Large and airy reception area, lots of marble, with a fountain and a glass dome.
Your cases will be taken from you as you get off the coach and taken by the hotel porter to your room.
Definitely has a wow factor on entrance.
The service at reception could be more professional, do not expect to be spoken to in a 5 star hotel while the member of staff is sending a text on his mobile phone.
Even in the bedroom is located at the side of the hotel still have a Seaview.
When we stayed in January 2014, building work was taking place next door to the hotel, our bedroom looked directly onto it. Although it did not spoil the enjoyment of our holiday, if you are a balcony person be aware that the work takes place everyday from approx 8am until 8pm.
The main plus point with the bedrooms at the Melas Lara is that all bedrooms have a jacuzzi bath.
You can also enjoy a nice power shower.
Beds are nice and firm, enjoyed my sleep.
Mini bar in bedroom is stocked up everyday with water, beer, fanta orange.
Tea and coffee making facilities are also available in your room.
On the last day we were informed by another guest (after we had checked out at 12 noon) that it was possible to keep your room until 3.30pm. So check with reception, as Thomas Cook had advised us that this would not be possible to do without being charged.
You are provided with a robe, and beach towels, however you should be aware that if you wish to change your beach towel during your stay that it will cost €1 to do so.
Restaurant staff very friendly, waiters will constantly refill your class of wine. Food is of good quality, enjoyed the best mushroom soup I have ever had. Choice of food is not bad, I have had better, but you have to take into consideration this is off-season. By the end of the week looking forward to getting back to home cooked food (or in typical English style - an Indian take away !)
Very prompt service, refreshing to see plenty of staff serving behind the bar. You take a seat and it's not long before a waiter takes your order, and refills your glass all evening.
Not many international brands available, just your normal all inclusive type of drinks available.
Pool area & Beach
Gardens kept in tip top condition, small amount of cats outside but never seen them enter the hotel.
Hotel has its own private beach area. Beach bar which was even open off season.
I never expect too much from hotel entertainment, however some were more friendly than others.
D.J. Ilkay is a fabulous member of the team, he always took time to speak to us, and even went out for a walk shopping with us.
Cem and Olga always took time to speak to us as well. The rest of the entertainment team (including the manager) either did not speak to us or only had time for the German guests (of which this hotel has many) staying at the hotel.
This is the only hotel in the Lara beach area that I know of which will charge you for using the internet. Be aware that if you are bringing your iPads that this charge is per device and not per room. The charges are for time spent on Internet and are from €2 for 1 hour up to €25 for 40 hours and €35 for 60 hours. You get a good signal in your bedroom and even got a signal on the beach. Remember to disconnect after each session or it will cost you a lot of money !!
We find it better to tip at the end of your stay, as once the person has been tipped they loose interest in you.
Thomas Cook have an excellent representative, Jonathan , who is always happy to help you.
I have found Guest Relations to be more friendly at other hotels I have stayed, at Melas more to helping German guests.
If you are visiting off season the general age range is 45+ to very old people doing long stays to avoid the British winter.
A quick note on the resort in case this is your first time, Lara Beach is very much a hotel based type holiday. Nothing much to do or visit outside hotel apart from a walk along the beach. You cannot enter other hotels as each one has security gates at its entrance.
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