I will try and be as honest as I can re this review, The Alba Royal is up there with the best hotel my wife and I have been too.
My wife and I stayed at the Holiday Inn Glasgow Airport before we left as we got a deal on parking, only issue is the distance from hotel to carpark otherwise we felt refreshed when we got to terminal 2 in the morning, issue- not enough information re check in procedure for those who have checked in online. We were half way down the queue when we saw the notice to queue at different desk.. So if you have checked in online you do not have to stand in the massive queue with the 50-60 golfers, no offence golfers.
Also make sure you are not too heavy with cases as they will charge you. We had booked extra legroom, this was great except that our seats were next to the toilets going and coming back so there were always people milling about near us, still worth it just to be able to stretch out.
When we landed we quickly got our bags and made our way to bus and waited, and waited until we found out that another airline had landed and due to mix up with baggage we waited an hour, finally the rep arrived on bus and we got on our way, no reason given by rep, no welcome to Turkey no apology. This was the only negative of the holiday.
Hotel--- Met by reception staff and porters who quickly sat us down, took our passports, gave us a cold drink and cakes, filled in some paperwork then took us to our rooms, showed us how to work the safe and where everything was in the room, excellent service
We had a superior room, massive balcony, kingsize bed, mini bar- 2 beers, 2 cokes, 2 spring water, 2 sparkling water, 2 Sprite , packet of nuts and chocolate bar, refilled every day.
Bathroom- not the biggest but ample, whirlpool bath and shower, soap dispenser on wall in bath, soaps, cloth, scrubber, puma stone all provided, hairdryer on wall although not the most powerful. Ladies take your own shampoo and conditioner as not supplied or you can buy from the wee shop on level -1, not too expensive.
Food-- excellent choice in main Buffet restuarant, both breakfast and dinner served in main and lunch served in Taurus Restuarant on level -2. There are 3 A la Carte , Fish, Cuban and Turkish. We tried them all and the Cuban is by far the best, Turkish next and then fish.
Pool bar serves food from 10am till 6pm although when we arrived it was 5.50pm and hungry and they were closing but still made the effort and made us food as main buffet does not open until 7pm, again excellent service.
Beach bar is open 10am til 6pm and although not on the beach it is 5 minute walk,
Pool bar and Beach bar serve slightly different menus.
There are hot and cold drinks machines on the beach which is a great idea and very handy.
Beach is lovely and clean ans plenty of beds. Water is great and there are watersports if you want to try.
If you are sitting at pool bar you get real glass for your drinks or Large hard plastic if you are away from bar at pool, very sensible.
The wee guy who cleans the pool area is brilliant, he works all day to keep area clean and will go and get you a brolly if you ask him.
All the staff are very friendly
Drinks-- Tuborg Lager, own brand vodka and other spirits, White and red wine are great
You can also get champagne (turkish if you want) free at bar.
Breakfast- plenty of choices, chef will cook you omlette, fried eggs, always scrambled eggs, or healthy option if you prefer.
You will never go hungry in this hotel.
Animation team- Hugo, Kemal Mehmet, Nicoli, Ali and the bossman, What can I say. They keep you entertained from 10am until night time, Darts, shooting, yoga, strechting, dance lessons, cocktail games- frisby and golf.
BEST LAUGH WE HAVE HAD.
Night shows included comedy, Grease, Belly dancing, Hugo and his fire breathing, nail board and broken glass show, AMAZING.
All inside as ampitheatre was closed as still early in season.
Live music 3 nights a week, male and female who were very good and had everyone up dancing.
Excursion- we went to John Denver at Correct Riesson, out of hotel turn left, left at taxi rank and it is the first one on right hand side of road across from Amazon waterpark, he has a big picture of Troy on wall, tell him you want Scottish prices, haha, he is very good.
Get the Hamman, very cheap but brilliant, bus picks you at hotel and you get pampered for nearly 3 hours. You can get extras, like mud pack and medical massage but the basic one is great. IT is much cheaper than hotel.
We also went on the boat trip but it was mad, They take you out to sea then up a fresh water river to an island that is littered with crap, you then have lunch, chicken or fish then further up this manky river to then get a bus to Mananvget market. We stayed on the boat as had enough of buses. The people who went said they had to wait almost an hour for bus to bring them back. It is a long day and bus goes round various hotels dropping people off so its late when you get back.
The Germans-- Yes there are plenty of other nations there, Germans, Dutch, Belgians, Swedes, Russians, Turkish. Most of the people we met were great, good fun and polite, this includes all the above. There are some who are not polite but this happens no matter were you go. The Germans expect a high quality in a hotel so if they are in same hotel as you, then you know it's good.
Sunbeds- if your not fast your last, we brits queue for our food and in shops, we also think that we can just walk down and get the same sunbed everyday, not here. As the hotel got busier second week we had to get down bit earlier to get beds we wanted, its just the way it is.
WIFI-- The hotel has wifi- sometimes, we were on the same floor as reception and could get it certain times of the day on laptop, it just depends. There are Computers you can use in the hotel so not a real issue
Hairdresser- the hairdresser in the hotel is excellent, very reasonable and friendly. He has a female who works with him who does the nails and stuff and a young apprentice.
The turkish shave gents is a must plus get a hair cut. its great. Ladies he is also very good with cut, blow dry etc.
Most of the prices are in Euros, because of the large German contingent. We took Turkish lira and sometimes found it difficult to get change. If you take lira do not get anything bigger than a 20 as when we gave 50 note we were getting change in mixed lira and euros, or take euros or english money as they will not accept any scottish currency.
No scottish football is shown, they will tell you in the bars outside hotel that they will get it for you but after 3 beers they will tell that they can't get game. They have all the English premiership games, German, Dutch, Even lower league english but no SPL. And remember people, Turkey is the fake capitol of the world, everything is fake, they will tell you it's real, much cheapness, but it's fake, some very good fakes I may add. BARTER BARTER BARTER.
Overall--- briliant hotel, fantastic staff and service, great food, had a brillaint holiday and will be going back next year but slightly later in month.
Waiters-- Halil, Beyram, Kerim, Mezut, Cengiz, you are all a credit to the hotel, it was a pleasure, your attention to detail and service was exceptional..
TIPS--- Tip the waiters early on, not right away as that is silly, but you will know who deserves it and the ones I have named above were well deserving.
We tipped the girl who cleaned our room twice, once 1st week and then day before we left, also make sure it the regular maid.
A special thank you to the female Thomas Cook rep in hotel ( sorry forgot your name ) I had ordered flowers for my wife as it was her birthday just before we left. The hotel had not ordered them but the rep came into work early and went and got them herself and delivered them to our room. Excellent service.
It was my birthday when we were there and the A la carte we went to put on a fine show with decorated table, excellent service, birthday cake that my wife had requested, all free of charge, plus the whole restuarant sang happy birthday to me, which was great.
A big thank you the the Alba Family for a fantastic holiday