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loved the pineta
exelent value for the money u cannot expect 5 star luxury for 3 star prices hotel entertainment team excellent pool and grounds ok but pool area can be very slippery food ok but cheap enough to eat out fillet steak for 5 pounds if u are down to earth folk will enjoy this hotel if your stuck up dont bother going overall a very good holiday good value for money booking for next year for 47 adults and 18 kids
After reading some of the reviews about the Pineta Club Hotel we were pleasantly suprised. We had dinner the first night and couldn't complain, however as the week wore on we discovered that lunch, afternoon snacks and dinner were exactly the same - very monotonous and by the end of the week the quality had deteriorated significantly. We ate out 3 evenings & 2 lunch times and only ate the scrambled eggs for breakfast twice. Couldn't complain about the drinks as we were happy with lager, wine & vodka plus soft drinks, tea & coffee but that is all the choice you have i.e. no bacardi, whiskey, brandy etc unless you want to pay for them.
The hotel staff were all very pleasant and helpful. The rooms and all around the complex were kept very clean and tidy all the time. The pool areas were nice but the animation was a little bit loud for us (we just wanted to crash out), so we used the beach at Icmeler - a much nicer resort than Marmaris and only 10 minutes away by local bus for 50p or £2.50 by boat.
We were glad that the hotel was not on the front in Marmaris as it is very loud & commercialised. For the cost of the 50p bus we had some nice nights out in Icmele.
If you like cheap and cheerful this is the ideal place to stay. For the price we paid we can't complain.
Enjoy your holiday & make your own mind up.
Great staff, good facilities
For a good hotel at a budget price, this is the hotel for you. I took my daughter to the Pineta Club for her 21st birthday - a week away for the girls.
I booked this deal with Goldtrail. We flew with Onur Air. Flights were standard, but the legroom wasn't too bad until some kind person in front of me put her seat in sleep position (even though she wasn't sleeping). I have to say that it's a pet hate of mine and I think it is very inconsiderate of people to do it. The flight meals weren't very good, but they were free. There was no in-flight entertainment. Generally, though, it was a comfortable flight and in my opinion you get what you pay for and Onur Air are very reasonably priced.
We arrived at The Pineta Club Hotel very tired and were shown immediately to our rooms and our cases brought to us. The staff were very friendly and helpful during our stay and we couldn't fault them. The entertainment staff were great and gave you the opportunity to go clubbing with them on a free bus to Bar Street in Marmaris. They made our holiday and we were sad to leave them. Some of the entertainment was a little riske for kids with one or two adult jokes, but they were very funny. The locals do the entertainment not English staff, but they all speak English. The restaurant staff were also friendly and helpful and if you make the effort to speak to them in Turkish, they will spend time with you, trying to teach you.
We thought the food was good. I would consider it a 'soft inclusive option'. Food was not available all day as some all inclusives are. Always lots of fresh salad which we like. You would usually get a soup option at dinner and lunch, plus a main meal option which was in the main good and hot. Breakfast consisted of cucumber, tomatoes, cheeses, meats plus a hot option (not bacon of course), sausages sometimes and boiled eggs most days, omelette occasionally and you can make yourself toast. Lovely puddings! They would provide an afternoon snack in the pool bar which was good for kids or if you hadn't made it to lunch. You had to pay for ice-cream at the ice cream kiosk.
Water, wine and squash/juice was on tap all day. You could get local beer and some spirits and cocktails from the bar. Again, bar staff very helpful.
Some people complained about the food, but in my opinion, if you want fish and chips, stay in England!! It was standard all-inclusive buffet fare. If you go to a Turkish restaurant the food is very different and out of this world at many.
Rooms were of a reasonable size, modern and cleaned every day. The bathrooms could do with being updated a little. You could have a free sauna, lie on the Turkish Bath, but a fee was charged for gym, turkish scrub, massage etc. We had a Turkish Bath and Massage twice during the week, which was out of this world and highly recommended. There is a pool table, internet facilities, Sky TV, two pools (a bit cold out of season, but clean), kids play area. There is a small supermarket, but otherwise nowhere to get food during the day when mealtimes are over unless you walk down to the beach or the main street.
We were about 5 minutes walk to the beach which was very quiet in April. You can walk into Marmaris along the beach, although we didn't get that far. You can get a bus (Dolmus) for about 60p into Marmaris. The harbour is lovely and there are lots of shops. Icmeler is lovely when the weather is nice with a more laid back atmosphere than Marmaris and you can get a Dolmus for about 50p. There is a market in Marmaris and in Icmeler on Wednesday/thursday and some of the stalls position themselves practically near the hotel if you don't fancy going into Marmaris.
I would suggest a boat trip and a Turkish evening, but don't get them through your rep as they are cheaper through the locals and you are supporting them. Most people will give you a price in GBP and I found that we needn't have bothered taking Turkish Lira, but you might need a little.
Just one thing: I know it's great to get a bargain, but try not to barter with them. They work for 7 months of the year which they save to support their families during the winter months. Tourism is their livelyhood! Their salaries aren't great and many of the people working on stalls are getting about 1% of the money they get from you as they are on a commission rate only. They are not trying to rip you off, just to make a living. Tips are very much appreciated, although staff at the Pineta wouldn't take a tip from me. They are lovely, lovely people and if you give them your time and show an interest in their culture, they very much appreciate it.
On the whole, we had a great holiday and would recommend the Pineta Club to anyone who is realistic, looking for a good holiday at a budget price and not 5 star luxury at a budget price.
Have a good holiday!
A WASTE OF MONEY
We stayed at the hotel pineta club and i would say in my honest opinion it was the worst holiday that i have been on ever.
The food was disgusting...... saying that it was ok on day one..... but after the initial day it was repetetive and only a few choices were edible, if you like chewy chicken or baked meat resembling fish you will be ok!! the queues for the food hall were unbelieveable at times aswell, it seemed that the turkish and german holidaymakers HAD to get to the food before everyone else and barge in like a group of pigs waiting for their trough to be filled (which is funny because the food resembled that).
The so called alcohol was not the best either, the lager was so weak that it made kaliber look like tenents super, it was like drinking flavoured water and after you have battled your way through the queues for everything you have lost the will to drink it. the local vodka wasnt too bad though and if, for example you drink vodka and coke, ask for the vodka and the coke seperate you can get drunk on that. the wine left a bit to be desired and tasted bland.
Entertainment: HAHAHAHA sorry i had to laugh..... it was terrible, a group of pretty boys dancing around the pool, it was the same every day, the same CD, the same dances. i dont know what they have a DJ for because its so obvious its a CD thats played on repeat all day with only about 5 songs on it, i swore if i heard another repetition of it i would have threw the stereo in the pool. the evening entertainment was much much worse, it was repeated every three days, a comedy show that was no funnier than emerdales plotlines, turkish night which was the same shows that the pubs around the resort have everynight and much better (alcohol works in the pubs aswell) and a breakdancing show which again was shown everynight in the local pubs..... also if i seen another micheal jackson show there i was going to throw the whole stage in the pool!!. that is of course you can get to see the entertainment at night, you would need to send your kids up to the entertainment lounge at 6 o'clock to get a seat, or do it yourself and save the chore of going for dinner, it was absolutely packed everynight with not enough seats for everyone and you have to fight for the bar. its also the same about the sunbeds, you need to be up at sparrows fart for one and even then its busy.
The only good thing i have to say about the pineta club was the reception area and clenliness of the rooms, it was a nice place to be apart from the nightmares mentioned above.
We ate out everynight after the first sortof 2 days and every evening after the first night. local pubs and resteraunts that were great were dianas pub: just across the street and great staff, Three brothers: amazing service, great food and all round top marks entertainment, the emporium: just across the street again and the best food available in the location around the hotel absolutely top class.
All in all i would not recomend this hotel and i certainly wont be back! We went with thomas cook (sunset) and did not see our rep once, which i suppose she will be pleased of because i had so many complaints. but if you have booked this hotel, and going soon, im not going to spoil it anymore for you, you make your own hoilday so let it be!!
dont touch with a barge pole
we arrived with our to boys on the 19th june 06 ,our 1st impressions were very nice .we got to our room you coudnt swing a cat in ,not enough wardrobe space 4 our clothes .the air con was rubbish u could barely feel at night an u would wake the next morning soaking wet with sweat. at the restuarant the food was quite nice at dinner and tea time but breakfast you woudnt feed to a dog,the air cond was none exsistant , and u would find youself sweating like a pig constantley , and to make matters worst the germans and dutch were very rude and were always pushing to the front of the que. these were the only faults the rooms were in need of an update but were always very clean ,the staff were always nice .the entertainmant team were very lively and wanting to make ever1 enjoy themselves which was good but always the same thing day in day out ,same music over and over again .the pools were good the grounds were quite nice .the holiday itself was the best we had but we ate out quite a bit went to other bars cos it would drive you around the bend if u had to stay there all day an night .to be quite honest we wish we went self catering allinclusive isnt wat its cracked out to be ,it restricts you quite a bit. the turkish people r great ,very freindley and will do anything 4 you all in all marmaris is a lovely place and would highly recomend it but not the pineta make sure you get a turkish bath the 1st day what an expereience
First the good points rooms are a good size and very clean swimming pools are ok. food is rubbish you can have salad with salad and more salad. snacks are normaly cold burgers served at 2.00pm till 4.00pm they do not make them as you want them. the beer and soft drinks are watered down the vodka is like drinking meths. the entertainment is like a hidi hi camp.
Excellent Value for Money
Great hotel. Very clean with lots of very hard working staff. The grounds, pool and dining room are all immaculate. The bedrooms could do with a little more storage space for your clothes. Beds are very comfy and bed linnen and towels are changed daily. The air con is controlled yourself and its Free!
We had problems the first day trying to get sun beds. We spotted the usual "european neighbours" at 2am putting towels out! We found by tipping the grounds staff 5 lira (about £2) a couple of days, he saved our sun beds every day.
You must try the hotel health package. I paid £12 equivalent for a sauna, turkish bath, face mask & full body massage.
Ok, now for the food. It was fine. Yes, it does look like there is lots of salad. But, that is because alot is seperated. such as a bowl of lettuce, a bowl of cucumber and so on. There are hot dishes available, some are foreign dishes, but I enjoyed trying them. If you dont like it get something else. Each evening they usually do fresh pizzas cooked & prepared infront of you.
Drinks were ok. You couldnt get brandy or malibu unless you paid extra, as its not locally produced, but they had plenty of everything else!!
Cant comment on evening entertainment, as this is held on a roof top terrace which is not big enough to accomodate all the guests. They start the evening for the kids so the terrace is just packed with families. Bit of a pain, as it encourages you out the hotel earlier and you then start paying for your drinks.
NEVER BOOK A HOLIDAY TO THIS HOTEL
DO NOT GO TO THIS HOTEL on a all inclusive holiday or you will starve.The food is not fit to be served to dog. It is over cooked, chewy and unedible. We had to eat out at considerable expence. The only drinks available in the inclusion are locally produced and limited, its does not included any international brands. The hotel itself is shaby and in need of a complete refurbishment and is next door to a mosque which gave us a early morning wake up call at quarter to 5am with the call to prays.
Neighbouring accomodation to the Pineta Hotel, Marmaris?
I would like to know any neighbouring accomodation to the Pineta Hotel in Marmaris? I would really appreciate any help anyone can give as we've been left a little high and dry by our travel agent after a clerical error. Many thanks in advance.