, Virginia, Turkey
May 19, 2004
We stayed near the beach at a two-story-high building that hosted four rooms each. The architecture was reminiscent of old Istanbul houses. Pine trees surrounded the buildings. Our room was on the second floor and had a nice view. The room was decorated plainly with cheerful colors and no carpet. It was winter during our stay, and a rainy and windy day so we did not use any outside facilities or walked on the beach. Most of the patrons of the hotel were retired Europeans. During the Cabaret show conducted by the animators we learned that most of them were Germans, some Dutch, some Belgian, some Scandinavians. The lead animator was able to perform in five different languages. He tried to teach the tourist some Turkish, such as Hullo, but seemed nobody learned anything, as the next day we were greeted by "Guten Haben," rather than "Merhaba." We read that the disco was open and there were special activities for the kids. We were pretty tired so we preferred to rest in our room. There laid our biggest problem.
It was a cold windy night when we checked in. We turned on the heater to warm the room, but the heater only blew hot air for couple of minutes, then it blew cold air. We tried to call the reception desk, but the telephone wasn’t working either. My husband walked all the way to the restaurant area and phoned the front desk. Although the receptionist told my husband in a broken English someone would come and assist us nobody showed up. We waited nearly 45 minutes. We were cold and very tired, and it was 11 PM. We just cuddled our covers and slept in the cold. The next day when we checked out I told the receptionist about our problem, although she seemed surprised she did not even say she was sorry.
I would not suggest that you stay here if you only speak English.
From journal Antic cities around Antalya