To begin with. My wife and and I arrived at the hotel at 5am and were met by NO-ONE. We had to make our way through a dining area and around the pool in complete darkness. We had to try several doors to find a way into the reception area. After calling out a few times a small light came on and a man appeared behind a desk. He spoke very little English and was quite rude. initially we were given the wrong room but after a few choice words from myself we got a room with a double bed as per booking. In this hotel A/I does not mean all inclusive. The only drinks on offer are Turkisk gin, vodka, water, very very cheap red and white wine and Efes beer. The two spirits tasted bad but we found that if you went out and bought your own coca-cola or lemonade then they are drinkable (the hotel uses the cheapest mixers they can find).
The inclusive food is a choice of boiled eggs, soup, various mixed salad and veg, fruits and processed meats that are a strange colour and bread,. The main evening meals do vary from time to time but are still not very appetising. Any warm food not eaten on one day become a cold option the next day and is often mixed with shredded veg. Meat eaters and kids will not enjoy the food.
To be fair the Bariscan has only ever had to cater for visitors from Germany Poland, Russia and other Eastern Europe countries who seem to really enjoy the food. The owner said that we were only their 2nd visitor from England (so be prepared to go out to a restaurant to eat).
There is an a-la-carte menu which includes pizzas, chips, burgers etc but these are only available between June and the end of August but does not come free, the same applies to brand name spirits and ice-creams.
The rooms are very clean but most of the showers are broken so you have to hold it in your hand to wash and are of a mixer tap style so be prepared for the water temp to change from scolding hot to ice cold without warning. ( rather dangerous for young children) and they dont have any shower curtains, but the maids do not mind cleaning soaking wet floors and towels ( which are changed every day). By the way the maids are also very friendly.
All the room have a balcony and free air-con. But they dont have and tables to sit at.
Some rooms offer a sea view, which can be seen if your on the 4th, 5th and 6th floors and at the right angle to see between the gaps of a few other hotels closer to the sea.
The hotel staff are all very nice and friendly, especially the bar staff HIKMET, MEHMET(ali) and HASAN, these three are all 5 star.
The swimming pool is only 25x25 feet with a slide, and a childrens pool measuring 5x5 feet, so in high season it would be a very crowded place.
The hotel does have entertainment nights but again they are mainly in high season. In the 11 days we were there they had a Turkish night and a fire eating display which was cool.
After 11pm the bar closes and drinks cease to flow as does the music and most lights, most people went to bed or played card games.
There is nothing for children to do apart from play in the pool, (no video games room or pool table.
It does offer a Wi-Fi service but at a price of £8 per week, restaurants nearby all have free Wi-Fi connection( another good reason to eat out).
The Bariscan hotel is not in Alanya but in a rather quiet but 6 miles away in a very nice village called Mahmutlar. The hotel is only a 5 minute walk from the beach. The beach is half sand and half pebbles but still a very nice place to spend a day.
Over all we had a very nice holiday even though the Hotel Bariscan was not what we were expecting from time booking our holiday. The time of year we went meant it was not packed and we managed to get a sunbed around the pool every day The management and staff made our stay a pleasure. Oh yes... Mahmutlar is a lovely village.
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