Situated really close to the natural world wonder Pamukkale, Pam Thermal Hotel is a 5 star hotel that even Nicholas Cage chose for a short period some time ago (and they really like to brag with that as there’s even an autographed photo near the reception). But does the fact that Nicholas Cage was their guest is enough to make it a great hotel? Check out my review for an honest opinion!
Obviously, the main big thing about Pam Thermal Hotel is the thermal pool itself: a red water that has temperatures of 58 degrees Celsius (136 degrees Fahrenheit) and which is said to be effective in orthopedic and neurological illness, as well as rheumatic diseases, various candidest, hypertensions, varicoses and hemorrhoid treatments. So it really sounds like a miracle if you can handle the temperature.
I wasn’t really fond of the idea, honestly: even though the thermal pool has a really nice touch and all that red water is incredible to look at, if it’s hot outside as it was when I visited Pam Hotel, you certainly wish to get anywhere BUT in hot water. However, if you’re just as picky as I am, there is a “normal” pool with great water and you even have the option for a “mineral bath” in your room. Which is really amazing!
But not the thermal water or the location is what made me love Pam Thermal Hotel: it was the view. At one side you have the mountains that make the hot weather in Turkey more bearable and all around you there are Palm Trees and flowers and vegetation and tons of places for relaxation. The fact that it’s not a big hotel either and it never seems to fill (after all, the beach is a couple hours away) is also a good thing for those who want a holiday to relax and let the nice air fill their lungs.
The rooms at Pam Hotel are not extremely fancy as you would expect from a 5 star hotel, but they are clean and big and the view is amazing, no matter if they’re facing the forest or the gardens. There are extra pillows if you need them and each room has patios or balconies. As I said, nothing too fancy, but there’s really no reason to be disappointed.
The food at Pam Hotel is, like all food in Turkey, a very delicate subject: there are people who love it and those who really hate it. The folks here really do their best with the food though and we had 6 main courses to choose from and tons of salads and sweets so really I think that even the most demanding person can find something to eat. For me, the food was absolutely delightful and I totally loved it. The 6 extra pounds I had when I returned home are the proof.
The entertainment does not excel either: there is a disco downstairs and a photographer that takes pictures for a ton of money and there are regular shows booked by the hotel (belly dancers and so on) but there is no entertainment team to keep you busy throughout the day, which underlines what I said earlier: Pam Hotel is a hotel where relaxation is the top priority and not partying.
The staff is friendly and mostly professional. They try to do their job the best way possible, but they barely speak any English so it is pretty difficult to have a conversation with them – and usually it’s pretty difficult to make yourself understood. But they are always smiling, at least, and they say that a smile always solves a lot.
Overall, Pam Hotel in Pamukkale is not a hidden gem or a hotel that will blow you apart with its sheer quality. However, there’s not much to complain about it either and the thermal waters and the view are simply outstanding and make a trip there really worthwhile. Especially if you are looking for relaxation – a place where you don’t get to interact with too many people, the air is clean and the noise levels are down – then Pam Thermal Hotel will certainly prove to be a great choice.