This review a year and a bit late lol..But please do read, you need to know!
We were checked in easy enough..although were made to wait for about 20mins when the receptionist went missing. Then popped up behind us ushering us towards the lift. Tad rude. Probs just tired we thought.
The rooms nice and big. We're offered air con at (i think) 35lira for the week. Hell no. I'm on a budget lol We have a balcony door and i intend to leave it open. The room's nice its clean and tidy. Pillows bit hollow and spongy but i make do. Bathroom...could be bit cleaner in the corners. And Turkish bath's are strange. Sort of a cube shape. You do have to sit up in it. Nice sized window that opens so its cool when your showering or bathing. The sink was a little loose but not leaking so its fine. I wasn't expecting luxury so its really not a problem. The balcony is spacious and clean. I can smell the lemon cleaner so know its cleaned often. We have a table and chair..It looks onto the back of the hotel and residences. When the sun rose it looked beautiful; all the houses. Can see the odd hotel dotted about. We're right at the foot of the huge hill road that brings you spiraling down into Marmaris. Great mountain views.
We went bed and breakfast,. The brekky hall is huge. Nice and light but no sunchine in your face. Brekky...Its sparse, but strangely nice...but in 40c heat..i cant see how you'd want a huge breakfast. We certainly didn't. We were given a hard boiled egg. Crisp breads, spreads, olives and tomatoes. There's also drink all you like fruit juice!! There is an extras add on menu so you can order more. Some things priced ok others-nope. Far too much. But yes..i liked what i was given and the little old man rushing about serving everybody made us smile every morning =) He's just lovely.
The pool... HUGE. deep.. cool and clean. Although it's barely 8.30am and most the sun loungers have been taken. Early bird catches the sun lounger it seems! The bar area is a nice size. Has some huge "put ya feet up" arm chairs and sofas in the shaded area. Music plays. ON REPEAT. That's annoying. I knew the playlist by the 3rd day. The bar itself has a big selection of alcohol. Prices...medium to high. Cocktail 12lira. Bit high =/ But to be honest Marmaris was around 12lira a drink everywhere else. IF YOU DON'T drink beer (local Leffe) Then it WILL be an expensive holiday. I couldn't afford to get drunk as I'm not a beer drinker.
Hotel staff...Now...as nice as they are, they are VERY hassley.. Wether your walking in or out of the hotel they will corner you or follow you out and try their hardest to get you to come to one of their themed nights. Myself and my boyfriend really like to explore so not once did we stay at the hotel for food or one of these party nights. So for night entertainment we cant say what it'd be like. But to avoid the staff, in the end we had to sneak out the back of the hotel and walk around to the main street. Just to avoid the rigmarole of "no, no thank you...ok yep..maybe..bye! bye! I saId maybe...bye!" Once i actually snapped at him "BACK OFF. I said no"....This went on EVERY DAY. Just leave me be i wanna go be Dora the Explorer not Hermes the hotel hermit!!!!
The hotel has indoor entertainment, a little shop- cheap! A hairdressers and ping pong table. Bats at the request in reception.
Now. For the nasty surprise. We were checking out...and I was pulled by management and told to pay them 75lira OR my coach wouldn't come to pick us up for the airport. WHY i hear you ask.. Well. The manageress -english.. had 7 of my bath towels in front of me and 3 pillow cases that id accidentally gotten temporary hair dye on. Tint. She said she'd tried her hardest to get the dye out and i had to now pay for new towels are be left behind by my coach. I instantly said this..
"So..why after 7 days...when I've spent ALL MY HOLIDAY MONEY do you decide to tell me this NOW?? Why not after the first towel? When i could have been made aware my dye was running and just use one towel????" This went on for ages. Near an hour. Back and forth.
The chlorine had made it bleed. I was GENUINELY unaware id gotten dye on the towels. Really, I had no clue. How often do you check that I mean..really? Didn't even cross my mind to do that.
I burst into tears.. i had 20lira left for the airport. I then started yelling that NO WAY was i paying 75lira as they could and SHOULD have told me way earlier.. Other hotel guests were around me and tried telling the staff how could they expect me to pay at the END of my holiday. They agreed with everything i said!!! I also couldn't believe they'd tried hard enough to get it out as back home, my own towels are fine. Absolutely fine. They had 7 days to tell me and didn't as they just wanted the maximum amount of money out of me for the biggest threat they could give me. My travel to the airport. I said all this to her too.. REPEATEDLY. She wavered...and we agreed on 35lira. Which payed with my partners credit card. He was livid too.. So we kept 4 of the huge bath towels and took them with us. We payed for them!!!!!
BUT....When we got home.. i put them directly in the washing machine.. and low and behold. The dye came right out. Its temp dye its water based. They lied through their back teeth to me. Absolutely made me sick with worry for my coach not turning up. They basically robbed me. I still have the towels to this day and there's not a mark on em!!!!! Nothing. I hope they read this. As i was right and they owe me money!
So the lesson is this. BEWARE of ANY marks you leave on your covers, towels etc. THEY WILL NOT HESITATE TO SPRING IT ON YOU at the end of your holiday when all your money is gone. Wether you realised or not (like me!) what you were doing they wont listen. They don't care, They have your coach back in the palm of their hands and they know that.. Be careful!! Use the one towel over and over and LET THEM KNOW.
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