My girlfriend and I stayed at the 3* Hotel Remer for 4 nights during a trip to Turkey in April 2010.
As our stay was shortly before the tourist season officially started (generally the beginning of May), we paid just 6.50 GBP per night for a double room with breakfast included. We booked this remarkable bargain via www.travelrepublic.co.uk.
Remer Hotel is located in the beach resort of Calis Beach, around 6km from the town of Fethiye.
The hotel is located less than 100 metres from the seafront promenade, restaurants and beach, along a quiet side street. There is a Turkish bath around 5 minutes walk from the hotel.
It is also located next to the main dual carriageway that heads towards Fethiye and is particularly convenient as dolmuşes (shared mini buses) stop right outside the hotel’s front entrance.
We arrived at the hotel via a pre-booked bus transfer (booked through transfers4u.com at 15 GBP return per person), with the journey from Dalaman airport taking a little over 1 hour (having stopped to drop off passengers at several other hotels first). At the end of our stay, there were no other passengers on our transfer bus and the transfer to Dalaman airport took around 40 minutes.
Given the tiny price that we paid, our expectations weren’t very high. We certainly didn’t expect the room to be as good as it was!
Our double room was brightly furnished and contained a comfortable double bed, a wardrobe, an armchair, a TV, a small dressing table, a mirror, a hairdryer, a telephone and plenty of cupboard space.
The room was well air conditioned and contained ample electrical sockets (which isn’t always a given even in higher standard hotel rooms!).
The hotel advertises free wi-fi in both the public areas and the bedrooms. I obtained the WEP key from reception, but never managed to get it to work. This wasn’t a serious issue as we tended to check our emails in the seafront cafes, and I’m sure it could have been sorted if I’d informed the receptionist of the problem.
We were lucky enough to be given a room on the corner of the hotel, on the second floor. Our small balcony therefore afforded us spectacular views over the swimming pool, out towards the sea in one direction and the mountains in the other direction.
The small bathroom was basic with a shower, toilet and washbasin. There was no shower cubicle as such, just a shower curtain. However, the shower was powerful and always provided hot water even though the hotel was off-season and practically empty during much of our stay.
Both the bathroom and the bedroom were spotlessly clean and we received maid service and fresh towels each day.
Breakfast was served each morning in the ground floor dining room with indoor and outdoor tables besides the swimming pool.
Given the small price that we paid, the fact that we got breakfast at all was remarkable. It would be unfair to criticise the lack of choice that was presented.
The choice was the same each morning: slices of crusty bread, slices of cheese, boiled eggs, tomatoes, cucumber, olives, chocolate spread, jam and honey. There was a choice of Turkish coffee or tea, but no cold drinks. There were no cereals, no yoghurts, no toaster and no meat of any form.
The breakfast was a self service buffet, with no limit on the amount that could be consumed. We were able to fill up on bread, cheese and coffee and tea each morning.
As we stayed at Hotel Remer before the tourist season officially started, the hotel wasn’t operating at anything like full capacity.
The poolside bar hadn’t yet opened for the season and there were workmen doing a few odd jobs around the place (painting fences, planting flowers etc), but nothing that ever caused us any inconvenience.
During the first two days of our stay, there were quite a few students staying at the hotel. They caused a bit of noise around the pool area in the early hours of the morning. After they had left, we had the hotel practically to ourselves.
The hotel’s staff were unfailingly helpful and friendly. When we first arrived at the hotel, we noticed that our door didn’t lock properly. The guy on reception immediately arranged for his son to come and take a look at it. After ten minutes with a screwdriver, he had fixed the lock and we could go out safe in the knowledge that our room was secure (not that I had any real doubts anyway). The day before we left, we needed to phone the company who had arranged our airport transfers in order to confirm a pick up time. The guy on reception phoned on our behalf and, having received no answer at the time, continued to phone them while we were out for the day. When we returned in the evening, everything was sorted and he presented us with a printed fax confirming the details.
There is an outdoor swimming pool, sunbeds and a poolside bar. We dipped our feet in the pool, but the water was still a bit cool at that time of year, so we never actually swam in it. As stated above, the poolside bar wasn’t yet open for the season.
In the off-season we had no problem booking a room. It may be more difficult to book a room in the summer months as the hotel seems to be tied into a variety of tour operators (from Turkey and Poland if memory serves correct).
An excellent value hotel, just a short walk from Calis Beach seafront. Clean, comfortable rooms, a swimming pool, a basic breakfast and friendly staff. Highly recommended, especially at the ridiculously low off-season room rate that we paid!
Directions: Located less than 100m inland from the seafront in the beach resort of Calis Beach. Approximately 6km from the town of Fethiye.
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