We too have just returned from Polat Alara. It all turns out better than expected indeed. The staff is great, they were very pleasant, the food was good (we were there 12 days and then it does become a bit dull) but we can make no complaints. The rooms were tidy and the beach within a small walking distance. The surroundings were indeed not that good, but they are working on it. Everything is still being built. And for a couple of euros you are in a another village furter along in no time.
We have amused ourselves and I had a really good time.
The only disadvantage was that we were the only 2 Dutch people in the hotel at that moment, and the Russians don't speak a word of English.
But it is what you make of it yourself.
We can look back on a good time in any case.