Tropicana Beach Hotel
40 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
A very good hotel made excellent by staff
"Believe all the good reviews about this hotel - they are all true! This hotel offers a fantastic base to explore the surrounding area. We stayed in a studio room that had a double ring hob and fridge. Air conditioning is Â£30 per week. The mattress did need replacing but didn't prevent a good nights sleep. There was a shower in the room and was very slow to drain but again, this didn't cause a huge problem.
We stayed bed & breakfast which is typical Turkish fayre. Eggs, bread, cheese etc but an English option is available at a cost. Food is available throughout the day and is varied and reasonably priced. A large beer is 6TL and soft drinks 4TL. The pool is the centre piece of this hotel and is huge at well over 30m long and 1.60m deep. There are always plenty of sunbeds available although shade is sometimes limited. The hotel also has its own section of beach with a staff member always ready to serve you with drinks or snacks.
Outside the hotel you can catch a dolmus (local bus service) which seem to run every 5 minutes until late. To go to Bodrum it is 2.75TL each. In Bodrum you should make sure you visit the castle and also the market for some haggling. Gumbet offers lots of restaurants, shops and bars and I would recommend The Red Dragon for a Chinese set meal, and The Mistral for a great steak.
We had a Turkish Bath at the start of the holiday in the Siesta hotel next door. We also booked a few trips locally which included a ferry to Kos, The Dreamgirls Show (great fun), the Aquapark (suprisingly good) and a day trip to Ephesus (not to be missed).
In the evenings the hotel offers some entertainment and lots of music into the early hours, and bar is open 24 hours. All of this put together adds up to a great holiday, but the thing that sets this hotel apart from the rest is the staff. The hotel manager Yunis is around every day with a warm hello and to check everything is OK. The rest of the staff - without exception - will always make time to stop and have a chat. They all work extremely long hours and whether it's the start of a shift or the end of the shift the smile on their faces will still be be same.
This is the reason this hotel deserves the number 1 status for hotels in Gumbet. So I would like to thank Dennis, Romeo, Enrique, Hassan, Elvis and all the rest for making this one of the best holidays ever. I am not one for returning to the same place but I - like many others - am tempted to make a repeat visit.
Best wishes from Commando Chris (Mr Serious), Lisa and Maddie.
- Travel date: Sun 14th of August 2011
"just arrived back from staying at tropicana beach hotel. had a fantastic time,staff went out of there way for anything you wante98d.reccommend resturants to visit. Dreams,Mistral, and if you wanted something special go to the Angle, you might pay a bit extra but it is worth it. overall, the holiday was brillant and i would visit again."
- Travel date: Tue 2nd of August 2011
"Just spent a great week at this hotel, the Manager Yunis is a great guy,the Bar Staff namely, Romeo,Dennis,Gengis,& Hassan were just brilliant, just one complaint, don't expect the Maid to clean your room every day, apart from that it was great, will be going back again."
- Travel date: Wed 6th of October 2010
"This was my first ever time to Turkey, and it is such a shame that I am back in sunny Newcastle.
I personally was not staying in the Tropicana, However I wanted to spend every night there... It was FANTASTIC, The pool is beautiful, the food as outstanding and the staff are out of this world! I cant even begin to say thank you to the staff, they made me feel so welcome, and when i was poorly they looked after me so very much!
If anyone is contemplating a holiday in Turkey I would definitively recommend this UNBELIEVABLE hotel.
An enormous thank you to Cengo, Hasan, Deniz and Yunis for the best holiday experience of my life and I will see you all in may 2011
All my love Kerry x"
- Travel date: Wed 29th of September 2010
"Hotel was overbooked, we were moved to stay in the Jasmine Hotel next door to the Tropicana for 5 days. Room in the Jasmine Hotel was tiny but clean. It didn't have no natural light, it was right at the back of the complex, no balcony and single beds!
Couple of days into the holiday found that guests were being checked into the Tropicana, was unsure why this was as were were told that the Tropicana was overbooked. When i approached the manager about this, he spoke to me in a disgusting and unnaceptable manner. We were then moved back to the Tropicana the following day, had to wait an hour for the room to be 'supposidly cleaned' we were then taken to our room 112. Again no double bed as we had booked, kitchen equipment was disgusting and could not be used, kitchen table was full of dirt, stains and scratches not somewhere you would want to sit and eat at, then there was the bathroom, absolutley flithy and full of mould!!
When explaining the above to the manager he said that this room was the only one available, if we had waited the full 5 days we would have been able to have a different room.
Bar staff are lovely and can't enough for you.
Location of the hotel is good, restaurants i would recomend are windy bay, mistrel, the colombia, the garden, china town, the tempo, red dragon. Outback bar is great! Aquapark is a good day out, turkish bath good experience and private boat trip it visits 5 different islands, you get the boat to yourself and it is all inclusive food and drink just 16 lira!
Disappointingly i would not return to the Tropicana hotel again nor would i recomend it to family or friends."
- Travel date: Sun 11th of July 2010
The Best Holiday Ever
"Myself & my husband are just back from staying in Tropicana for 12 nights and we had the best holiday ever, we have been to many places in Turkey but never have we experienced the fun and friendlyness we got at Tropicana. Rooms were perfect size and very clean, never used a safe box as thats how safe the place is, huge pool with plenty of space available for sunbeds, the bar was open 24 hours which is always a good thing, sometimes we wouldnt even need to leave the hotel at night because there was entertainment nightly and the staff alone were entertaining enough (Tunjai, Jengo, Firat, Deniz, Hassan, Firkan, Hakan,Rambo and all the rest and not forgetting Yunis the manager, what a friendly/funny guy, made us feel so welcome from the moment we arrived, always had time for a chat (as did they all). Gumbet is a beautifull stroll away from the hotel down by the bars and restaraunts (less than 10min walk), we will definately be returning next year if we dont get back this year. So thanks again Tropicana for the best holiday, we shall see you all again....."
- Travel date: Thu 6th of August 2009
"Well what can i say, i would go back tomorrow!! Loved it. Location was great, staff were great, local restaurants were great (once you knew which ones to go for) Our room was small (compared to my 2 girls' room) but very adequate for what we needed, which was basically the shower and the bed!! From yunis (the boss) to Elvis (the reception dude) to Hassan, Dennis, Gengis, Tungay (the bar and food dudes) and not forgetting Rambo (the beach dude) they were all absolutely ace. Such lovely people! I know they see people change day in day out, but when you get on well with them, they will go out of their way to help you out in any way they can. Loved them all :)"
- Travel date: Thu 6th of August 2009
What a team!
"Three girls aged 25/26 had an amazing time at Tropicana Beach last week! I'm not really into beach holidays but still had an awesome time. Hotel is clean, comfortable and reasonably priced- not a single complaint. Pool is lovely, and hotel so very close to the beach. The beach is shingle though, not sand!!
What made the holiday was the staff though. For 3 girls away, we had the best treatment ever, the guys were so good to us on every level, made us really welcome and treated us like their sisters. We appreciated it sooo much!! Special thanks to Tunjay- Mr T!, Diegoooo!, Hassan, BARANNN!!! (WE LOOOVVEEE YOU BABYYY!!), Benhur, Chef, Yunis, Deniz, Jengo, Romeo, and all the other boys!!
If ur going to GUmbet, i would 110% recommend this place!! "
- Travel date: Tue 7th of July 2009
BEST HOLIDAY EVER!
"Had the best time at Tropicana Beach! All the staff are so lovely and welcoming! We're two 22 and 23 year old girls and felt so safe and comfortable within the hotel. We'd come out as part of a chillin' holiday but wanted somewhere to go for cocktails and dancing. Tropicana Beach has a 24 hour bar and there's plenty of bars next to the resort, so we found the place perfect!The apartment was the perfect size for 2 girls and it was very clean. The maid is so lovely and would always say good morning to us and wave goodbye. We felt comfortable leaving cameras/mobiles in the bedroom, but used a safety deposit box for our cash. Even then, we accidently left the key in reception one night, but knew our valuables would be safe! The shower stayed warm throughout your whole shower and it was nice and powerful!The pool is a great size, you can easily have a quick dip without getting annoyed by the children playing/splashing around you. There's also lots of places to sunbathe and there are always lots of sunbeds. We didn't venture out to the beach much as the sand was very rough, but the pool was lovely enough anyways. Many guests leave inflatable pool toys behind, so there's always something for young (and old!) children to play with.
The staff made the holiday for us! Every member was so lovely and would help you with anything you needed. It took Elvis a while to like us, but he loved us by the end of the week! The entertainment the staff put on a night was fantastic and is fun for all ages. The age range of guests is from babies to grandparents, it's just fantastic!
The 24 hour bar can get pretty lively at night time if there are younger guests about (teens-early 20's) but the staff make sure the music isn't blaring loud so it doesn't disturb the sleeping guests. The hotel is very peaceful at night (now that we're gone anyways, haha) and you can enjoy a goodnights sleep.
All our thanks goes to the amazing staff at Tropicana Beach. We are so glad we booked this hotel and would definately come back again! We gave everyone nicknames that were that nice haha. Thank to; Yunis, Elvis (grumpy), Deniz (denizilin), Romeo, Jenga (jumanji), John (gorm), Rambo (biatch), Ozzie, Totti (curly sue), Flash (can't remember his real name), Grandad (can't remember his real name) and whoever else we've forgot KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK AND WE'LL BE BACK SOON!!!"
- Travel date: Mon 22nd of June 2009
Fantastic hotel, huge pool, friendly staff
"Fantastic hotel with huge pool, great for a long swim. Gumbet centre is about a 10 minute walk away by the beach. We had the self catering room which was a very good size with seperate living area, kitchenette, bedroom and bathroom. Shower was good pressure and warm (not hot) but good enough. We had to get the fridge swapped out as suddenly stopped working half way through the week (if you use the budget brand 'Arcelik' you're in trouble!) The hotel did this very quickly though, so top marks for that. Staff very friendly, especially Deniz - always made you feel welcome.
A few prices from the hotel: From the bar - large beer 4.50TL, small soft drink 4TL, pizza (not great) 8TL, English breakfast 6TL. Water from their shop 3TL for 5litre. Milk 3.50TL. Cheaper stuff in town if you want to carry back.
A few negative points: The music from the bar was very loud at night, sometimes past 2am. I had to use earplugs and could still hear the music. Luckly I had requested a quiet room and was away from the bar somewhat, however I probably would've had a heart attack if I'd been placed any nearer. If you have a room with pool/sea view, you will have problems!
The other problem was that we'd booked a room with balcony, as was the description given by TravelRepublic. However they put us on a ground floor room with no balcony (just a little space for a table and chairs). Although I was very unhappy about this at first, it turned out to be a blessing in disguise due to the noise problems highlighted above.
A lot of reviews mentioned the cleanliness of the hotel. This is true, apart from our shower had rather a lot of mould etc around the cubicle which should be remedied easily by a weekly scrub.
Another bad thing - the hotel charges Â£30 a week for air conditioning. This is outrageously extortionate, the most I've ever paid in Turkey was half that - luckily the nights were cool enough for us not to need this, but give it a few more weeks, and you will have to pay!
ABOUT GUMBET: We went the very first week of June and the place was like a ghost town. Some hotels and restaurants were even closed. A lot of the main bars had literally no-one in at peak time, which was worrying and made for a quiet atmosphere. Simarlarly, the Dedeman waterpark (book through travel agent for cheaper price 30TL) was almost empty when we went.
Tips: If you've done a boat trip in Marmaris, the ones in Gumbet are surprisingly very different. They almost haven't heard of all inclusive drinks on the trips, and will always price you for standard. The boats are also a lot smaller. Black Island on the boat trips is sold as having thermal springs and mud baths - not true. You pay 4TL (just under Â£2) to swim into a tiny, shallow cave then come out again - big rip off and tourist trap!
A lot of sites on the net say Bodrum doesn't have a beach - this is not true! It does, but it is all shingle. However there are various sunbeds belonging to the bars on the beach, and the water is a LOT clearer than Gumbet's which is meant to be THE beach resort of Bodrum!
Finally, the hassle you get from bars, flower sellers, restaurants, and even shops is unbearable. I'm very used to it from previous Turkey holidays, but think this is the worst I've ever had - actually being stopped in my path on the street, and almost begged to come in. Most will not take no for an answer.
Gumbet is a lot smaller than somewhere like Marmaris, but I'd say it was a good resort overall, with good restaurants and some good bars. If you stay at the Tropicana, you'll have a cracking holiday here!
- Travel date: Mon 8th of June 2009
Brilliant hotel with excellent management & staff
"Been to Gumbet several times but these Apartments are the best we have stayed in. They are in a great location right by the beach with lovely views across the bay and only a short stroll from the shops, bars and restaurants of Gumbet Centre. They have a lovely pool area with plenty of sunbeds and a good sized pool. The apartments are nicely decorated, clean and spacious with a fair sized balcony with table and chairs. The bar and restaurant served good, reasonably priced food practically all day with excellent service from the waiters and bar staff. All the staff and the manager Yunis were friendly, helpful and good fun and really made our holiday.
There are some lovely restaurants on the beachfront and in the centre and I have to say we didnt have a bad meal all holiday. Our favourite restaurants were Windy Bay & Mistral on the beachfront where the food was delicious and excellent value.
We will definately be going back to these apartments again as soon as possible!"
- Travel date: Sat 6th of June 2009
heaven on earth
"First visit to Turkey and loved every minute thanks to the manager and the staff at Tropicana
We were treated like royalty from the minute we arrived. Smashing blokes, The best in the world.
Thankyou Yunis, Hasan, Elvis, Deniz, Romeo,Tungay and of course Rambo. And any body we've missed
We liked it so much we are going back for more laughter
lots of love boys
hope to see you soon
Don, Carol, Ian and Ellen the melon
- Travel date: Fri 22nd of May 2009