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“Nice hotel, good location”
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Vela Hotel Icmeler
Ranked #54 of 78 Hotels in Icmeler
Manchester, United Kingdom
1 review
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“Nice hotel, good location”
Reviewed 24 July 2013

Very nice hotel, good location. Nice town, not too big and noisy. Read some bad reviews about the food, we did not have problems with it.
Drinks were basic, but ok.
Staff is working real hard and doing a good job. Very friendly.
Rooms are clean, some can be noisy from the bar. Rooms at the end of the corridor are more quiet.
Overall a good hotel.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 July 2013

Stayed at the Vela July 12th-22nd. The staff were ok - some better than others. Martin at the bar was great and dealt with some very ignorant Russins well.

Having read bad reviews about the Food i've got to say we had no problems with it,we thought we would have to be eating out some nights but ended up having food there every night and the food was actually quite good,maybe a bit basic and samey at times-still plenty for everyone.

Drinks were alright,Martin was one of the only ones who could pour a proper drink.

Room was cleaned everyday by the cleaner who must of been quite old and shouldn't still be doing that job but always had a hello for you,Tv in room with few channels only BBC world news for the Brittish.

Overall an average hotel in a great location. Right in the center of Icmeler,pool good enough size but you could maybe get soaked easily if your sunbathing next to the pool as the sun beads are quite close.Would quite possibly return to this hotel again!

Also some very rude Russians were staying in the hotel while we were there.

Room Tip: I was in room 119 and had a view of the square in the middle of Icmeler,if you had 118 you would hav...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 July 2013

Stayed at the Vela in June. The staff were ok - they had good days and bad days, some better than others. Martin at the bar was great but could get the hump on with you on occasion. First couple of nights when we were spending money at the bat, he loved us. Soon wore off when he realised we weren't going to buy much else from there.

Food was average. Breakfast was meat, cheese, olives, salad, bread, cereals, eggs (omelette, hard boiled, fried) and beans. Lunch and dinner was very similar with salads, cheese, meat fish and chicken. Olives were reduce loudly salty as we're some other items. I enjoyed the food and lived off salad chicken and some rice. My partner however is quite fussy and was eating elsewhere most if the time.

Drinks were basic but good beer very watered down. The melon cocktails were worth the money but barter and if the all inclusive is still on get the bar staff to pour the all inclusive drinks into it and us fruit juice from the machine for another!!

Room was clean, bit small but ok

Overall an average hotel in a great location. We paid £600 for 2 weeks all inclusive for two people at this hotel not including flights... I wouldn't pay a penny more for this hotel again but then again, I wouldn't return either!

  • Stayed June 2013
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Glenrothes, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 July 2013

I will start positive hotel good location clean and the staff are lovely. We had room 218 at the end of the corridor quite quiet my daughter had room 205 Faced the square can be noisy with the bars and kids running up and down the corridors. Staff work hard and are lovely.Without martin the barman the bar wouldn't run. Food AND Drink are AWFUL I have always went ALL INCLUSIVE and this was the WORST FOOD EVER the food same everyday RICE CHICKEN MEATDISH AND PASTA BLAND BLAND BLAND NO SEASONING whatsoever and you don't get any sauces or gravies.
BREAKFAST ended up beans on toast as the couldn't fry an egg without cremating it. LUNCH soups were usually ok and ice cream good rest of main course bland and cold. DINNER we ate out as we couldn't face the troff as we called it. WINE was like vinegar I have never been unable to drink the wine until now nor the so called fruit juices I was buying cartons and taking them down to breakfast then battling with the rude Russians for a seat in the restaurant they didn't seem to have a problem with the food and drink though and ate everything in site.drinks all inc are poor my husband who drinks efes at home couldn't drink the hotels draught beer as it was watered down so much was buying bottled so he could drink it don't expect apple tea or hot chocolate etc these all have to be paid for
ALSO WHEN YOU ARRIVE AT THE HOTEL DON'T EXPECT TO GET A ROOM THEY OVERBOOK EVERYDAY AND YOU HAVE TO WAIT TILL THE RUSSIANS MOVE OUT THEY DONT CHECK OUT AT 12 LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE THEY GET TO STAY IN ROOM TILL THEY LEAVE FOR AIRPORT WE ARRIVED AT 11PM GOT ROOM AT 4:30AM WHEN THE RUSSIANS LEFT 6 PEOPLE ARRIVED AFTER US THEY GOT PUT IN ANOTHER HOTEL JUST BEFORE WE LEFT ONE POOR WOMAN AND HER SON HAD BEEN WAITING 2 DAYS FOR THEIR ROOM DON'T EXPECT COMPENSATION THE MOST YOU GET IS A FREE SAFE AND YOU GET TO USE THE SISTER HOTEL THE VERDE IF YOU GO TO THIS HOTEL STAY CLEAR OF ALL INC NOT WORTH IT I CERTAINLY WON'T BE BACK also restaurant and reception not air conditioned

Room Tip: DON'T GET 5TH FLOOR if you want a quiet room pool view even numbers sun on balcony all afternoon...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 16 July 2013 via mobile

When i arrived my room wasn't ready although people was checking in after us, they had their room yet i was put at another hotel. It was not that good of a hotel, the food was basic (mainly is at all inclusive's in turkey) but it wasn't labelled so you had to guess what you was eating. The barman at the pool bar martin is very nice, take time to talk to him!! Also the hotel had alot of very rude russians due to it being all inclusive.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Reviewed 3 July 2013

Having read many ‘mixed’ reviews about the Vela Hotel, we were a little anxious especially with regards to the food – more on that later. This was our first time as All Inclusive so we weren’t really sure what to expect.

Upon arriving at the hotel, our rep left us with the manager at reception and we checked in. We were given our wristbands and the keys to room 509 (top floor) and were taken up to the room by one of the hotel staff. It was at this point that I suspected that we had been allocated what can only be described as an attic room. Sure enough when we were shown into the room, it was nothing less than awful. It was dark, small, hardly any storage for clothes, the wooden ceiling around the window was rotten and there were large gaps between the window frame and the wall meaning that you could see outside. The balcony wall was so high that it obscured any light from getting into the room and you would have to stand on tip-toes on the balcony to get any advantage of the sea view.

We didn’t bother unpacking as we had no intention whatsoever of staying in that room. We went to see the manager on reception and I explained politely that the room wasn’t suitable (rotting ceiling, holes around the window, too dark) and I requested that we be given another room on a lower floor. Begrudgingly the manager gave us the keys to room 306 (pool view) so we went to have a look at that room to see if it was OK before collecting our luggage from 509. Room 306 was perfect and to be honest, made room 509 seem even worse. In my opinion, the attic rooms on the 5th floor are not suitable accommodation at all and would be better served as hotel storage rooms for cleaning equipment, certainly not for guests! So all was well with room 306 – very clean, spacious, plenty of storage, clean bathroom, balcony with 2 chairs and table. There is a safe in the wardrobe in the room but you have to pay 5 Lira per day for it which we thought was a bit steep so we didn’t bother. There is also a fridge in the room which is handy if you want to keep your own drinks cool. Our room was ‘tidied’ every day and sheets and towels were changed twice weekly. The cleaners worked extremely hard and always had a ‘hello’ for you. On 2 occasions we came back to find that the cleaners had made an elephant and a boat out of the towels – very nice touch.

The pool at the hotel is 1.6 meters deep across the entire pool so not ideal if you are not a confident swimmer. There were plenty of sunbeds but of course, there was the usual issue with people bagging sunbeds and then disappearing for most of the day only to come to the pool at around 2pm for a couple of hours. As well as sunbeds around the pool there is a nice grassy area under some trees where you can get some shade if you want it. The sun comes up first of all at the far side of the pool by the bar and then moves towards the hotel side just after noon – the shade then moves in at the far side of the pool so you can find yourself sun-chasing a bit. Pool bar is open from 10am until late with all inclusive drinks being served until 11pm and then you have to pay for drinks. The pool can be used from 8am until 7pm. The pool is cleaned every day and chlorine levels are checked and recorded on a noticeboard near to the pool.

As we were all inclusive we had a vague idea of what to expect from the food available at the hotel. For the first couple of days, the food was fine and there was always something to cater for everyone: breakfast consisted of hard boiled eggs, bread rolls, cereal, jams, honey, cheeses, cold meats and a chef outside could do fried eggs or omelette if you wanted it. Lunchtimes would consist of soup, various salads and usually some form of chicken, fish and meat dish. Dinner would be the same. Always a good choice of cakes and deserts too as well as tea/coffee, fruit juices/water and local alcoholic drinks were available from the bar in the restaurant for lunch and dinner. At 2.30pm snacks are put outside close to the pool area: chicken nuggets, salad, potato wedges, chips etc. After a couple of days it did feel like the food was very repetitive. After initially enjoying the soup I stopped eating it after both myself and my husband became quite ill for about 3 days and the hotel soup was the only common denominator. From that point we started to eat out more – just at the point of seeing cold boiled potatoes and spring rolls from the previous night being included in the breakfast buffet!!! Quite annoying given that we had paid for AI but neither of us was prepared to risk getting ill again and it spoiling our holiday so we decided to stick with what we knew being regular visitors to Icmeler.

One of the other reasons for eating away from the hotel was the rudeness and ignorance from certain other guests at the hotel. The majority of the guests at the hotel were Russian. It appears that they don’t like having to queue and were always pushing in before you, both at the bar and the restaurant. It was the same at the pool, they took over, which is why we ended up going to the beach every day instead where you wouldn’t get constantly splashed by people ‘bombing’ into the pool! There were kids (about 6 of them) running amok and many times we saw the hotel manager telling them off for running around and shouting – these were not young kids but kids in their early teens, and not English. At one point I think another English guest complained to the manager about these particular kids (whose parents never seemed to be around) and the manager ended up taking the mother of one of the kids aside to tell her to control them or they would be asked to leave the hotel. I’ve never witnessed such rude and inconsiderate behaviour and I have no idea how Martin behind the bar kept his cool when he was being spoken to so very rudely.

Don’t rely on the wi-fi at the hotel – it’s rubbish. It’s very hit and miss in getting a connection even if you sit in reception right next to where the wi-fi router is.

In summary I would only advise people to stay at the Vela if they don’t mind having their personal space invaded. I felt very sorry for the hotel staff who were obviously frustrated with the behaviour of some of the guests. I found it a little intimidating to be honest.

The hotel itself is decent enough, the staff are lovely and it is in a perfect location but I don’t rate the food, there is no entertainment and the rooms on the top floor should be decommissioned. I will never stay at the Vela hotel again and neither will I do All Inclusive in Icmeler again. Back to self-catering next year.

Room Tip: Avoid rooms starting with '5' (5th floor) as they are attic rooms - very dark and cramped wi...
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bradford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 June 2013

Great location, stayed for 1 week fully inclusive, basic but clean. Food good, enough choice. No entertainment in Hotel at night but barman Martin very friendly. Pool surrounding area a little tight fit, can get splashed at quite a bit, when trying to relax. Friendly staff. Would still recommend a visit.

Room Tip: pick a sea view room, if you like sitting in on balcony.
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Vela Hotel Icmeler
Address: Cumhuriyet Mah. Kenan Evren Blv. No:11, Icmeler 48700, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Turkish Aegean Coast > Mugla Province > Icmeler
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #54 of 78 Hotels in Icmeler
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Vela Hotel Icmeler 3*
Number of rooms: 98
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