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Gardenia Hotel
Ranked #112 of 368 Hotels in Alanya
Stafford, United Kingdom
1 review
“enjoyed our stay, already booked for next year”
Reviewed August 29, 2010

Although primarily caters for the Germans, we were made to feel very welcome. Felt if you made the effort to talk to the staff they would chat to you. We did'nt feel that the drinks were overly exspensive, but maybe the prices go up in the height of the summer. The food was a little different, but is it not why we go abroad. There are plenty of restaurants to try, but if you only want to eat " english" food then there is a Mc Donalds, Burger King and K.F.C to try. Rooms were clean and not a bad size, air-con worked well. Location was fantastic and the views from the restaurant balcony were breathtaking. Enjoyed our stay so much that we have already booked for next year- can not wait.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed August 11, 2010

I would not give this hotel 4 stars
The hotel is set in an ideal location on the sea front and far enough away , but within walking distance to the town centre. The hotel is clean and MOST of the staff are friendly, although we got the impression that being English was an issue for some of them. Rooms are small but comfortable with a small fridge for a mini bar, which we filled with our own alcohol and soft drinks. There is no tea making facility in the rooms....sadly missed
You need a mortgage to drink the alcoho asl it is so expensive . The food isn't up to much.....Foreign country, foreign food to be expected, but the food in this hotel is definately a big let down, There is a variety of cold salads to choose from both for breakfast and again at dinner(usually the day befores dinner disguised as something else).The hot food was always over salted.
The pool has a water slide which is the only entertainment for the kids (and most adults!!), and like all other hotels you had to fight for you sunbeds.

Be prepared for Turkey tummy and don't forget to pack your immodium tablets.

Overall, not a bad hotel if you're German, Russian or Scandanavian. Definately not geared up for the English. Will not be returning to this hotel. Big NO

Cleopatra Restaurant (100mtrs up the road) Truly recommended. Great food and friendly staff.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed August 9, 2010

Ok so I stayed in this hotel in July 2010 It was me and a friend and we are 18 and I had mixed feelings when I read other reviews so here goes.
Location and Things to do:
Location was FAB. Beach opposite the hotel. Beach was nice, not sand though, very small stones which get everywhere but it was a lovely beach, very clean. Bed was 4 lira and umbrella was another 4 lira but cheap for the whole day. Very nice breeze on the beach.
Clubs were not far from hotel. Turn left outside hotel, walk down the road, then turn right onto the main road with shops. You can see the bus stop when you join the main road. Buses are every 15 mins so 8:00pm, 8:15pm etc and its the bus with all the writing in different colours in the left corner of the windscreen. Costs no more than 2 lira ask for centurm, but sometimes you didnt have to pay because it was so busy! The stop is hard to find but there is a statue on the right hand side of the road, get off there and walk right, you will find all the clubs,
Clubs were so much fun!! Go on the bar crawl with thomas cook, get loads of free drinks and they take you to the best places! Any drinks and alcoholice dribnks are VERY expensive! soft drinks are 6/7 lira for a small, shots are between 8-12 lira. very very expensive. So we bought vodka in a small bottle and put it in out bag, then mixed it with cokes we bought! You dont have to pay to get in the clubs which is good! Taxi from clubs to hotel was 9 lira, only use the yellow ones!
Water park about 5 min walk. Turn right outside hotel, then left, walk all the way down until you see a crossing. Turn left, walk all the way down then turn right, its next to a burger king! 15 lira for entry and a meal with drink, very good! sunbeds uncomfortable though!
Outside the hotel turn right then left, there are many restrants and shops along this way, keeping going and cross the road straight ahead, again more shops and restrants. If you keep going you will find BIM a supermarket, go there to buy crisps, coke, juice etc, so cheap! 1.45 lira compared to 3/4 lira in the little market shops!
Only bad point is that the transfer time from airport is 3 hours and flight times are at awful times, thats the only draw back but I heard that they are building an airport there soon.

Hotel and Staff:
Hotel itself is quite nice. I would give it 4 star for rooms, Always cleaned however the maid would never clean rubbish up unless it was in the bin! Towels changed every few days and bathroom was very clean. Air con was free which you really need to use as it gets very hot. There is a fridge in the room. They put drinks in it but you can take them out and put your own stuff in there, as long as you put the drinks back before you leave they do not mind and do not charge. Only annoying thing at night is sometimes the hotel opposite would have entertaiment til quiote late and if you wanted to get to sleep this was impossible because it was so loud!! Safety deposit box is 49 lira for 2 weeks and you have to give a 30 lira deposit which is annoying but you get it back. Swimming pool again 4 star. Small and gets busy now and then but it is always clean, beds are comfy, pool is nice and cool with an awesome pool slide!!
Women staffd were very polite and helpful, men staff were very rude!! Not that friendly because we are english. They much prefer germans! By the way they are everywhere, english are definatly rare in alanya and this hotel, so sometimes you feel left out and not as welcome. Germans in this hotel were VERY rude. save sunbeds but dont use them until the end of the day, push in line for food, they were a bad point to the holiday

Food:
Food not so great. I am not a fussy eater but it was odd food! You didnt no what most of it was and if it had a label it was mainly in german. As Alanya was mainly for germans it food was catered for germans. Breakfast was lots of breads, cheese and cold hams. They had butter and jams and had fruit. Tea coffee and they had about 3 types of juices which were so nice!! Hot food was always fried egg, pankcakes and ommlettes, some sort of potato (so chips wedges etc) boiled egg and some weird stuff that was horrible and i cant explain! Dinner was not that great. They had bread, cheese, ham, cold pastas and lots of salad. Hot food was always some rice, beef, chicken, somtimes potato, pasta, spag bog. Desert was watermelon, every other day ice cream and weird gloop and cake things. Any drinks are NOT included for dinner, you have to pay for drinks! This was annoying as thomas cook told us they were included, but they are not and they are very expensive! 7/8 lira!!

Trips and tour rep:
Our tour rep Shannon Smith was AMAZING! So helpful and honest. She told us everything about nightlife (buy alcohol in shop and put it in your bag when you go out and mix) , the shops, the water park (they did a trip back to antalya so 3 hours away for £40, she just told us the one local and that was £15 with food!) so she was so helpful in saving us money
We did the tuekish bath with thomas cook because we had heard stories of men touching women in the wrong places in the ones local to us. Our tour rep agreed. Turkish bath is so relaxing and it makes your body feel better, Get it at the start to help your tanif thats what you want. We went on the market trip with cruise. Cruise was about 2 hours with a stop of at beach, lunch included, then went to market,. then went to visit a massive waterfall. Only £20 and it was all day. Haggle at markets!! One lady askled for 25 lira for one silver braclet we got 2 for 5 lira! There is a castle/tower right near the hotel but we didnt have time to see it.

Overall:
If your fussy with food dont stay at this hotel, go self catering and eat out (food was better and you could get a cheese burger and chips for 9 lira, lasange for 12 etc. Germans are annoying but they are everywhere! Turkish men do say things to you if your a woman like i am single sexy ladies! I want your lips! etc but if you said no they would leave you alone so you left safe at all times day or night! We had a great 2 week holiday and I would recommend the resort alanya to anyone, the hotel building to anyone but the food and staff wasnt the best!

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with friends
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Bradford, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed June 27, 2010

me and my partner stayed here in june 2010 and thought it was brilliant! well worth the money we paided, food was lovely! staff nice and friendly, clean, close to the beach and lots to do on a night, lovely pool with water slide!!!!! :D we felt safe at all times walking about in the early hours! also great for shopping and getting cheap fakes! brilliant water park near by and its cheap to get in.
only fault is the long distance to the airport!
i recommend staying here! i wanna go bk! x

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Germany
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6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed July 2, 2009

What I liked:
+ Beautiful view from the terrace / balcony while having breakfast / dinner
+ Nice staff / reserved and attentive
+ One of the nicest hotels direct at the cleopatra beach
+ Very close to the beach / nice garden between hotel and beach
+ Can walk into the city center (around 15min)
+ Pool was in a good shape
+ The dessert choise is very good (cakes etc...) also breakfast was very good
+ small shop directly at the hotel where you could buy everything
+ cost / performance very good

What I did not liked
- Rooms were clean but e.g. the bathroom could need some renovation
- If the time for breakfast is until 10:00 o'clock - that means 5after 10 the buffet is away ;-) this happened to us at the first day and the late arrival. But once you know the times - no issue
- maybe I was too confused from the heat - but we really had difficulties to get the temperature regulated in the night with A/C. Many different modes and buttons - sometime too hot - too much airflow. Maybe also we had a curios A/C in our room 111

Recommendation:
- shoes for the beach - it is much too hot to walk barefoot
- take a short boattour with a small fisher boat - just ask them and they will show you some nice caves where the big touristik boats can't go in
- rent a scooter / motorbyce and drive up the mountain (beautiful view)
- There were really some guests who brought their own coffee cups. The size of the cups of the hotel were normal so no need to do so. Maybe typical german ;-)
- I was surprised that there are many many scandinavian people there (what I liked- Sweden, Denark, Norway)
- the beach is quite crowded - so maybe in the high season it is difficult to find a place. Middle of June it was no problem.
- ask for a room with sea view (balcony directly to the sea) and the higher your room is (floor) the better the view

All in all this is a good choise and I can recommend staying in the Hotel Gardenia in Alanya.

  • Stayed June 2009
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Northwich, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed August 27, 2008

Went here in May. This was my 4th time in alanya and this hotel was the cleanest and best room by far. The staff were friendly but non intrusive. However the food left a lot to be desired. Breafast was one of the worst so far in alanya. Pool was small but the sea is only 50 metres away so this does not matter. Overall a hotel I would return to without a secont thought.

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  • Stayed May 2008, traveled solo
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Castleford, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed June 11, 2008

we had a 3 hour transer from the aireport ,to our hotel, we got there at 5.30 am we was shatterd , so we just slept but we met our rep at 10.15am he wanted to see what he could sell, us but it didnt wosh that time , it cost £85 each to swim with the dolpins , so we gave it a miss, theat afternoon we just chilled out , the place was full of german s , most of them had bad manners and was rude, and ignorant, besides that the staff was very nice,
the sheets was surposed to be changed every 3 days , ours was but my sons wasnt, bu the room was very clean, only found 2 cockroches in our clean bathroom, we stayed as bed and breckfast, wich was nice, turkish tea is lovely , i couldnt get enough of it, i even brought my self a turkish tea set and tea, to fetch home, apple tea is nice 2 over ice, my son loved it, the pool bar was clean and the food was lovely, if you want a decent burger do go to burger king , thy are better than here, we also had a jimmys chicken , threre kentucky, there was a lot of waist as it was bleeding every where, there eeffs beer is grait , i didnt drink a lot but that beer was the best at about 4 leara a pint , thats 2 pound here, we ate at a fantastic restrant nearly every night , mystery steak house , the food in there was exerlent , we had all the menue by the end of our holls, the staff realy look after you , free tea and melon even a cocktail, we loved it ,look out for the old man with the corn on the cobb it will be the best corn youll ever eat, thats at the gardenia hotel side not the harbour side, there is one restarant on this side also that you should not eat in , all they kept sayin was eat here, we have a lovely clean kichen, well that set alarm bell for me, why tell me your kichen s clean , ???? well we stopped for a beer, and it was fun then i went to the bath room it had a lot of roches in there, got a few ? then you have more some where, ill show you photo of the place, plus a chinease to stay a way from as it cast mega bucks to east there, and it isnt that good,mmmm what else, be aware of the men taking photos, at our hotel we had men comeing round askin if we wanted our photos done so me thought oh a couple of pickys to take home ,one hundred and fifty photos he took , a hour and a half, it took, i only wanted a couple of famely snaps, then he told us they were 3 leara each so we thought fine, turned out to be 3 euro,we couldnt aford all of them , and the sampels they show you are models, we was gutterd with the photos we took better our self,try the hotels cake and coffee, god the slice of cake we got each was like 3 slices to our portions and it was exerlent, a trip to the castle is a must, 15 leara up and 15 down cost about 5 leara to get in each, or get a taxi both ways he will give you a hour in the castle n fetch you back,the views are breath taking, the haurbour was the busy place to go shopping , you could find everything you need there , for the young with there clubsm and karioki, not mything, not a lot of english there at all , so un spoilt, ha ha lots of cats about i did the rounds every day , they are all looked after so dont feel bad, go to alanya and have a graittime im booking to go back nxt year, also it is very clean town and beach, x

  • Liked — clean and the veiws
  • Disliked — geting woken up at 8.30 am to clean the room,
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled with family
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Property: Gardenia Hotel
Address: Saray Mah. Guzelyali Cad. No:34 Alanya Merkez, Alanya 07400, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Turkish Mediterranean Coast > Antalya Province > Alanya
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#14 Romantic Hotel in Alanya
#64 Spa Hotel in Alanya
#79 On the Beach Hotel in Alanya
#86 Luxury Hotel in Alanya
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Gardenia Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 119
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Gardenia is located just 500 meters far away from the city center. Hotel is placed on the Cleopatra Beach nearby Damlatas Cave. Hotel's own beach is 50 meters to hotel and can reach in 1 minute. The thick type sandy beach gets deeper slowly. The beach bar waits the guests who are suffering from hot weather and want to eat something from the snack menu. In the beach part, you have to pay for sun beds and umbrellas that are free in pool part. Hotel has five floors that have 119 rooms' and 4 lifts. Lobby, lobby bar, air conditioned restaurant, TV room and two meeting rooms (with 100 capacities) are the main parts. Near the hotel's pool there is an A la cart restaurant waiting you with delicious meals. Also in the pool hotel has a special children part. Internets, business room, market, Turkish Hamam, sauna, table tennis are the entertainment parts of the hotel that are with charge and fitness room without charge. The rooms of hotel are comfortably decorated with Laminate and furniture, having direct telephone, special air conditions, Minibar and satellite TV. All the baths are with Shower . All the rooms have balconies and 60 percent have sea view. You can stay in our hotel Half board with open buffet. We have live music and Turkish traditional night organizations every week. There are also 3 tennis courts in front of hotel with charge. ... more   less 
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