Me and my partner visited the summer garden appartments in july 2010, and we were both very happy with this place. All in all the summer gardens we would give a 10/10, but we travelled with thomas cook, and that was what made the holiday a flop.
Upon arrival to the hotel, the reception staff were very friendly and were very quick to check us in, we payed for the air con which was charged at 3 turkish lira per day (definatley required), we were given a room which was not great as it overlooked the main road but it was 5 am when we arrived so we got some sleep and spoke to the staff in the morning who put us in another stunning room overlooking the pool.
The shop next door is worth going to as a large bottle of water is only 50p, where the bar will charge £2, they sell everything you need like snacks, sandwich stuff, drinks all the way to toiletrees etc.....
During the stay the barstaff are truely brilliant, constant entertainment from them and good laughs, the drinks are average price, the local beer EFES is around £2.50 for a pint and a bit, but the large cokes are £3??? We did not stay full board and only did room only, the food we had during the day by the pool bar was ok nothing special and reasonable in prices, the restauraunt food is not that great and a short walk (5-8mins) to the beach front restaurants are well worth it and cheaper.
The transfer to the hotel from airport should take 45 mins, it took us 3 hours as thomas cook threw us into a coach with no rep and with a driver who did not speak english and had no idea where he was going, and he finally dropped us off at the wrong hotel and drove off leaving us stranded!!!! I managed to flag down the local police who kindly dropped us off at the right hotel.
The beach front is beautiful, with stunning views of KOS and at night everything is lit up and great tpo take a walk. The two restauraunts we were recommended by locals were The MAYFLOWER which has a rooftop terrace overlooking the sea and the best views on the beach front, the food here was awesome and be adventurous and try the local cusine, you will not regret it!!! The other is called LAVAS ( ask the bar staff where it is), the food here was stunning, alot of turkish locals eat here which says alot, it is tucked away but i wish i found this place earlier in the holiday, you will be paying £20 - £30 for a meal.
We will be returning to bitez and the summer gardens in the future, although avoiding thomas cook, also worth noting if you dont like night life and busy destinations full of loud mouthed kids drunk AVOID BODRUM AND GUMBET during the night time.
The sunset cruise is well worth doing, it costs £17 and included dinner, and the sunset is amazing, take a towel and swim wear as some captains will anchor down and let you jump off the boat and have a swim, which was really nice.
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