I booked this hotel with Jet 2 then read the reviews, hoping it was going to be ok. On arrival to the airport we had to wait 20 minutes for our transfer bus then the actual transfer took 2 hours. We arrived at the hotel early hours, greated by the receptionists who advised us to hire a safe which im glad i did for £10.
We got a 1st floor room with a balcony which faced on to spare land to the back of the hotel. Rooms were basic 2 sofas, table, fridge and tv in lounge. 2 single beds and unit in bedroom (only room with air conditioning). Bathroom was ok plastic on toilet worn, soap dispenser broken and shower curtain stained with mould. Big wardrobe with safe inside but no coat hangers provided.Towels and bins changed everyday and sheets every other day.
Regime of meals given breakfast 07.30-9.30 lunch 12.30 - 14.00 dinner 19.30 - 21.00 only had breakfast twice which consisted of bread, cereal, boiled eggs, beans and cooked meats then the occassional omlette. Lunch same old salad, chips, random meat which was mirrored at dinner. Drinks available all day with self service juice / water. In the dining room flys were everywhere no getting away from them if you dine outside instead of flys there were wasps so no winning.
Pool was small, reasonably clean. Big slide for children or big russian teenagers dangerous as no safety rules at this pool followed and there was at least 1 accident a day resulting in stiches or ambulances the doctor was very busy at this hotel. Ground around pool very hot and slippy with green algae growing under slide with added to the slippery surface. Yellow safety signs were put up after a few falls. Not enough sunloungers for guests we sat at the poolside tables most of the week as people put down towels then go back to bed. There is supposedly a fresh water pool round the back of the hotel . . yet to see this unless its a hose pipe.
Entertainment i didnt stick around to see so cant comment we went out or ate out most nights. There is a nightclub joined to the hotel but not included in the all inclusive package.
Mini supermarket, jewellers, hairdressers and tattooist joined to hotel, supermarket became our 2nd home as we visited daily for icecreams etc. hairdresser can be unreliable double booking etc. tattooist seemed ok but did see a rather young lad getting tattooed dont know if age laws exist.
Jet 2 as a company not very reliable. Rep zafer visited for our welcome meeting and advised us on how to get to marmaris blue stripe buses run every 4 mins from main road take you to city centre for 2tl. and hotel run free bus to icmeler beach 10.30 - 18.00. Also if medical emergency to contact him before as they try 2 haggle more money for medical bills.
Trips with Jet 2 are reasonably cheap but unreliable, we decided to go on dalyan boat trip the bus didnt turn up for us so went the following day, trip was 10 hours long and visited turtle beach, kings tombs and mud baths was a good day but too long. Jeep Safari was a really good day out a fleet of 20 jeeps convoy through the mountains of marmaris with a water gun fight for the first half of the day then stop twice for drinks and food. We booked talk of the town a drag artist night which was cancelled we received 4 hours notice and had to get our money back the following night on the Bar Crawl the bus was 30 mins late and drove us round marmaris for an hour before dropping us off at an unknown location the bar crawl was 'ok' but no atmosphere and drinks were a bit pricey.
Most guests at this hotel complained about something either to each other or to the rep or managers.
If you want a cheap week away, live on chips n lie by the pool probably alright. Only good thing was plenty of British people to chat to few russians. The turkish waiters are a bit over friendly though.
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