My husband and I stayed at the Forever Club for 2 weeks from 8-22nd October.
The room was spacious, modern and spotlessly clean (2403). The air conditioning worked perfectly and the room also had a fridge. The bathroom was also fine. The maid did an amazing job, fresh towels every day. We had booked a sea view room but never got it. We arrived about 3am, so at the time were too tired to complain and move rooms. We also found out later that the hotel was full and were happy with the room we got so didn't bother.
The hotel itself was clean and modern. Lovely gardens and flowers around the balconies, the public areas, bars and toilets were cleaned regularly. The views were also amazing. Lots of steps around the hotel though so don't recommend this if you can't manage a lot of steps.
The beach was lovely and quiet, always enough sun beds and some trees for shade. The bar service was ok, waiter came round with drinks but towards the end of the last week the drinks were a bit dodgy, cola was flat and made me feel sick. The pool and surrounding area, again was cleaned regularly and the sunbeds were comfy. Plenty parasols too. A lot of people leaving towels to book the sunbeds though, we had to go down quite early in the day to get sunbeds.
The hotel location was not great for us. Very quiet, was away from the centre of town. We couldn't walk anywhere in the evenings, unless you wanted to walk on the road and get run over. The centre of town was about 10 mins away by dolmus bus which stopped right outside the hotel. Cost 3TL each to get into the centre of town, was the best way to get around. There was a building site across the road, next to the beach, but it didn't disturb us much. You could only really hear building noise when you were on the beach at the end closest to the site.
The food - the buffet restaurant, especially in the evenings, can only be described as a cattle market. Best to go early to get a table. One time we went, we both got up from the table to get dessert. When we came back, the table had been cleared, even though we left our drinks. Did complain to the waiter but he didn't really understand. After that we had to go one at a time to get our food. There was plenty choice for salads and desserts. Salads were always fresh. Desserts looked good but most tasted bland. The hot food was always tepid or cold. Sometimes we were lucky, timed it right and got to the hot food just as they were re-stocking it but mostly it was cold. It was a shame because some of the dishes were lovely - roast chicken and doner meat especially. Beware though as some of the chicken was raw. There were a lot of chefs standing around watching, you would think they could check the temperature of the food rather than standing around. There were also a couple of cats wandering in and out the restaurant. Didn't see them jump on tables or anything, but they just kept hanging around.
We complained to the Thomas Cook rep about the cold food. and she said she had taken it up with the food and beverages manager. They had set up a meeting, as the manager wanted to meet us to discuss things but we ended up not going because my husband was ill with an upset stomach, likely due to the cold food. My husband had an upset stomach for most of the holiday. A lot of the plates and cutlery were also not clean, you had to rake around for the cleanest ones. The top green tablecloths were changed every time somebody finished their meal, but the bigger white cloths underneath didn't look like they were changed at all.
The snack bar beside the pool was ok, at least the food was hot but I did have an issue with the hygiene. I spotted the lady cooking, smoking in a back room with latex gloves on. She didn't change the gloves to go and cook. She also used a knife to cut a hot dog, wiped it on a manky looking cloth and then cut my toastie with it.
We booked the Italian restaurant twice. It is a 5 course menu there and the wine is pricy. We bought a bottle of Rose, the cheapest bottle at 19 Euros. First time, the service was slow but the food was excellent. Second time, the food was stone cold. We complained to the maitre'd, Sezgin, but ended up getting the same plate of food back, just re-heated. I had chicken so re-heating it made it dry out and was disgusting.
We booked a boat trip through the guy going round the pool selling these and the turkish bath treatments. We booked through him as it was cheaper than going through the rep. We both enjoyed the boat trip, however, we found out that we had got ripped off and had paid more than everyone else. Also the transport to the boat was a joke. The bus was falling apart and broke down on the way home. Best to spend that little bit extra money and go through the rep or go down to the marina and book a boat trip there.
A lot of the time in the hotel we were bored. The entertainment doesn't start until 10pm and it was rubbish. If we saw one of the animation team and asked what was on in the evening, they would just say "a surprise". They also said there would be entertainment in the afternoon but we didn't see any. It was due to start at 2.30pm but nothing happened.
We spent a lot of evenings playing pool or table tennis as there was nothing else to do other than sit in the bar. The majority of people in the hotel were Dutch or French. There were only 1 English family and 1 English couple at our welcome meeting but they only stayed a week so there was nobody really to talk to. We felt a bit lonely and isolated. I was surprised how rude and ignorant the Dutch people were. Usually you go to Holland and they are all nice and speak English but here they were really loud and took over the bars in the evenings. When we walked past people, we would say hello or good morning but most of the time got ignored.
Some of the hotel staff were nice - Sezgin the maitre'd in the Italian restaurant and Habip the barman spoke to us quite a lot. The remainder were polite but didn't speak much English. The maids always smiled and said good morning though.
The Thomas Cook rep at the hotel, Alev, was lovely and very helpful. There was also a rep outside the airport on the way there, but no rep at all on the way home. We got picked up in the early hours of the morning by a bus and a guy in a car in front who checked our names on his list. We stopped at another couple of hotels in Bodrum, then at a lay-by off the highway near Torba. By this time though, the guy in the car had abandoned our bus and the driver. We stopped at another couple of hotels on the way to the airport but it was obvious that the driver didn't know where he was going. Hopefully everyone made it to the plane!! The journey was terrifying too as the driver was a maniac.
Overall, we wouldn't go back. Nice for a quiet getaway, but if you're looking for a holiday with plenty to do and good nightlife, you're better going to a hotel closer to town or in Gumbet. Unless you want to spend most of your money on taxis and buses to get into town.
The hotel lived up to its name - 2 weeks here felt like Forever.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Forever Hotel is an official 4-star hotel.Forever Hotel is in a distance of 1,5 km to the city center of Bodrum, located in İçmeler. The city center is reachable with public minibuses, which are passing in front of the hotel every ten minutes or with taxis waiting ready in front of the hotel.Forever Hotel is in a distance of 35 km to Bodrum-Milas airport. The transfer from the airport lasts approximately 35 minutes. The hotel is close to the city center and takes about five minutes by car.Forever Hotel is located on 14.000 m2 land. It has 214 rooms and 500 beds capacity. A road without dense traffic passes in front of the hotel. Our private beach is connected to the hotel with a small tunnel, passing below the road. The tunnel is reachable by an elevator next to the reception. For sunbathing at the sandy beach, there is a shore with sun-pebbles and a wooden deck. At the beach, there is also a service of nonalcoholic cold beverage and beer free of charge. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Forever Club Hotel Bodrum
- Forever Hotel Bodrum
- Forever Resort All Inclusive