The location was perfect.The staff were nice, the room was clean and the food at the bar was so nice In general the hotel was a perfect choice for staying
Booked through RCI -
Huge serviced apartments / villas property - located a little away from Bodrum - perfect for walking across to the private pool or beach - walking back to your room - digesting the heavy meals - nice restaurant - NO room service
Complete serviced apartments facilities - Common Washing machines (chargeable) area, kitchenette, fridge / ac / tv.
Lovely large balconies with tables and chairs for catching up over coffee and drinls or just savoring the view from the room.
Decent service - commensurate with serviced apartments - nothing fancy.
This hotel has been completely refurbished for the 2008 season and we arrived two days after it re-opened. We were welcomed by the lovely Goksel, who retained his good humour throughout our stay.
The initial impression was that they had done a good job on the hotel. All the rooms have new balconies, although a few were not big enough to sit out on. Most balconies had two upright plastic chairs but there were no tables. Designers have been employed and the colour schemes are 'unusual', - purple and hot pink in our room. The air-conditioning in our room was adequate plus there was a ceiling fan. The furniture and TV were new. The beds were on the hard side. The bathrooms have been re-fitted and ours looked great if you ignored the water stains on the ceiling. In our second week we had water from the cistern upstairs running down the wall, but this was fixed the following day. There was usually hot water although it did run out on a couple of occasions.
The hotel has its own small private beach with sunbeds, umbrellas and mattresses. It also provides beach towels, but these ran out during our stay. The beach is coarse sand and shingle. There are two large swimming pools fronting the beach plus a smaller pool with chutes. Despite all this, once the hotel filled up it was not always possible to find sunbeds. There was an animation programme running all day with a break for lunch and this was always accompanied by loud music. Unfortunately this music could be heard at both pools and on the beach, there was no escape, and it was impossible to relax, have a quiet read or just listen to the sound of the waves lapping. Great for those people who want non-stop activities and music, but no peace for anyone else. This spoiled the holiday for us as we had been hoping to relax on the beach.
The hotel is about three miles from Turgutreis but a frequent dolmus stops right outside. There are no facilities near to the hotel, although the area is built up with other hotels and villas. We found this a bit of a drawback in the evenings as there was nowhere to go outside the hotel unless we wanted to get on a bus.
There is evening entertainment in the hotel - a mini disco every night for the children which was sweet and then fun and games with the entertainment team. I am sure they did their best but this was not to our taste. Given the size of the hotel and its five star rating we would have expected at least some professional entertainment. The entertainment was open air and very noisy at times. It could be heard in the rooms, but it usually finished around 11pm. After that there was a late night disco but this was indoors.
The dining room seats five hundred and was noisy and hot. There are a few air conditioning units, but nowhere near enough, plus ceiling fans and open windows. There is a small non-smoking section but the main area is smoking. There was always a large variety of food, typical Turkish fare. The food from the grill was always piping hot and freshly cooked. Other food was left out uncovered throughout meal times and we spotted flies on it. If you wanted a drink with your meal you had to queue at the bar. Ice was available with drinks but you had to ask for it specially. I quickly learned to ask for ice with white wine, as this is served at room temperature and very often in a hot glass straight from the dishwasher. I've had cooler mulled wine to be honest.
There are two 'a la carte' restaurants, Italian and fish. Guests are entitled to eat in each restaurant once during their stay. The only advantage to this is that it is much quieter and cooler, plus you are waited on. The fish restaurant was a set menu, no choice at all. The Italian had a choice of pizza or spaghetti with cheese sauce. This restaurant was quite unlike any Italian restaurant I have ever visited, in the UK or in Italy.
The hotel staff were nice but rushed off their feet most of the time. Some nationalities do not understand the concept of queuing and the bar staff need to learn how to deal with that.
It is easy to get to Bodrum on the dolmus and we enjoyed wandering round the many shops and visiting the beautiful castle. We also went further afield by car, there is some spectacular mountain scenery and not much traffic once you get away from the coast. We went up the coast to Ephesus which is worth a visit and inland to the 'cotton castles' of Pamukalle. There are also coach trips to these places. It is possible to visit Kos by ferry boat from Bodrum.
We would not return to this hotel unless they dealt with the noise problem on the beach and had air conditioning installed in the dining room.
We had a very pleasant stay at the Club Armonia all inclusive hotel nr Turgutreis. We are a couple in our late forties who wanted rest and relaxation from our holiday and for this the hotel is designed. It is in a small village near to the pleasant holiday resort of Turgutreis which is easily accessable via the DOLMUS buses(non smoking) that stop right infront of the hotel (when hailed) and drop you in the centre of your destination (Turgutreis is only a few miles, or in the other direction Bodrum is about 45mins away). The hotel has a lovely sea front location with its own beach and a beautiful swimming pool, plenty of sun loungers, even when fully booked, although as a popular location for other European nationals if you want a prime spot you have to get those towels out (I never bothered and always got a lounger). The food was plentiful and gorgeous I was convinced we'd put on pounds but because the food is healthy turkish fare we didn't gain weight but actually lost weight, ps if you're a chips with everything type who wants to eat English food then why are you concidering going to Turkey? this definitly isn't the hotel for you. The all inclusive drinks were disappointing, we dont drink alcohol and the fruit juices on offer were squash and horrible, but they did offer water tea or coffee. No tea making facilities in rooms and very few smoke free areas in the hotel, only one small smoke free zone in the dining room and no smoke free areas in any of the other bars or sitting areas.
The rooms are very basic and as we were sold this as a 5 sun hotel the room was a disappointment. There is aircon which is good, but the bed was hard and the bedding was hopeless one small sheet which didn't cover us both and a small blanket, only one pillow each. Only one power point in the bedroom (beside the one the TV was plugged into) and only two English speaking TV channels both News. The shower room was pretty rough, a dirty shower, an uneven tiled floor which wasn't well cleaned, scratchy towels but did have a hairdryer although the one we had was very dangerous as the wiring was exposed (in a bathroom this is a very bad idea) and a power point. The shower rooms are by far the worst thing about this hotel and they should be upgraded .
Would we stay here again? well yes actually, because the position of the hotel is so good, right on the sea front within easy reach of Turgutreis but not in the middle of a noisy resort. The hotel facilities were good the staff nice and the Turkish bath and health spa very nice, I had three massages and they were worth every penny. I would recommend the hotel to couples seeking rest and relaxation (and sun worship) who are not interested in being entertained and are willing to put up with simple accomodation and great Turkish food.
Tips- Beware of the tour company trips they tend to run late we only did one and pickup was half an hour late in the blazing sun, others did more and told horror stories.
- Always haggle in the shops and market stalls (not very English but it's expected)
- Take Euros and Pounds you will get Turkish in change but they like Euros and Pounds, and it makes it easier to tell what you are actually paying, items can be marked in any of the three currencies and it is confusing.
- If you dont smoke it might not be the destination for you although all transportation we went on was non-smoking.
- Bodrum airport is a bit of a nightmare, we had to que up in the hot sun to get into the airport, make sure you have a hat with you just in case.
-Shops stay open very late so shop in the late afternoon when it's cooler.
-It's about an hour to the airport (we think) but we paid for a transfer and had to do so many pick ups on the way it took us more like two and a half hours on the bus (both ways) so it might be nicer to get a taxi (but more expensive).
Have a great holiday, I hope this helps you make up your mind if this is the hotel for you. Julie.
stayed at the armonia in september had a wonderful time. had originally booked the Crystal hotel but thankfully I transferred it when reading the reviews.
If you lke a drink at night, my advice is when your likely enough to get a glass then hang on to it for grim death ! wine in a plastic beaker simply does not taste the same.
Really enjoyed this hgotel dont let the room put you off on arrival its very basic but believe me you wont be in it much.
I am willing to answer any queries.