This hotel is over two hours (on a terrifying road) from the airport, it is basic but clean and in a superb location, the views are absolutely lovely. The food is nice but it does get repetitive, lots of fresh salad, always pasta, chips or rice and they have theme nights (BBQ or Turkish etc.) which were really nice. The homemade pizza which is available most evenings was great.
The drinks were just OK, all three available spirits (Gin, Vodka and Raki) tasted pretty similar, but it's such a cheap holiday just buy a bottle of whatever you like from the airport, plenty of people were doing that. The juices are nice, and there is a local beer (Effes) and a Red or White Wine to choose from, all of which are fine (remember how cheap this place is). If you catch the little Dolomus bus from the bottom of the (very steep) hill you can travel for miles very cheaply, we ate in a restaurant in the harbor in Gumsluck one night which was really nice and worth a visit.
Don't expect a beach holiday at this hotel, the beach is horrific, you have to go down to it on a little train (or walk the very steep hillside) and when you get there it isn't very clean and there aren't many sun loungers, the ones that are available are on a grassy area as there is only a couple of feet of sand.
The entertainment is low budget but fun enough, the Turkish Spa is an experience, but haggle with the guy who works there he comes up with ridiculous prices and you have to argue him down, also if you are having the full treatment, go on your first day or any tan you have will be rubbed off!
I think the main thing to remember with this hotel is that it really is very very cheap, so don't come with huge expectations and remember that a holiday is what you make it and you'll have a lovely break in the sunshine!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Is located in Gumusluk, one of the most beautiful bays of Bodrum famous for its Sunset, Fish Restaurant, and proximity to Neandros Island. Our Hotel, adorned with authentic landscaping gathering Begonias, Palms, Lilies, Banana, Olive, and Lemon Trees, welcome tourists seeking refuge from the Unbearable heat of summer in the fresh breeze of the Aegean Sea. Crystal Hotel Bodrum is endowed both by a perfect view Great Aegean Sea, and the unrivaled rich local flora. A recent survey by "National Geographic Magazine" cited Crystal Hotel as one of the 10 best locations all around the World to watch the Sunset. * Our 4 Star Hotel is licensed by R.T. Ministry of Culture and Tourism (Opening License Number : 1573) and has a total accomodation capacity of 334 Beds in 167 Rooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Crystal Hotel Bodrum Turkey