My girlfriend and I stayed at the Gorkem for 2 weeks and returned home just a few days ago. We stayed in a one bed apartment, when we arrived the apartment was basic but clean, the kitchen was however finished to a very poor standard, the stench of grease on the pots and pans hit you immediately upon opening the cupboard and we very much avoided it, apart from the fridge which was clean and in working order. This was not realy a problem however as eating out was such good value. Our bedding was changed randomly every few days, but our room was not cleaned properly for the entire duration of our stay, apart from having the kitchen bin emptied. We heard the rooms were nicer in the new block but we unfortunately never saw these first hand.
The hotel seems to attract many returning guests, who visit year after year. I could not understand this, as although the hotel is a cheap, there are many better hotels in the area in the same price bracket. The hotel bar was always open serving efes for 5 lira and there was always a barman on hand waiting to show you how good he was on the pool table.
If you like sitting around the swimming pool on a sun lounger, make sure you set your alam early. The returning guests always bagged the best spot and seemed annoyed if you beat them to their favourite sun bed. The atmosphere around the pool was greatly improved after a loud group of guests returned back to ireland. They found it funny to constantly throw people into the swimming pool and spray inncocent guests with water as they tried to relax.
The staff at the hotel were always polite and served very nice meals in the bar area.The position of the hotel is good as it is a 2 min walk to the main road opposite the water park in Ovacik. I would reccomend the hotel for a first time traveller to Turkey who has a limited budget and who isnt interested in spending a lot of time around the simming pool, or is prepared to take on the regulars in order to get a good spot!
The cockerel and call to prayer compete to be the loudest starting at 5am! Take your earplugs, you have been warned!
Despite the negatives this hotel does have its positives, it is extremely cheap, we met some great people here, the bar and pool area are well maintained (avoid the public toilet), bar and food prices are reasonable and the location is good.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Gorkem hotel provides its guests a very peaceful atmosphere in a-so-green setting. In our facility, along with a A-la Carte Restaurant with various choice of food, there is a bar and an open swimming pool surrounded by trees and colorful flowers. In Gorkem Hotel’s all rooms air-conditioning and hair-dryer provided , the balconies have the perfect panoramic view of the garden and the Babadag mountain. Due to our location we are in such an appropriate position inbetween Ölüdeniz and Fethiye that you can reach either within 10-15 min of bus journey. On th other hand we are only 36km away from the Dalaman airport. We also do provide our guests airport transfere service and free car park. ... more less
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