After a 5 hour delay with our flight out it was a pleasure to arrive to friendly helpful staff at 3am in the morning. Check in was painless and the porter took our bags to our room. The room was small for 3 people (2 adults and a 10 year old child) and there was no bedding for the sofa bed – considering the hotel was expecting us I would have expected this to be in the room and the bed made (especially with the 5 hour delay). The bedding was soon rectified and we managed to get some sleep.
The room didn’t give much privacy for the adults as the sofa bed was only 18inches from the double. The air conditioning seemed to come on and off throughout the nights which was sometimes annoying if you woke up all hot awaiting for it to kick in again. With the lack of privacy it was difficult to sleep on top of the bed.
The fridge stopped functioning and this was rectified within the hour. The maids started by only leaving one beer in the fridge, with 2 adults it wasn’t enough but they soon left 2 a day on request.
The room was cleaned well every day, sometimes just after 9am and sometimes not until nearly 6pm.
Food in the buffet was of an excellent quality and with a very good selection. It was always well presented and the plates were quickly replaced when emptied, which was good especially when you saw some guests filling 2 plates but only eating some of what they took.
The resort also has 4 bookable restaurants which can be used once per week. Booking can only be made on the same day (unless there’s an anniversary), and there was a queue outside guest relations before 9am when the office opened. The bookings full up quickly but worth making the effort as the restaurants were all very good. It was annoying though one evening to see 2 tables not used as people hadn’t turned up – others could have used those tables.
La Gondola is the Italian restaurant. We both had the calamari starter and although a little chewy was still tasty and the 10 year old tried and enjoyed it – even after he was told what he was eating. For mains we had a margarita pizza, steak in a red wine sauce and lasagne. All were tasty and were soon finished off. We all had tiramisu for desert which was soon devoured.
The Sini restaurant is Turkish cuisine. There was various cold starters which the waiter explained what each was. Mains was lamb in a thin bread covering, very tasty although a little too much bread. Chicken and chips for the lad. Desert was various fresh fruits.
The Sancak restaurant was Mediterranean cuisine. We were met and asked which type of fish we would like for the main course, these were on display in an iced chiller. The starter was a variety of tasty starters. The fish skewer had by one guest was very tasty and my sea bass was also nicely cooked and tasty. The lad had chicken with rice and chips (he didn’t like fish). More fruit for desert.
All three produced excellent food and it’s a shame more people can’t experience the delights.
The pool area had a few too many beds making moving around getting into and out of the pool difficult. Despite the pool rules saying not to reserve beds towels were being left very early (sometimes the night before). I was down at 7.30am one morning and 75% of the beds had been reserved with only 6-10 people occupying some beds. We noticed that some of the beds were unoccupied until nearly 11am then unoccupied again from 1pm until the occupants collected their towels about 4pm. This is one area the hotel needs to clamp down on.
Entertainment was good throughout the week with the animation team working hard on a variety of entertainment.
All the staff we had dealings with were helpful (the cleaner gave the lad an inflatable bed that had been left), friendly and courteous. We must have been come part of the furniture in the evening as new drinks arrived as the old were being finished whilst watching the entertainment.
The complex has Wi-Fi but it is very slow and difficult to connect. Whilst I don't expect Wi-Fi on holiday (it is nice to post a picture or 2) the bandwidth of the connection needs to be improved enabling those that live on their smart phones/tablets to keep connected.
Checkout was painless and quick and we could keep the towel cards until we departed.
All in all a great weeks holiday, the hotel has its faults but only minor ones and we would defiantly visit again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel, located at the famous Gumbet Bay, consists of 496 rooms in total. The lobby of the hotel has the fantastic view of Gumbet Bay. Rooms have either balcony or terrace. Check in time is 14:00 and check out time is 12:00. There is 1 main restaurant (open buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner, midnight & late snacks) and 4 A’la Carte Restaurants: Turkish, Italian, Mediterranean are free of charge and Mangal Park is giving service with extra charge. For every one week stay, guests may use each free a’la carte restaurant once. A’la Carte Restaurants are at service 6 days a week. Dress code is required. Baby corner, diet and vegetarian menu are served at the main restaurant. You can enjoy yourself with our fabulous views at one of our 7 bars. You can join our daily activities such as Aquagym, beach volley, mini football, basketball, darts, jogging,water polo,tennis, bicycle tours,step, aerobic or adapt yourself to the lazy beach life. Cabarets, shows and live music are only some of the night activities. We have watersports for every taste! Catamaran, wind surf, sailing, fishing are only some of them. Come and discover the rest with us… ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Wow Resort Bodrum Hotel Gumbet
- Wow Bodrum
- Bodrum Wow Hotel
- Wow Hotel Bodrum