Firstly. The rooms really arent that small. I expected to be squeezing around sofa beds etc but it really isnt that bad at all. - Plenty of room for myself,my Wife and 2 kids aged 12 and 7. The hill up to the hotel is not a hill - its a gentle slope and nothing much either.
I heard that the higher rooms had a better view of the Town so 1 week before we went I phoned the hotel and asked if I could get a room on the top floor. Receptionist named Boulent said he would try his best. upon arrival Boulent wasnt there but he had arranged for us to get a top floor in the middle of the Hotel and the views were amazing. Even the 2nd floor would have done. The Hotel is really nice and clean. rooms were cleaned every day and towels were changed daily too. The Bathroom is fully tiled and quite modern. There are two armchair sofa beds in the living room and 2 single beds in the good sized bedroom (armchairs are in front of the air conditioner which was great!! We had to get up between 6.45 and 7.45 every morning to get a sunbed, it was a bit ridiculous but in the height of the school holidays what can you do. Some days were worse than others but we always managed to get 4 together. The walk into town was nice. through the residential houses in front of the hotel and down the main road toward town. 5 minutes walk and you arrive at the first supermarket on your left, one minute past that and you come to the first restaurant called De-ja-vu. We never ate there but it always looked busy later at night. another 5 minutes and you come to the main street with more restaurants, keep heading away from the Hotel and more streets all full of places to eat and shops. Everything from the Beach back is in blocks and every road and back street has places to eat you really will be spoilt for choice and the place is very safe to walk at night no matter where you are. Everywhere had nice food and if you go in about 8pm and sit after your meal you will catch the shows which most restaurants have (start around 10pm) usually a visiting act doing the rounds. eg Michael Jackson, Robot Dancer, Bar jugglers etc. really nice to sit with a drink after your meal and be entertained. So about a 20 minute walk from beach to Hotel but with plenty of shops etc to look t along the way. A taxi back to the hotel is 8 lira.
The hotel gives you a velcro wristband which you credit with money and use in the hotel shop or at the bar. we got two to start off with but changed back to one. if the kids or wife wanted to use it they just shared the same one. a decent sized cooked english brekky was 5 lira in the hotel and a pint of Efes was 4 lira. A large Coke was just under 6 lira. Hotel was peaceful through the day and the slide and waterfall came on at 11am and 3pm for half an hour. The pool is rather deep for young kids and my 7 year old couldnt stand up in either the top or bottom pool but we gave him armbands as did many of the kids and he had a great time.
There is a tiny shop on site which sells the essentials, it is slightly more expensive than others but for all you buy anyway its handy. There is a shop in Icmeler on the main street called Tansas which is cheaper and open until midnight.
The staff in the Hotel are all good fun - Osgur and Adem are very nice as are the 2 receptionist guys Bulent and gatekin. Look out for Ozzy (tour rep) on the way to the town for any trips you want to book. He booked us the Atlantis waterpark a few times (75 lira for 4) and we waited at his stand while he phoned the free bus to take us there (Marmaris).
A dolmus to Marmaris is 2 lira each which we used 2 or 3 times for a change of scenery.
The Grand Aquarium really isnt that grand - One pool with the sunbeds getting covered by shade mid afternoon because of the way its laid out. We went up for breakfast and found it no where near as nice as the Club.
All in all this was a great holiday - remember and get Air conditioning (£30) per week because you'll need it!. oh theres free wi.fi too around the pool and bar area
The coach from the airport takes about 1 hour 45 mins depending on what drop off you are. it does stop on the way but only for 15 minutes and you really do need a bottle of water or kids need the toilet so it wasnt as bad as I feared.
I am sure we will return in the near future.
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- Also Known As:
- Club Aquarium Hotel Icmeler
- Aquarium Hotel Marmaris