I had my 50th birthday in Gumbet earlier this year and friends had been to the Ali Baba before and reccommended it. Myself and 3 friends (1 male, 2 female) arrived at about 1am and were met by what can only be described as an apparition brought on by too much alcohol. The only problem was that we hadn't had a drink yet so it must have been real. The hotel Barman, Harry, had Yetti boots, a Kevin Keegan curly wig, and a pair of oversized Beer Goggles on when he met us off the coach. He took the girls' cases and had a race to the bar with himself making racing car sounds as he ran away from us racing with a case in each hand. This set the tone for the whole holiday. To call Harry MAD would be an insult to genuinely mad people, he is quite honestly one of the funniest, craziest and wierdest people I have ever had the good fortune to meet. He was, and still is, definitely at least one ring pull short of a six pack. Having said that he is also one of the most honest and reliable people I have ever met in Turkey. In case you havent picked up on it yet, we absolutely loved the Ali Baba and would not hesitate to book there again.
Situation wise, it's about 100 yards from our favourite restaurant (Jacks Place, review already written) and a further 50 yards or so to the start of the main drag so well within easy reach of all of Gumbets amenities. Close enough to all the best restaurants and the night life, including Bar Street, but still far enough away to be quiet on a night too.
The hotel itself is small and family run, as most of the best ones are, about 24 rooms, a bar, small reataurant and a pool. The pool stood out above all others I've seen in Gumbet because it had steps so you could walk straight into the pool, not just ladders to climb in and out with, so was easily accessible for all ages and all fitness levels. Airbeds, rings and play balls were all available for all to use. WiFi was available at a small charge (about 80p for 30 minutes) so keeping in touch with the outside world was easy. The rooms were basic but clean and clean towels and bed linen was brought in about every 2 days. Breakfast was your basic Turkish breakfast but full English was available at a charge. Bar snacks were available during the day and were nice and cheap and well cooked.
The owner, Seb, and all his family and staff made everyone feel very welcome and were a pleasure to deal with on a daily basis. Aircon was, I think, about £40 a week and a safe was only £5 per week, which is probably just below the average for Gumbret hotels these days.
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Looking forward to seeing everyone again next year, thanks guys for making my 50th such a special holiday.
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