We decided to have our holiday in Turkey this year and chose our hotel based on Trip Advisor reviews.
We arrived after a painless flight, got our transfer minibus and that's where it all started to go wrong.
Arrived in Gumbet but the driver didn't have a clue where the hotel was - we saw the sign and after having to go round the one-way system again were dropped off at the top of the road and left to walk to the hotel.
Checked in and went to our room - hideous. Old scratched and dirty furniture, only a thin blanket on the bed and the lumpiest pillows you have ever seen. Horrific.
Complained, asked to be moved and for a duvet - given the same thin blanket and the guy that brought it stood and waited for a tip - which he didn't get.
Food - awful. By day 3 I was ill and actually spent 2 days in bed. Hardly ate anything from the hotel for most of the holiday. Same food every day. Plates were whisked away from under your nose, before you'd finished. Only positive about the hotel were the bar staff. They work from morning to night and they work really hard. I don't think the hotel manager is particularly pleasant though - he is usually seen wandering around doing nothing or eating plate after plate of food at mealtimes. Not a friendly man.
Small and very cold pool - not enough sunbeds and the plastic grass around the pool burnt your feet (plastic + 40 degree heat doesn't work).
The beach was 100ft away, covered in fag butts and was never cleaned. You are constantly accosted by the locals who hang around in groups and try to force rotten dying roses and cheap beaded bracelets onto you.
The only place we enjoyed was one of the beach restaurants called Mistral Bay. Great food, great service and we went back 5 times (despite being all inclusive).
If you want to go into town it's 3 mins walk away, then you get constantly hassled by people outside every shop trying to sell you cheap imitation clothes and shoes and perfume - don't buy it, it's water.
If you want a cheap 18-30 holiday to go out clubbing and get wasted every night, don't care where you sleep or the quality of food then this is the place for you.
If you want a comfortable hotel, decent beds, a decent pool, edible food and to not get harassed for money by staff or street sellers as soon as you step outside your room, DO NOT STAY HERE.
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- Also Known As:
- Eken Hotel Gumbet