Salmakis: "Salmakis Hotel capsule review" Bodrum Hotel Tip by drxym
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Salmakis is a package holiday kind of a place so I'd thought I'd give a capsule review of it as I spent two weeks there.
First the good. The hotel is clean, interesting architecturally, the buffet breakfast is pretty good, the beach is reasonable with decent sunbeds and amazingly clear water. If you go deluxe you get a well furnished room with carpet and balcony but the basic rooms look pretty spartan with a tiled floor and balcony cum entrance which could jut straight onto a path.
The Salmakis is handily situated midway between Gumbet and Bodrum meaning both resorts are open to you. It's even possible to walk into Gumbet over the hill in ten minutes or so, but the taxi is only a few euros. To get to Bodrum the best way is to catch the ferry boats which run every ten minutes and are equally cheap.
The bad is that the hotel would fail miserably on EU building safety codes. While it is architecturally interesting, there are too many uneven surfaces to trip and fall on, too many sharp hard things to smash your head on if you're not careful (e.g. marble light fittings sticking out of the wall) and inadequate signposting. And if you're disabled then forget it as the place has no lifts and plenty of stairs. The place is an absolute maze and I can well imagine people becoming hopelessly lost in a fire.
Also, the hotel has a petty streak running through it. No outside food or drink is allowed on hotel grounds at all - perhaps they think this will increase minibar / restaurant sales but it had the opposite effect for me since I was determined to beat the system. Also, you must rent safety deposit keys and even the mats for the sunbeds. It just strikes me as pettiness which sours an otherwise reasonable stay. Perhaps this is common to all package hotels so take this as non-exclusive behaviour for the region.
So all in all, it's a fairly good package holiday hotel. Location wise I don't think you could do much better unless you really want to confine yourself to Gumbet or Bodrum for the most part.
Price Comparison: about average
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