While this is probably one of the best boutique-class offerings in the Lara region of Antalya, we had an overall disappointing stay.
We chose this hotel primarily because of its proximity to the Sea and beautiful view from the sea-view rooms of the hotel - these two things did live up to our expectations as the views were amazing.
However, seeing as the hotel insists in charging in Euros as the preferred currency, there are a number of immediate issues which need to be addressed by the hotel management in order for this establishment to be truly rated as boutique-class by European standards.
In the stifling heat of the early June Antolian sun, my husband and I were surprised to find that the air conditioning in the room is operated by the reception desk. While I respect the desire to be energy efficient (if this is indeed the reason for such practice), it was unusual to have to ring down to reception each time we wanted the air conditioning switched on. Given that temperatures at this time of year easily climb to 30 degrees Celsius and above, self-operated air conditioning in the room would have been more in keeping with our expectations and I am sure the expectations of other European travellers.
Breakfast, while taken in the pretty surroundings of the Blanche Restaurant Terrace, located on the top floor of the hotel, was again not in keeping with the expectations of the discerning European traveller. Our rate was paid on a Bed & Breakfast basis and so you can imagine our surprise to be charged the equivalent of an extra £8 GBP for two small glasses of orange juice - we were advised by the friendly and helpful waiter that there was also an extra charge for eggs which left us wondering what exactly we had paid for as part of the B&B rate. After speaking with the Manager, we were told that we had been misinformed about the eggs but that there was indeed an additional charge for freshly squeezed juice which was the norm for hotels in the area. After ten years of travelling around many European and non-European countries in budget and luxury hotels, this was the first time we had ever come across such an unusual hotel pricing strategy for guests who have already paid a breakfast rate at the time of booking. Nevertheless, after extensive negotiations, we were refunded the cost of the orange juice and breakfast on the second day of our stay as we had chosen to take breakfast at a local cafe instead that was much more reasonably priced and offered a wider selection than simply hard bread rolls, a plate of cheeses and cold meats.
We booked a double room with sea view and as previously mentioned, the view was exceptional. However, the room was not as spacious as it appears in official photos. It was moderately clean, with a small double-sized bed (an even smaller duvet cover!). The fixtures and fittings are basic although designed in baroque style which gives the appearance of luxury in photographs.
We found only one English-speaking tv channel (BBC World) which was sufficient for our needs. To its credit, the hotel does offer Wifi access at no extra cost (unike the 5 star hotel we had previously stayed in in Istanbul - see my review of The Edition Istanbul Hotel).
The relaxed and laid back nature of the local neighbourhood (along the Lara coastal road) is a welcome reprieve from the hustle and bustle of Istanbul and for this reason, La Boutique is well situated.
We did not eat at the hotel restaurant and so cannot comment on its offerings. We did have several dinners at the nearby Antalya Balik fish restaurant which served excellent fried calamari and a wide choice of grille fish at a resnable price. On our last day, we also had lunch at the nearby Urcan Balik Evi Restaurant which was excellent - beautifully set on the cliff-side with attentive staff and well prepared and delicious food (highly recommended)!
Overall, we will return to Antalya region in the future, but not to the La Boutique. Unfortunately, the promise of a new beach area due to open right outside the hotel next year in 2013 is not enough to entice us back.
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