We stayed here in end of July 2013 to August for 3 weeks and what a great place to stay! Upon arrival we were welcomed by Tom on reception with a smile. Our suitcases were taken to our room of which we found to be spacious and comfortable. The rooms are basic but the bathroom was clean and functional with a decent shower etc., the kitchen contained a hob, fridge worktop and a few pans cutlery etc. Although no toaster, so we went to the supermarket (5 min walk) and bought one for 25TL about £8 and used that for snacks, as I say its basic but still very functional and value for money self catering is worth it. Beds comfortable but pillows are hard, solution....just ask one of the waiters or cleaners and within 10 minutes we had lovely soft pillows! Simple! Air con cost £30 per week (pay in £s) but is worth the money and it is located in one room but easily cools entire apartment. Safety deposit box cost around £15 per week (pay in £s) and is located in reception which is always attended by tom, aliahya and other management and uses 2 keys so only you can access box so relax!
Staff at Keskin are absolutely FANTASTIC, and I am not just saying that, they went out of their way with every request or any problem you had and that is across the board! The waiters, Volcano, Jimmy, Justin, Will, Tyson, Steve, were all brilliant and not pushy nor would they bother you but had a laugh with guests and worked their socks off all day and night! I have 2 girls 13,10 and a boy 7 and unlike some say about Turkey not once did I feel uncomfortable within Keskin and the kids loved it.
Learn basic Turkish words like thank you and good morning etc. and use them as you seem to be welcomed even more! Also tip the staff if you feel they deserve it and see their faces light up with appreciation! (Trust me when I say a tip goes a long way)
The quality of the food in the restaurant was superb and great value for money and we ate there on several occasions in 3 weeks and unlike some say there is no pressure to eat in the hotel but I can assure you when you have had a long boat trip its nice to stay in the hotel and relax. Ice cold efes only 6TL a bottle and 3 course meal 25TL £8 and around 35TL for some of the best steaks you will ever taste. Entertainment changes daily over a week and is not bad but be prepared to give a few lira as they earn it. Pool is by far the biggest pool in the area and a small paddling pool is also included (very small for babies). Location is unbeatable with beach, waterpark, main shops and restaurants all within a 5 minute walk. Change money at 2 sisters shop just down toward road as offer best rates.
And daytrips.....DO NOT USE THOSE ACROSS THE ROAD, they verbally abused anyone who did not book and become violent toward people passing..... USE BARISH who is down past 2 sisters as he is friendly and will really give you the best deals on day trips. Boat trip 10/10, Buggys 10/10, Waterpark nr beach 8/10 all recommended.
Some great places to eat and in 3 weeks none of my family had an upset stomach which tells you the food is fresh and great quality combined with value. Best places to eat, Alabi is a must, Always, Umuts, Sail Bar, White Lion, Andys, and day by day to name a few. Full English breakfast only 3TL £1 !!
Overall our 3 weeks at Keskin could be described as fantastic value for money with great staff and great food and of course not one cloud in 3 weeks, unbeatable in comparison to Spain, Greece, or anywhere which uses the Euro.
Keskin was welcoming and relaxing, music throughout the day with water polo and killer pool which are both great! I would give Keskin a 10/10 overall and we are returning this year! Cant wait to relax by the pool and enjoy a cold beer with the kids having fun and making new friends. Super friendly family hotel! What more could you want for the price?
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