I have just returned from a 2-week holiday at this hotel, travelling with my husband, and our friends with their 2 girls of 2-years and 4-years. We had an excellent holiday, the weather was 35-42c from 18-Sept to 2-Oct, so brilliant for late summer sunshine. The hotel itself is on the beach, but it is a huge hotel, and takes about 10 minutes to walk through its grounds onto the beach, therefore perhaps unsuitable for some. The hotel has 8 floors and mostly made from glass, which overall creates a very modern atmosphere. However, sadly as the hotel is a few years old, the general maintainence of the glass is poor and you will find some of the coloured glass flooring in the lobby and public areas cracking, and some windows and doors in need of repair. This I doubt is dangerous as the glass is very thick, but does create a poor impression of the hotel as the wear and tear is clearly visible. The bedrooms are a good size and very modern, with walnut flooring, faux leather chairs and headboards and plasma TV, but again, have seen a lot of use and are a bit worn around the edges which sadly makes the contempory design feel a bit shabby. However, they are cleaned every day, and we had a wonderful sea view from the 5th floor, but our beds were uncomfortable, and although we booked a double, ended up with a twin. Where this hotel really does score highly is with the food. Considering they are catering for such diverse customers (guests from Turkey, Russia, Germany, Iran, Netherlands, UK, etc), they have managed to get it absolutely spot on. Fresh food cooked in front of you on the grills located in the main buffet restuarant and at the beach bar is impressive. We stayed 14 nights and never had the same menu repeated. You can dine inside or alfresco, the food is always piping hot, and they never allow it to run low. The waiters are friendly and efficient. However, we were surprised to find no high-chairs in any dining areas, which is very poor, and for us, this really let the whole dining experience down as we had to feed a 2-year old in her pram. There is a lovely modern beach bar serving lunch all afternoon, ice creams and has live music some evenings. The beach itself is nice, the sand darker with a bit of shingle, but lots of sunbeds and water sports avaiable, and the sea clear and warm - but it does shelve quickly, and therefore may not be suitable for very young children. The pools are clean, however wear shoes around the pool areas as we all got splinters! There are no baby-change facilities anywhere in the hotel, and you have to change your child on the floor of a changing room or toilet, again the same as the high-chairs, can be easily corrected and makes a big difference. There is a lazy river pool, however this is closed with no sign of it reopening. The evening entertainment is pretty good, and the male entertainment team very friendly, but the female staff a bit too young and not as friendly, and as the hotel is so big and there are so many guests, it lacks that personal touch - it took us about 10 days to get to know some of the entertainment staff. They do a great mini-disco for kids every night which lasts about 30 minutes and is smashing. The hotel is located alongside several other large All-Inclusive hotels, however you cannot use their facilities or enter the hotels, but you can walk along the beach to get a better view of them - some of them look very impressive! There are a lot of shops located about 10 minute walk from the hotel where you can grab a bargain, but they are still building along here and the roads new, but some areas not yet landscaped. Overall, I'd say this hotel represents excellent value for money, and again we had a thoroughly enjoyable holiday here, but do not book this thinking it is a true 5-star as you will be disappointed as it's a bit worn aroud the edges. It is however a decent 4-star with excellent leisure facilities. There is a fantastic indoor pool, gym and spa, an abundance of places to eat and 2 gorgeous bars in addition to the beach bar - this is where this hotel really scores its rating. Enjoy!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Kervansaray Lara Convention Center & Spa with a view to the enchanting blue of the Mediterranean sea and the monumental presence of the Taurus mountains...Kervansaray Hotels display all the colors of life and the Lara Convention Center & Spa represents "burgundy", which is the "power of the soul", explaining why each and every detail including the features and color of the stone is meticulously elaborated...The fact that the glass covering 80% of the building converts everything into a transparent beauty is not a coincidence.Kervansaray Lara Convention Center & Spa, located on an area of 110.000M² , right at the shore of Lara, was awarded the "Best Building" reward in 2006 among National Architecture Projects with its extraordinary architecture and interior design. Our hotel where the light, water and glass are used together and the day and the night are experienced differently with its post-modern architecture, is surrounded by decorative ponds located on a land of 1500m². Our 9 storey building has 16 elevators, each of which is surrounded by transparent glass.While the precious stones used at every point in the architectural design dazzle your eyes under the night illumination, you will feel that our "U" shaped rooms take you closer to the enchanting view of the Mediterranean Sea. Our hotel building is surrounded by green fields such as orange trees, botany gardens and walking paths, with a landscaping architecture complementing its conceptual theme. Located at a distance of 12 km. From Antalya city center and 9 km from Antalya Airport, Kervansaray Lara Convention Center & Spa is honored to accommodate its guests who are enchanted by its prominent unconventional architecture, in a friendly atmosphere with best quality service. ... more less
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- Hotel Kervansaray Lara