The hotel is one block from the beach, and a short distance from the shopping area. We were very comfortable here for three days. The breakfast is good, with a large selection of local foods - very fresh. The dinner was also generous. The rooms are a bit older, but clean. The service was very good, friendly and helpful. Wifi works well in the lobby. The perfect place to stay if you are out and about exploring. There is so much to see in that area.
This hotel is a nightmare .We stayed there for two nights and it was the worst experience in my life. It is very dirty, our bathroom was not cleaned after the previous roomers, we had a period with no water, the cable of hair-drier was torn and it was freely hanging in the bathroom - you may say whether it is safe, the towels were not changed and the best part of all is that we caught mycoses.The door card was not working and they told us that we would need to try some times in order to open the door???! The food is awful, the plates and cutlery are dirty as well. Never ever again!
We needed a place to stay in Ayvalik and seeing it was the low season we could not find too many hotels that were open, and that could be booked online. An important point to note - this hotel claims to be Ayvalik on trivago.com but is in fact in Sarimsakli, 7km out of Ayvalik.
Sarimsakli is a derelict, run-down dump with stray animals everywhere. I suspect it would be a much more interesting place in the summer/high season, but in December it felt like a ghost town.
We had a hard time finding the Kalif hotel, this could be partly due to it looking nothing like the pictures portrayed it to be. The exterior paint is in nowhere near as good condition as the the photos claim and the pool was empty (closed for the season).
On checkin we asked to see the room and were very nearly ready to forfeit our money and find somewhere else. The room was extremely cold, the furniture tired and antiquated. The TV looked like it was from the 70's - we didn't even bother trying to turn it on. There was virtually no sound isolation from the door (you could fit a folded newspaper between the floor-door gap) and the walls did not seem much better. Wifi was available but was slow, intermittent and kept requiring you to re-login.
We had asked (based on other reviews) for a high floor room, this request was ignored and we were placed on the first floor. Reluctantly we accepted the room despite finding black hair stuck to the wall of the bathroom. Additionally, the bathroom was *really* cold - the stone floor made it very uncomfortable to spend any long time in there.
When turning on the heatpump to try and warm the room it made a loud, continuous tick-tick-tick noise so we asked for another room. The "new" room was on the same floor, equally as cold, twice as small and it seemed the heatpump didn't work at all. In the end, we opted for the original room and tried to make the best of it.
"Dinner" was included in our reservation; don't get too excited - it was nothing special. A salad bar, rice and some shriveled meat which I never did work out what it was. Same story with breakfast the next morning. We were down by 0930 and the breakfast had finished, but the manager was good enough to put aside an (albeit unexciting) breakfast plate for us.
Which brings me onto my next point - the manager(s). They were friendly, were reasonable when we asked to change room (and then back again) and were probably the best part of this hotel. Kalif hotel is the best in the area it seems, but that is not saying much. If you plan to stay in Sarimsakli know what to expect - this place was OK for one night but we were both glad we were moving on the next day.
We have visited Kalif 4 years ago in September. This year we have spent there 11 nights/HB which we payed 280€ and once again we had great time there. Hotel is in quiet street, it has own beach only 100m far. Our room was at 5th floor so we had great view. Room was cleaned every day: clean towels, new soap, toilet paper... Every room has AC, minibar, bathroom, tv, hairdryer and phone. Hotel also has 2 elevators, restaurant, pool, WiFi, ping-pong and modest fitness room.
We had breakfast and dinner: between 15 and 20 meals every day. Breakfast: eggs, different types of cheese, salads, olives, salami, jam, honey, cornflakes, tea cookies, bread, tea, milk, coffee... Dinner: every night chef served Turkish specialities. Food was different, from cold appetizers, soups, salads, fruits, pastas and of course sweets. No one will leave restaurant hungry.
Stuff is friendly, some of them are speaking Englih, some German, some Serbian. They are always ready to help.
Naighborhood is peacefull and quiet. Also safe. Main street is closed every night from 20h to 8h next morning. There you will find a lot of bazaars which work till late night.
Go to City Market across the post office.
You can also visit Ayvalik. Mini bus goes every 15 minutes and costs 2,50TYL (1€-2,2TYL). There is no need to go to the bus station, you can stop the bus everywhere you want just raise your hand.
I can also recommend day trip to Lesvos (Greece). Return boat ticket costs 30€. Boats leave Ayvalik port every morning at 9h and leaving Lesvos at 19:15h.
Be carefull, temperature is high, it was between 45 and 50°C. Sea is extreme salty, clean, full with fish and cold.
I've spent there only one night but I liked this hotel very much. It's very close to the Aegean sea. Ayvalik was empty, but I was told that it's too early for touristes. I liked my room very much. Good view to the inside pool and on the city roofs. My room was executed in white tones with gold. Unfortunately, room wasn't spacious but still enough. Also I was surprised when I didn't find any cosmetics in the room likegel shower or shampoo. Also dinner and breakfast in the restaurant weren't various: only one choice of garnish and hot meal, but there were a lot of different jams on the breakfast. Staff is very helpful and polite. Wi-fi connection is payable and works only in the lobby. As a result I think it's not the place where possible to stay more then one night.