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“Truly awful place”
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Hotel Mar-Bas
Ranked #45 of 77 Hotels in Icmeler
Inverurie, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Truly awful place”
Reviewed 12 October 2012

Mar-Bas........I decided it meant Mostly All Russian's-Basic And Shody!


We arrived at 1am at the door of this awful place,We met the one decent member of staff,I didnt recall his name but he looked like Snoop Doggy Dog.He was pleasant and helpful and showed us to our room.

We were happy with our room 205 with seaview and balcony,Beds were comfortable and room was decent size with plenty storage.Air conditioning is a unit above bed that worked well but was quite noisy.

We awoke to an amazing view over bay towards Marmaris.

Okay thats about it with the compliments......

We ventured down for breakfast to find a buffet style selection.We went to get fresh orange or similar drink but no..Only diluted crap available...It was so bad even the insects outside didnt want to drown in the stuff.We expected Turkish coffee...But no again,Just a nescafe machine that churned out sickly watered down coffee.The tea was ok.
The hotfood was kept in a unit situated right by a door leading to the only grotty bar outside,There were scrambled or 3 or 5 minute boiled eggs and pancakes,Never once were any of the food in the metal containers hot.It was always luke warm.The cold meats and cheeses were left uncovered with sometimes 3wasps crawling over at any one time.


I thought if they cant get a breakfast right then it does not bode well for lunch and dinner.After all we were "All Inclusive".....Well dinnertime was more cold pakrika potatos and chicken kebabs and rice which should all be piping hot for obvious health risk reasons.We went down at night for evening meal but food once again was all but cold as usual.We left and ate out every evening after that.Sometimes for breakfast too as it was so bad.

The main seating area inside is a depressing place with harsh lighting that stays the same whatever time of day it is.

We forgot to take beach towels and there is a shop in the hotel...If you ever wondered where Mickey (guy with small moustace,porkpie hat and suit) from Only Fools and Horses went well wonder no more.A sleazy dirty guy who wore the same tshirt for 3days running,Id forgotten my wallet so went back to room,Once outside my other half told me how he owned 3 hairdressing shops blah blah......Is that why he was selling fake sunglasses etc from morning til late there everynight!!!
I said to him on 3rd day that food was always cold and he called over this guy and told him there and then what I had just said.He said he was the manager.He told me its 1st time he had heard a complaint....yeah right...I recall at least 2 other english couples complaining to him.I told "Mickey" he was unprofessional and never spoke to him again in the week.
What a beaut!

The pool at the hotel was used once by 1 person all week,Its in the shade the whole time and was freezing.There were 7sunbeds but not sat on by anyone as too they were in shade.The beach for hotel has too many sunbeds all too close together and sun is blocked at 1pm to most beds apart from ones nearest the water.
Ooh the lovely bar.....Overweight Simon Cowell lookalike this time.No till for customers walking in from street...No need as noone was desperate enough! Dont expect cocktails like other nice All Inclusive resorts.The selection was beer (ok) cheap vodka,gin or raki and soft drinks.I spotted a glass behind bar on 2nd day and asked for a Miduri but it turned out to be washing up liquid!

Rooms were cleaned everyday but the towels were yellow in colour and never dry (perhaps swapped with previous room)

The Liberty Bar next door does have a proper bar and the owner was a dead ringer for David Hasselhoff.......They are all here in Ichmeler!

The clientele here are mostly Russian's and Bulgarians with the odd unsuspecting British couples,It may be 4 star to those poorer eastern countries but this place is nothing more than 2star

Our simple advice is....DONT GO

If you have booked then I pity you.

Best place for food is 10 minute walk to Bistro Med.

Room Tip: Noisy bar next door if you are on ground or 1st fl left hand side if YOU really must go to this dump
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2012

My fiancee and I were recommended to try this restaurant as it is set out on a pier into the bay and is very romantic. It was certainly very different to other restaurants in the area in terms of atmosphere.
The menu was not brilliant compared to other restaurants but there was some variety.I had a lamb kebab and my fiancee had a Hawaiian pizza. It was probably the best meat I had on the entire holiday- it was cooked in a delicious mixture of spices and was incredibly tender. However, my fiancee's pizza (which we would have thought would be the simpler dish of the two) was burnt and cold on arrival. If we could give this 3.5 stars we would, as they provided the most delicious orange juice of our visit. It was freshly squeezed and we must have had about 6 glasses between us!

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Aberdare, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 27 August 2012

Just got back from the Mar Bas Hotel having spent a blissful, tranquil week. I am shocked at some of the reviews particulatly about the cleanliness. Our room was attended every day unless we requested otherwise, fresh towels were provided too and the hotel staff were nothing but polite and mohammed brightened our day by rushing to open the lift. We paid for a sea view and were initially a little concerned after reading previous reviews to be taken to room 525 finding the balcony in the roof space. On the contrary we were delighted with this room and balcony as at no time were we overlooked and the view was spectacular. Whilst we have been to other AI hotels we are by no means experts on this board basis however the complaints about the food appear unjust, yes there were lots of salad choices but there were some hot choices available too. What do people expect for the price paid if they want top cuisine then they should pay for it and book into a 5 star hotel. We did spend our last night enjpying a meal on the jetty of the Liberty Bar which is attached to the hotel and have to say the food was divine. Charlie & Co made us feel very welcome and we now wish we had spent more time at the bar. Its just a shame that the bar is not being used to its full potential but it seems that the residents are not prepared to leave the hotel poolside for fear of having to pay for their drinks. The hotel could consider giving residents a discount on drinks at the Liberty Bar or allow them the same free drinks untill 11.00 pm whilst on the premises, this would fill the bar and hopefully encourage them to stay and entice the general public tojoin themm. All in all we would recommend this hotel to friends and family and the only negative we found was that the beach should be cleaned early morning, the area is lovely but as it tends to be occupied in the evenings by people drinking and smoking it would be more appropriate to clean up in the morning rather than early evening. Would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Istanbul, Turkey
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2012

First of all, staff is totally ignorant and unkind. The rooms are very dirty. Linens and towels have yellowish stains, certainly not hygienic!!! Air-conditions are not sufficient and have time limitation!!! (It is summer time and temperature is average 36 degrees) It is all-inclusive system but food literally sucks!!! There is no exaggaration, keep in mind that food is uneatable and not hygienic!!! Everthing is served open and you can find fly, etc. on it. (We ate everyday outside, including breakfast) At towel exchange, they gave wet towels and said that “dry them in the balcony”. There is no security at the hotel, everybody who wants gets in and out. At night, lobby and all floor lights are closed (when we came late at night, we headed by cell phone’s light to the room, thanks god without falling). They should use the central bank currency to close the payment, but they don’t, they use fake, higher rates of their own, they cheat, overcharge and send you home!!! Too reckless upon foreigners, too negligent upon Turkish visitors!!! Don’t believe in nice pics and sea view of the hotel at the internet. It is a terrible mistake to go to this hotel!!! You can stay at a 5-star hotel for this price instead of this disgusting hotel!!!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2012

just arrived back from this dreadful hotel. went A/I and ended up eating out as the food was awful and you had to fight off the flies and wasps as the food was not covered. Manager was very ignorent and could not run a bath never mind a hotel

The room was tiny, T.V had 18 channels not one was english. carpet in room was disgusting and was on top of beautiful marble tiles. 10/10 to the maids who kept the room tidy every day.

Room Tip: dont go,,,,,, simple
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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cheshire
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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 July 2012

Absolute dump , grubby decor , food poor , service poor , only good thing is fantastic view , also avoid top floor rooms unsafe balconies , best advice dont go

Room Tip: dont choose top floor unsafe balcony
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thetford, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 June 2012

This hotel decor wise needs a good revamp.Carpet (stained) in the bedroom, stifling when the temperate is above 100 degs and they put the air con on a time limit!!
Watered down drinks and food the same everyday for 2 weeks, ok if you like chicken and salad.
If you want to occassionally have cooked english breakfast 8 lira fresh orange 6 lira, 4 lira in other bars in Icmeler !! so much for all inclusive!!!
No beach towel service here, so take your own beach towel and don't dare to sit on the beach sunbeds outside the bar for entertainment, or your get your knuckles wrapped.
Only 9 sunbeds round the pool area, despite quite big hotel.
Entertainment every night in adjoining bar to hotel, but you have to pay for your drinks in there, again I thought we were all inclusive?
Staff are lovely though, really friendly and if you want to buy anything (ie: beach towels) or have your hair done Assan and Yusuf are lovely in the hotel shop.
We have always done all inclusive in Turkey, but this has now put us off.
We are back to Icmeler later this year and next year to the best apartment hotel in icmeler the Sahin Palace

Room Tip: don't go
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Mar-Bas
Address: Icmeler Mahallesi, Kayabal Cd. No: 67, Icmeler 48720, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Turkish Aegean Coast > Mugla Province > Icmeler
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Bar / Lounge Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #45 of 77 Hotels in Icmeler
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Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Mar-Bas 3*
Number of rooms: 84
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