Majority of the staff are friendly , Ali was very helpful and made sure any problems we had were sorted out.
Location very close to strip , 10 mins to the beach
Pool is not over crowded and plenty of sunbeds
Food in restaurant very nice and reasonably cheap compared to other restaurants
The weather was fantastic it was very hot ( around 48 degrees), although great we did find it difficult to sun bathe in and do things as it was just so hot.
No toilet roll provided by the hotel you have to purchase your own ( tip: we took toilet roll from the bars and restaurants and put it in our bags).
Our room was not cleaned once in the week, all they did was make the bed once and took the bin away twice.
The room itself was actually filthy, there were marks all over the walls, dirt on all the surfaces and mould everywhere in the bathroom.
The towels are supposed to be changed every three days ( which personally i think is inadequate anyway) ours were changed once, and they only brought back one large towel and one hand towel when there were 3 of us staying in the apartment.
The man that we nick named ' the letch' , he try's to get you in the restaurant to eat at the arya. He hassled us lots throughout the day around the pool and had a go at us for eating at other places and that we should eat there.
The price of air conditioning at the hotel is very high, so much that we couldn't afford it between us.
Many of the restaurants, shops and the hotel wanted paying in British pounds, I have been to Turkey twice before and it seems to have got really bad in regards to wanting English money all the time. For example we went to one restaurant called the royal, he told us the meals were 8.90 each which we thought was great as it was cheap, when we we presented with the bill , we found that the 8.90 was actually in pounds giving us a massive bill in lira . When we challenged the waiter he said he told us which he didn't, we argued further and we told him we only had 60 lira when the bill was 110 lira, we paid him that and left.
Quite a few of the restaurants we went to did not have prices on the menus, it was like they made up as they went a long.
Our rep was called Aykut ( English name James) he was totally useless and was basically out for money. We booked a boat trip and he completely ripped us off, they give you a free moonlight boat trip as a thanks for booking with them, and he tried his best not to persuade us to go, and then didn't even give us the proper details so we couldn't even go, and we had no way of contacting him.
The boat trip we went on , was supposed to be all inclusive and stopped at 5 different bays and islands. We stopped at one island and the rest of the stops were near hills and mountains and all you could do was jump off and swim for half an hour which got very boring after the fourth time. The boat was completely packed and there was no room, it wasn't fully all inclusive we could only have water, soft drinks and a small lunch. Huge waste of 75 lira each.
There are lots of Mosquitos so make sure you have a good spray or cream etc.
Make sure you haggle everything and try and get a deal, whether it's in a restaurant, bar or shop. We managed to get some good deals when we said we would go somewhere else. For example: we got free garlic bread, free pint of soft drinks for each of us alongside our main meal which made the bill only 54 lira instead of 85 lira.
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