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Not a 4 star Hotel..but a good holiday
The L'Etoile Hotel in Icmeler, Turkey is in a fabulous position - right on the beach. However, it is graded as a 4 star hotel, but in my opinion it is more like an average 3 star.
The rooms are small but clean and well equiped. the food is very repetitive and the choice of drinks is quite limited. If you want a drink with your meal there is no waiter service. You have to go to the bar yourself to order your drink. If you want wine you have to pour it yourself from a tap. This is not what I expect from a "4 star" hotel.
We travelled with Thomas Cook and the rep (Sarah) was very friendly and informative.
The transfer from the airport is about 2 and a half hours, however, there is a completely unnecessary stop at a garage on route for a 15 minute break.
A visit to Dalyan and the mud bath is well worth the money. Be careful when you get into the mud bath though. I expected my feet to sink into soft mud, however, they met with very sharp rocks and I cut my foot.
On your return journey make sure you buy any drinks and food from your resort - Dalaman airport is incredibly expensive - £8 for a McDonald Meal !
food good plenty of it, room was in need of updating but had good view from balcony only downside was gaurd dogs in hotel opposite barked all night long! lovely resort people very friendly. could have done with some entertainment in hotel in the evening, man on keyboard twice in two weeks!! that was it. enjoyed our stay in icmeler but wouldn't go back to this hotel. did the overnight trip to efes and pamukale well worth it! as was trip to mud baths. have turkish bath at begining of holiday as it prepares your skin for sunbathing.
L'Etiole for a gang
We were a group of 12 staying for 2 weeks early May. Take no notice of the negative reviews. The hotel was very clean and staff very friendly, the Hotel food was OK but we tended to eat out quite a lot which we had already decided before we arrived, our group are not the kind of people to stay in the hotel all night and prefer to get out and about, if you like to sit in then I can understand that some may be bored. Restaurants in Icmeler have a very good standard and we did not have a bad experience. Notable restaurants were the Dreamboys & Majestic near the canal excellent staff and food. Eating out and drink is very cheap and a must do if in Icmeler. No piont in recomending any bars as the best experience is to find out for yourself, I dont think you will be disappointed wherever you go. Another thing we were more than happy with was some jewelry we bought from Art Aquamarine which on return to UK was valued at more than double.
Overall I think you will love the Hotel, the people and Icmeler. Dont sit in the hotel watching soaps like a lot of others (I wonder if they are the negative reviews?) get out and experience the life. PS Take the Turkish Bath trip in Marmaris to set you up for a deeper tan.
2* hotel, friendly staff & great location
We booked this holiday with another couple who also have a 2 year old child. It was our first trip to Turkey, but been reasonably well travelled. We booked with Thomas Cook, all inclusive and it seemed very cheap and good value.
Beware the transfer from Dalaman Airport takes circa 2 1/4 hours wich includes a 15 minute stop, we where nearly last off the coach at our hotel and would recommend paying a little extra and arrange a private transfer.
Arriving late at night our first impressions of the hotel where awful, we didn't have the baby cots or extra bed as requested and the rooms looked more like a youth hostel than 4* hotel.
The rooms and hotel in general are fairly well run down and tired, loose fitting on doors, damaged back's in the wardrobes, loose plug sockets and beware of the light plugs behind the pillows? The baths had been repainted and had some very sharp bits in the paint, not good for the little lad.
The staff where all very friendly apart from the grumpy head waiter in the resturant, food was ok, a bit boring and ran out of certain things frequently. (I did get ill for a couple of days but cannot but this down to anything in particular)
The location and views where great, the weather was spot on in June, hot but not to hot (nice breeze), it was great being located a few miles away from busy Marmaris in Icmeler.
Icmeler was just the right size, lots of bars and restaurants and small markets, great for walking around with the buggies in the evening.
Marmaris is about a half hour boat ride away (recommended) or couple of hours walk away (great along the coastal path), or a 20 minute cheap bus ride. Marmaris is a good to visit with lots of shops and a great harbour (restaurants) but we where so glad we stayed in Icmeler.
Overall, I guess we got what we paid for a CHEAP HOLIDAY, do not expect a 4* hotel, as it is nothing near. We did enjoy it overall, the country & people where great and very friendly, we would recommend it, but not the hotel, which is such a shame as it has nice staff and is in a great location.
(final note: the food at the Dalaman airport is so expensive £3 for a hamburger and £3 for a small Coke, this is just the Airport as everywhere else seemed good value)
Won't be going there again !!!!!
Major complaint about the Hotel. The air conditioning is absolutely terrible, it is centrally controlled, comes on as follows.
7am till 10am
4pm till 7pm
11pm till 3 am
At no time when the air conditioning was on was the room anywhere bearing acceptable. Maximum recorded temperature in the room was 32 degC at midnight !!!!
I have never experienced anything like it, absolutely awful, would never stay there again.
Other than that, there had recently been an outbreak of Chicken Pox and a number of guests were admitted to hospital suffering from Pneumonia during our one week stay.
The sunbeds are all taken by 6am by the sunbed baggers, who cover their beds ready for use at around three in the afternoon, the hotel staff are not bothered about this at all..
The food is good, the drinks are good, the pool area when you can obtain a sunbed is nice.
The rooms are basic, small and clean, other than the air conditioning being useless and a total lack of sunbeds being available, and strangely, lots of pneumonia at the hotel, then I suppose its ok for a cheap week, just hope you havent booked it out of the brochure and paid op whack for it !!!
Fantastic location but not a 4 star
Went allocation on arrival with Thomas Cook and got the resort and hotel we wanted.
Was about 2hrs transfer even without the comfort stop they usually do..this was because we were delayed at Manchester for 1.5hrs. Arrived Thur morning about 6am.
Does look better in the brochure but it was very clean and modern. The pool is not that big and there was never any sunbeds available. Hotel did put up a No Reserve sign on the monday for beds and stated towels would be removed after 30 mins if not used. Not enough beds for size of hotel.
Asked for a room change as there was 7 of us ( 5 teenagers aged between 13-17) as we needed to be closer together and they put us on 5th floor. The rooms are much nicer with wooden flooring and we had a view of the sea. Air conditioning not brilliant considering its a 4 star hotel and it was 130 degrees most days.
Entertainment is minimal..consists of a different guy on keyboards every other night and theres a Turkish night on Sunday thats not advertised.
During day they have water aerobics at 10.30, water polo at 3 and cash bingo at 5. Also ping pong and pool..not really anything else for older kids..went out a couple of nights to the bars as atmosphere was bland.
Watch the exchange rate on hotel board..it was lower than advertised..better to go round the town and see what you can get.
You can hire beach towels for 10 lira each from reception which is returnable and can change them every couple of days but be wary of people swiping them.
All inclusive bar open til 12am but they tended to switch lights off shortly after..think they were keen for guests to drink up and go. Late bar til 1.30 but it isn't part of all inclusive and neither are the ice creams..cheaper to go to supermarket next door plus you can get bottles of iced water for 1 lira.
Very friendly but over-efficient if thats possible. I asked them to set table for breakfast and placed a drink and some bread on it. Came back and they had vanished. They also cleared plates literally as you finished. Room service everyday cleaning and towels/bedding changed every 2 days.
Excellent quality and choice every day but you can get an English breakfast for a quid next door to hotel..didnt have one but check prices of drinks which may be over priced to compensate.
Central to all bars, restaurants and shops and it backs onto the sea and a shingly gravelly beach which isnt that nice. The beds are free but you have to pay 2.50 lira for the sunbed cushions. You can walk along sea promenade which is lovely and there are shops along the way. It brings you out into main shopping area. Can also get water taxis to Marmaris from behind hotel..takes about 25 mins and is 7.50 lira each one way (£3)..cooler and nicer way to travel than dolmus buses. Got taxi to Turunc market one day..cost 40 lira for 6 of us but nightmare getting one back..they wanted to charge us 60 lira for 2 taxis as they couldnt be bothered to ring for a 6 seater..market not that brill.
Icmeler market on Wed is bigger..about 20 min walk from hotel but almost got ripped off by guy selling tracksuits at top of steps as you come into market..agreed price for 2 adult lacoste tracksuits but he had swapped them for kids size..lucky i checked as i walked away..had argument for about 5 mins as he refused to give money back..eventually older turk gave me money back but we got called all sorts...so check what is in the bag before you hand money over...always bad apples that spoil the experience.
Overall hotel was ideal and so was the resort..not overly busy or loud
Agree it's not a four star
Not enough sunbeds so people reserve them at 6am with their towels meaning you have to beat this time if you want a sun bed for the day. Not a recipe for a chilling week!
Air conditioning controlled centrally and is turned off at times. This makes it ineffective especially in the heat wave when we were there.
No room available for late check out which I thought was very poor.
Worst of all - the pool is surrounded by marble making it dangerously slippy when wet. I fell over badly on the first day, I saw a woman fall and she required hospitalisation and kids went flying on a daily basis. Definitely needs a slip mat around the pool.
Food was repetative but acceptable - glad I only stayed a week though!
Location was fab - right by the sea.
Entertainment in the hotel at night poor meaning we had to go away from the hotel every evening.
Stayed at the L'Etoile, Icmeler, Turkey in Mid July. We aren't complainers but this review may sound like we are!
First impressions were 'its not 4 star'. Reception and public areas are dated, rooms are basic and in need of refurbishment. Some rooms had been refurbished but not to a 4star standard. (my sister got a refurb room). If you want 4*, see the Marte La Perla in Icmeller its really nice.
Walked into our room and was really disappointed but after you get your stuff in place it doesn't really matter as its clean.
Food is really good, lots of choice so for an All Inclusive hotel this is good. Drinks are limited ie: no rum or whiskey only local spirits, beer soft drinks and wine.
Air Conditioning was the terrible, our room was 29 degrees in the evenings so went to bed with a cold wet towel every night and all rooms were the same unless you were in the annexe rooms which I believe have individual aircon units not centrally controlled. It seems to only be on late afternoon/early evening and then circulating warm air at other times.
Entertainment was a bit naff but always finished at mid night or earlier.
Overall, we had a good holiday, Icmeller is really nice, hotel was OK and for what we paid it was good value for money if you can put up with the poor aircon.
Pointers - go for a meal at The Love Boat and if you like a classy restaurant and the Venice for large quantity good food and the Taj Mahal for a curry if you are into that.
Crap honeymoon thanks to Le'toile
Ok we have been to Icmeler 3 times before and have loved every visit. We have usually been self catering in the old part of the village. This year though it was our honeymoon and we thought we'd go all inclusive for 2 weeks in a 4*. We payed top whack for this honeymoon and cost us a little short of 2k. When we arrived we went to our room-5th floor room 512. Our cases would be brought to us. Well we waited about an hour and a half for our cases in a room that was red hot as the air con was not on! When the cases arrived we got showered and changed and went to have a look round our hotel and to have a few drinks. We were greeted in the restaurant by what I can only describe as slop that I think was meant to be the food! We decided to eat out on our 1st night and see what the next day held. We got up at about 8am and my husband went to put towels on some sunbeds-what a joke this was-none at all free but surprise surprise nobody on the beds! We went to the beach that day and decided to try and get round the pool the following day. That night we did eat in the hotel-very basic food and it is served to you like you are in a cateen in a school! After finishing yur food no sooner have you put the last bit of food in your mouth but the staff are taking your plate away. You cant even thank them for taking it away as you are still chewing!!! Snack everyday is the same but to be honest its so much better than the restaurant food. Drinks consisted of coke, fanta, lemonade, efes, vodka, raki, brandy, rum, water and tea/coffee. Ice creams are not included in the all inclusive which in my opinion is wrong. Rooms were very clean and most of the sfatt were very friendly. The rep I think she was called sarah was very knowledgeable about the area but seemed to care more about getting to go to egypt next season!
Icmeler is a lovely resort but is not the same as it has been in past years. Id recommend Chef as a very nice place to eat and is excellent value. All in all this was not the honeymoon we expected, the hotel should be a 2* at the very most.