Asked for a room upgrade as soon as we checked in, we were moved from the rooms overlooking the car park (side annex building) to the main hotel overlooking the sea front (no extra charge). Thanks for that tip from a previous TripAdvisor review!
Hotel staff were as miserable as sin, however the in-hotel shop keepers were very welcoming (I wonder why?). The only staff member we genuinely liked was 'Jesus', he was great to talk to, normally found around the main pool area.
The rooms were good (not fantastic), comfortable and the maids cleaned & replaced towels every day.
As an all inclusive deal we found the food to be very nice, although a bit limited in choice, repetitive (same thing all week) and trays not refilled often. The hotel is very popular with the Russians who seemed to storm the food hall, filling their table with many plates, thus leaving little left for others to pick. Dining time was a bit of a 'bun-fight' in the end, people not queing, kids eating of serving spoons. Too much waste and hassle spoilt it overall.
The hotel itself is quite plush, nice lobby, bars and pool. Be prepared to pay for any ice cream or join a very long queue for the short time it is available during the evening.
A lovely quiet location, very secure with their own on-site security. Views across the bay are beautiful.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Previously known as Grand Yazici Mares, this 440-room, all-inclusive resort is ideally located on the beach within the pine woods of Içmeler, Pamucak and in close proximity to Marmaris center. With a wide range of recreational facilities including, 4 swimming pools, a tennis club, kids activities, and water sports, LABRANDA Mares Marmaris is an ideal resort for families and couples alike. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mares Hotel Marmaris