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One is lead into one's expectations by what one reads in the brochure or on the Internet. There were, therefore, some disappointments to what we received aginst what we expected.Bodrum as a resort was a very pleasant and bustling place with the businesses in the centre aimed very much at the tourist trade. The "Crusader Castle" was well worth the small entrance fee and the exhibits and information boards were well written. Cafe and bar waiters always seemed very friendly.The Forever Club is nicely situated about 25 minutes walk from the town and has superb views across the bay to Kos - especially nice at sunset. It was a pity that there was a building site across the road which ruined any peace and quiet one may have expected around the pool or on the "beach". The "beach" was a fairly dismal strip of shingle and what appeared to be builders sand - unlike artificial beaches in the Canaries which have nice white Saharan sand. The hotel was neatly designed to keep the main public areas away from the bedrooms and the rooms were well serviced on a daily basis. The communal areas such as toilets were spotless but our particular bathroom needed attention around the bath and shower area which leaked dreadfully. The All Inclusive information indicated that one could use 3 a la carte restaurants during the stay but just booking one seemed a problem and the restaurant had little "ambiance" - the food was good though, but towards the end of the stay the a la carte restuarant just closed with no explanation. In the ordinary buffet restaurant the food was tasty enough but the presentation of the hot meat section required a lengthy and tedious queue to get served - consequently it was rare to have a hot meal - even providing hot plates would have helped! The desserts were usuallly a selection of very similar sponge products soaked in syrup or honey and there was little variation beyond that.The staff - and there were lots of them - seemed quite jaded and not particularly friendly despite us trying to use our very few words of Turkinsh to lighten the mood. One had the feeling that at the end of a long season we were not getting the usual treatment - certain products at the bar ran out and were not replaced. The entertainments which were usually around the outdoor pool were moved to the Disco area but there was little information about them on display.To sum up : Bodrum - very nice and interesting resort. Forever Club - could do a lot better.
We have recently returned from a two week stay at The Forever Club in Bodrum The Hotel is beautifully clean, the rooms are comfortable and cleaned on a daily basis. Clean bedding and towels are given daily. The room we stayed in was split level and the only gripe we had was that the air conditioning was not sufficient to cool the upper level of the room. The view over the Sea from our room was beautiful and every morning it was a delight to open the curtains and see what new sights were out there for us.
The food in the main restaurant was buffet style, and there was generally something there to cater for most peoples tastes. The Italian and Fish restaurants that you were able to use had beautiful views over the Sea, however I have to say that the wine which you have to pay for is expensive. At 30 euro's for most of the bottles on offer it took the shine off the restaurant.
The entertainment was pretty poor to be honest, but there was generally something on every night. It was supposed to start at 10 pm but rarely started until 10.30.
The Hotel had private access to its beach and although it was stones not sand it was lovely to go down and lay on the jetty on the cushions available. The beach also has beds which are free to use, and there is a bar on the beach for your drinks.
The only downside to staying at the Hoetel for us is that it was slightly too remote. To walk into Bodrum town would take about 30 minutes, but It was too hot during our stay to walk. The buses run every 10 minutes or so and are cheap to use. It costs just 2.75 turkish lire to go into the town. Taxis also run from the hotel but these cost about 6 euro's.
The staff at the hotel are friendly and go out of their way to interact with you and make your stay as pleasant as possible. All in all we had a lovely trip and would recommend the hotel to others.
My husband and I stayed at Forever Club in June this year and it was fantastic, Had seen some negative reviews, but we had no problems with the rooms, which were immaculate, the food which was plentiful and the staff who were most helpful. The beach was not up to much, but then we knew that there was no sand, and that it was rocky, however, the waiters were down there if you wanted a drink or something to eat, so you didnt have to pay. The only exception we found was that you had to buy ice creams, but with all the deserts on offer at lunch and dinner, you didnt feel neglected. The massage which my husband had was excellent over 2 hours and cost £60 in all, he would fully recommend that. The dolmus stops directly outside the hotel and for 2.75 TL which is about 1.25 Sterling you can go into bodrum. Very easy to get around and the buses run from 7am in the morning, till 5am the following morning. The only draw back was the entertainment but I have never really found that to be good anywhere that I have been, and there were a lot of German, and Dutch there, but we did find 5 families which were from the UK and everyone was very polite, we also had no issues with sun beds and could always ask the staff to find you one if you couldnt. Would recommend this hotel to all, the rooms are in individual units, like little bungalows and the gardens are beautiful, if you get a sea view its fantastic and we were lucky to have been allocated a side sea view so we could see the sea from our balcony. Beware of Bodrum airport though, the cost of food and drink is absurd, it cost us 22TL for 2 cans of coke cola, which equates to about £10. If you take Euros the shops tend to charge you more as well, so take turkish lira or take your bank card and use one of the ATMs in bodrum which are plentiful. We feel this break was well worth the money and would definitely go again.
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