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“Stayed first 2 weeks of August. Sunshine Hotel is at...”

Written on: 17/08/2005 by Twopan (1 review written)

Good Points
Views, cleanliness, friendly staff.

Bad Points
Poor ground floor rooms, evening food average, some drinks expensive.

General Comments
Stayed first 2 weeks of August. Sunshine Hotel is at the top of a hill overlooking both Bodrum and Gumbet bays. The views are spectacular. On first arriving you think you are near nothing, but some exploration quickly dispels this.

A walk down the hill into Gumbet will take 20 minutes, although the Dolmus (price 1.5YTL) goes past every few minutes. You can walk to Bodrum centre in about 30 minutes, again down a steep hill, but you are at the harbour and amongst restaurants and boats far quicker than this. The dolmus is a one-way system, so for the same price (1.5 YTL), you can go to Bodrum via Gumbet and get off at the bus station in Bodrum.

Gumbet is Turkish Blackpool, and not our scene at all. Bodrum on the other hand is very chic, rather like the South of France, and bars and restaurants fringe the extensive harbour, looking towards the sunset.

Be warned however, that compared to other resorts in Turkey, Bodrum and Gumbet are relatively expensive. You will rarely pay less than 4 YTL for a beer (£1.70), and wine by the bottle is seriously expensive. Ask the price first, as they will invariably offer you Pammukale at 35YTL (£15,) when with some resolve you can get a drinkable Doluca for 20YTL (£8.70). Don't let this put you off, as prices are generally lower than the UK, but a good third higher than Fethiye, Side etc...

For a reasonably priced drink overlooking the harbour, we recommend Cafe Ali Baba. For sensibly priced meals, stick to the nearest stretch of the harbour, opposite the yacht club. This again is easily walkable from Sunshine Hotel. Recommend Eski Ev (very good value - Adana Kebab 5YTL), and Mystic Restaurant - very friendly and well priced set meals. Also good Chinese at Hong Kong Rest. Nearest restaurant to Sunshine is half way down the hill into Bodrum, and very good value. Returning at night, we always used the Dolmus to get back up the hill. Just tell the Driver 'Sunshine Hotel' and he will drop you outside.

Highlights of a stay here, have to be a visit to the Castle of St Peter, Bodrum and the Mausoleum (in Bodrum, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world). Further afield, a two and a half hour drive gets you to Ephesus, which is absolutely spectacular. Do the boat trips, they are great fun, and if you fancy it, the Jeep Safari. If you're on a package, get the local trip specs from your tour operator, and then book it direct locally, and pay two thirds the price. We recommend Canyon Travel at the bottom of the hill in Bodrum, on Dr Osman Nuri Cadesi.

The hotel itself is very clean and most welcolming. I cannot fault the staff, especially the cleaners, who were so thorough and left flowers for us. The Bar Staff are great fun, Sefik (pro. Shefick) and Mehmet in particular made our stay most enjoyable. For a late night drink, go to the Sun Bar on the roof and enjoy a raki overlooking the lights of Bodrum.

The downside to the hotel is that some drinks prices are on the high side. Beer and raki are reasonable, but a Bacardi and Coke will set you back 11YTL (£5.50). This is because they only seem to have imported spirits, and the Turkish equivalents would of course be fine and cheaper. The lunch time food averages around 6 to 7YTL, if you have omelettes etc... I do not recommend the 'al a carte' evening food, as it is expensive and very average. Eat out - it's more fun anyway. Lastly the mini market onsite is a little pricy. For bulk shopping, go down the hill to the start of the harbour, where you will find a 'Bim' (like an Aldi), and in the marina opposite a 'Gima' (like a small Tesco).

A final note on the rooms. If you book this hotel, absolutely insist on a first floor room. The ground floor rooms are dingy, and have no balcony at all. They also have no outside area, or anywhere to dry towels etc... We were allocated a ground floor room on arrival, which was so depressing we nearly insisted on an immediate accommodation change. I politely complained, and within 30 minutes the manager moved us to a room with wonderful views. This was fortunate, as we ended up having a really good holiday.

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