10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Amazing hotel and the best staff!!!
"Me and 3 of my friends stayed in the Alkan hotel at the beginning of June. The hotel itself was lovely, really nice compared to what we were used to on the usual cheapy holidays. Our rooms were spacious, the air con was really good, and the shower was fantastic with the jets! But the bit that really made the holiday for us was all of the staff in Jimmy's Bar below the hotel. Jimmy himself, Shaggy, Tom and Alex all made our holiday a right laugh! They are the most lovely lads and would do anything for you. We ate there nearly every day (And we aren't the boring types who stick to just the one restaurant for the whole hol!) we liked it that much. Would like to praise all of the staff at Jimmy's and the Alkan Hotel, made our stay, Thanks! xxx"
- Travel date: 21st June 2010
Fab Hotel, Brilliant holiday. Cant wait to return in sept xx
"Just returned from a two week stay at the Alkan Hotel, it was a fantastic hotel. It was located about 5 minute walk away from the crossroads which leads towards to the beachfront bars and restaurants. Very central location. On arrival were were greeted by tha very friendly guy at reception, he even came to my room to break open my case padlock as I had left the keys in the UK. The rooms where very large and clean, maids came daily to sweep the floors, changing the towels and linen twice weekly.Bathroom was large although there wasn't a shower hook so I had to shower sitting down lol. Only bad thing was that we didnt seem to have enough storage space for all our clothes and toilettries for two girls staying for a two week holiday but this isn't a reflection on the hotel just a small issue that we had personally. We stayed bed and breakfast at the hotel but unfortunately we didn't make it for food throughout our stay as we were usually sleeping until 11am, instead we went out for food instead. Pool area at the hotel is spacious with plenty of sunloungers, there was also a poolside bar serving cold drinks and playing music throughout the day. Overall this is a very clean hotel with friendly and welcoming staff that are always willing to assist with any thing that you may need help with. Definately would stay here again and its suitable for people of all ages and holiday ideas in mind, wether its realaxing at night or partying until early morning its a great base to stay."
- Travel date: 21st June 2010
Excellant 3 star accomodation
"Stayed at this hotel as a last minute deal and all i can say is it was fantastic. Arrived late at night to a very warm welcome and as it was so late just went to bed. In the morning I asked the lady at recepion if i could change rooms as id like a lower floor one and nothing was too much trouble for her. She was polite friendly and gave us a choice of rooms and I have to say was very proffesional. The room had free aircon that worked when switched on as long as the balcony door was closed. A safe for the room cost Â£12 for a week . We had a corner room with a wrap around balcony with two patio doors and overlooking the pool and a partial sea view and it was kept very clean and was immaculate. The staff were very friendly and couldnt do enough for you. The breakfast was bread,cheese,boiled eggs, olives etc and was ok if you like that, If not everywhere outside does a full english for 5 turkish lira (Â£2.40 ish ). The hotel is only 3 or 4 years old and everything is very nice and clean and new looking. No towels on the sunbeds at silly times in the morning and the pool area was very nice. Its location is ideal just a stones throw from the beach, shops, bars and restaurants. In short if your looking to stay here I dont think you will be dissapointed as we had a thoroughly enjoyable weeks stay and would definately go back here again."
- Travel date: 1st June 2010
great staff apart from the turkish women at reception
"I stayed at this hotel in may with a couple of friends for 10 days.The men who worked at this hotel were really nice friendly and very socialable they really did make our stay really enjoyable.always laughing and joking with you and would always help you with any thing.The turkish woman who worked on reception was not friendly at all and would always force a fake smile at you when you left your key at the desk.she asked me for money for using the phone and when i gave her 5 lira which was only a bit ripped she gave me a dirty look and would not acept it.On my last day the maid had given her a towel which i had used which had some fake tan on which does come out in the wash she looked at me and demanded 15 lira i could not belive how petty this was and i refused to pay as my faketan did catch my bed sheets and nothing was said about that.she said ok go and speak to the manager i did and he was really nice and told me not to worry about it.we went half board brekfast was the same every morning tea and coffee was included but at the evening meal they charged for tea and coffee which to me did not make any senseThe food which was more or less the same everyday was very oily so if your watching your weight this food is not for you everything is coverd in oil.We had chicken one night then the cook served us the same chicken the following night.Some times the showers were cold at different times of the day and you had to stand there waiting for the shower to get hot.the air condition is timed to one minute it would work and the next it was off.We ordered our lunch as we went to pay the bill they added 2 lira on top but that was only by one of the waiters.There is a restaurant which is connected to the hotel at the front which is called jimmys the staff are ok apart from one guy called shaggy when my friend went to pay the bill he overcharged him for drinks and my friend objected and said that it was not right shaggy lost his temper grabbed my friend swore at him and told him to get out of the restaurant which that shaggy guy was totally out of order.To sum everything up the best thing about this hotel are the staff at this hotel apart from the women behind the desk."
- Travel date: 30th May 2010
Excellent 3 Star Accommodation
"If you have experience of travelling to Turkey then you'll be aware that the star rating of hotels can be a bit of a lottery ~ generally over rated! Similarly we were told that the Alkan Hotel in Marmaris was a 4 star when in actual fact the hotel plaque clearly states it is a 3 star. However, I have to give credit where credit is due and say that although the hotel is not a 4 star it is a very comfortable 3 star and I would highly recommend it. Having travelled to Marmaris for the past seven years I can assure you that the location of the hotel is spot on. The overall mien of the hotel is excellent value for money and the rooms are clean AND air conditioning WAS included in the price! All rooms have been recently renovated and the shower, balcony etc are superb. The bar is at the pool and I have to say that during a busy time in August I could get a sunbed no problem and the pool gets the sun all day long. Food was alright and the waiters were really obliging. My only quib was the room service seemed a bit lacking, towels & sheets changed two/three days apart. I regard myself as a bit of a hotel snob but I have to say that I found this hotel very comfortable and fabulous value for money. On the last day our cases were locked away and a courtesy shower room made available for a quick freshen up before we departed. All-in-all, a good value hotel in a fab location and caters well for all your needs."
- Travel date: 28th October 2009
Great Hotel and location
"Four of us stayed for 10 days half board in September.We found the rooms were very good with a nice balconey (we faced the road but not to noisy) The beds were made and towels changed etc. but the shower washbasin and floor was not quite as clean as could be.Breakfast is the usual Turkish i.e. boiled eggs. cheese, salad,sometimes sausages and the usual bread and jam etc.The evening meal I would avoid we ended up going out.virtually no choice of main meal (fish chicken or stewed steak) Pool area very nice plenty of loungers at this time of year and bar prices good for a hotel.So all in all a good hotel if you just go bed and breakfast."
- Travel date: 17th October 2009
alkan hotel marmaris
"just arrived back from staying at the Alkan hotel with my girlfriend. its located on the west side of marmaris close to all the amenities. It is literally less than 3 mins walk to the beach. The staff are friendly & speak english, the room is adequte but they dont like you taking food or drinks to your room. there is a fridge but no kettle. The bathroom consisted of a shower only with toilet & basin but was ok. hit & miss with what room. the rear overlooks the pool with limited sea views. the front would overlook the main road. ok to my stay which was booked through Asda, which was for 7 days breakfast included. The flight was with thomas cook, legroom was terrible but the flight time was only just over 3 1/2 hours there, the transfer was through resort hoppa, They werent expecting us & we ended up with a Dulmus (turkish mini bus) with no aircon great start as it was boiling . we arrived at the hotel 1 1/2 hours later. we paid 5TL per day for the safe. The rep for for cost holidays (as the hotel room was through them with asda) turned up next day and all there interested in, is getting you to go on trips, we opted out of this. we stayed by the pool first day which was clean & tidy with a pool bar. Then we found the beach & for the rest of the holiday went there every day. each bar & hotel has a private sun beds its great they dont charge you but you need to buy the food & drink from them. we opted for the Romance hotel beach beds area, which was ideal as the walk from our hotel was less than 3 mins. I think the 4th night we were at the alkan a fire hose burst flooding our room this was at 1am. the staff responded quickly however the offered no form of compensation for the inconveinance, when asked for free drinks they declined. as for the breakfast, you get fruit & cereal. mini savoloy sausages, flat scrambled egg, boiled egg & bread. hence to say we went out for breakfast and just outside is Jimmy's recommended for a good fry up costing 5TL. The other bars & restaurants offer virtually all the same food which was ok, plenty of steaks & chicken dishes ( average price 18 TL per person). the sea front has the more lively bars. I recommened al fresco & serenade for the food & service. tips - dont fly thomas cook if yout tall dont use resort hoppa for the markets the turks love pound sterling you'll get more for your money. if your single females you'll get pestered by the waiters, barman just about every turkish bloke there. Oh and they like to touch!"
- Travel date: 6th September 2009
A reliable review of the Alkan hotel ;)
"I have just returned from the Alkan Hotel in Marmaris and felt the need to review it (I feel that people tend to review more when there's something bad about the place that they stayed). Me and my friend (in our twenties) arrived at the apartment after a late flight and 2 hour transfer at 6am, exhausted and fed up. We were met by a friendly staff who showed us to our rooms and left us alone the next morning to sleep in too (even though we had a welcome meeting, they let us go to the one the following day). I was very impressed with Alkan Hotel, we booked it last minute and to be honest we didn't expect much after hearing a lot of bad stories about Marmaris in general. On the contrary, the hotel was fantastic. So, let me narrow it down (no-one likes to read big blocks of text right?) Hotel A newly built hotel. Very clean and looked after. Our room was spotless and the maid service ensured it was throughout our stay! Beds are comfy, you get a little fridge to store your supplies in, shower was very good (and had these little spout things that spray horizontally...ooh luxury!) Wardrobe and storage space, bedside tables, dressing table, TV (can only pick up sky news but that's to be expected). Also, there was a secure safety deposit box that you type your own password into (this costs a little money, I can't remember how much but it wasn't expensive). This was inside the wardrobe. Oh and one I feel I must point out - FAB air conditioning. It's LG conditioning so it really does its job - it's bloody freezing haha! Extremely necessary in Turkey in August. Also, it's no extra charge for air con. A big thumbs up to Alkan for that - we read many reviews where people were charged for poor quality aircon. The hotel doesn't seem to be well advertised in 'normal' holiday brochures like Thompsons - we got it last minute via Goldtrail. I would say this works enormously in your favour if you are going there. No yobbish gangs of drunken teens (I think me and my friend were the biggest lager louts there and we were well behaved haha!), no music blasting till 4am and no vomit in the front entrance. Hurray! If you want a crazy, up till 6am drinking vodka type of hotel, then I'd look elsewhere. If, like us, you want somewhere to chill out within walking distance of bars and clubs, it's perfect. There were plenty of turkish people using the hotel and other nationalities - it wasn't strictly british - which we liked. It felt very laid back and 'british free' - no stupid karaoke or britishness which I can't stand on holiday! Pool The pool is lovely. Decent size with small kiddie section. Thoroughly cleaned each morning before breakfast and plenty of sunbeds to choose from. Also a table and chair area and lots of umbrellas handy for when it gets too hot! On the first day we rushed down at 8am to secure a sunbed (sad, I know!) and then sat around in embarrassment as nobody else followed suit until about 9.30am. This was the wonderful thing about Alkan - the pool is so NOT busy at all in the day time. The sunbeds get full eventually but we always managed to get a spot, even when we showed up at 3pm after a day out. No one was falling out over beds, no one was rushing and the pool was never overcrowded. Perfect. There is also a pool bar where you can get drinks, ice creams and food. Totally average prices, no extortion, which you usually find in hotels! The menu is a basic cafe menu - pizzas, baguettes, salads, that sort of thing. The 'pool bar guy' (I rudely never asked his name) is lovely - friendly and cannot do enough for you! He does tend to play loud chart music at times though - the one downside to this hotel! It wasn't constant though! Staff The staff are very friendly and helpful. Despite us being two females in our twenties we got no 'pervert' vibe from anyone in the hotel. They were respectful and courteous. The maids do a good job (a little tip may have helped matters ;) ), the restaurant and daytime staff are great, and the 'pool guy' is really lovely. The receptionists were extremely helpful. We reported a broken shower head and card reader on the door and these were fixed immediately. We also (cheekily) phoned up and asked for two glasses and someone ran up with them straight away! Food As we only had 'bed and breakfast' we didn't experience much of the food on offer, although it seemed to be traditional turkish. The breakfast was the same every day - a traditional turkish breakfast. You could have cereal, cheese and fruits, or the turkish cooked breakfast which involved lots of egg and bread ^_^ The poolside food is great though! Location The Alkan hotel is situated on the main road running towards the centre of Marmaris. We were on the side and experienced no traffic noise - the balcony doors are thick glass and soundproof, so it seemed! It's within 5 minutes of the beach front where you can get yourself a sunbed, go to the various bars and restaurants, take a boat or partake in some watersport action (no, we didn't either!) There are several shops on the main road, about 2 minutes walk away. There is also a cash machine opposite (useful!) and a supermarket about 5 mins down the road. Buses run right past the hotel so you can easily catch one to the old town. There is also a taxi rank about 5 minutes down the road. You're really not short of anything at this hotel! This does not mean to say that it's noisy - it really isn't. It's far enough away from the bars and restaurants to ensure peace and quiet. It's approximately a 25-30 minute walk to the infamous 'Bar Street' in the old town. However, you can hop on one of the little green buses for about 1 and a half lira to get there directly. Marmaris in general "A scruffy and dodgy place" - Ok, a little review of Marmaris from my perspective now! After being told how 'dodgy' and 'scruffy' Turkey is and how the men are all really forward and perverse, we were apprehensive about our holiday. Now I am back, I would definitely go again and am slighly miffed at those people that told me it was a sh*thole. It's bloody beautiful. It's also clean - cleaner than the Spanish islands I've visited such as Ibiza and Majorca. That's not to say there aren't worse off areas - obviously Marmaris is a tourist hotspot so they look after it. But honestly, it's a really beautiful place. Hassle - On the beach front, you get hassled. They are really keen to get you into their bars and restaurants, so they offer all sorts of deals. This does get tiring after a while. As mentioned, we were two young females alone, so I suspect we may have got it pretty bad. Some of the worse hasslers would follow you down the street a little way, some stand in your way. They usually always say 'Can I just talk to you a minute?' or something similar. We got called beautiful many times, so you can get a big head - haha! I must say though, they are NEVER threatening or really rude. They just want your custom. They do not intimidate and we never felt scared or pushed into anything. We learnt to deal with it pretty early on in our holiday. A firm "NO thankyou" with a shake of your head should suffice. It's important not to take it to heart - don't try and make excuses like 'We're just going to the cash machine'. Remember, these guys do it to hundreds of people every single day - they don't take it personally when you say no! Activities - There is lots to do in Marmaris, all within walking distance or a bus ride from your hotel. Water sports, Marmaris castle, boat trips, mud baths, turkish baths, market, water parks, the list is endless. I would recommend at least one boat trip - we took one to Dalyan for a day where we saw the rock tombs, had a mud bath and visited Turtle beach. We had lunch on the boat and tried fresh crab. A lovely day and it was Â£22! Bars and restaurants - The main street, 'Bar street', is 25 mins from Alkan hotel. However, people neglect to mention the beach front! There are tonnes of bars and restaurants all along the beach front, starting from 5 mins away from Alkan. Lots of entertainment (break dancers etc), lots of offers and cocktails and fun. It all goes slightly quieter from about 1am - which is where you need to move down a bit to the slightly rowdier bars (bar x, etc - 10-15 mins from Alkan) where you can party till 4am :) The food is cheap and delicious - we tried traditional turkish food, fish, steaks - and it was all lovely! We were shocked that there was no 'bad' meal we had. The restaurants seem to compete so it's all very high quality and well cooked. You get loads on your plate and not once did I suffer from a bad stomach - they are well up on their hygiene. The staff of the bars and restaurants CANNOT DO ENOUGH for you. Not only do they throw in offers galore, they are so accommodating and friendly! They pull out your chair, they notice if your drink is empty, they change ash trays regularly. They also have a laugh with you and make you feel relaxed and happy. Not once did I feel they disliked the tourists - something I have felt when visiting Spain. We didn't even bother to visit Bar street - there was so much on offer on the beach front and it was so CHEAP! We spoke to someone who had been though, who said prices were pretty much London prices in Bar street. So we stuck to the beach front :) We didn't feel that we had missed out at all. I suppose if you are 18 and are looking for a crazy one though, you might want to visit it. I'm 24, so I'm getting on now. We just stuck to our early 4am to bed routine! :P Anyway, I've waffled quite enough. I hope this was useful if you are heading to the Alkan hotel for your holiday - you won't be disappointed!"
- Travel date: 29th August 2009
Nice & clean...but annoying
"I've literally just got back from the Alkan hotel with my mum and my friend (me and my friend are both 20). So, there were three of us..and we arrived at 7am in the morning with no sleep at all (CHECK YOUR TIMING OF TRAVEL) and they put us into a 2 bed room. Tired and irritated we asked them to move us to a three person room, but instead, they just brought in a pull out bed. This to me, was not on. So I had to persist and wait for the manager to arrive at 9am to ask him to move us. At 9 he did say he could move us but we had to wait for a room to be cleared out etc, so we actually ended up settling into a proper room at about 1pm. Oh, and one of the service/waiter guys is really pervy and tries to touch you which is so annoying. If you're typically brittish and like your home comforts when it comes to food, you won't really enjoy it here much. The brekky is ok but the eggs are cold, and boiled, you can only have bread, no toast. Cornflakes and watermelon was my usual choice. Salad was really nice and great if you're watching your weight. When they did serve chicken..it was lovely (once southern fried and once grilled, yum)....but all the side stuff is turkish (which I liked but my mum seemed to complain a bit) DO NOT COME TO MARMARIS IF YOU EASILY GET IRRITATED WITH MEN HASSLING YOU, EITHER FOR MONEY OR SEX. IT WAS REALLY REALLY ANNOYING."
- Travel date: 14th August 2009
Fantastic hotel (Modern), great location!!!! Best i have stayed accommodation I have stayed in in Turkey!
"Hi. Came to Turkey for my 1st wedding anniversay and found this hotel through First Choice. We booked half board from 22/06/2009-06/07/2009. I have stayed in Turkey a few times before but this was my first time in Marmaris. I was worried about the location as people told me Marmaris was massive, so i was worried how far away things would be. I shouldnt have worried! We arrived at the hotel and check in was very quick. First impressions were I couldnt believe how modern it was! It was a dream compared to some of the places I have stayed in. After check in we were given a room on the 6th floor but I didnt like it as the balcony doors had to be propped open. Within 10mins the manager took us round about 3 rooms and let us move to one of our choice. He seemed very concerned that we were happy and couldnt do enough for us to make sure we had the room we wanted. Details: HOTEL: New build in 2008. Most modern accommodation I have seen in Turkey. Shower was a fancy power shower with power jets! Lovely. The building was clean and modern with neutral colours and nice wooden furniture. The balconys were spacious and modern, especially the corner rooms. The corner rooms had double sliding doors. The ground floor is reception, 1st floor is dining room, floors 2-6 are the rooms. However I would request not to stay on the rooms on the 6th floor because they dont have sliding balcony doors and will only stay open with a chair as they are like fire doors. So if they do put you in one just ask the manager to move. The air conditioning in each room is wonderful and FREE! we spoke to loads of other people and they had to pay for theirs in their hotel so this was pure luxery with the heat outside! There is 1 main restaurant and a bar by the pool where you can order snack in the day. There is a bar below the hotel, however hardly any noise can be heard. This bar is called Jimmy's and is brilliant, popular with couples so is quiet but also has an atmosphere, this has free internet (they bring a laptop to your table-I had it every night lol). We loved this bar and our room over looked it at night so I can tell you its not noisy and shuts at 1am. The food is lovely and as it part of the hotel you get 10% off your meals. The staff in Jimmys are brill. FOOD BREAKFAST: This is the only thing I can find fault with. We went half board. Breakfast consisted of cold and hot food. COLD: Salad, fruit, bread and plain cornflakes (but milk not nice) HOT: Eggy bread, boiled egg, small square omellete & small spicy hotdog sausages. I have an egg intolerence so for breakfast I just had bread with butter and melon (which i hated!) They didnt have toast or beans or anything. (You cant expect bacon or proper sausages as most hotels dont have a license for pork) FOOD EVENING: Soup, cold selection of meats and salad, and a hot selection which varied each night. However the hot selection tended to be just 1 meat choice and 1 vegetarian choice with rice or chips. So you were ok if you like what was on offer but if you didnt then you went hungry. So what I would say on that is there wasnt much variety/selection. We tended to have a breakfast at Jimmys (below the hotel) which was 6 lira (about Â£2.75) and had evening meal at the hotel. However there are that many restaurants nearby we were spoilt for choice. POOL AREA: 1 pool. Good size. has the sun all day. As its a new hotel its not that well known and therefore plenty of space round the pool which was fantastic. There was a small childs pool. There was lilo's and floats around the pool for anyone to use which saved on people buying them. STAFF: I have to mention 2 special guys and thats the ones that ran the pool bar and served your breakfast and dinner. They started at 7am and finished at about midnight. How they kept their energy I will never know. They danced by the pool and had a laugh with the guests, they were ssoooo polite and friendly without being in your face. Very respectful and genuinely nice guys. Not sleazy like some Turkish men can be. They made the holiday for us. I have to also mention the manager because he would bend over backwards for you. Everyday when he saw us he asked what our meal was like and if our room had been cleaned right etc...he said as it was a new hotel he was trying different food out and trying to get the right balanace for the turkish visitors and the other cultures. He explained how much he wanted customer feedback on everything because as it was new he wanted to make sure the customers were happy and he would adjust anything he possibly could from constructive feedback. He really was a genuine and thoughtful manager who would do anything he could please you. LOCATION: Marmaris is one long road about 2 mile long. The harbour is right at one end with expensive bars and restaurants. And next to that is the main stretch with a variety of bars and restaurants and shops which is where Alkan hotel is situated which is PERFECT! The dolmus stops outside and goes down to the harbour (if you dont want to walk) which is 1.5 lira (about 65p). But to be honest we walked it. The harbour is lovely but once we went a couple of times we realised we were better off staying near on the main stretch as there was more to do. OVERALL: Location is 10/10, Hotel 10/10, food: 7/10 (dependent on what you like). I met loads of people and they always came to Jimmys with us, I showed them how modern it was and they couldnt believe it. They wasnted to swap! I wouldnt stay at any other hotel in Marmaris as this is perfect. I will upload pics when I can but the pics on the first choice website and on the internet are exactly what you see is what you get!!! Book it and you wont regret it."
- Travel date: 9th July 2009