I'll try to make this an honest review, and address some of the points raised by others.
We had 2 rooms in the rear accomadation block on the ground floor, these were basic and in need of updating/redecoration. We did experience mosquitos in the rooms, but you will get these anywhere in Turkey. I don't think spraying to kill them would have done any good as the guests would choke on the fumes, and they would have just come back from outside the hotel boundaries! I understand from other guests that the upstairs/family rooms are better than the ground floor ones. We also had no bed bugs, and I never saw any bites on any of the staff even though we were in the pool with the staff most days. We saw the cleaners going into the rooms every day to clean.
There are some cracked tiles around the bar area, and these would need to be sorted as part of a general refurbishment.
The water to the drinks machine is supplied by a large carboy of spring water, which is changed when the other one runs out. These large containers are stored near the kitchens if you want to have a look.
The food may be a dissapointment to people who have experienced all inclusives in other hotels/countrties, but I can honestly say that I found it very tasty and never had any tummy trouble as may have been suggested by some of the other reviewers. Thanks to Metin and his wife for the food!
We were priviledged to have met some lovely people while we were at the Balkaya, these included english, turkish and german families.
Now for the staff, absolutely brilliant! Big thanks to Serjan, Adems, Elvan, Metin and the others who made our stay so memorable. I never found Suleyman anything less than charming in his dealings with us, as was his wife Dilek.
We witnessed the antics of the large party who walked out, came back and went again, maybe the rep should have done more for this party but I still think their behaviour was disgraceful.
It may be worth knowing that Suleyman only rents this hotel, and is battling with the owners to get repairs done.
In conclusion, I had a happy time at the Balkaya and would go back. It's a cheap and cheerful hotel with great staff-get to know them and make friends!
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- Also Known As:
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