Charisma De Luxe Hotel
12 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Charisma equals super luxury
"The Charisma is a beautiful new property right on the water. Every room has a water view.
I would highly recommend the Turkish bath. I was very hesitant to do a Turkish bath because I was concerned about cleanliness, but this wasn't an issue at the Charisma. The facility was very clean and the whole experience was great.
The hotel has a large swimming pool."
- Travel date: Mon 18th of August 2008
"This hotel is in a great location in a bay that feels private, all it's rooms have a magnificent view, the design of the building,the facilities and rooms are very contemporary and successful.
We were a group of 6+ architects from New York staying here and we all agree on these points.
The wood decks with beach lounges were you can dive into the Aegean are heavenly.
The staff is great, the spa is great, and the little hammam is perfect after a visit to Ephesus.
The breakfast and dinner buffet included are beyond adequate with a large selection of local and international dishes.I am not a buffet person so I wouldn't even mention it if it didn't make an impression.
As prices go, a local bottle of white wine (really good by the way) by the decks or infinity pool , is 25lira (@1.20 per dollar). You make the call if that is expensive.
Kusadasi itself is not much of a beauty, but still exotic and fun to explore and the perfect base to tour the ruins near by.
When there, take a taxi to the restaurant Degirmen about 7kms away.It has it's own caddle and olive farm and excelent cuisine.It's scenery and quality rival anything in Provence."
- Travel date: Fri 27th of June 2008
Best hotel in Kusadasi -luxury for Turkey
"I loved the Charisma. The rooms were modern and sleek in design, the spa bath was a godsend at the end of a hard days work and i particually liked the window from the bathroom to the bedroom so you could bathe, watching the sun set over the ocean. The hotel is decked out throughout in marble and travertine, which is what makes it feel so luxurious. All rooms are sea facing and have large balcony's, so no one will be disappointed.
The common areas are a treat too, breakfast is a veritable feast and served on a huge terrace overlooking the ocean. The cocktail bar wouldn't look out of place in one of the swishest hotels in London, due to its chic and contemporary design.
To top it all the staff are welcoming and efficient, some of the finest fish restaurants in Kusadasi are a stones throw away and the main town is just a five minute walk.
If you want the best hotel in Kusadasi, this is the place for you."
- Travel date: Tue 25th of March 2008
More cons than pros
"We stayed in Kusadasi at the Charisma hotel for 4 nights - one night would have been enough. There was more to dislike than to like about this hotel. Yes, it is well located right on the Aegean and yes, the buffet breakfast was good but if you wanted orange juice you had to pay an extra $3.60 US. The rooms have balconies which are set back from the building's face so that it was not possible to get a breeze at night making the room uncomfortably hot. The air conditioner was not an alternative. The band in the empty bar played annoyingly loudly so going to bed, even with the doors closed, before 11 wasn't worth it. This was the only hotel we encountered on our 3 weeks in Turkey that did not have an ironing board or iron for guests to borrow. Laundry charges were exorbitant: Men's T shirt 13 YTR or $11.70 American, woman's skirt 17 YTL or $15.20 - this is for wash and fold only! And finally, the hotel has posted notices saying that no drink (including water) or food bought outside the hotel is allowed. If such is found in your room you will be charged hotel prices for the items. Unbelievable! We did find the hotel staff pleasant and as accommodating as it was possible for them to be under such hotel rules. The city of Kusadasi being a port for cruise ships is really touristy and only worth a brief visit. The rest of Turkey was fabulous as were the remainder of the hotels in which we stayed."
- Travel date: Thu 25th of October 2007
More Glitz than Ritz
"The place makes you feel good in that it's on a beautiful piece of the Aegean - tiny spit of sand for a beach which is mostly unused, mostly you use the lounge chairs (comfy) and jump off the deck into the sea. The town has some low-key charm but not enough for you to want to be there more than one night. The hotel had a band playing (loud and stupid pop songs) that went on much too late. Seemed to be trying to be a hip spot for the young (the Quatar soccer team was staying there) which was sometimes a distraction. Very nice staff though as is the case with most hotels on the Turkish Aegean. Our suggestion? Try the Kismet which is well and honestly reviewed elsewhere."
- Travel date: Sun 16th of September 2007
not a five star, but decent
"There are two towers to this hotel. I wonder if the differing opinions of the rooms are due to reviewers staying in different parts of the hotel?
We discovered during our trip that a five star in the Turkish system basically translates to "bathrooms in marble" and "has air conditioning available" - it doesn't necessarily have to work. So, pretty much anything goes. Some of the 5 stars were spectacular, while one was beyond awful. This "five star" hotel is equivalent to a Hampton Inn with a jazzed up bathroom.
Service was very good. The front staff was welcoming and helpful with advice, etc. Breakfast was pretty standard, but the view from the restaurant was spectacular. We didn't bother with dinner in the hotel, but went to one of the local fish places. It was terrific.
The rooms were clean, had the usual complementary toiletries and a hair dryer. One room had a balcony. See photos."
- Travel date: Mon 2nd of July 2007
"sorry for bad englisch y was stay 14 days in this good hotel ist ferry nice and is on good hotel is nice and lovley ist 20 min walking from the centrum off the city good meals and good rooms whit vieuw off the sea and the pool is not for childeren becorse ist nobody for the pleasure them, also no disco and menny noice, but super good for nice hollyday and relaxing
y stay here from 20-5-2007 a 1/06/2007"
- Travel date: Fri 15th of June 2007
What A Dump
"The room was dirty, and never vacuumed the 2 nights we stayed. How do I know? The same sequins were on the floor in the bedroom and bath our entire stay. The windows were filthy, obscuring the sea view. The corridor leading to the room was in a complete state of disrepair: carpet rippling and coming off the floor, paint chips all over the floor where they needed to repair cracks and blemishes in the wall. We were told this was a brand new property. Except for the public areas that were maintained, it looked like an aging frat house. We were completely disgusted."
- Travel date: Thu 31st of May 2007
A definite must if you are in Kusadasi
"This hotel is truly a 5*. The food was nothing to brag about but the complex and the rooms were stunningly beautiful and modern. There was travertene marble everywhere. You could also see the plasma tv from the shower. This place is brand new and must see if you are in Kusadasi! The price for this place is very cheap for what they offer."
- Travel date: Tue 27th of March 2007
First class hotel and resort
"Great welcome and first class accommodation. Food was mouth watering and very well presented. Rooms were cleaned scrupilously. Bar staff, dining staff and receptionists were all very helpful and friendly.An added extra was a pianist and sometimes a violin playing every evening. Also sitting by the pool in the evening watching the sun set with a cool glass of wine was so relaxing. We were in Turkey for a wedding so many of the tours offered were on the days we attended the wedding nevertheless the rep JJ was very helpful in her suggestions on how to arrange it ourselves.We found a friendly local taxi driver Ahmet who took us to Pammakalle, Aphrodisias Ephesus etc (not all on the same day) at a very reasonable price and could accommodate up to 7 passengera to lower the cost. I hadn't realised how much the Romans had influenced Turkey. I am now an avid reader of this rich history. The local resort was 15 minutes walk away and shopping was wonderful when you learned how to barter in between sipping apple tea which was always on offer. Local restaurants with traditional turkish singing and dancing were only a few steps away from the Hotel and it always felt very safe walking along the seafront in the evening. A wonderful first visit to Turkey and it won't be my last."
- Travel date: Wed 5th of November 2008
This hotel is well maintained looks good...
"This hotel is well maintained looks good and food is very good with a excellent choice,rooms are cleaned everyday with friendly staff on the whole who go about there work well enough.It is about a 20 min walk into the centre or 5 by dolmus for 1.5 tl which is a better option rather than being harassed by every guy in a shop or restaurant!![it does get on your nerves after a while].The only thing that marred the stay was the fact we walked into the hotel with a large bottle of water and had it confiscated along with a few food items[crisps etc]this happened to a few people we talked too,they just wanted goods from the hotel eaten/drank at very inflated prices,so be warned!!!! The evening entertainment wasnt great[lead singer was bad but its not his own lingo but some people stayed and listened and applauded so some enjoyed but not to our taste each to there own.So all in all i would give it a 8/10 which isnt bad for us!!! good holidays to you all."
- Travel date: Sat 14th of June 2008
This is a 5 star deluxe hotel which has...
"This is a 5 star deluxe hotel which has only just opened in Kusadasi. Itâs fantastic! Great location, wit its own private beach. Hotel decor is really trendy with tiles and marble everywhere. rooms are well appointed with huge LCD TV, massive bed, Jacuzzi bath and all the usual. Comfy public areas, fantastic service at the health club a great holiday all round. Couldn't really fault the hotel, although it did feel a bit like they were still adding the finishing touches. Get there before the tour operators do!"
- Travel date: Thu 21st of September 2006