I stayed at this hotel with my boyfriend from 25th - 9th october. The hotel was good value for money, it was not what i would call 4 star probably more a 3 star hotel, the rooms were spacious and had a safe and a hairdryer but no iron, we had a balcony to sit out on which was nice, however the rooms werent cleaned that well and if you like nice soft towels take your own as the hotels have seen better days. I was told that the bathrooms are going to get a makeover which i hope sorts out the hot water problem, i managed only once to get a hot bath,the rest of the time the hot water was luke warm and you are better off having a shower.The hotel has two pools which were kept very clean by the pool guy who worked nonstop cleaning around the pools, and a small childs pool, and one small indoor pool, and it has plenty of sun beds , you can go across the road to the hotel beach which also has sun beds and a bar, but the beach wasnt very golden and was gritty and small, each day you could play beach volley if you wished, and there were plenty of fish to feed if you wanted.The hotel had a great animation team who were very friendly as all the staff were and worked very hard to make people join in the activities which were fun, especially in the evenings in there outside ampitheatre. The food was as expected plenty of it but after two weeks got boring as the menu didnt change much, and there wasnt much choice of drinks at the bar, if you like rum bring your own as it dont serve it, the bar offers local beer which hard as we tried couldnt even get a little tipsy on it, vodka,wine, tequilla, raki , cocktails and maybe a whiskey. During the day you could eat from the outside grill which had lovely burgers and pizzas , and in the evenings food would be cooked outside by the pool which was very nice.
The hotel was in a quiet location , there was no where you could wander off to by foot if you wanted a change , you would have to go by bus or taxi, and luckily outside the hotel was a bus stop and a taxi rank , the buses were frequent and cheap. The fare to turgetres was 5 lira each way and took about 15 mins, and 10 lira to bodrum which took about 45 mins,you must go to the markets which is great fun, saturday for turgetres and tuesday for bodrum, prepare to haggle and also take english money or euros as they prefer this to lira and you get better deals . We went on a boat trip which was all day and very good value for money, and a trip to efes which is fantastic but the only gripe i have is that you get taken to a gold shop half way through your journey there, i would much rather have gone straight to efes as its such a huge place and you dont get long enough there only a couple of hours, we spent more time on the coach traveling. Its the same thing with the free trip you are offered to bodrum, you get to see the windmills but get taken to the gold shop as well which sells exspensive stuff. If you get chance visit the castle at Bodrum its very interesting and you get some lovely views of the surrounding area, but dont go on a monday as its shut , in general Bodrum is a nice place to wander round and there are plenty of places to eat and drink in, and you can buy plenty of fake designer goods .
We werent told when we arrived at the airport that you had to pay 10 pounds english money for a visa , another thing when on your return journey try and eat before you go to the airport as its very exspensive , eight pounds for two small coffees in a paper cup .
Going back to the hotel it was fully booked and attracted visitors from poland, russia, holland, germany and a few english people but this didnt bother us as everyone was friendly. On the whole we had a great holiday at the Golden Beach Hotel and would return there .
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- Also Known As:
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