Just arrived back from Candan Apartments after a 2 week stay, well what can I say?
When we arrived at 1.30 in the morning we wondered where on earth we had booked for, but we found it to be in the best location for discovering the whole of Marmaris.
The hotel consists of 2 blocks, A and B which are sideways onto the pool so not many apartments overlook the pool. The ground floor apartments/balconys are quiet shaded if you like your room to stay cool, and believe me you will need the shade if you go July /August.
When we first arrived we were given a studio when we had booked a 1 bed apartment, this took 18 hours to sort out so we were not very happy, not the fault of Thomsons, its the hotel that organised the rooms so if you are given A106 when you arrive refuse it straight away, its right next to the steps for the waterslide and has a balcony the size of a coat cupboard, as well as having the cleaners trollys parked outside.
Anyway we arrived at 1.30 am on the Monday and got our correct room at 6.45pm Monday evening, B 402,our rep was very apologetic and helpful, we managed to get our room safe free for the 2 weeks to compensate :)
The rooms are not oversized but clean and comfortable, we could not fault the cleaning staff at all 10/10 for those ladies who works so hard. The cooking facilities are not the best but come on who needs to cook when there are so many great restaurants to visit. We used the pannini maker a couple of times for a quick snack, but didnt use the cooker rings. The utensils etc just about cover your needs but only tiny cups n glasses, we took our own, need a large coffee in a morning. Hairdryer in bathroom so dont take one with you we did, what a waste of luggage space. Showers are great really powerful. Air con only in bedroom and can be a bit noisy if u are not used to it.
Only your first toilet roll is supplied so pop to the supermarket, about 3 little shops near hotel as well as the one in reception. Big Kipa supermarket about 20mins walk away if u enjoy walking, n just going for a few bits.
The location of the hotel is great, 5 mins walk to the beach, turn right out of hotel entrance then left, beach front is straight ahead, past lots of bars/shops/travel agencies etc, then its left to the marina and bar street or right to lots more bars and restraunts who serve fantastic food.
Right next to the hotel are Villa Dream, say hello to Eddie, lovely guy n a great breakfast for 3 lira, also Summer Rain and the Queen Vic cannot fault any of them for service and food.
If you leave the hotel entrance turn right and then right again past Villa Dream and the garden center and follow the road round past the cemetery you will come to the ampitheater, lovely, follow that road and in about 5 mins you will come to lots more bars and restraunts, September bar, Trotters, Parkhead, Mad boys to name but a few. Like I said and ideal location for a hotel just of the main road with a pool not overlooked by other hotels or traffic noise like some others near the front.
Back to the hotel. The food is very good though a couple of lira more than the bars, Depending on other guests u may need to get up early for a sunbed, the 1st week was ok but the 2nd week we had lots of sunbed hoggers.
Mehmet is fantastic he looks after the bar and dinning area, he really looks after his guests, the bar lads etc are very friendly and will serve your drinks and food at the pool if you ask.
You can keep your room on your last day until 6pm for and extra £20 and they do try to accomodate you but u need to ask the day before and keep fingers crossed :)
Sorry I am going on a bit, If u change money try the Queen Vic, they had one of the best rates we saw, or A & S travel just below the September Bar, dont change it on the front or the marina, its at least 5/6 lira less.
I would defo stay at this hotel again, its small, friendly, good service, clean and the staff make u feel welcome. Checked out Club Candan while we were there, just for a sneaky look, its very nice but too big for me, too many children and dont think you would get the same personal service that you get from Mehmet and the boys.:)
Overall had a lovely stay, didnt want to leave, the waterslide is great fun, but not open all the time, the pool can feel quite cold but its refreshing when the temp gets to 47 and above, pool sides can be slippy so be careful but I am sure u will enjoy your stay there. Dont miss the Thursday market next door, fresh fruit n veg downstairs, never seen tomatoes as big n the peaches are sooo juicy upstairs its all the usual clothes, bags, towels, footwear, gifts etc but its not to be missed bartering can be so much fun n u can get things as CHEAP as CHIPS , enjoy , we did.
PS there is a cow and 2 calves in the garden next door to block B on the street side felt like I was back home in Yorkshire, she does start to moo rather early in the morning so keep your windows closed :)
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