Hotel Ephesia Resort: unexpectedly pleasant budget hotel

Today I offer you a review of the hotel, which my beloved sister visited in June 2019 with her family.

It all started with the hotel searches in Januaryfor a family summer holiday. My requirements are modest: the first line, the view of the sea, not quite small and not old room, good food, silence.

First of all, I began to figure out which region of Turkey would be suitable for an early June holiday and I’ve realized that it was time to explore new horizons. Moreover, there is a huge nuance, since my husband has an aerophobia; any journey is possible only if there is a good airline and new aircraft.

Then I found out that Pegasus airlines, the Turkish low-cost, have opened a new direction – Kyiv – Izmir. So I had to find a hotel in the vicinity of Izmir.

The choice has narrowed to Kusadasi, since the distance is optimal, and the infrastructure is comfortable. To be honest, the search was not an easy one, as there are few reviews about hotels in this region.

Somehow, unexpectedly, the Ephesia Resort Hotel was found at an unreal price – 1 thousand eur for 15 nights, 16 days in room with a view of the sea for 2 adults and 1 child. Four stars of the hotel were a little frighten, as we’ve got used to stay at 5 stars hotels.

The plane arrived from Kyiv at 5 am, transfer was about 1.15 (our favorite Hoppa) and at 6.30 we were at the hotel. We had a positive impression at once, as the staff at the reception is excellent. Immediately we’ve been puted on our bracelets and asked to wait.

The day before I’ve written a letter asking for a room. Looking ahead, I will say that they did everything except the kettle. At 7.30 we went for breakfast, and at 9 we were already given a room on the last floor away from the elevator, as I’ve asked.

We’ve got a nice bright room with a double and a single bed.

The view from the balcony is simply chic and glitter.

Everything is fine, the bathroom is very comfortable.

The mattresses are very firm. After lunch, a plate of fruit and wine awaited us. For 3 days of constant requests for a pair of pillows and a kettle, we’ve received one pillow and one heater of baby bottles. It was very funny 🙂

The rest of the service is good. The waiters immediately clean the dirty dishes and bring drinks. Reception is also trying to help, but the level of English is average. A guest relations staff is constantly away.

Cleaning wasn’t good and hadn’t permanent schedule. It was uncomfortable. The size of the tip does not affect the quality, but everything is bearable.

Food. It was a big choice. Initially, there were many fish dishes, shrimps, mussels, but then it became smaller amount of these dishes. A lot of fruits, always all the dishes to the end of the meal were available. Fresh orange juice was only for money. Sweets were really tasty. We’ve loved the presence of water on the table and around the hotel.

The drinks. We didn’t try local alcohol. It was possible to drink only a white wine. There are a lot of machines with coffee and tea. Water is always available. Coffee is terrible (this is a minus). Ice cream is from 14 to 17 and tasty. We didn’t eat fast food on the beach, but spaghetti is served with natural tomato sauce. Yummy. Cookies and cupcakes after dinner is available too. We went to an Italian restaurant. The steak is good, everything else is not. Soup was bad.

Also there is a diet dishes.

The pool is good, there is a separate one for kids. But water in the pool was of bad quality as our son at first time had an allergy to chlorine.

The sea had a convenient access for children and pensioners. There is a path for wheelchairs with handrails. The hotel is suitable for families with wheelchairs and people with disabilities.

In early June, the sea was warm, rarely calm. There is a depth and you can swim. After dinner the water in the sea was often dirty. At first there were plenty of places around, but after June 12, everything was occupied, both by the pool and by the sea.

There was a lot of pensioners and families mostly from Great Britain and Germany, Turkey.

Animation was very polite. Mini-disco is shorter every day. The show is imported, a lot of live music. Home shows are very amateur.

There is children playground.

The SPA has a swimming pool, sauna, jacuzzi for free.

The gym is terrible. Old two lanes, bike and dumbbells.

Let’s sum up.
Minuses.
smoking. But this is not a hotel question, but to the laws of Turkey. Smoke on the beach, in the pool, during meals and even at the children’s disco. Constantly and on children.
problems with English.
– non-permanent cleaning.
– dirty beach.

Negatives.
location of the hotel by the sea
great food
– near the water park and the mall, in which many shops, ice cream and there is a supermarket.
– the attitude of the staff is excellent, especially to children.

Well and the main thing, the fine price which completely corresponds to quality. I advise this hotel for everyone who looks for a good budget hotel.

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