Prós: We were at El Vino Hotel in Bordrum for one night in transit from Kos to Ephesus. The hotel is a true gem, with attentive service. The room was more like a suite with separate living room and bedroom. The pool is kept extremely clean and is surrounded by lush vegetation. You do not even feel that you are in Bodrum. It is an outstanding place to relax after boat rides or beachcombing. The personnel went out of its way to accommodate our needs. We highly recommend it and we are very choosy travelers.
Contras: The location is not ideal in terms of view and proximity to the Marina, but a 10-15 minute walk is not a big hurdle
Prós: The beach was the only decent part of this so-called resort.
Contras: The staff was horrific. We asked to be taken to a restaurant/bar in Bodrum and ended up being taken to a random town where it was clear the hotel staff was coordinating with unsavory restaurant owners to bring business. They pretend they are 5 star but I would give it not even one star, the staff was rude, unaccommodating and spoke NO English. They should not be ranked as a 5 star hotel. This experience makes me question Kayak's business policy as it relates to hotel ratings. I feel completely scammed.
Contras: Don't stay here, they allow you to book late online for that night and then don't answer the door when yo finally find the place. They have put a sign next to other direction signs for traffic directing you to go the wrong way down a one way street.
My fiancee and I stayed at the Melis Pansiyon for five nights, and we were very pleased with it on the whole! The rooms are small and the amenities fairly basic, but the staff were friendly, efficient, and they kept the rooms very clean and comfortable for us throughout our stay. So if you're looking for a luxury resort, this probably isn't the place for you, but if you want a clean, safe, and centrally-located spot from which to explore Bodrum and the surrounding area, it'd be hard to do better than the Melis Pansiyon!
Prós: Although their English was minimal, the staff were very friendly eager to please. And despite the language barrier, they were very helpful when we needed advice about how to get around!
Contras: While the hotel's central location was convenient, the only downside to that was the noise from the street below our window (mostly the drone of mopeds flying around at all hours.)