We returned to the Sunrise from 9th - 20th July (our 3rd visit). The location right on the beach is fantastic and the views are absolutely beautiful. It is situated at the quieter end of Marmaris, near to the bay of Icmeler which is lovely. The Hotel is very clean and the maids do a fantastic job of cleaning the rooms to perfection, leaving flowers on our pillows and making our sheets into heart shapes. We stayed in Room 520 on the refurbished 5th floor, and the room was beautiful, big, with lovely wooden floor and beautiful walk in shower cubicle. The only problem was that being on the roof it was boiling hot and the air con didnt work very work. The temperature was 50-55 degrees daily and we had to keep the patio doors closed at night with the air con on all the time because the music from the Dora beach Hotel next door was so loud it kept us awake. The food is lovely too, and there is so much choice for breakfast and dinner, you just cannot fault it at all. On Sunday we even had roast beef! and porridge every day for breakfast. The Tuesday night BBQ around the pool is the best night of the week because the waiters put all the tables outside around the pool and it is a lovely setting. The desserts are gorgeous, especially the baclava and other pastries. We decided to go half board because the food in the hotel is better than the restaurants outside in our opinion. However, in saying that, Samdans across the road from the hotel is very nice too.
The pool area is lovely and there is never a problem getting a sunbed at any time of day. There are always a few spare beds around. The hotel beach area is lovely too, and the waiters will serve you drinks and food. The pool bar is a lovely place to sit if you want a rest from the sun, and the food at lunchtimes is great - the pizza and chips are lovely!
All the staff are exceptionally friendly and most of them have worked there for years and some remembered us from previous visits which is nice; apart from the female on reception who is sometimes quite unapproachable and unfriendly. Many other guests felt the same about her and said she shouldn't be on reception, but luckily we had a good Thomson Rep (Debbie) who sorted out any problems we had. A special mention goes to Mehmet in the restaurant who always greeted us with a smile every day, even though he had some difficulty understanding English -and "hallo" to all the other waiters too whose names I cannot remember.
Also Ali who does the turkish baths and massages is a lovely guy and I would highly recommend visiting him for a Turkish bath or massage, because he does a fantastic job. My partner had 3 massages during our stay which he says were the best he has ever had!
The only improvements we would like to see are:
1. More choice in English TV channels. At present there are only 2 news channels in English. The rest are in Turkish or German. This is a shame because these channels get very boring and repetitive after a while. They have gone to such trouble installing flat screen TVs, it is a shame they dont have more channels.
2. No WiFi access and the computers didnt work properly when we tried them in the Hotel, so we went down the road to an internet cafe for 5 TL an hour.
3. Feel they should have two chefs making eggs at breakfast, as sometimes the main chef making the omelettes/fried eggs at breakfast is so busy that queues build up and you have to wait quite a while to order your eggs. It would be a good idea if they let the other chef who makes the pancakes help with the omelettes as he doesn't seem to be as busy as the other guy. The omelettes are fantastic by the way so worth the wait!
All in all, we had a fantastic time at the Sunrise Hotel and would definitely return again next year. We met some lovely guests at the Hotel and some of them have been staying there for 15 years and more!
Sharon and Tom (Hertfordshire)
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