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Much of the artwork was grounded into lime and used in the castle walls, but some of the best sculptures decorated the castle for the 3 centuries the Knights remained based at Rhodes. Many of those are now in the British Museum, taken in the 19th century, along with the remarkable friezes, the most famous being the fragments showing the battle between the Greeks and the Amazons.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Garden of Sun Hotel Altinkum
We booked a last minute holiday and was lucky enough to stay at The Garden of Sun in Altinkum. This is a brand new hotel, spacious, very clean and if you like Turkish (we do) the food could not be faulted. We stayed for 2 weeks and although the large salad bar is roughly the same, (at least 20 dishes daily) we had a variety of hot main dishes every evening, including bbq and sizzling dishes outside on the terrace. We did hear some other guests complaining, but they seemed not to like Turkish food and would rather have had steak and chips every day,
This Is A 3* - 4* Hotel
May I TakeThe oppotunity to tell everyone that this hotel is not a 5* .
Thomas cook rate it 3.5* and first choice who we went with rate it 4*. In turkey however they rate it 5*. Anyone who goes abroad often, knows that abroad always rate their hotels higher than english ratings. Only the non accomplished tour operators mark their ratings the same!
go to to a nasty dirty hotel in the middle of town where your moaning might be heard. we paid £384 each total.
CANT moan at that!!!!!!!
Clean hotel with nice grounds. Lovely pool. Great couple of water slides for kids ( 1.5hrs am & pm) dangerously slippery though. Rooms ok stayed in just as nice and bigger 3*. Always had hot water. Mini disco for kids for half hour each night. Half hour entertainment by hotel team, so bad you have to laugh! Hotel Team organise aerobics and pool games during day. Grab a sun bed by 8am or you will be lucky to get one! Hotel staff could be friendlier. They think they have got you there now, if something isn't ok, tough! If you get caught bringing drinks and food back from the shops look out! They want you to buy it out the mini bar or the hotel shop! Where everything is double the price of the shops in the town. Meals are ok, mostly turkish, we had a lot of turkish staying when we were there. It was the same food day in day out. If you like chips and pizza you'll be ok too. Bar staff could get funny if you were getting drinks for your table and would only let you get 2 at a time. One barman, and a queue of people, be patient if there are more than 2 of you! Good luck! Although the staff didn't speak much English, they knew how to say " It is forbidden!" If you speak to any English guests it's the one thing we did manage to have a laugh about! Along with the Fawlty Towers comparison and the newly adopted
We have recently returned from the garden of sun hotel in altinkum turkey and although have been to turkey before and love it, this hotel is definately not a 5 star in my view.
Everybody had a good time
hotel really clean, food ok - not much english though, but we were in turkey
everybody in our party had a really good time.
there was little problems regarding the drinks but we overcame that
the entertainment staff were brilliant, they did differerent games throughout the day which my hubby loves, which gave me time to chill or to do some shopping
loved the place so much that we are going back in may 07
Not what it seems
The Garden of Sun Hotel fully inclusive is not what it means it is only part inclusive. Local drinks only but there are only four all others have to be paid for and are expensive. We got charged for a drink from the mini bar which we did not have. There was no entertainment at night so we had to go elsewhere or just sit outside and do nothing. The hotel itself was very clean and nice but I would not rate this as a five star, especially the supposedly fully inclusive bit. Ice creams were only allowed to children for one hour per day. the childrens slide was only open for an hour in the morning and an hour in the afternoon, not very nice for the children. Personally I would not return to this hotel unless it improved greatly.
I stayed at this hotel in May and first impressions were good. Our room was lovely, although lacking a bin for 6 days, and the fridge overheated, so the drinks were warm. On the subject of the fridge and the mini bar, although there was no price list, we were not only charged a ridiculous amount for the one wine that was drunk, but we also received a bill for drinks we had not touched. We soon learned that although this was supposed to be an all-inclusive deal, the hotel was out to make as much money as possible from us. The food was alright, although nothing to write home about, and once the desserts were gone, well tough luck!! The staff spent their time entertaining each other but not the guests, and the service in the restaurant was a complete joke. We sat on long trestle style tables and it was like being in a boarding school. We had to hunt around for our cutlery, and my poor old aunt on a walking stick struggled to lay up a table while the staff stood around watching. The only thing that interested them was talking to each other and taking away your plates before you had finished your meal. My aunt and another lady who had two walking sticks asked the wine waiter for a Sprite and a glass of water, and some fifteen minutes later he returned with a Sprite, but told the lady with the two sticks that she would have to get her own water. Luckily I appeared and went to the machine in the restaurant to get her water. I will add that this was lunchtime, and at this point there were staff standing around everywhere talking to each other and having a jolly time among them. The entertainment was dire and the measures of alcohol were the meanest I have ever seen. If you tried to take water from a machine to take to your room, you were shouted at because they wanted you to buy the bottled water. Although all-inclusive hotels provide locally produced alcohol as part of the package, this hotel did not, and charged guests for many of the cheap Turkish brands of brandy or whisky. Never have I spent so long on a holiday staying so sober, and sitting on a balcony at night listening with envy to the music from a nearby hotel. On the last night, the entertainment improved, but from nothing whatsoever to such loud, loud noise, and only after all-inclusive had finished and you had to pay for drinks. Most of the guests had gone to bed and were awoken by the noise, so we know that the staff were having a jolly good time again entertaining themselves! If you want to have a lay down after lunch or before dinner, think again! Our rooms were still being cleaned at six o clock at night! Also make sure you have a safe and use it for all your valuables, as several guests lost some really strange things from their rooms. We had cash taken, but in moderate amounts, and we lost reading glasses, a deep heat pack, and some of my aunt's pills, which was very strange. I could write a novel about my week in this so called 5-star hotel, but I have received better service in a 3-star and believe me, when I say that my family and I travel several times a year, and stay in a variety of class hotels, it puts me in a position to be able to form a good judgement on what one expects from a 5-star hotel. If you stay here you will pay a 5-star price for 1-star service!!
We went to Garden of Sun on the 19/6/06 we were treated brilliantly from the time we arrived the rooms are clean and pool towels provided the food was adequate but dont expect english cuisine you are abroad . The staff are friendly and helpful .,pool excellent plenty of sunbeds rooms cleaned daily , beaches close and clean free transport to beaches further away ,easy acsess to the town by bus they run till 2 in the mornin at a cost of 1lire you will have a great time any probs speak to rep very helpful hope to go back in October HAVE A GREAT HOLIDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
An all inclusive Hotel that has only been open about two months. The hotel rooms and pool areas were excelent and very clean. The general staff very friendly & helpful, although the management are a little inflexible.