OK, first of all, let's get this straight - Tropical (or Tropikal as they sometimes write it) Hotel is officially a 4 star hotel. However, it's a little bit far-fetched. In reality, this is a 3 star hotel, and a good one at that. So, if you (and you should) think of it as a nice 3 star hotel you won't be disappointed at all.
We were there in the beginning of September and, if you haven't been in Turkey before, that's the best period to visit. Water is warm and, although it's still hot (30-37C) it's quite enjoyable because it's not humid. We were told that they had few really hot weeks prior to that (and I'm talking really hot, as in 45-47C) so be aware that July/August can be that way.
Hotel location is great, right on a beach and not in noisy downtown but still close enough so you can even walk to it (it's 4-5km, so very frequent dolmuşes are recommended if you are not much of a hiker). Hotel beach is ok, but it's gravel and small pebble and not sand which I prefer so it's a minus from me. Also, parasols/sunshades are quite small so have in mind that you will have to move around a lot if you want to avoid the sun. On a plus side, hotel bar is so close you can easily bring drinks and snacks to the beach.
They also have a pool of you are, for some inexplicable reason, into that.
Hotel is quiet, clean and nice but not very luxurious and that's ok because you are in Marmaris and not Hawaii and remember, it's a 3 star hotel. Rooms are also kept very clean and the sea view is great.
Important note: air conditioning is centralized and intermittent so you will have periods of warm to hot room. In all fairness, they tried to schedule those breaks presuming that you are out of room during them but still, it's a really bad and stupid idea and a big minus. Be smart and remove the key from a key card which you will leave in room unit. That way you will at least somewhat prolong the cooling although AC is quite weak.
Mini bar is just a tad below room temperature, and that should be fixed. Also, I've heard rumors that you should stay away from hairdryers as they tend to explode. No, really. Luckily, we had no such problems.
Beds are quite hard but I prefer that so no problem. You might feel different about that.
Staff is really super polite and they always try to be helpful and at your service. Nothing is too difficult for them and that should be commended. Speaking foreign languages (English, for example) is not their forte so be aware of that - most of the time they will just smile and nod a lot. You will have better luck at reception desk.
Food was good (lots of vegetables, salads and fruits) and varied (for a 3 star hotel that is; it is a bit repetitive - if you like pizza or french fries you will hate it by the end of the holiday, it's served every day. Sadly, you cannot say that about fish which was rare.) although it's Mediterranean-based, so there's not much bacon, sausages, beans and roasted meat but if you want eat that at 35C then... well, you will have to eat outside.
Entertainment is virtually non-existent and that's a really big plus from me although I'm aware there is a considerable number of people who will find the lack of animation unacceptable. Same thing goes for kids - you are on your own. However, I'm really thankful for not having to listen to drunken tourists trying to sing karaoke and dance around like demented bears. You can find plenty of pubs and bars for that.
So, hotel is quiet. No entertainment.
There is free WiFi internet (and some sort of internet cafe) but wireless is only available in hotel lobby and not in the rooms. That's a big minus in my book as for a few days we had to finish some business things and send some e-mails and it's kind of pain when you have to go to the lobby every time to do that.
So, what do we have here? Great location, clean rooms, beautiful water, good food, nice staff, interesting town. Sounds great and it really is. Sure, there are a few drawbacks and a few serious flaws but if you are aware of them and try to fix them beforehand, with just a bit of luck you can have a very pleasant stay.
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- Also Known As:
- Marmaris Hotel Tropical