Labranda Ephesus Princess
10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Great Holiday - Fabulous hotel - although very isolated!!
"After reading several reviews before going on this holiday we were optimistic as to what to expect, although it had been recommended to us. Its very true about the number of steps that exist at this hotel but DO NOT be put off by this, as not one review mentions that the hotel provide a 'tractor' from 7am through to midnight - which circlulates the whole grounds from top to beach - the hotel also provide staff that deliver and collect luggage to your door upon arrival /departure.The staff here are faultless and the hotel is spotless - no matter what time day or night there is always staff cleaning or doing something! The hotel is correct when it advises of being isolated but there is a bus every other minute to which takes you direct into Kusadasi for a charge of 2.50 lira (Â£1.00)! Down town there is all your shoppoing and we can highly recommend Planet Yucca (this restaurant will also collect you & return you to the hotel FREE OF CHARGE, providing you eat there! Back to the hotel the best 2 A La carte's are Italian, 1001 nights but you do have to book around 8am to get in! This hotel is fab and the kids (5, 10, 13 & 14) had a brilliant time - there is an excellent choice of food (pizza at he beach - lovely!!) although the evening entertainment can be a little mundane - ast a group of 12 we was always occupied! The villas to which was stayed are basic but clean, set in lovely gardens and are quieter from the main hotel - ideal for that hangover - if you can get one your lucky! Overall lovely time, boiling hot and would definately recommend this hotel."
- Travel date: 26th August 2009
Great Hotel Fab Holiday
"After reading the last two reviews i had to add mine. We are a family of 3 adults & 4 children aged 16 13 8 4 and everyone of us had a great time hotel fantastic we had rooms in main hotel which overlooked the sea, no's 1419 & 1420 which we did request before we went out as we were told about the villas being up some steps. These were cleaned and every day with a lovely flower made from the bed cover they even made a flower with a pair of my husbands shorts on day which must of been left on the bed. Food excellent we were there for 2 weeks and we did'nt get fed up there was so much to choose from. Entertainment was great yes there was karaoke by the pool but we never heard it and our room was overlooking the pool and the ampitheater. The top pool was very loud but there was plenty of room around the other pools to avoid the noise, kids slides great too. Staff excellent especially the reception staff and not forgetting big Sam from the sauna who was fab. Beach bar had fab cocktails there were amazing and the water sports were a must with our kids. between 3-4 the banana boat and big mable was free. Overall I could not fault this hotel there was so much to do with all the different bars,restaurants and activities."
- Travel date: 17th August 2009
Butlins in nice weather
"Blaring music & karaoke until 0130 every morning, thumping music throughout the day by the pool, pool closed for games of water polo & "catch the bra". Probably great for a group of teenage friends, or a "get pissed abroad" style of do - not for a young family away as we were sold it. Hotel and staff were faultless, rooms were clean, food was great (even tho it was buffet service, not a 5* waiter service) - just really not what we were told it would be."
- Travel date: 11th August 2009
not as expected
"i booked my holiday at the thomas cook in hinckley, a hotel room for 3. when we arrive at the hotel all of our coach were sent back out of the front door up many many steps to find out villa???? i know i book the hotel and when i complained to the rep she said it would cost Â£10 per person per night to move into the hotel. She did nothing to sort this out for us and most ppl i spoke to had also boooked a hotel room to be sent out into the villas, I cant beleive that the local travel agent booked me in wrong and one in Derby and at least on in Liverpool and all the others all over the uk. I feel robbed we had hundreds of steps to take from the hotel to our villa, and from the beach i had to sit and have a drink before i could go on to tackle the steps up the mountain to the villa"
- Travel date: 2nd August 2009
ok hotel, not 5 star, kusadasi nice to visit
"We stopped at the Ephesus Princess for two weeks in June 2009. Kusadasi itself was a lovely seaside town with loads of restaurants and pubs to choose from, and loads of shops and market stalls. But the drinks in Kusadasi were quite expensive with pints Â£2.80 to Â£3.00 and cocktails around Â£9.00 The grounds to the hotel are well kept with plenty to keep you occupied, but i wouldn't say it was a 5*. iThe rooms were very basic, but quite a decent size, however the carpet was very hard and as I have soft feet it hurts them. We were based in villa 14 which was at the very top of the villa, nearly 100 steps from the lobby of the main hotel, or a few steep ramps. It was quiet good though to burn off all those extra calories. however, the second week more, when it seemed to get really busy, unfortunately on several occasions at peak times we would discover that there would not be any hot water, only cold, and you would have to either wait or have a cold shower, not exactly a 5 star. The pool is very nice, clean and of a large size, there is also a smaller children's pool on the opposite side, with 2 slides operating between 10 and 12 and 2 and 4. There is also a very small hidden pool up in the villa area, for just a few people which is always nice and quiet. There was also a indoor pool which is shut in july and august however when we got there in june and it was already closed. The pool bar offers great service with typically drinks like coke, fanta, sprite, slush's, beer, cocktails and juices. Food around the pool bar serves burgers, chips and hotdogs ever day between 11 and 5pm and then 1 special lunch a day something like fish, kebab or chicken, between 12.30 and 2. The beach is another over 100 steps to reach from the poolside, however they do run a little bus thing from the villas, the lobby, the pool, and the beach every 30 mins, starting at 10.30am and finishing at 6pm. The beach is man made and therefore you need to walk down a platform rather than a walk in from a sand beach which is quite slippy due to algae etc. The watersports are also at the beach and are mostly free, we only did a pedalo but the sea can be rather choppy so on a couple of occasions the watersports were proponed for the day. The restaurants overall let the hotel down, on several occasions during the second week when the hotel was slightly busier you would be unable to find a seat and would have to come back later during the night when the main buffet restaurant was less busier. There was a second buffet restaurant opposite however this was never open when we were there. The food overall at the buffet restaurant was of a high standard with a wide variety to choose from, however again there were a large queue for the hot food. Every evening there was a salad and cold table, a bread table, chips and meat table and then an another with mixed foods on. The children's buffet also had pasta on every evening Lunch was very similar set up, but a lot quieter but with a little less choose from. We did go to two of the a la carte restaurants during our stay, firstly we went to the italian restaurant, (la romantic) which was very romantic and a refreshing change from the hustle and bustle of the buffet restaurant area, but you only got to choose the main course out of 2, so if you're a fussy eater ask to check the menu before you go. We also visited the 1001 nights, which we were told was chinese, however every course was fish and again you only picked the main dish which was fish or steak. There are plenty of bars to choose from but these are only open on certain nights of the weeks, and the kickers bar (english pub) is out of the all inclusive part of the hotel. Several of the excursions that we went on which were all booked with Thomas Cook rep, they were: Pumcakkale, which is a natural wonder, and we found that very disappointing, it took 4 hours to get there, at which we went to a onyx factory then for dinner and then finally to pamcukkale, from 2.30 until 4.30 where we had to pay an extra Â£10 nearly to swim in cleopatra's pool. Ephesus, a ancient city, was great experience but the tour guide did dragged out the tour in the full day heat what can become uncomfortable, so it would be probably be better to go to this via yourselves with a travel book. The Dolphin show at adaland, was good show and a worthwhile experience, however it is next to the hotel and you could get the local dolmus to this would be a lot cheaper, also be awhere that it costs an extra Â£10 pounds for use of your camera. Aqua fantasy,the water park is well worth a day trip the food is not to expensive inside, but again this is next to your hotel, but the local bus doesn't go down to this. sizzle and swim, relaxing day however if sea choppy, not the best, was seasick. very nice staff, nice food and great way to get a tan though. the hotel has an internet cafe, which is 2 euro for 30 mins and 3 euro for an hour, it has pool tables, and mini golf which are free of charge. the animation team are amazing, always trying to get you to join in with activities however you don't feel pressured into it if you don't feel like it. the evening shows are great, funny and suitable for all ages. in the hotel they have a gym, turkish bath, steam room and sauna. the gym is very small and doesn't have the best equipment but is ok. we booked a turkish massage package which included a turkish bath, peeling, soap massage, face mask and relaxation massage for 40 euro. it was very nice, relaxing and felt so much better afterwards my skin felt amazing. it also helps your tan and prolongs it. most prices in the hotel are in euro however you can pay in which ever way you like, turkish euro or english. again the same in kusadasi town, you can pay in which ever you like. i would recommend taking a calculation with you though to work out the exchange rate as they can rip you off if your paying in a different currency to what is stated. just outside the hotel is where a mini bus picks up (dolmous) and its 2.5 lira about a pounds to get you into kusadasi, and the same to get back just look for bus with ephesus princess, it will pick you up anwhere. the hotel states it runs a free bus into town once a day however it doesnt anymore it has been cancelled. but the bus is easy enough to use and even if you havent got the correct money you always get change. overall it was a nice and relaxing holiday however i wouldnt recommend this hotel at busier peroids, for the less able, or small children or pushchairs. if you have any questions please dont hesistate to contact me."
- Travel date: 29th July 2009
amazing holiday, can't wait to go back!
"we stayed at ephesus princess for 10 nights and i really couldn't fault the place. we knew we were in a villa and found that apart from having to carry the buggy up a few steps it was ideal for us (2 adults and 2 kids aged 8 yrs and 14 months) I did worry about the food being suitable for the kids before we arrived but it was brilliant, plenty of choice for all ages and a fantastic standard. The animation team were fantastic and worked so hard to keep eberyone entertained, loved the different choice of activities especially poolside karaoke and the beach party and fireworks. The weather was fantastic the hotel was gorgeous and i will definitly be returning asap."
- Travel date: 8th July 2009
Loved it- definitly recommend! (this is a big review)
"We have just returned yesterday from 2 weeks at the Ephesus Princess Hotel. We are a student couple both of aged 20. Having been to turkey myself about 12 times to many great hotels in different areas (including the sister hotel the Phaselis Princess) I can definitely say this exceeded my expectations. This was my boyfriends first time to Turkey and this hotel has been a great way of showing him why I love it so much. He says itâs been the best holiday heâs had. Location: On a hillside with a lot of steps which many people complain about but we didnât find them to be much a problem. And we were in one of the top villas. The hotel is 10 minutes dolmus ride from Kusadasi, which you can get from the main gate for 1.25 euro each (2.50 TL). The ancient city ruins of Ephesus are a short taxi ride away- though I would recommend getting the taxi from the centre of Kusadasi as they are easier to barter with. Do not pay what they ask for! The taxi driver who took us dropped us of at the top entrance and waited for us at the bottom. Entrance fee to Ephesus is 10 euro. Pool & Beach: There are 2 main pools- 1 with two water slides and the other large main pool by the pool bar. There are a lot of steps leading down to the beach which is a lot better than it appears in photos on the hotel website. Restaurants & Bars: Breakfast in the main restaurant includes omelette and fried eggs (alternated each day), pancakes, waffles, grilled cheese sandwiches and much more. I donât know what some people complain about. Lunch in the main restaurant has a wide variety (though we only had lunch there a couple of times). There was a different theme each night in the restaurant from Turkish, Mediterranean, Italian and Seafood. But there was always plenty for everyone. The pool snack bar serves chips, burgers and hotdogs from 11am-5pm each day, with other options such as chicken kebab, meatballs, rice etc between 12:30 and 2pm. The beach restaurant also serves the same between 11am and 5pm, but more variety than the pool during lunch times- bolognaise lasagne, pizza, salads etc. There are 6 a la carte restaurants even though the website only shows there being 4. These are; La romantica (Italian), Agora tavern (Turkish), Pecastore (Seafood), 1001 Nights (adults only), Sayanora (Asian), Schnitzel (Vienna). We went to all but the seafood. All extremely good and worth booking. You book these the day before at guest relations in the lobby. There are 8 bars; the lobby bar which is great for watching the sunset before dinner, the pool bar, the beach bar and the tropical bar which is also on the beach serving cocktails, The wine house is up by the villas and has live music on certain nights. CafÃ© Turk only serves Turkish tea and coffee but you can smoke a nargile while youâre there. The Odeon disco is open 3 nights a week from 11 till 2am. Finally the Kickers pub aka English bar has brand name beer such as Carlsberg but you have to pay, consequently no one was ever in there. As with everywhere I have been in turkey you should never walk away from your food for long as the sparrows will be right on it! Staff: All staff very friendly and helpful. The bar staff by the pool especially. They learnt our drinks so we didnât even have to ask when we went up. They all understood and spoke English. Though they definitely appreciate any effort of talking Turkish (âbir biera lutfenâ= one beer please). The animation team are great fun. FuFu in particular. Activities: Many activities were on during the day including darts, water polo, daily pool game, daily tournament of table football or shuffleboard and others. Volleyball, basketball and football all take place on the beach. Though id recommend wearing trainers for the football as itâs on a hot concrete pitch (as my boyfriend learnt the hard way). One activity which we did was Turkish lessons- just learning some basic phrases such as my example previously with ordering a beer. The animation team tried their best to get you involved but if you didnât want to then they didnât push it. Water sports on the beach include pedaloes, canoes, windsurfing, and banana boat at 3pm, waterskiing at 10am. All free. Sailing boats can be taken out but I think you need a certificate. There are jet skis, ringos, parasailing available at a cost. There is also mini golf up by the villas, just ask at reception and they will give you the golf clubs. A games room with internet and play station is on the 7th floor but you have to pay so if you have a laptop then free wifi is available in the lobby. Just ask reception for the passwork. Entertainment: The evening entertainment was always very good. The animation team clearly put in a lot of effort and were good fun to watch. Not to everyoneâs taste though. They did have outside entertainers come in a couple nights a week which was good. Karaoke was on twice a week after the show by the pool bar. Each week FuFu arranged a minibus to take some of us out for the night into Kusadasi which we found was great for getting to know people and make friends. Rooms: We were in the villas at the top of the hill but we didnât find the need to complain. The rooms were basic but newly redecorated and clean. Again much better in our opinion than the hotels website shows. We donât find the rooms to be too much of an important aspect though, after all its only there for sleeping and getting ready in the evening. Spa: There is a small gym, a Turkish bath, and sauna. We didnât have any but the prices for the massages etc didnât seem too expensive. Trips: Iâve already mentioned Ephesus which is a must, but other trips id recommend are: Day trip to Kusadasi-market days are Wednesday and Friday. We went on Friday and found it to be mainly food etc so maybe Wednesday is better. In shops make sure youâre not afraid to barter. You can expect to get the cost down to about a 1/3 of what they originally ask for. We went on a boat trip which we booked in kusadasi and paid 12 euro each for the whole day which included pick up from hotel, lunch and all soft drinks and water. The boat stopped off at various bays where we could go for a swim and jump off the side of the boat. First stop happened to be by the Ephesus Princess where we got some great photos of us with the hotel in the background. Other trips available are Jeep safari, pammukale, Quad biking. Unfortunately rafting isnât available from this part of turkey. Hope this was helpful :)"
- Travel date: 8th July 2009
Great hotel but room for improvement.
"This is a lovely hotel set on a hillside in a beautiful location. The rooms are very spacious and extremely clean, with maid service daily and renewed towels. When I initally booked I was told I would be in the hotel, but unfortunately on arrival found we had been placed in the villas (all the English appeared to be in the villas). The negative aspect of being in the villas, is that it is an excessive climb up the hillside each time you wish to return to your room. The brocure (Thomas Cook) does not say that there are over 100 steps to reach your room from the main hotel!! and then about another 200 to reach the beach. Please be aware this is excessive and many able people found this difficult. If going to this hotel again, I would insist on being in the main hotel. Many people asked to be moved from the villas and the staff were reluctant to do this. My second gripe, concerns the food. The food is very repetitive, many stew dishes and very little variety of fruit. If you go down for a late breakfast, the choice is extremely limited. The breakfast choice is mainly scrambled egg, beans and frankfurt sausage. Ocassionally, omlettle or pancakes were available. Also, the food is generally luke warm, this may have contributed to the upset stomach that all my party experienced. If you like burgers and chips, at the poolside you will be fine. The bar staff were particulalry helpful and friendly (poolside). All staff were pleasant although not all could understand english but they are very happy to help. The entertainment team were excellent during the day, keeping the teenagers involved and many team games available around the poolside. Very good. At night, hotel shoud employ outside staff to do the showtime as this was outside the league of the entertainment team and rather low class. The disco is worth a visit and is ideal as it is on site. Kusadasi is well worth a visit and allows you to experience Turkey and the friendly locals. Many bargains available in the many bazaars. The Turkish people are happy to take euros, Â£10 notes in sterling or lire. The dolmus is very handy and stops just at the top of the drive of the hotel. The dus runs every 5 - 10 mins. Overall, this is a very good hotel with just a few minor faults as detailed above."
- Travel date: 13th June 2009
"We have just returned from a week in the Ephesus Princess Hotel. The hotel is in a good location if you don't mind being out of town (which we didn't). Getting into town is easy - just jump on a dolmus (bus) at the hotel entrance and you can travel into the town centre for 2.50 Turkish Lira. You can get the dolmus back to the hotel from the same location just look out for the ones that drop off at the Ephesus Princess, again for 2.50 Turkish Lira. I found it confusing when people at the hotel quoted prices in Euros instead of Lira for example the Turkish Bath and massages are priced in Euros. At first glance I thought it was Turkish Lira and quite reasonable but then realised in was in Euros and The Turkish Bath and massage were fabulous as was the use of the Steam Room and Sauna.probably about the same price that you would pay in this country - 30 Euros. The Turkish Bath and massage were fabulous though and was the sauna and steam room (which were free to use) We had originally booked to stay in one of the villas but changed on arrival to rooms witin the hotel due to the steep hill you had to climb to get there and then the numbers of stairs that had to be climbed (no good when it's raining or you're in a pair of Jimmy Choo's). The bedrooms in the hotel were fantastic - spacious, bright and clean with a fabulous shower. The reception staff were extremely helpful, the animation team were really energetic and some of the bar staff were extremely friendly but we found the staff in the restaurants quite indifferent. The big disappointment was the food - the breakfasts - omelettes and fried eggs on alternate days (not every day!), poor selection of fresh fruit (compared to other hotels we have stayed in in Greece or Egypt). We used to have lunch by the pool - choice was usually chips, burger or hot dog with a different special each day - not really much selection for vegetarians. And the evening meal had a really limited choice - usually some potatoe and rice dish, a 'stew' type dish and then some sort of grilled meat - usually chicken or kebabs. The main restaurant is not really designed for bad weather and as we had a thunder storm one evening and then torrential rain another you ended up getting wet when trying to get your evening meal (but this isn't a problem in dry weather)! Staying with food, we went into Kusadasi one night for a meal and went to the Thomas Cook endorsed Planet Yucca (also because it did free pick ups and drop off to and from the hotel). We found the food expensive, over priced and dull - we ended up paying around Â£90 (sterling) for 2 starters, 3 main courses, 2 rice, 1 dessert, 1 bottle of wine and 3 beers but because of the poor quality of the food it felt as though we had paid over the odds!"
- Travel date: 25th May 2009
"Hotel If you believe all the reviews you read you would never leave your own house. This hotel is the best we have visited in europe and has the best facilities by far. The sauna and finn bath are part of the all inclusive. This hotel is a must for any family who likes fun. we went to this hotel three years on the trot and are going again in June 09. Rooms are nice. we've stopped in the villa's and the hotel but personally we prefer the hotel rooms (not as far too walk). Mini bar filled daily with water and soft drinks and cleaned everyday. Food The restaurant is buffet style with plenty of choice and there's always something for everyone. By the pool bar there are chips, kebabs and hotdogs but you must go to the beach and try the pizza's they are superb. Entertainment The animation team work very hard (especially Elena & Oxy). Shows are on 6 nights a week which are well worth watching. You are well entertained in the daytime, our 2 children are never bored. you play many games, darts, shuffleboard, table tennis, bar football, volleyball, tennis, too many to mention. Staff All staff are excellent, bar staff, chefs, reception, cleaners and especially animation team are always polite and helpful and always willing to help. Away from the hotel you get a free bus which takes you the shops provided by the hotel. there are plenty of shops to get all your bargains. The Turkish people want to make a living and everyone of them will try to get you into their shops but if you are not interested say no politely and they are fine, if you want to visit their shop then go in and they will run around the shop to find you what you want, some may offer you free drinks while you are browsing. You are expected to haggle with the price. we offer below what we would like to pay and they always want more but be persistant and enjoy the experience and keep haggling until you know they will not reduce the price any more. site seeing you must visit ephesus, this is brilliant. you can either go on a coach trip or taxi as it is not very far away but ensure you have a tour guide around ephesus because it is well worth it. ensure you visit the Virgin Mary's House (merymania) this is where the virgin mary spent her last days after the crucifixion of Jesus, pope john paul also visited this holy place. we went by taxi and the taxi driver negotiated with the attendant and got our children in free. can't wait to go back in June to see all the pleasant staff especially Elena, Oxy & Boran (The chef at the pool bar was also a star as my daughter will confirm, chips, chips, chips). go and enjoy."
- Travel date: 11th April 2009
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