We were a mixed company of kids and adults and we all had a great time. The rooms were clean and bright and I think, might have just been decorated. The rooms were tidied every day, but towels weren't changed until every 2 to 3 days. The staff at the Eken were very nice and worked extremely hard. We found that because we had kids, the staff were more chatty and interacted more with us. Some of the staff weren't so friendly, but I think it's possibly because they didn't speak English but we are in there country, so why should they?
The food at the Eken was mixed. There were loads of salad foods, beautiful bread and nice desserts. It was a bit tedious at times as it was a bit repetative, but some nights the food was beautiful. The only bug bear about the food was the selection for kids, which was very poor. My youngest ate bread for the whole week as there was nothing he liked. During the day, there were snacks kebabs, chips etc. The burgers were horrible, but my hubby said the kebabs were fantastic. Tea and cake was on offer at about 5pm, but was gone very quickly. We heard some moans about the food, but in all honesty, for what we paid for the week, we cannot complain at all! The drinks were ok too. Some people complained that they thought they were watered down, and I must admit, thye weren't very generous with measures, so we just kept going back up to the bar again and again.I hate to use the same old cliche, but you get what you pay for and we were more than happy.
The hotel itself is in a fantastic location, not right in the middle of the noise, but close enough to walk to both the beach and the bars. The terraced area was very nice and one night there was a belly dancer, but as far as entertainment went, there wasn't any. We never stayed in the hotel much anyway and chose to go to bar street and the surrounding areas.
The pool area was very nice at the hotel. The pool itself was nice, but unfortunatley had no shallow end, so it was a bit of a worry with the younger kids. There was a baby pool, but it was absolutely tiny!
All in all, I think teh Eken was well worth the money we paid for our holiday, and we would go back tomorrow (if only)!!
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I found the drinks to be just right for me, any stronger and i would be back in bed by 5pm, I could not drink all day every day for 2 weeks, you can get as much drink as you like as long as you return your last glass to the bar, ie they don't let you stock up on drinks at closing time.
The staff work very hard all day, but still like to try out a bit of English on you, Only if you give them the chance, They find it hard to understand the likes of Brummies and Geordies, then again, so do I, so I hate when people report that the staff don't speak English. (they are Turkish).
no entertainment at the hotel, so go out and have fun.
I have now booked for June 2010, so yes I do like it.
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The food was well presented and cooked, Chicken and Fish were on daily, just cooked a different way or in a different sauce.
lots of fresh salad, chips and pots,Things are not piping hot as it is selfservice style meals, so they can sit out for a while.
The location of the hotel is great, backs right onto the beach (150 mtrs),The hotel has its own bit of beach with sunbeds for you to use free, To the main road at the front of the hotel there is on a bit of a hill,(about 100 mtrs) but most folks like to go out the back way after dinner and walk along the beach front past all the bars ect.
I found the hotel staff would help if they can, But remember they are Turkish and in Turkey, you are the visiter to Turkey, so they do not Need to speak English, German, or anything else for that matter, but most do.
Very little entertainment at the hotel when I was there, one Turkish night and Belly dancer, But most people were happy with that as they all want to do thier own thing, and don't want hassle from the staff to attend everything every night.
I have been going to Bodrum / Gumbet for the last 16 years or so, twice a year, and have booked this hotel again for 2 week in October 2009, I would normally go B&B as it is cheaper for me as a single man, But I found this to be great value for about
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