62 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"We stayed here the last two weeks of august fantastic apartments very clean we started on the fourth floor spacious apartment but tiny balcony with very high wall couldnt see over when sitting asked to move rooms and was accomadated with no problem at all. All staff were great special mention to gogo who made our holiday fun. two swimming pools with water slide and a baby pool.The alvaro is situated just a few mins walk from the towns main shopping area, a short stroll down the canal and the beach is there what more can u ask for? will be going back again"
- Travel date: Wed 9th of September 2009
Excellent - Very friendly!!
"Just returned from Icmeler 2 days ago, had an excellent holiday - it is the second time we have stayed in the Alvaro Apartments, the first time was 8 years ago and still it does not disappoint. The location is great, not too far from the pretty canal and beach, just a short stroll from the centre of Icmeler (5 mins). Loads of bars and restaurants and plenty of entertainment along the canal - if you like a chill out bar the Magic Garden is ideal very tranquil. The weather was very hot (45c) every day. If you like Boat Trips the best one is the "Captain Bullshit" we went on 4 in the 2 weeks we were there, full of fun and great as you get a lovely breeze, it makes a change from sitting around the pool, to book just visit the restaurant which is situated around the corner (near the Akbank) on the main road.
Chris, kev, Coral and Jacob from Manchester"
- Travel date: Wed 9th of September 2009
"We have been to the Alvaro eight years running and it only gets better, this year we celebrated our daughters ( Sarah ) 18th birthday at the Alvaro Lemontree restaurant and had a brilliant evening, many thanks to Zsa Zsa and all his staff for making the evening special for Sarah, Sarah was accompanied by her boyfriend Andrew and it was his first visit to Turkey and he had a brilliant time and was made to feel very welcome by all the people we have met out there over the years. We will be returning again next year and we would recommend the Alvaro to anyone who is visiting Icemeler for the first time and would also recommend the following restuarants :- Alvaro Lemontree, Venice, Lighthouse, Harmony ( Stella show ), Majestic, Moonlight, Amigos & the Kontes. Recommended trips - Horse safari, Turtle beach, Jeep safari, Atlantis waterpark ( Marmaris )."
- Travel date: Mon 3rd of August 2009
One of our best holidays!
"The best thing about these apartments are the excellent staff. Extremely helpful, friendly and polite. Many thanks to Ibo,Hakan,Gogo and Steve - the bar/pool staff, and Damla and Ufuk (pronounced Ofoe) in reception. The four cleaners were excellent - rooms cleaned and towels changed every day. Icmeler is beautiful with a lovely promenade lined with flowering shrubs and trees. Recommended trips are Dalyan river (Turtle beach and Mud baths), Talk of the Town (in Marmaris) Turkish Baths (say no to additional extras when there). We booked these through Travel shop owned by Eric (opposite Akbank behind Alvaro) - much cheaper! Recommend Stella Show at Harmony restaurant for night out. Meal was also excellent there as well as LoveBoat Restaurant. Venice Restaurant great too for drinks/food/entertainment."
- Travel date: Mon 20th of July 2009
loved the alvaro
"We stayed here first two weeks of september fantastic apartments very clean started on the fourth floor spacious apartment but tiny balcony with very high wall couldnt see over when sitting requested to move day two ,were accomadated with no problem at all staff lovely,attached lemon tree restaurant,great water slide great even for the big kids well over thirty anyway.Fantastic weather both had dodgy tums but think it was a resort thing not the apartments .Would recommend for families in summer,couples after school holidays would go back but like to try somewhere different every year.Sunbeds plenty of them but we were there at the same time as the anglo-germans who hogged the slide pool end towels went out on the way back from pub .sun shines at the apartment side in the afternoon and opposite in the morning so plan ahead if your are a morning person or afternoon person and watch out for those liverpudlian-germans lol x x"
- Travel date: Sat 20th of September 2008
Great location in a family friendly resort
"This review is for the Alvaro villas which are rented directly from the owner, the apartments are available from Airtours and possibly other main travel agents. Ozcan the owner has four villas next to his apartment block, two at ground floor level and two above. Two overlook the pools and two overlook a quiet road, all have two bedrooms, a small but very clean and modern kitchen area (with everything you could possibly need except a toaster), a living space that holds a sofabed and a lovely balcony. Bathrooms in Turkey can be a little suspect at times however in the Alvaro the bathrooms were UK standard with a proper shower cubicle and nice fittings. The towels and bedlinen were also of a very good standard, the bed was comfortablea nd there was enough storage space.The only downside was that aircon was only available in one bedroom, it is definitely needed in both.
One swimming pool had a great waterslide, another main pool was a bit quieter as kids used the slide and the third pool was a toddlers pool nicely located under a tree, the whole pool area was exceptionally clean and well maintained. Prepare to book your sunbed at 6.30am!
Location was excellent, 5 minutes from the beach and main shopping area yet quiet.
Overall, a very nice spot in a lovely part of Turkey"
- Travel date: Mon 21st of July 2008
Lovely apartments and staff at Alvaro
"Stayed at the Alvaro apartments in June 2006, went with a friend for a chill out, and to work on our tan!
The weather was very very good with temperatures up to 39 degrees, there where no clouds throughout the whole week we where there!
The apartments where simple and basic but very clean and well kept. They where cleaned and tidied daily and when we where leaving we got a wee note from the cleaners wishing us a safe trip! The apartments have 2 nice bars and a good restaurant, the pool is a really good size, with a separate kiddies pool with a slide. The staff where so friendly and really good craic, and the receptionist was fabulous!
The centre of Ismeler is just a short walk (5mins) from the apartments, and is a beautiful village with plenty of restaurants to choose from. Icmeler is quiet and if you are looking for clubs Marmaris is the next town, only about 5 minutes drive, where there is a street with lots of clubs and bars.
The only problem we had was the persistence of the turkish men, we where 2 girls on holidays and got quite a lot of hassle to come into bars, restaurants and to buy things in shops, at one point we had to walk down the middle of the road to avoid the guys hassling us. However this is a problem throughout Turkey and not just in Icmeler.
Overall my friend and I had a brillianT holiday and would definitly recommend these apartments to anyone"
- Travel date: Wed 26th of December 2007
Lovely friendly staff.
Food fantastic and good prices.
Pools are cleaned daily.
Appartments are well equiped.
Idealy situated to all amenities.
We went for a week, then decided to stay for an extra 11 days.
Can't wait to return!!!"
- Travel date: Thu 19th of January 2006
"the holidays that my family and friends have had at the alvaro apartments are the best you could ever wish to have. it is a family run business and if you have a problem they will endeavour to sort it out for you .the apartments are nice and clean children are well catered for as all the staff participate in keeping the children occupied in the swimming pool while parents can have quiet drink in the bar or have a game of pool i would recommend these apartments to anybody who are going to turkey for the first time"
- Travel date: Fri 21st of January 2005
"Booked a week away first week in September 2012 with my friend who was celebrating her 50th birthday. The staff were there to welcome us at 5am with a smile. The food at the Alvaro is excellent, the staff are extremely friendly, and the rooms are clean and tidy although basic. The maid service is second to none. The resort had plenty to do, beaches are lovely and clean. can't fAult the place and would go back there tomorrow."
- Travel date: Tue 11th of September 2012
"The location of this hotel is out of the way but not to far from the main town, its an ideal chill spot. the room was kept very tidy by the friendly cleaners and was a fair size, big bedroom and amazing air con :) i liked the banter with the manager and bar staff, Eddie and Charlie. I am already booking my holiday back :)"
- Travel date: Sun 1st of July 2012
"we went to icmeler 5 years ago and stayed at the 5 star aqua hotel.(very good)
this time because the reviews were so good we stayed at the alvaro
the alvaro is absolutly brilliant small family owend hotel.we went for 1 week and stayed for 2 the rooms are basic but cleaned every day
all the staff are absolutly fantastic eddie and ali(to good for words) work so hard to give you a great time. chef billy(he is very good and will take delight in cooking wat you want)
this is all round a great hotel.
bubber john(uncle) pam. "
- Travel date: Sat 23rd of July 2011