The Bodrum EDITION = Great New Luxury Hotel

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We travelled to Bodrum for the first time and hesitated between booking at the Caresse Luxury Collection hotel or the newer EDITION hotel which opened only three months ago.  Point redemptions at EDITION were far lower than Caresse, in addition we were curious to try the EDITION brand, and we thought this being a new hotel perhaps occupancy would be low so more enjoyable and relaxing.   I booked for 30k pts per night before it increased to 35k pts per night on August 18th, which remains a good deal by the way.  

 

Location

The hotel is located on the northern side of the Bodrum peninsula and about a 30 minute drive from the Bodrum old town so it is fairly quiet due to being a bit far from the city center so unless you plan on staying at the hotel during the entire stay, I would recommend renting a car.  If arriving with a rental car, you can park in the street right in front of the hotel.   Depending on your purpose in Bodrum some might prefer to be closer to the old town so Caresse would be preferable, but if you want a peaceful location then you will not be disappointed at EDITION.  Personally I was glad to experience the busy traffic of the old town only on our few visits there, rather than on a daily basis.   

Room

After reading various comments on FT about the EDITION brand, my expectations were low in terms of Platinum/Ambassador treatment, although it did not stop me from booking there.  Because I booked the basic room with points we were hoping for perhaps a modest upgrade to a sea view room, but we were surprised by a very nice suite which sells for more than triple the cash rate of the basic room.  Our small building in the hill had three suites, one on each floor, and ours was on the top floor.  The suites on the ground floor of each such building (which they call villas) have a private pool (and are more expensive), and the advantage of the suites on the top floors is that they have a sun roof which allows lots of natural sun light to come through.  The sun roof has electronic controls to close the blinds during the evening to avoid having light in the bedroom early morning.  The sea views from the top are also nicer.  The terrace has seating space both in front of the bedroom and in front of the living room. The living room is very large and has a long dining table with a wood bench on both sides of the table in addition to some chairs.  Off the living room is a small kitchen which has a fridge, freezer, oven, and dishwasher. There is also a wine cellar to keep wine at the perfect temperature.  Near the living room and the kitchen is a full bathroom which is in addition to the larger full bathroom near the bedroom.  The main bathroom is bright because of floor to ceiling windows in both the shower and behind the bathtub, while keeping privacy with blinds inside the frosted windows.  There are high ceilings everywhere including in the bathrooms which provides a good airy feeling in the room.  Generally speaking I enjoyed the neutral colors which contributed to the relaxing atmosphere as well.  There is plenty of storage space in the two closets between the bedroom and main bathroom, on each side of the short hallway.  This is in addition to a discreet closet near the second bathroom which could be mistaken for just being the wall between the smaller bathroom and the hallway.  Everything was very well designed and convenient.  If there are a couple of minor negatives about the room, they could be attributed to this being a new hotel with some issues to iron out.  The water temperature in both showers was not warm enough even if moving the knob to the maximum.  It was not cold water, but a bit too cool for our taste.  After a couple of nights the hotel proactively informed us that they were aware of the hot water issue and that we could move to another room.  Honestly, it was not an issue serious enough for us to complain about in the first place, so we said that we were perfectly happy staying in our room rather than move into another similar suite elsewhere.  Another small issue is that when taking a shower in the main bathroom, the water was leaking under the wall separating the shower from the toilet.  

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Amenities

In terms of amenities we were pleased to find Le Labo products, which we are familiar with from our stays at various Fairmont hotels. We got a departure gift of large 3 oz Le Labo bottles with our names printed on the label.  The hotel also provides several bottles of water which are restocked daily during housekeeping, or you can call to get more water at any time as well.  

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Dining

The restaurant for breakfast has wonderful views like so many spots on the hotel grounds.  Most people had their breakfast between 10am and 11am so it was busier at that time, but we were almost alone the mornings that we went before 9am.  We enjoyed having the traditional Turkish breakfast, which was a small feast.  It is meant to be shared for two people and is quite filling.  It includes fruits, vegetables, a bread or pastry basket, several kinds of cheeses, jam, honey, fried sucuk, menemen, and a few options for eggs, all of which can be replenished on request.  For people who find the traditional breakfast to be repetitive during a long stay, there is also an a la carte menu.   On Marriott.com it looks like all rooms booked for cash include breakfast with the room rate, but it’s the traditional breakfast which is included, not other items on the a la carte menu.  For point redemptions there is no mention of free breakfast so I did not think breakfast would be included at all, but in the end we were charged only for additional items we ordered on top of the traditional breakfast (from the a la carte menu) which is the same as for guests paying their room cash. For non-guests of the hotel, the price of the traditional breakfast for two is only 135 TRY so roughly 20-25 USD for a couple which is very reasonable for what you get so even if Platinum guests were charged for it, in the grand scheme of things it is not a material expense. Generally speaking, some Platinum members have mentioned on FT that they prefer to stay at brands such as St.Regis or LC rather than Ritz Carlton or EDITION because of the breakfast benefit (and other Platinum benefits).  Honestly, I think in Bodrum the choice of staying at EDITION or Luxury Collection should not be based on the breakfast benefit which might be more generous at LC than at EDITION; other factors than breakfast should guide the choice.  To conclude regarding breakfast, on the morning of departure they gave us two glasses of champagne which was a nice touch. 

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We had dinner at the Brava restaurant one evening. The setting near the beach is great. Some people on TripAdvisor complain about the cost of food, but that should be expected for a beach dinner at a hotel like this one, in addition the prices on the menu are in TRY not EUR so with the recent collapse in the TRY I found the prices to be more reasonable than expected unlike the price of the rooms which are quoted in EUR so no bargain there following the decline in TRY.  Similar to breakfast, the main courses at Brava are to be shared so yes the sticker price might be higher than some people are familiar with in Bodrum, but the portions are big and not intended for a single person.  Our main course was sea bass; it was of excellent quality and very fresh.  Comments about expensive dinner on TA would be more valid for room service than for Brava; in contrast with the restaurant, we found the portions to be small and prices higher than in the restaurant.  Again, not entirely unexpected.

Pool & Beach

With the hotel being at about 50% capacity in early September we had no problem finding a chair at the pool.  There is more seating on the beach although it’s a bit more dense over there.  The white sand beach was nice and clean, and so was the water.  There are also cabanas for people who want to relax in the shade. Overall the hotel grounds were in great condition, including the swimming pool which is not large, but very nice and we enjoyed looking at the view of the sea and the mountains in the background while relaxing in the pool which was at perfect temperature for us, not too hot, not too cold.  There are also chairs and cabanas on the dock but reservations are needed and the price is somewhat steep at 12.5k TRY for a day.  

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Service

The service in the hotel is excellent and staff goes above and beyond to please.  We found this to be the case throughout the hotel: at reception, concierge, car valet service, in the restaurant, and at the pool / beach area.  Top notch Turkish hospitality.  

 

Overall

Overall we had a wonderful stay and our 6 nights were too quick; we would certainly consider returning.  For our dates the EDITION rates were about 450 EUR per night while Caresse was around 350 EUR per night.  Scanning other dates, sometimes it’s the opposite and Caresse is more expensive. Since we never stayed at Caresse it’s hard to judge but at first glance because we were fully satisfied, if we return to Bodrum I would not be opposed paying a premium for EDITION, and if booking on points then it’s a no brainer EDITION is a good deal.  The EDITION hotel will close in November and re-open in May, so returning to EDITION is only an option if travelling to Bodrum outside of winter. 

 

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