known As:
- Birmar Hotel Marmaris