We enjoyed a week beginning of October and were lucky with the 30°C+ temperatures. The hotel is very new and sparkly, we found the service to be excellent with a good sense of humour and our room was a good size. We usually stay in 5* hotels but it was our first all inclusive package. We were impressed by the range of brand drinks and cocktails available, mini bar refilled daily, quality of the buffet and the possibility to eat 24/7 if you really wanted to. There was never a problem finding good sunloungers, the waitresses on rollerblades around the pools made us very lazy and it was always immaculately clean. The night club was ok once it got going a bit, shame you have to pay extra for the games room although there is other entertainment every evening in some form or other. We tried the free part of the spa (hammam, sauna, steamroom) which we had all to ourselves. We did manage to eat in a few of the à la carte restaurants although I agree with some of the other reviews that at times it was a hassle to book them; the Turkish one near the beach was, however, really good.
It's worth taking the free shuttle bus to Antalya (you just have to book one day in advance at reception); we loved discovering the old town, bazaars, the museum is worth a visit if you like old roman sculptures etc, learning to haggle prices and generally getting to see something outside the 'hotel bubble'.
We had no trouble being understood in English, although we were always approached first in German, even in Antalya, probably because the majority of tourists in this area are German (or Russian). It's possible to pay in Euros everywhere, even in town (except the musuem in Antalya where the entrance is payable in Lira).
Having said all that, we personally found the hotel too big and although it was nearing the low season it wasn't always easy to find a free table at mealtimes (we ended up wandering around a bit aimlessly for a while) and it wasn't easy to get some peace and quiet (away from background music from the entertainment day or night, or generally from children), except in the hotel lounge. But then, that's probably more to do with our personal preferences wanting a quiet hotel than the hotel itself. It's no doubt ideal for families with children looking to be entertained.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Delphin İmperial Hotel Lara - Antalya SiteStaying at Delphin Imperial Hotel Lara Imperial actually makes you feel that you are at home just by the magnificent shore of the Mediterranean Sea, Lara Beach.From our facility which is far about 15 kms from Antalya , 10 kms from the airport, the transportation for the shopping centers and going sightseeing is pretty much easy. ... more less
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