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Reviewed 2 October 2017

Stayed 23rd to 30th October 2017
Holiday company: Love holidays
To start off the hotel is not in Kusadasi it is in a small Turkish town called Guzelcamli, Pronounced something like Goojon.
It is around 116Km from Izmir airport and depending on number of drop offs can take around two hours to get to the airport. We had to get a coach to Kusadasi and then a Taxi was supplied to take us to Guzelcamli.

The hotel claims to be four star, I have stayed in many hotels around the world from two star to 5 star. This is not a four start hotel; I would say it is more like a two star. The star system seems to work differently in turkey to the UK. It would seem that depending on the number of facilities they have will up the star rating.

Arriving at 3:00 am in the morning, do not expect any food. We did get offered a beer. The room we were given was on the fourth floor and looked like a converted employees room. Also there was one other room on the floor that was used by employees. The room was clean and the bed also looked clean.

The overall condition of the room was poor and a cupboard door was hanging off where the fridge went. The bathroom had no selves or towel rails. The sink was not fitted correctly and was lose and the pedestal just pushed underneath to support it. The shower doors came off the runners when we first tried to have a shower and there was mould around the tiles.

The outside balcony which was the complete top of the hotel, as we were on the four floor, had mouse droppings on the floor and for some unexplained reason up the walls.

The room was cleaned daily and the sheets and pillow cases were changed every day. Clean towels were supplied every day, but the old ones only taken away occasionally, so we ended up with a pile of clean towels. The sink and floor in the bathroom was cleaned, but not the shower.

The hotel overall gave an appearance of being clean, but after a few days you did notice that the walk ways in the restaurant were cleaned, but not under the tables. I did not see clean table cloths put on dining tables, only brushed down.

We were given a sheet of paper with the opening times of the restaurant for breakfast and dinner etc, but I would knock half an hour off this as for example if it says it shuts at 9:30pm the tables were cleared and the waiters started to have their dinner at about 8:50pm. They did all seem to be in a hurry to get home.

This is a self-service only restaurant. The waiters only clear the tables, you do not get a glass of wine etc at you table, unless you get it yourself. This also goes for knives and forks. The tables have knives and forks at the start, but once they are used they are not replaced after the table has been cleared.

The food consists of salad and Turkish food. The sweets are melons, plums and a few cakes. The food is cold. The tray dispensers only seemed to be hot at one end, so the furthest tray was cold. However the word hot is not correct at most it was lukewarm. It would have been really nice food if it was not cold. The food is mainly chicken. You do not run out of food as what is not eaten at night you will get for breakfast. You could see this when you are presented with loads of cold baked potatoes at night and also for breakfast.

There are three bars. Restaurant bar, lobby bar and pool side bar and one bar man. The lobby bar was never opened. When the restaurant bar is open the pool bar is closed. They only have a fixed amount of drinks per day so when they are gone they are gone until tomorrow. Except for beer. The sprites are Gin and Vodka only. We had a lot of Croatians and Russians that drank Gin and Vodka mixed. They started drinking around 12:00 and by 9:00 pm the sprites had all gone. I drink Whisky so went and brought my own bottle at the supermarket.

They do at the pool bar have a snack at 5:00pm on the dot, this consists of a few cakes, which if not eaten you will get served back up at dinner time.
If you smoke it is best to get your cigarettes on the plane, as you can only buy non-European brands in the super markets. They do not sell hand rolling tobacco. i.e golden Virginia.

The waiters are very polite, but talk little or no English. There is a photographer called Omar, who you will see wondering around and can talk English and is very helpful in any information you may need, also the receptionist do talk some English.

The beaches are not what you expect. There is I would say no real beach in the hotel area. You have to walk quite away to get to one. They are mainly boulders and very dirty.

On a positive note the Guzelcamli town is very friendly and quiet. You will notice this if you venture out to Kusadasi. In Kusadasi the traffic is like London if not worst, but in Guzelcamli the main road outside the hotel only seemed to have a car around every five minutes. You also feel very safe when walking around and you can hunt down some nice restaurants.

We tended to eat out every day as the food was so bad at the hotel restaurant. Two teas a Beer and two meals cost nearly always around £9.80 in total. This was with an exchange rate of 4.74lr to the pound.

It is worth using the buses to get around to different places. We got the receptionist to write down the correct spelling of the places we wanted to go and presented this to the bus drivers, who loved to test their English out on you and helped you to get the right buses and walked you to the next connection bus if it was required.

We went out to an interchange park called Novada shopping center, not very large, but good prices. To get there we took a bus to Soke and then another bus to the shopping center. Bus to Soke cost 5.75lr and bus to shops cost 3lr.

If you are into roman ruins then it is worth going to Ephesus, we again went by bus. We caught a bus to Kusadasi which cost 6Lr, then from Kusadasi to Selsuk which was another 6Lr. Next from selsuk to the ruins which was 4Lr. The bus from Kusadasi to Selsuk does stop near the ruins but is a long walk to them.

Once there you will see that the ruins are very large and go up hill, If you want you can walk all the way up but you need to be quite young?. Another way is to get a horse and carriage for 60lr which will take you to the top and then you only have to walk down.

The cafes and shops are very expensive here. We brought a box of Turkish delight which cost 10Lr in the shop. When we left to get the bus back we got three boxes offered to us for 10 LR.

Be careful when you go from to the Spa via the inside swimming pool. The floor is very slippery and my wife fell and damaged her arm. Also in the same day someone else also fell.

None of the pools are heated, but look clean

Overall I did enjoy the holiday only because the Turkish people were so nice and friendly. It was let down by the hotel.

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 September 2017 via mobile

We have just returned from a lovely weeks stay in Akbulut Hotel.
Arrived really early hours of the morning after a long transfer and were shown to our room straight away. Room was clean and a decent size with a really comfy bed and everything in working order. Cleaned every day with fresh towels. The view from the room was amazing, looked right out uninterrupted over the sea.

Breakfast is 7:30am - 10am lunch between 12:30pm and 2pm and dinner between 7:30pm and 9pm. Snacks are put on around 3ish (chips usually) and coffee and cakes at 5ish. Breakfast lunch and dinner are all buffet style and a really good variety is provided at each. The salad selection is really impressive. One thing I would say about the breakfast was that the fruit was limited to watermelon (and sometimes plums) only, so if you like fruit in the morning then you may be a bit disappointed but I'm sure you'll find something!
We didn't travel with kids but did notice the choice of food for them is limited - only really spaghetti in a sauce or chips unless they would eat the traditional main meals.....
So, food was really good and couldn't complain about it at all.

The drinks situation is another story. There are 4 bars: pool bar, beach bar, restaurant bar and lobby bar. Lobby bar was never open the entire time we stayed but think that could be due to low season. Beach bar is a little caravan thing which stocks limited soft drinks or water only - no alcohol. The pool bar was only open outlets dinner times as the staff had to cover both that and the restaurant - so it was quite difficult to actually get a drink if you didn't want fruit juice or water out of a machine. Drinks are limited to Efes Beer, wine, gin or vodka. That's it. We ended up buying a bottle of rum from a shop as couldn't stomach the local spirits anymore. The bar closes at 11pm on the dot.

The staff were excellent and really pleasant. Special thanks to omer (photographer) and bilo for their friendliness throughout our stay.
The entertainment was diabolical: volleyball at 4:30pm. Then a bit of kids music from 9pm-10ish and then a staff member playing music from his laptop. That was it. On he first night they did a 'miss akbulut' contest which consisted of 4 women being picked from the crowd who then proceeded to parade themselves around dancing provocatively around poles etc - completely inappropriate and the same woman were then picked for everything else thereafter. The 'animation team' consisted of one really rude guy who never even looked in our direction the whole time although went round most others touting boat trips. So if you are looking for lively then this isn't the place for you.

The hotel is right on the edge of a national park and the views from the beach are amazing. Couldn't fault that whatsoever. Have seen some reviews of people moaning about the rocks - not really the hotels fault that there are rocks in the sea is it? Take water shoes or get into the water from the (easier) pier entrance. It's beautiful.

The pool is a good size and plenty of beds around it and in the garden area so no need to plant your towels on one at stupid o clock in fear of not getting a seat.

Speaking of gardens - they are beautiful and well worth a wander round. Very well kept.

We had a turkish bath in the hotel and would recommend that - good price and the husband/ wife that carry out the treatments are so friendly.

The hotel itself is situated a short walk from the wee local town bustling with local life, turkish men sitting playing their dominos after work etc and a wee market - it's just really nice to visit - also a FAB restaurant on the corner diagonally opposite the taxi rank (can't remember the name) which do amazing kebabs for a great price.

All in all, I'd really recommend this hotel for a quiet holiday and you can get out and about into the town, main kusadasi or into the national park very easily should you wish. If the entertainment and drinks situation were improved then we would definitely return. Thank you akbulut for a great week!


Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 August 2017 via mobile

This was a good 3* hotel but definitely not 4*.

The food wasn't great. For the 6 nights we stayed, we didn't eat our evening meal at the hotel for 4 of them. There was a very limited hot food selection - 6 trays. The meat was all cheap cuts - chicken wings, turkey, meatballs. There was fish on one day. There was a good selection of salad. The deserts were all very similar and a bit bland. Some of the wobbly neon coloured ones I'm afraid to say we avoided! The drinks were limited - wine gin or vodka but there was plenty of them. The bar closed at 11pm sharp.

The bedroom was a bit tired and, there was a door missing off our shower so we flooded the bathroom every time! We did report it but nothing was done about it. The room was small. We were a little disappointed in the size but it was exactly as shown in the picture.

The beach was incredibly crowded which meant that the pool and gardens were practically deserted. It worked in our favour! We went for a Turkish bath and fully body oil massage in the spa which were excellent value for money.

We were unable to keep our room on the last day for a late check out but there were shower facilities in the spa we could use.

The staff were incredibly helpful - especially Omar.

Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
1  Thank KDWales
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Reviewed 21 April 2017 via mobile

We stayed here in September 2016 for a week. The staff were friendly on our late (2am) arrival, they offered to make us some food and showed us to our room. The room was a large size, modern and clean. The local town was fairly quiet with a few shops but not really a tourist area. The food was local and fresh but there wasn't much variation over the course of the week. We spent most of our time relaxing around the pool and on the hotels beach. The staff were friendly and attentive overall for the whole week. I'd recommend for people looking for a quiet holiday although I don't think we would return due to the quietness of the local area! (Nothing to do with the hotel itself)

Stayed: April 2017, travelled as a couple
3  Thank 11kaa
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Reviewed 3 November 2016

We fell in love with this hotel! Great service, very good and diverse food, awesomely kind and friendly staff! We will definitely go back. The staff really made us feel welcome and comfortable. Turkish hospitality at its best!

  • Stayed: August 2016, travelled with family
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1  Thank Mădălina Ș
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