Grand Pasa Hotel
80 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
not a 5 star
"I read all the reviews and decided to book although I knew that 5 star in Turkey is really a 3+ star and I was right. If you have read all other reviews, then there is very little I can add but here it goes, Do not expect bacon and sausage for breakfast but choice of fresh veg and salads are great. Food is a personal choice but we enjoyed ours. There is no soft ice cream for children and pre packed ice cream is sold at cost of Â£1.50 (3.50 YTL) but if you go out of the main entrance and turn right and after the small cross roads there is a supermarket on left hand side ( you have to go up some steps) and the same ice cream is half price. At this supermarket they will also exchange your money without commision( usally 10%) and you can also purchase your bottle water here again at half the price of hotel. The hotel towels are like sand paper and are paper thin. Turkish bath is chargable unless you go between 9.30-11.00am or 5.30-7.00pm. Try a day out in Icemeler and get there with a orange mini bus which costs 1.25YTL each(about 60p). you must haggle with every shop. Asking price for a belt was 25YTL and I paid 6YTL!!! At the airport it was 10YTL(Â£4.50) for a latte and I paid 12YTL for two of them. So don't be affraid to offer silly prices. The worst they can say is NO. The hotel staff are very friendly although the management are as good as plant pots!!! They would rather stand at the bar and watch one member of staff serve 15 guests like a headless chicken rather than help. They see it beneath them to serve behind bars which is crazy. And when I brought a problem to general manager's attention he basically told me to take it or leave it. So just go there to have a good time with the knowledge that 99% of hotel accomodations in Turkey are worst than Grana Pasa."
- Travel date: Fri 6th of June 2008
not so grand
"Arrived at the very swish looking Grand Pasa at 2a.m checked in and was given room 447!!!! Thanks for the previous warning about rooms ending in 7,we refused the room and eventually were given 120.(great view of a wall and the hotel opposite).The whole of the hotel and rooms are kept very clean and looking smart but considering the age of hotel it shouldn't be anything else.The location of the hotel does not do it justice, the pool area is very overcrowded,there is not enough outside seating in the warm evenings. The food is definitely not 5 star,we've had better in costa 3 star hotels.The bars very often ran out of ice or clean glasses although service at bars is very good.The staff are all polite and helpful and maids service the rooms every day.Wardrobes have plenty of hanging space but shelves are very narrow and limited.We had booked the alacarte restaurant for the meat night only to be told after eating the starters that it was a fish night.swift exit from from restaurant.We have used 5 star all inclusive in Kos,Corfu and Spain and the Pasa comes nowhere near the standards of these.We would reccommend the restaurant Samdan the food is 5 star and TJ and the whole staff are brilliant.Turn right out of the hotel walk down to the main road turn left and Samdan is 300yards on the left.It was our first time in Turkey and we really enjoyed Marmaris and will go back but not to stay in this hotel."
- Travel date: Thu 5th of June 2008
"Grand Pasa (pronounced Pasha) proved to be an excellent hotel choice.
As we arrived others on the coach awaiting their hotels looked in awe, from the outside it truly is gorgeous.
Inside the building, the marble floors and glass dome roof are impressive.
Rooms are off a high standard with one double and one single bed, lcd tv wall mounted and mini-bar.
The bathroom is top drawer with a constant hot water shower and sumptuous bath.
Now to me, when you travel abroad you accept the customs, the lifestyle and the cuisine of the country you visit, therefore without sounding rude, i'm sure a lot of the people complaining about "poor food & not catering for british folk" are those looking for beefburgers, pizza, chips. if that's the case stick to Butlins. The cuisine at Grand Pasa was excellent with plenty variety for everyone to find something to satisfy the taste buds.
The pool area although lacking in private space was clean, the pool itself is a tad chilly for the first few seconds but your body soon accepts this and with the pool being large you soon enjoy yourself, you must try the mini-pool and it's 3 flumes/chutes (great fun). One downside i have to admit is the entertainment, although the team are exceptionally friendly and mingle with everyone, their games,dances lack imagination and do get slightly boring.
5 star is a bit on the high side as there is no waiter service and a limited amount of drinks, no tea/coffee making facilities in the rooms and no high class entertainment but it is a hotel worthy of a good rating and it certainly makes for an excellent holiday."
- Travel date: Wed 28th of May 2008
Wonderful, the best AI I've ever stayed in!
"We have recently spent 11 nights here at the Grand Pasa Hotel in Marmaris and if I had enough money I would go back tomorrow. It truly is amazing.
The hotel is new,, about 18 months old.
The rooms were spacious, a double king sized bed and a single bed, LCD TV (with some English channels - but who goes on holiday to watch TV!), fridge, marbled floor in the bathroom and hot showers all day long. Rooms were cleaned daily and towels were changed daily. You were provided with towel cards for use at the pool for sunbathing too.
The pool was lovely, 1.5 m deep, with water slides. A tad cold however but I can imagine in warmer months that would change. The indoor pool was good, heated slightly same depth and was nice to use if you did not want to brave the outdoor pool.
Sunbeds were easy to get hold of, but we did go early season, I can imagine in busier times that would change.
Food was excellent and we certainly never got fed up. Breakfasts consisted of cereals, continental style, salads, choice of eggs - boiled, scrambled, fried or omelets. Frankfurter style sausages, eggy bread, beans were also on.
Lunch and Evening meals were same standard, much to choose from - soup, salad, pasta dishes, kebabs, meatballs, fish, chicken, veal, turkey etc. There was also grilled vegetables, rice, chips and wedges.
The drinks package was beer, vodka, gin, brandy, raki, choice of soft drinks - fanta, sprite, cola, fruit juices, tea & coffee.
The evening entertainment would be the only downside to what is a fantastic hotel, but it was early season and things did pick up towards the end of our stay.
You are 5 mins walk from the main road into either Marmaris or Icmeler. Dolmus are cheap about 1.5 - 1.75 lira (about 60p) or taxis which again are not too expensive - Â£4 to Icmeler approx. If you fancy a meal out then try The Love Boat in Icmeler - the best steak I had ever had. They even offer a free pick up and return taxi service for you. Their prices were slightly more expensive (by 2 lira!! about 1 pound) but well worth it and still much cheaper than at home.
The hotel also offers a sauna, jacuzzi, gym, internet cafe, pool table, air hockey & table football (all chargeable). There is a small gift type shop and a jewellers who I would recommend. Just ask for Frankie and he will give you a good deal, their service is excellent.
Overall this is one of the best hotels I have ever stayed in and at just over Â£800 for 11 nights (including transfers from airport which is 1hr 30 mins) we could hardly complain. I would return here without any shadow of a doubt and it is ideal for anyone."
- Travel date: Fri 16th of May 2008
Great looking hotel
"Have just come back from a weeks break at the Grand Pasa and I must say first impressions were very good. The entrance was airy and modern with a distinctive marble floor. Our room was luckily one that didn't end in a 7 (if you have one of these you will unfortunately be given a "corner" room with a very small balcony and next to no sunshine throughout the day). The rooms are of a high spec with an excellent shower, a double and a single bed (this is standard), a nice flat screen tv on the wall with good old ITV1 if you are missing your soaps, a small table with two separate comfotable chairs and a high quality patio set. The standard of the hotel generally is very good although not 5* by English standards. If you want to grab a sunbed around the pool though you must be fairly early as the hotel does lack the space to accommodate its guests especially during very high season, however you should be fine in May. Now my first biggish gripe. The food. The restaurant is situated on the -1 floor with very little natural light. This does give it the feel of a busy canteen or as I described it like having school dinners. I won't harp on too much about the food as everyone has different tastes but most of the desserts were unedible, either sickly sweet or tasteless. The main courses were okish but you certainly didn't want to spend anymore time than you had to in "the basement" as I put it having your meals. It was basically a question of fill your boots, and make a quick exit.
The animation team were very poor and it was quite painful to watch at times. However the, pool is extremely pleasant, I would say almost 50 metres in length and there were three or four water slides in another pool adjacent to it. The gym is well equipped and the sauna and steam room add a nice touch.
Don't miss the opportunity to go to Icmeler by taxi boat. This resort is lovely, with good shops, very reasonable food, free sunbeds and much much quieter than Marmaris. Overall we had a really good relaxing break but would definitely stay in Icmeler if we returned to Turkey."
- Travel date: Thu 15th of May 2008
The best AI hotels I've stayed at in Turkey
"Over the last 10 years we've ended up holidaying in Turkey five times. One of the reasons is that Turkey has been a good value holiday. We've always done All Inclusive and it has always been at four or five star hotels. We've been to four different area's in Turkey and it was a bit of a shock when we arrived in Marmaris as the Turkey we'd come to expect was hotels with lots of space around them, if over looked at all, by only one or two other hotels or villa's / residence Marmaris reminded us of the worst of the Spanish Costa's, with the saving grace is that the Turkish planners had not allowed building over four stories. The Marmaris resort has a hotel across every road, but all (subtly) overlooking each other. I would imagine that Marmaris in high season is for youngsters and those who enjoy Blackpool on a hot bank holiday!
April being the start of the season bought positives and negatives. The visitors to the resort were possibly at 20% the level of high season (for us a definite positive), not everywhere was open but hey, with only 20% visitors there was more than enough to do and go round! Positives like sun beds without towels on them at 8am, no queues at the buffet or the bar, no jostling for beach space and plenty of shopping and trips / experiences to choose from! Mid April is certainly the earliest Iâd recommend anyone to visit, it was warm enough to sunbath and wear light clothes, but a week earlier and weâd have been cold.
For those reading this review who have never ventured to Turkey, please be aware that 5 star isnât to English standard 5*, all inclusive food (even at five star) is not Michelin cuisine.
Back to the Grand Pasa (pronounced Pasha locally) I read the reviews and thank those reviewers on TripAdvisor, everyone was very close to the mark and truthful. I discovered why 2007 was a slow year and full on non-Brits â the hotel was due to be finished at the beginning of the season but the owners didnât place it with the big holiday companies in case it wasnât completed, it went out to all odd outlets and therefore the guests werenât normal Marmaris guests, 2008 is ânormalâ. Grand Pasa does have a fabulous entrance area, it gets admiring comments from visitors from hotels nearby or those who arrive on minibuses collecting guests for trips out. The rooms are of very good standard both in size and cleanliness, the staff are a little reserved (perhaps start of the season malaise), for us, better than in your face, and helpful and friendly. As per one of the other reviews, I wouldnât like to return when the hotel is full because I can not see how they can get enough sun beds around the pool for every visitor whoâd want one, but hey, the beach is only 300 yards walk away. On our visit there were no problems with sun beds and although the pool snack bar didnât open or al-la-carte dinners werenât available we have no complaints. The food is buffet style and edible, although some of the meals we chose for ourselves were not the food youâd find mixed in any British restaurants, but we never went hungry and based on four other Turkey AI experiences was on par if not better than previously eaten and for the money we paid really good!
Weâd recommend the hotels small (but perfectly formed) jewelry store, no hassle, run by friendly very experienced staff and even at tag price (without haggling), there were some very good deals to be had, much more for your money than in most places in the world weâve shopped for gold and gems.
Would we return? Yes, but not until mid September when the crowd have gone and the beds have softened! Thank you Grand Pasa we had a fantastic week."
- Travel date: Fri 2nd of May 2008
"We booked up late with Last Minute.com and was determined to hate Turkey. How wrong I was!!! The hotel is brand new and has been finished to a really high standard. Our room had a decent size balcony and the usual 5* offerings and the funkiest air con unit i've ever seen. Plenty of English channels on the LCD screen and we never heard our neigbours in their room or people outside due to the fact the hallways are carpeted.
They have an excellent gym but remember to take a towel and your own water. The Turkish bath is a must are really sets you up for your holiday. The only slight let down was the food, but then again I didn't hear one person who stayed in any hotel say that the food was good. We didn't get ill, it just would of been nice if they had maybe offered more cooked veg."
- Travel date: Mon 29th of October 2007
"In a quiet part of Marmaris - yes they do exist. Just opened in May this year when we were staying at the Pineta Park Deluxe (also very good) Excellent rooms, food and service. Unfortunately, some ignorant Dutch and English people but you can't avoid riff-raff when the deals to go to 5 star (Tourist) are so cheap. Don't let that put you off however - it is a great hotel, located away from the hustle and bustle of the main resort. The hotel and facilities are indeed as good as they appar on their website. Long treck to Ephesus but after being to Turkey 5 times now, we decided to sacrifice a day to go - well worth it. Would definitely return to The Grand Pasa although I would not refuse to go back to The Pineta Park Deluxe as the Pool Entertainment and evening entertainment was better there."
- Travel date: Tue 23rd of October 2007
Not Luxury but a Good Hotel
"Spent a week here in October, the hotel entrance is impressive; itâs opposite the Pineta Deluxe Hotel and around a 10 min normal walking pace to the sea. Its set in a quiet location next to the pine clad hillside.The hotel has a large circular lobby and two scenic lifts that look over the pool area. We requested a pool view and were given room 347,do not accept this room or any room with a 47 on floors 1 to 4, they are squeezed into a corner with little natural light, small overlooked balcony and all are next to staff quarters, a bad design fault to say the least. We moved to a normal pool view the next day, what a difference and we could see the sea in the distance. Also do not pay for the safe, you can punch in your own 4 digit code, they donât tell you this at reception, in fact information is very poor regarding the hotel amenities, you only get a poor photo copy of meal times and whatâs inclusive or not etc. There is no welcome or info pack in the room.
The rooms are large and carpeted, sliding doors over the bath and a heated bathroom mirror, beds (one single and a double) were firm but comfortable, nice plasma TV with 40 cannels, there is plenty of space for clothing, not sure about the sheets, they were like a rough gauze texture. The split-level air con worked well and was free. In the corridor your room number lights up when your in and have the swipe card in the electric activated slot (any old credit card wont work) not sure about the security issue as anyone knows if you are in or not.
The entertainment is very poor all day, same music, the same darts and home made cheap plywood golf game every day, the evening, well just grin and bear it, make your own entertainment or go out! There is plenty going on at the outside bars only a short walk away.
The pool is medium size and a good temperature and the water slides are great fun when turned on! The best place for all day sun late summer is around the snack bar area but get up early to stake your place! There is the customary photographer, who doesnât bother you again once you say no. There is not much for children only a small shack to play in and no free ice cream. There are free pool towels but small and not top quality (take your own).
The food is tasty but not much choice and also repetitive, they have hot food containers similar to bread bins which you have to open to look whatâs inside, this gets a little annoying. The choice of breakfast-cooked eggs while you wait is a good but no bacon only cooked tomatoes, beans and the salami sausages. The best smell to our noses was the fresh cooked chips & burgers at 2.30pm in the snack bar, even vinegar was available sometimes!
Smoking is allowed in every part of the hotel except the lifts, if youâre a none smoker you cannot choose a non-smoking room or eat without someone lighting up.
The indoor pool, Jacuzzi (same water and not heated) sauna, gym and Turkish bath are inclusive, the steam room is extra (tiles missing off floor), the Spa staff seemed a little anyonde when you only used the free facilities. Try haggling the price of the Spa treatments; they will come down in price.
The cliental was a mixture of Mostly English, Dutch, Germen, Turkish and a few Russians, who need a little manners schooling at times.
Having said all the above it was a great holiday, we would say a good 3 star touching 4 at times! With a bit more choice of drinks and food, better entertainment, information, cleaning and service we would have given this hotel a 5 star rating."
- Travel date: Mon 22nd of October 2007
"marmaris grand pasa hotel had a great holiday in a fabulous hotel. The staff were friendly and helpful, the food was good and varied. 50/50 mix of British and Dutch. the only downside was there wasn't much entertainment in the evenings."
- Travel date: Sun 21st of October 2007
"Clean, friendly staff, good food, comfortable room. Nice shopping, particularly Jewellery shop, great service.
Entertainment pretty poor.
Mr Travel (tour dealer)should be avoided (on road to beach) as they lie and fail to deliver. Stick with tour operator.
The Turkish people are generally a nice bunch and very helpful.
Most enjoyable break."
- Travel date: Wed 24th of April 2013
"just returned from a two week stay 24/9/12 to 8/10/12 and can i say what a great time we had.
the hotel in extremaly clean and well maintained. the pool area is cleaned every night, and there are enough sun beds for everyone. the snack bar served food and drinks from 10sm till 6pm when they stopped serving food. the main resteraunt was well maintained and the level of food was great. i am a fussy eater and i always found something never went hungry.the selection of deserts was fab. if you tipped your waiter when you went for your next meal he will more than likely have your table reserved for you.
i had read reports that the staff could be rude, so was more than suprised that everyone i encountered were more than helpful, from checking in to checking out. i was also aware that reports had stated that the spar, photographer etc, would hassel you around the poll, in the two weeks there we wee asked once by each and said no in a polite manner and they never asked again.
the animation team worked very hard round the pool all day with different activities going on.
the bar staff can be a little slow as there is only 1 behind the bar at any given time so you may have to wait a little but you will get served.
the cleaning staff do a good job in your room which is cleaned daily and your towels are also changed daily. we never used the spa but from reports of those who had said they were second to none, and that the turkish bath is well worth a visit.
the hotel is only a 5min walk from the beach, they hotel does run a bus serves to their on private beach in the next town where you can use the showers sun beds but you have to pay for your drinks there.
all in all i really enjoyed my stay at the grand pasa, though i would only give it a 4 star rating as i have stayed in 5 star hotels and this one just falls a little short, not by much though. any one who is planning to book into this hotel will not be dissappointed. "
- Travel date: Thu 11th of October 2012