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Balcony view of pool
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Twin Bedroom with Balcony
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Yalikavak Marina
Yalikavak view from hills
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Turkish traditional food being prepared 'this is a pasta dish'
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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 6
Yalikavak, Bodrum, Mugla Province, Turkish Aegean Coast

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IreneEdin...
Edinburgh
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Sadly recent experience does not match other reviews”
Reviewed 10 June 2015 for a stay in May 2015
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We returned from the holiday on Friday 5th June 2015.

We were very disappointed with the apartment and the time we spent in Yalikavak. We would not have booked the apartment had we been aware of the amount of adjacent building work, (other side of boundary wall) and the dirt, noise and general disturbance from large machinery, and workers from early morning till late evening. 

Inside the apartment things have a very neglected feel.  The smell of damp and chemicals from around the kitchen area was just awful, we moved the rusting paint tins and other DIY items (plaster, paint brushes, paint etc) out on to the balcony to alleviate some of the odour, however it appeared to have little effect with the damp and smell persisting during our stay. Items placed in the  cupboards quickly got damp and Inedible, and had to be kept in sealed containers. 
We washed all kitchen linen in the drawers and bought fresh cloths, mop head, gloves, brushes in an attempt to make things clean and fresh and a little more pleasant for us. 

In the bathroom there is mould around the bath and the seal around the bath is detached; the shower head badly needs replacing and the light fitting is coming away from the ceiling. 

Both bedrooms have electrical sockets coming away from the wall, and in the main bedroom the wardrobe shelves collapse due to poor fittings. 

Two of the balcony chairs were broken, making them unsafe to sit on.  The sun loungers are not in great condition either, though the sun lounger cushions appear to have been renewed this year.

The Turkish agent was helpful and is very courteous and obliging and addressed what issues he could but the problems we encountered weren't something that could be fixed during our stay but could have been alleviated with a basic level of on-going maintenance and care, and fundamentally a bit of honesty from the owner on the level of building work going on. 

A much looked forward holiday was sadly spoiled and has made me question my reliance on booking holidays based  on Trip Advisor reviews as what we experienced did not match the reviews.

As a frequent visitor to Turkey I appreciate things can be a little 'rustic' at times but it is unacceptable to offer accommodation with the current level of construction so close by and to this standard. 
There are some acceptable things about the apartment; enough hot water, washing machine, comfortable enough beds with reasonable bed linen. The swimming pool and gardens are in nice condition, though no sun beds around the pool.
I was initially reluctant to review on Trip Advisor as one bad review can often be considered petty, subjective and purely dismissed as the writer being overly fussy, however having communicated these issues direct to the owner, both when in Turkey and on our return home and had no response I feel it may be beneficial to future renters to be aware what they are going to in the hope things may improve for them and their much longed for holidays not be spoiled as ours was.
It really pains me to write this as the majority of rental properties in Turkey are excellent and it a real pity that an irresponsible owner has now totally soured my view.

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Liked best: The neighbours who were very helpful
Liked least: Building work literally metres away from property and condition - photos available!
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
21 Jun 2015
We are very disappointed to hear that this guest did not enjoy their stay. Firstly we would like to point out that we ourselves as a family of 4 with 2 young children would never expect any guests to stay at this property if it was not to the standards that we ourselves would expect to live in. We too will be having our own holiday at Marina Walks this summer.

However we did discover that during this guests stay some heavy building work had been carried out on an adjacent site to our complex. We are aware that heavy building works are not to be carried out from 15th May - 15th October (Tourist Season) as ruled by the local council. But in this case the rules had been broken and works did carry on. As much as we appreciate this must have affected the guests stay we are in a difficult position to be able to stop other people on adjacent sites for breaking the rules. I have now spoken to another owner on the site and he tells me that no major building work is now happening and that it should commence at the end of the season.

We feel its a little unfair for the guest to suggest that we had not responded to their complaints. Before their departure we emailed them to say if they had any problems they should let our agent know or contact us directly.

During their stay we had no contact and a couple of issues like paint pots under the sink were mentioned to our agent so they were removed. He did also explain to them that there are 4 sun loungers with new covers in the apartment and that if they would like them by the pool he would move them there for them.

On their return we did send the guests a courtesy email checking that their stay was good and to offer them a refund for an extra day that they had incorrectly booked in error on the website. We also asked for any feedback. At this point they sent an email pointing out their issues. We did send a response and explained that its difficult for us to help to correct any issues if they don't mention them whilst they are there. We have since had the balcony chairs tightened with an allen key.

So for the reviewer to state that "...however having communicated these issues direct to the owner, both when in Turkey and on our return home and had no response..." is untrue.

We pride ourselves on our customer service and always address problems as they may occur. In 8 years we have never had a bad review and it pains us that the guest feels this way especially as options to solve any issues had been given to them before their holiday.
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lara m
Worcester, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Lovely apartment...would definitely return!”
Reviewed 27 August 2014 for a stay in August 2014

We've been to Yalikavak 3 times now, and this apartment was in the best location for us. We like to walk rather than hire a car and it's a lovely stroll into the town from the apartment. The apartment itself is a good size, has a lovely balcony and the bed was very comfy.
The other visitors and residents at the complex were all very friendly and we had a lovely time getting to know them by the pool. Because the complex is small, the pool is never very busy- which we liked!
Overall we had a brilliant holiday and would definitely stay at this apartment again.
I would have given 5 stars... but for us, the shower could be upgraded as the rest of the apartment is at a high standard. When the weather's so hot, a strong power shower would be ideal. And a small welcome pack upon arrival would be appreciated - we know other apartment owners arrange this.
An excellent stay- thank you.

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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amykate62
scotland
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Secon visit was just as good as the first.”
Reviewed 14 October 2013 for a stay in July 2013

We first stayed in Marina Walks 2 years ago and went back again (sadly only for a week this time) this year. Myself, husband and out two teenage daughters loved it all just as much this time. The apartment and arrangements for transfer from the airport were all excellent.
The main change in the area is the upgrade of the marina which now caters for the super wealthy, it is nice to have a walk round and admire the yachts. The main attraction for us is the charm of the area around the little harbour, the sunsets and the people. we will be back

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Liked best: The location, beautiful pool
Liked least: The apartment could od with a crockery upgrade
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Emma H
Swindon, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“A great holiday!”
Reviewed 6 October 2013 for a stay in September 2013

We really enjoyed our stay in this apartment - it was light, airy and had excellent outside space and lovely views. The small complex was quiet and the garden areas very pretty. Yalikavak was a great place to visit in the evening or during the day - not too far to walk and plenty of restaurants and small shops. The market on Thursday is definitely worth a visit. The owners provided some very helpful information before we arrived and their local agent organised the airport transfers for us which made things a lot easier.

We had such a good holiday, we're already thinking about going back next year!

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LizWaihek...
Auckland, New Zealand
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A real haven to return to after a day out exploring”
Reviewed 13 September 2013 for a stay in July 2013

We had a superb week here and loved the whole feel of Marina Walks - we enjoyed the small complex of apartments around a great pool and loved tfhe fact that our neighbours were mostly residents rather than short term holiday makers - they were all very welcoming and it had a sense of community. We enjoyed sitting outside on the generous balcony and the sunsets from the roof top were stunning. Easy walk into Yalikavak which had a wonderful weekly market or walk out of the complex and turn left to Geris Alti and there were a couple of great small family run restaurants plus some superb swimming off a new pier under the friendly Cimentepe restaurant
James gave us contact details for their property manager who for a very reasonable fee picked us up from Bodrum and made sure we got back there again for our onward journeys - it made it all very easy and we didn't need transport when there and were easily able to explore the area on foot or using dolmus to go further afield to places like Gumusluk or Geris
A really wonderful week - thank you!

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Liked best: Pool area and outdoor living area/balcony
Liked least: No wifi but this was not really an issue as most bars/restaurants offered wifi
Travelling group: Friends
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