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Labranda Mares Marmaris
Ranked #10 of 77 Hotels in Icmeler
England
1 review
“Superb Location and Hotel- Great Value”
Reviewed 9 July 2010

Having read the previous review posted on this hotel i was amazed to find that the hotel was superb value for money.
The room was clean, big, well equipped, had great views and the maid service consistently good.
Reception staff were fine, answered queries promptly and with a smile.
The public rooms in the hotel were well looked after and there was enough space to sit and watch the world go by with a cold drink on the multitude of terraces.
The food in all the restaurants was not up to the highest restaurant standards but the range of food available was excellent. The restaurant staff were always laying fresh tables and removing used plates etc and yes birds did fly in but what can you expect in an open air restaurant?
The pool and beach areas were well looked after and the bar staff happy to serve you, though if you are rude and arrogant like the majority of the russian guests then they will be off hand with you.
Would i go back? definately!

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 July 2010

My partner and I have just came back from the mares hotel, marmaris. After reading some of the reviews on here before going we didnt really know what to expect, some people commented saying there wasnt much food choice and stating it was only a 3 star not a 5... In my opinion, these people are so wrong, we found the hotel very clean. Also there was more than enough food choice, and the staff were excellent.

We stayed in marmaris last year in another all inclusive, we just expected the usaul buffet food for breakfast lunch and tea, however we were pleasently suprised. There was the main restaurant with a bit of everything and there was a lot to choose from. My partner being a vegetarian found more than enough to choose from (which is suprising for turkey.) There are also 3 other a la carte restaurants, italian, turkish and fish.... All these were included in the all inclusive besides the fish which was 10 pounds.

Hotel rooms were cleaned everyday without fail and the views from the room were stunning!! We tipped the maid ten turkish liras on the 2nd day and from then on she suprised us with different patterns out of towels and petals, they were very impressive!

The pool was excellent and cleaned everyday, we found that there was more than enough sunbeds, however they did lack umbrellas.

The staff were very plesent and made conversation with everyone, most of them could speak a big veriaty of languages so no problem with language barriers. A reccomended tip, if you give them a slight tip they do even more, even though they do as much as they can for you as it is.

Unfortunatly, we did hit one problem; we had to vacate our room at 12 noon and weren't being picked up till 10.30 in the evening ....This was the one and only problem we had, other than this the hotel couldn't be faulted.

Some people obviously just can't be pleased, I personally wouldn't take any notice of the majority of the bad comments people have made as I would definately consider rebooking and staying here again!!!!

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Antalya, Turkey
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Reviewed 30 June 2010

I heard this hotel was owned by Divan Hotels of the Koc Group (biggest conglomerate of Turkey) and later sold to Yazici Group. Its standards have been reportedly falling ever since. Its management seems to try cutting corners to stay competitive and attractive but it comes off as cheap. To be fair, the hotel has its pluses as well as minuses. Here's how we would list them:

Ups:
- Great location, great views
- Room cleanliness was top notch
- Food! Great tasting food, reasonable variety,
- Friendly staff
- Some effort made for disabled guests

Downs:
- Not child friendly, high seats for children substandard
- No central cooling from midnight until 8 AM
- Generator supplies power only for lighting
- No sandy (or pebble) beach
- Drinks provided in disposable plastic cups
- Dolphin park visit is a rip off

We were made to feel welcome at check in. The staff was helpful, attentive and friendly. Although checking in late, we were able to find almost every variety of food at the buffet ten minutes before closing time.

However, staying with two toddlers who need high chairs at the dinner table, it was a problem to find these. When we were able to locate and request them to be brought, none of them had functioning safety belts and the trays were not thoroughly clean although plastic cling wrap might suggest otherwise. Kids eat making a mess on the trays and the seats, therefore one would think that a purportedly five star hotel should plan accordingly. But not Mares, no amount of complaining to the restaurant manager could correct this fundamental hygiene problem.

Marmaris being a hot and humid place, air conditioning is standard even in non-starred bed and breakfast hotels. But Mares management chose to turn off the central cooling after midnight, probably to save some money, until 8 AM. I prefer to sleep at around 22-23 degrees (C) but my east-facing room would become uncomfortably hot after 6 AM until the central cooling starts in two hours. I had the most uncomfortable sleep during my ten days. When I mentioned it to the technical service, they denied that they turned off cooling during night. The thermostatically controlled room unit would continue to blow air but it was not cooling.

I sleep with a CPAP machine that requires constant mains supply. However, during (admittedly rare) power outages Mares Hotel's power generator does not supply electricity to neither the air conditioning nor to the wall mains outlets. Which made me wake up, because I cannot sleep without the CPAP.

Our young children love to play in the sand. But nowhere in the online or on paper information about the hotel is it mentioned that the hotel does not have a sandy beach. or any beach at all. All it has is a concrete, admittedly well designed, sun deck and swimming platform along the waterfront of the hotel.

And, what is the deal with disposable plastic cups for, of all things, coffee and tea? It is cheap, cheap and miserly.

Last but not least, the unique dolphin park in this hotel leads one to believe that the dolphins put up a show for the spectators. However, on close inspection of the finer print, it mentions only "visit" with the dolphins. Let me clarify what a "visit" with the dolphins means: It means that you sit and watch the trained dolphins get friendly with the park visitors who pay up to USD 100 for swimming literally ten minutes with them. For this viewing privilege, adults pay USD 20 and children (6-12 years) USD 10. This is a rip off and I should complain to the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

For all its beautiful location, above average food and friendly staff, no, I am not coming back to this hotel and I do not recommend it to any of my friends.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled with family
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Falkirk
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Reviewed 21 June 2010

We arrived at the Mares very late at night and I was less than bowled over by the reception staff and the lobby area, some negative tripadvisor reviews instantly popped into my head. We were not given any information on the hotel apart from a poorly copied bit of paper with some times on it for the bars and restaurants. We dumped our bags in the very nice room (I said this grudgingly at the time) which is in the main hotel building and we ventured out to get a welcome drink. The only place open for us was the nightclub, the music was blaring and there was nobody to be seen; get me out of here I said!
We woke up early the next morning, I opened the patio doors and all I could see was sun and sea! We walked all around the hotel and thought it was fantastic. No, it's not a UK 5 star but you must know that... This is a very nice, beautifully positioned hotel with extremely nice staff (not at reception) good enough food (Italien and Turkish are excellent, the buffet is not the best but it's okay), nice rooms and a bit of entertainment if you want it. The pool area is quite loud but fun and we loved the beach which is well set out.
It's quite a lively hotel, you can take part or not but over our 11 nights it seemed to us that everyone took part in some way or another. We never saw any of the shows or went to the pool party or beach party but it's there if you want it. We loved the Sultan Bar and danced like loons to the band that played most nights.
Our room was on the second floor of the main building and it was lovely with a dressing area, big bathroom, fantastic shower and the patio doors have a bug screen you can pull over which is a rarely seen but a great idea. Our room was cleaned every day but often not until later in the afternoon, who cares? It was perfectly clean and if we needed anything we got it. We heard people saying they didn't like their room, we think there are some still to be done up and we didn't talk to anyone who had a bungalow.
We did lots of walking day and night, the coastal path is easy to walk on and we loved Icmeler. Be careful walking around the hotel and the paths are steep and can be dangerous when wet or when you wear platform wedge sandals!
So, go, enjoy and this fussy Scot will definately return one day...and if you heard me on the first night then that is certainly a recommendation!

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Exmouth
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Reviewed 5 June 2010

My husband and I stayed at the hotel all inclusive with our teenage daughter. The hotel was excellent value for money, It was spotlessly clean, the staff were friendly and our room which was right at the end of the corridor on the second floor was huge. We had a seperate bedroom which we were not expecting and our balcony was massive! The food was very good. There was a huge choice every meal time with 4 chiefs every night cooking food fresh in front of you, The views from the hotel are amazing you can see all around Maramis Bay and one morning at breakfast we were watching dolohins swimming in the bay. Antonio and all the entertainment staff were fabulous, they were freindly, funny but not too pushy. The evening entertainment was not great but it was only the 2nd wk of the season and i am sure it will get better. Overall we had a fabulous holiday and will be going again.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled with family
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scotland, fife
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Reviewed 2 June 2010

firstly, on a positive side, the hotel really was lovely. As for the food and entertainment, i would not recommend it. The food.... well if you like to eat turkey and meatballs then fine!! As for a snack at the pool during the day, you have no chance. No snacks at pool bar for a start. Thankfully i dindnt have my son there, as for a start, He wouldnt be able to get little snack by the pool if he was hungry and would have to spend a fortune paying for ice-cream(which i thought would be free all day) Entertainment for both kids and adults was terrible. You pay for all inclusive and end up having to eat out every night!

Lastly, was not happy at the fact that there was no shower room for the guests that had later flight and had to be out the room earlier in the day. Should at leats have little room ro freshen up

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 May 2010

So unhappy with our holiday at this hotel, we logged an complaint with our Tour operator "Cosmos" yet nothing was done "There were deficiencies at the hotel, which fell below the standard reasonably to be anticipated of a 5 star rating" who on earth rates these hotels My stay lasted 1 week during my time there not once did we receive a hot meal the hot food and drink is very much below par and cold.

If your looking for 5 star hotel and 5 star service this is definatly "NOT" please dont be lured into the all inclusive booze is cheap and local crap... avoid !!

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Labranda Mares Marmaris
Address: Icmeler Mah. Ataturk Cad. No: 64, Icmeler 48700, Turkey (Formerly Grand Yazıcı Club Marmaris Palace)
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Region: Turkey > Turkish Aegean Coast > Mugla Province > Icmeler
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Icmeler
#6 Luxury Hotel in Icmeler
#6 Spa Hotel in Icmeler
#32 Family Hotel in Icmeler
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:5 star — Labranda Mares Marmaris 5*
Number of rooms: 440
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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