We booked here on the strength of the good reviews we had seen, but still were not sure what to expect as we had never been to Bodrum before. As soon as we arrived at the apartments we knew that signs were positive - clean, a beautifully well maintained pool, and friendly and down to earth staff who quickly got us settled in. For the price you pay, the apartments are brilliantly spacious and comfortable, certainly giving more room to breath than a stuffy hotel room. We had a large living area, a cool bedroom that faced away from any noise, and a spotlessly clean bathroom to ourselves. The apartments were located about 15-20 minutes away from a lively marina full of bars and restaurants, and a similar distance from Bodrum's bus station where you can catch cheap "dolmus" minibuses to many locations. It's close enough to the action that you are an easy walk or taxi ride away from any entertainment you like, but a little removed from the often loud, busy and music-thumping atmosphere of Bodrum... in other words, a perfect little oasis where you can relax and unwind before your day's activities. If you choose to spend the day at the apartments, the pool is open between 08.00 and 20.00, and often has only a few people in it so you can enjoy swimming in the sun in peace. They also have a little bar next to the pool which plays music, serves a simple menu of snacks and drinks, and is often populated with polite and friendly fellow guests. It's very much a "home away from home" and while everyone enjoy themselves, the atmosphere is chilled and serene, so you can truly relax here. It's worth remembering that this is a self-service apartment, not a hotel - which means you will need to figure a few things out for yourself, and be somewhat self-sufficient, just as with any apartment complex. In terms of service - If you make an effort to have a chat and get to know the staff in a respectful way, they will be very friendly and often go out of their way to help you. We found them to be very genuine, down to earth and good hearted people, and the owner Julia gave us a map and marked down dozens of restaurants, coffee shops and local attractions, many of which were invaluable to us. She is a bit of a character and has a cheeky sense of humour, and she made us feel hugely welcome and valued as guests despite the fact this was only our first visit - it's no coincidence that people come back here year after year, and the return customers are super-friendly rather than "cliquey" as some have suggested.There is a hot plate, dishes and cutlery provided if you want to dine indoors, but there are some cheap eateries on Ataturk Road (about 2 minutes walk) where you can get a delicious lunch for as little as 10 TL, so we didn't use.Make sure you budget extra money for air conditioning - 100 TL for the week, but we didn't mind the cost as we had two remote-controlled AC units which kept the place deliciously cool even on sweltering days. A safety deposit box is also on offer, but as the apartments are secure and the staff are trustworthy, we didn't use one (and I'm usually a security freak). Overall, Merve Apartments was an absolutely brilliant stay, great value for money, quiet and chilled out, always clean and tidy, with a great friendly atmosphere, and a needed retreat from the often lively and combustive atmosphere of Bodrum. We will be back! :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Choose Merve Apartments and you will be within walking distance of all the main attractions, bars, discos, restaurants and shops, yet far enough away to ensure peace quiet and undisturbed sleep. Apartments run bu Julia and Selcuk Gecit, english and turkish owners who designed and built them. Clean, comfortable apartments with a large swimming pool and open air snack bar. Apartments sleep up to 4. Airport transfer available at an extra cost. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Merve Apartments Bodrum
- Merve Apartments Hotel Bodrum