This was our 6th trip to Icmeler and by far the most enjoyable. Because of work, we always travel in October, this year 13th - 27th. A little concerned that being at the end of the season that standards would be slipping, food menu limited but not the case. We booked through lastcheck.co.uk and after booking e mailed the hotel to request a double room rather than twin. Had an e mail from the owner, Ferhat to confirm no problems. Arrived at 2.00am and were shown to our room - 107 on ground floor which was a twin. To be honest at the time, all we wanted to do was sleep. After speaking to the owner at Breakfast in the morning, we were given room 113 on the first floor. The rooms are immaculate and spotless. They were cleaned daily and towels and linen changed 3 times a week. One of the cleaners is the sister of the owner. The rooms are not overly large, balconies small but realistically how long do you spend in your room when on holiday? Air conditioning is included in the price, first time we have come across this as usually have to pay extra. Small safe in the room which cost £20 for the two weeks and fridge and tea and coffee making facilities available if we wanted them. Was very quiet at night, the fountains in the square are switched off at around midnight.
We toyed between B and B and Half Board, opting to go B and B. Breakfast is between 8.00am and 10.00am. Range of options from Full English to Turkish to eggs any way on toast, beans on toast, toast and Tea or Coffee included. Fresh squeezed orange juice extra but only 7.00lira (just over £2.00). Service fast and efficient at breakfast, food always hot.
We had eaten in their restaurant on previous visits and were not disappointed on this trip. We did eat out on a couple of occasions - Yolo and Coco Beach but neither lived up to the standard of food and service we received at the Ida. The staff - ZsaZsa, Sali, Genghis, Bilhau and Mustafa were all really attentive and we could not fault the service we received from them. My wife and I celebrated our 25th Wedding Anniversary whilst on holiday and that night, they had laid up a table specially with flowers on the table, played romantic music for us which was a lovely extra touch.
We only had one day by the pool - too windy on the beach. The hotel has two swimming pools and a jacussi that it shares with its sister hotel Bonjour next door. Total suntrap and sheltered, plenty of sunbeds. Small bar from which you can order drinks and food all day. Again could not really fault it.
Ferhat the owner spends a lot of time at the hotel and clearly has very exacting standards - even late in the season, inspecting how clean the floor was in the restaurant etc which was very good to see.
I would like to make a specific mention about Jill - Jill deals with all the bookings and everything in between. We had a number of questions whilst we were there - where can we get a needle and cotton, can we get laundry done? All questions answered without fuss and very helpful.
We had one day when the weather was bad, amazing thunderstorm overnight, high winds and rain. When we came down to breakfast in the morning, everybody was a little subdued, ZsaZsa put on a cd of an irish comedian - we were rolling with laughter and it quickly lifted everybodys spirits. A simple touch but it is little things like that that you remember and puts places ahead of others.
There appears to be some rivalry between the staff at Ida and Bonjour which I think is a shame - the Hotels are owned by the same person, use the same kitchen and essentially the have the same menus. We stayed loyal with Ida and did not eat at Bonjour this year and were effectivaly blanked by the restaurant manager towards the end of our holiday.
Overall, fantastic, small hotel (only 29 rooms over three floors), clean, superb food and service. We will be back in 2014.
Thank you to the maids, to the owner Ferhat, to Jill and to the front of house guys - Genghis behind the bar, Mustafa and Bilhau and Sali and ZsaZsa.
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