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Historical Traveler Reviews Alltshellach North Ballachulish
Friendly hotel very basic
Just returned from hotel panormos I was quite confident about going after reading positive reviews was expecting a basic 2* hotel didnt expect it to be as awful though. Got huge shock driving from airport entering a rundown street being told this was were our hotel was. The first thing you see thankfully when entering hotel is pool area which is lovely and all the staff greet you and are very friendly as are the other guests. Very disapointed when we saw our room very small twin beds room not very clean. but we were determined to have a good time. If you are going on trips out its best to go down to dolphin square (15 min walk or short dolmus ride) and shop around for the best deals, as we paid quite a lot more with the travel rep. Altinkum itself is lovely, the beeches are busy but very clean. theres a good shopping centre and loads of great bars and restaurants, just be careful you dont get dragged into them all by the very flattering and lovely waiters, (who by the way are all on commision) Found a great bar recently opened that has a happy hour between 9.30 and 10.30pm The owners are English and i found it was the cheapest bar in town.
Had a lovely holiday despite room at hotel and boring half board menu, would go back to altinkum, would stasy in an apartment though as its so cheap to eat out there.
never thought i could say something bad about Turkey but, this hotel although clean was the noisest hotel i have ever stayed in, you heard every door closing and every voice spoken, at all hours. Altikum is a building site with work ongoing, so be warned, theres not alot to do either, once you've been round the 20 or so shops, the beach is busy and the hussel is stll there. sorry to say this but i could not wait to get home.
Looks can be deceiving !
this is a basic base but the staff make up for that.hotel is clean and rooms are average size.shame about the yellow paint on the walls!ew!nice food at the outdoor restaurant.also an outdoor pool bar open all hours.24 hr reception.the hotel is about 10-15 min walk from the beach and shopping centre.buses(dolmus#) stops outside hotel.the hotel has 5 floors and 2 lifts.savety deposit boxes are available and are in the foyer by reception, they cost £1 per night. air con is also extra at £3 per night, well worth it!plenty of sunloungers around the large pool and some umbrellas.there is building works going on in this area where the hotel is but it didnt effect our hol.
good hotel this will be our 3rd time here, good clean hotel, friendly helpful staff what more could you ask for, and just out of town, so it gets you away from the hustle and bustle of altinkum town, there turkish night is fantastic!!!,they also have some entertaint on some nights of the weel
Friendliest place in the world !
We stayed at the Panormos in May this year after reading other people's reviews on Tripadvisor. It was my first visit to Turkey and I was a little apprehensive, not knowing if I would enjoy it or not. Now I cant wait to get back there!
As others had said the hotel is basic but very clean. For convenience we ate at the hotel on several nights and the food was excellent. My wife tried all the Turkish dishes and since I'm not quite as adventurous I opted for the "international dishes" (grilled steak, chicken, lamb chops etc). There is a great selection of food and if you are a fussy eater and they will tailor the meals to suit your taste.
The location is just outside of the busy area of the resort (15mins walk or catch Dolmus bus from across the road for a few pence) which suited us down to the ground. From what we saw on our travels the Panormos has one of the best pool areas which has the sun almost all day long. The pool is large and very clean plus there is a pool bar open all day when you need a nice cold drink.
The star attraction of the Panormos is the people, they are the friendliest people I have met anywhere in the world and were extremely helpful. I have never felt so welcome to be somewhere before and was totally relaxed. Our thanks go out to Jack, Omar, Ali, Hakkan, Frank, Ozzi and the rest of the team for making our stay so memorable. We will be back soon to visit our new friends !
Fantastic................................no more to say but that
The fantastic staff made our holday.They just couldnt do enough for us.Only complaint i had about hotel was it was too far from the beach but you can get on a dolmus straight outside hotel and if you want to walk it takes about 25mins.The food was absolutely fabulous so naturally we ate there every night.had so much fun with the staff....Sinan(who is going into the turkish army in november)Halis(who really thought he was gods gift where women were concerned)ozzy(who was just too nice to be true)and harkan.would definately go back to Panormos.
An average hotel, use as a base and you'll be fine.
We went to Altinkum and stayed at the Hotel Panormos for a week at the end of August this year. Initially we were very shell shocked and admittadly dissapointed, on first appearances it looked like we had been dropped off in the middle of no where, next to the tukish equivalant of the M8 !. Our first impressions of this hotel where less than favourable with our room having a variety of problems the most significant of which was the fact that the shower was hanging off the wall and my 6ft + fiance found it really difficult to have a decent shower !, there was plaster off the walls, dodgy patch work done on the ceiling, electrical wires exposed at the fuse box, cigarette burns on the curtains and carpet and the toilet leaked leaving a nice wee puddle on the tiled bathroom floor. The hotel operates a no food or drink from outside policey, which would have been fair enough if they had provided decent facilities to get snacks etc, but all they had was a single stand with crisps on it half full and ice creams, it also didn't help that there was a Tansas supermarket almost next door to the hotel !, a few couples we had spoken to had been given into trouble from the owners one couple simply because they walked in with a bottle of water after an excursion that they hadn't bought from the hotel, they were asked to pour it out !
That's the complaining over and done with. Besides all of this, minor complaints I have to complement both the staff and the food at the hotel, the staff where excellent and very very friendly and helpful, the chef was amazing and we ate at the hotel resteraunt which is fairly competatively priced 6 out of the 7 nights we were there. The pool does indeed seem to be the largest in Altinkum and it is clean and comfortable.
Overall first impressions do put you off a bit, but they shouldn't the hotel was clean and the maids where lovely making fancy swans out of our towels, love hearts from our sheets and sprinkling fresh flowers on the beds ! This is a 3* accomodation and it is exactly typical of any 3* in Turkey, in need of updating and repair, but clean and friendly. We used this hotel as a base to explore the surrounding area, we never spent one day at the hotel pool simply because the Altinkum beach was so lovely. We would personally never go back to this hotel but would say to anyone who is contemplating booking or have booked for this hotel that it is a fairly decent choice and if you don't mind a few wee faults here and there it will be a good base for anyone who likes to get out and about. The hotel is a 20-25 minuet walk from the beach and town centre, however the little dolmushe's run all throughout the day and for 750,000 liral they'll take you down town.
In summery an average hotel but with above average lovely staff and an excellent chef !
Best holiday ever!!!!!!!!!
I had the best holiday ever at the Panormos Hotel. The pool was one of the biggest in Altinkum and the food was great. The staff were really friendly and they allways wanted to have a game of pool.They were the friendliest people i have ever met. (especially Halis, Mehmet, Sunan, Levant and Jimmy)
Limon Ice Cream
Excellent Holiday. don't let first impressions put you off it is clean. The Staff are Excellent and it was not Rowdy, it had a good sized pool. Recommend this hotel to all age groups.
TripAdvisor Reviews Alltshellach North Ballachulish
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