What more can I say that the other 259 reviewers haven’t?
Are looking for a perfect location in Bodrum (walking distance to the shops, marina, restaurants, and castle?) A spotless hotel? Stellar service? A friendly atmosphere – kind of like something out of a story book where everybody is pleasant? Would you like to sunbath feeling like you are on a mountain looking out into the Aegean Sea with Greece in the background? Then please, read on.
I spent 5 days at the Aegean Gate Sept 24-29th.
The rooms are spotless, spacious, tastefully decorated and comfortable. The living space is separated from the bedroom (so it is not one big room like a hotel room) which is great. The living area has a sofa (with a pull out bed), a tv, a mini fridge, a safe, a tea kettle with tea, coffee and cups provided. In addition, a hairdryer, bath and beach towels are also provided. Bathroom is perfect. Just to let my fellow travellers know, few toiletries are provided (there is a bar of soap and either body wash or shampoo – sorry can’t remember). This is NOT a deal breaker for me.
The hotel is perched upon a hill that is, yes, steep, but I still managed (I don’t recommend this in 40 degree heat or for everybody). A short and inexpensive taxi ride from outside the huge nightclub Halikarnas (easily identifiable) located down the hill is a mere 10 TL.
In addition, the staff will call a taxi on your behalf upon your request. Taxi to the Bodrum airport is approximately 85 TL and will take about 45 minutes (with no traffic).
Bar / pool/ eating/ sunbathing areas are divine. This is also where the Wi-fi connection is best although it was also fine from my balcony and in my room. The bar is available for purchase of drinks (alcoholic and non). Breakfast is perfect and served to you (you have 3 options to chose from). If you spending time on the premise and don’t want to venture out for lunch/snack/early dinner, ask for the menu and they will order you in food from a neighbouring restaurant (I believe orders can be placed upto 7:00 pm (19:00) but please double check this). Prices are reasonable and food was great!
Service is stellar. There is one HUGE drawback about staying here (PLEASE READ ON) – every hotel that you will visit after this one will never measure up to the Aegean Gate! The owners and staff, make every minute of your stay story-book like – meaning, perfect. Upon arrival, I was given a map of the area, recommendations to shops and restaurants, a tour of the grounds and facilities at the Aegean Gate. Day tour arrangements and (reasonable) general inquiries are all tended to in a kind and timely manner. Communication via email with the owners prior to my stay was superb! They respond quickly!
The permanent guests (the cats and dog(s)) are a lovely addition to the place and truly add to the character and ambiance of the Aegean Gate. Not a bother at all, rather, a pleasure. (And this is coming from somebody with no pets).
In addition, I was fortunate enough to have met such fabulous people during my stay (Deborah, Kate, Tim, Dawn). Thank you for the chats, the advice, the company and the laughs. The guests became like family.
With that being said, leave all egos, attitudes and pretentiousness at home.
Lastly, please be mindful and respectful that you are no longer in the privacy of your own home nor are you in your home country -- you are in Turkey and all over Turkey, people smoke. This is part of their culture. In addition, this is Turkey and you will not find bacon.
Gary, Rory, Mamout, Samson, Lulu et al. a million thanks for making my 5 day stay at the Aegean Gate a perfect vacation!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bodrum's smallest boutique hotel set in unique natural grounds. Wonderful balcony views across the Aegean sea to the Greek island of Kos. Within easy access to Bodrum centre but far enough away from the bustling nightlife of Bodrum for a peaceful night's sleep. Irish owners/English speaking ensure European standards. A 'chilled out' location for the discerning traveler seeking that holiday with a difference. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aegean Gate Bodrum
- Hotel Aegean Gate