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Kahya Hotel
Ranked #70 of 374 Hotels in Alanya
Reviewed May 3, 2012

My wife and I stayed at this hotel in October 2011 and was our first trip to Turkey.
The only thing positive I have to say abour this hotel is that it is centrally located.
We went all inclusive which was a huge mistake we ate at the hotel twice. The food was literallt the same day in day out monring or night.
The drinks were poor. The vodka did not taste of vodka and the beer was watered down.
On arrival we were given a twin room which was tiny and outdated. We had to pay for an additonal 50 euros a night for a room in the main building which had a double bed and again was a tiny room with barely any room to move. The room did however have a great view of the sea which was the only plus.
The staff were rude and very unhelpful.
I dont know if it was the time of year but there was no guest under the age of 50 at the hotel apart from my wife and I and also no other English speaking guests we felt very isolated and certainly would not reccomend staying at this hotel.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 3, 2011

I stayed at the hotel for 10 nights with family. The location is excellent and the pool is nice...However, you will need to be up early to reserve a bed at the pool side. The food was very average - I am English and whilst I dont expect typical English dishes some of the food items were not recognisable so you didnt even know what food you were eating !!!!!! I found it easier to live on salads. The hotel definately caters more for the continental market and they served the food luke warm. I would love to return to Alanya but certainly do not recommend the hotel as an all inclusive option

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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12  Thank LizzieP17
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Reviewed May 6, 2011

The hotel is really nice,the animation team is superb.Very good location,the beach is also great. We only stayed for one week but we really had great fun.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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14  Thank lornaslopez
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Reviewed January 27, 2011

I was in Kahya Hotel in October during my bussines trip, and all was awesome! We had a great time there with my gf!Our room was always well-cleaned,foods were also so fresh and delicious,staff was so kind and helpful to all people but the best one was hotel location that we could so easily and early go to beach where was almost nearby Kahya Hotel! Moreover hotel is very closed to the Alanya city center where are all popular clubs,bars,pubs and restaurants! You can go to the city center from hotel in 10-15 minutes by a short walking that's why maybe better to say Kahya

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled on business
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11  Thank marcin1980
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Reviewed August 6, 2010

My family and I (incl three kids 15,12 and 8) are just back from two weeks at the Kahya, and overall I would say we all thoroughly enjoyed it.
As other reviewers have commented, I was also a little reticent about staying here after reading some of the reviews, but I think that the hotel must have 'upped its game' recently.
Thinking about how to give prospective travellers some useful info, I've broken this feedback into sections - not all relevant to just the hotel.
Arrival at Antalya airport.
No problems - other than the fact that there is a £10 'visa fee' per person payable upon entering the country - English notes are ok - kiosks with security types are awaiting as you pass through arrivals - all very official. Slight chew finding the transfer bus when coming out of the terminal - your given a bus number - but not all buses outside display their numbers - but drivers and rep very helpful. Another point to bear in mind, transfer time from airport to the Kahya is about 2 hours (driver stops for all to have a 'comfort break' about half way - but advisable to get a bottle of water for the bus)
Check in at hotel fine - no pressure to go all inclusive, staff very helpful - safe is 20 Lira a week to rent - no deposit needed
Rooms airy, spacious and very clean - maids excellent - towels were changed daily if needed - air con fine - can be switched to 'Quiet' mode for night times. TV - only one English channel (BBC World News) and about 30 German ones - would have been nice to have a little more choice for kids - but we didn't go to watch TV anyway.
Pool - spent a lot of time here - can get busy - so we 'secured' our beds when we went down for breakfast. The three water slides are good and kept the kids happy for hours.
(When you secure beds - make sure you get a sun umbrella that works - not all do)
Pool side activities - ok - not the best I've seen - but enough to tick you along - dart competitions, water polo and aqua aerobics
Food. Mmmmm...now then - as a previous reviewer had written - some of the dishes on offer were 'indescribable' - not necessarily in a bad way - its just that some of the cold buffet dishes were just 'unusual' to say the least (esp. to the average Brit) However - always enough to ensure that you had enough choice. Breakfast - ok if you like eggs! Omelettes, boiled eggs etc, plus a few other local dishes - but no pork therefore no bacon (...must admit I did enjoy my first bacon buttie when I got back!!!!) - the locally made breads were delicious. Try the Turkish tea - but its very strong (worth taking a few Tea Bags with you if you like your morning brew) - although I did get into the Turkish stuff - you only need about a third of a glass - then top up with hot water. We were half board so didn't have lunches in the hotel - Evening meals were fine - always an extensive choice of cold buffet dishes and three or four hot meals - and always pasta, chips etc on offer - my theory was I'll try it (and so did the kids) - if you don't like it - there's something else to try
Drinks. Was pre-warned about the way that drinks were totted up through the week - and some visitors had differences in what they say they had and what was on the final bill. Therefore I paid for any drinks at the poolside bars, and only put water for our meals on a tab - kept the reciepts - totted up at the end of the stay and all in order.
We were also warned about bringing drinks in from outside - all I can say is that as long as you are discreet you'll be fine - we went to the mini-mraket two doors down (Kleopatra) and brought stuff in for the evening from there - cans of beer were half the price of the stuff in the hotel. The people on 'All-Inclusive' were stuck with the hotel's stuff - I tried the beer and the wine and I must admit they were pretty poor - glad I wasn't tied to that - even if you were All-in you had to pay extra for any of the good stuff or beers in bottles.
Beach. Beach is literally 100 yards straight out of the hotel - sand is very coarse - but clean. Beach shelves steeply - but then levels out - sea was some of the saltiest I've known. You can rent beds and an umbrella for about £5 a day.
Shopping. Must admit the 'knock-off gear on sale in the shops is some of the best quality I've seen - 'brnaded' T shirts, watches leather goods - all good - be prepared for the usual bartering though - and be assertive - its quite 'slow' in Alanya at the moment so there are some real bargains to be had.
Almost everyone will take Lira or Euro - and the standard is 1 Euro = 2 Lira = 1 pound more or less
Eating out. With a good breakfast we only needed a snack at lunch time - the small restaurant between the Kahya and the Kleopatra mini-mart is as good as any if you want a quick kebab or burger. As we were HB we only ate out a few times in the evening - ventured down to the harbour and tried 'Big Bens' - disappointing - £80 for five (no wine in that) for what was a very average meal. We did find a good one called 'Summer Love' off the main street a bit - excellent - they serve free turkish bread (like a huge naan bread) and metsos to start and they gave us a free drink - plus it was a good night too - well worth a visit.
Acitivities: Visit the Selgut castle on the hill - about 1.50L on the bus to go up - don't try and walk it - you'll kill yourself! But we did walk back down the hill on the harbour side and foudn a real gem of a restaurant on the way down - it has some of the best views I've ever come across from a restaurant and the food was good too
Took my two boys rafting - excellent - but be prepared - its quite physical and the mountain water is a real wake up!!! Also the transfer is about 2 hours to get up into the mountains - but the scenery of the trip is spectacular
Boat trip - ok - just a cruise around - food thrown in (literally for some!) - but good for a laugh - swimming and diving off the boat
Only real negative I can think of is noisy youngsters coming back in the wee small hours - but I guess you could get that anywhere - perhaps some sort of segregation - younsters in one block - families in the other is needed?

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with family
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14  Thank layton_lewis
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Reviewed June 16, 2010

We stayed at the Kahya Hotel for 2 weeks from 18th May to 1st June. After reading some unsavoury reviews, we can honestly say we needn't have worried.

The transfer to the hotel took well over 2 hours as our particular driver did not appear to be sure of the location of a couple of the hotels en route.

Other reviews mentioned problems at check-in with being asked to upgrade to all-inclusive, we weren't even asked to upgrade so were quite relieved, but should you wish to do this, the cost is 10 euros per person per day (or 20 turkish lira, or YTL).

We were advised to take Turkish lira, but as this is a very popular resort with the Europeans, the Euro is widely used and encouraged. You can pay for anything in either currency or even a combination of both. We paid for the safe at the hotel in YTL and received Euros in change, so do not get confused by this. To simplify things, Euros were classed the same value as the pound, and lira were classed as double the Euro/pound. There was no charge for air conditioning in the room as it was included in the price we paid.

It was almost breakfast time when we arrived (which is from 7.30am to 10.00am), so we went straight to the food hall and have to admit, walked around it twice wondering what on earth we were going to have, but we were suffering from lack of sleep and not quite with it! There is a cold buffet section, with a few plates of food which we could only describe as 'indescribable'; loads of different salad items (but how many Brits have salad for breakfast?!); different breads (next to a large toaster); only 2 cereals, one chocolatey, one plain; eggs (soft boiled, hard boiled, omelette); plain yoghurt; jams; honey; cheeses; chicken and salami type slices, watermelon, etc. As the majority of Turks are Muslims and do not eat pig, there is no bacon so do not expect an English
breakfast here. We would recommend taking your own teabags and a travel kettle, as Turkish tea is incredibly strong.

As we were half board, we didn't have lunch at the hotel and made do with snacks from the supermarket. The hotel lunch looked very similar to breakfast and dinner. Each morning, a noticeboard listed what would be on offer for dinner, and it was usually chicken or meatballs, with rice every day, either chips or potatoes and, surprisingly, fresh vegetables (carrots, peas, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, even sprouts), albeit on different days. The food was geared towards the European clients but there was always enough to choose from for us Brits. However, I'm sure the Germans don't really want to eat almost the same thing very night either! The chicken (and on 1 or 2 occasions, lamb) was beautifully cooked and very tender. You could see that the hot buffet was steaming hot so there were no issues with dodgy uncooked food, and we saw no flies or mosquitoes in the food hall. We were pleasantly surprised by the standard of the food, and although it did become rather repetitive, we didn't feel the need to have to eat dinner elsewhere.

The hotel is about 90% German with a few Brits, Russians, Dutch and Norwegians. We spoke with a few other nationalities, but were not acknowledged by the Germans, though this did not cause us any concern.

The hotel is 50m from the beach and sea, just across the road and through beautiful gardens with lovely plants, statues, water jets and fountains, which are lit up at night. From our room and balcony, we had a fantastic view of Alanya castle on the peninsula hilltop, which was also illuminated at night. It took about 20-25 minutes to walk down to the harbour where the main nightlife is - not 300m to the nightlife as stated - where you can view the castle on the other side of the peninsula also. If you hope to have many nights out in the harbour bars with good music, be prepared to spend lots of money, beer was cheapest at 6YTL and cocktails were about 18YTL, so look out for bars that are selling 2 for 1 cocktails, it will save you loads.

During the day you can catch a bus (dolmus) up to the castle for about 1 euro or 1.75YTL. We wouldn't recommend attempting to walk up the winding hilly road to the castle, there are little or no footpaths and lots of traffic, not to mention the stifling heat. The views of the harbour and the Red Tower are stunning on the way and up down the hill. We walked around the castle (which only takes about an hour) and took in the spectacular views of Kleopatra beach, and could see the Kahya hotel and our balcony from the top of castle!

The Damlatas Cave is worth a look at the end of the same road as the Kahya, although it's not that big inside. The entrance fee was about 4YTL.

Be prepared to haggle with taxi drivers - their prices can be extortionate, they will certainly try it on.

Two sunloungers with umbrella are 9YTL per day on the beach, but you can just lie on your beach towel or buy an inflatable and you won't be charged. The sand was scorching to walk on, even with flipflops on, so beware! The sand shelves quite deeply on entering the sea. Handy hint - the beach bar drinks were double the cost of those from the supermarket near the hotel. A guy walks the beach asking if anyone wants drinks, icecreams etc from the beach bar, so don't get caught out buying from him unless you have plenty of money! An ordinary can of sprite was 3.50YTL from here and was only 1.50YTL in the supermarket.

There is a nice sea breeze on the beach, which you will not find around the pool, where it was much hotter. There are signs up for clients not to reserve pool sunbeds, which is ignored by others, so just do as they do and take your towels with you when going down for breakfast, and bag a sunbed before you eat. It was quite crowded pool side and it wasn't even high season.

If you remain half-board, buy your water from the Kleopatra Supermarket (turn right out of the hotel entrance and it's just a few metres down on the right hand side down some steps). A large bottle of water here is 0.75 cents, whereas a small bottle in the hotel costs 3.50YTL. We were told the tap water was OK to drink, but due to the high mineral content, it's not recommended, although it's OK for cleaning your teeth with.

Shop around for trips. We spoke to 3 different tour agents (all close to the Kahya). We chose the Kursunlu waterfalls/Aspendos amphitheatre/Side trip (known as the K.A.S. tour). An agent at Lovely Tours said everything was included except drinks on that trip. The second and third agents' prices for the same tour were almost double, and when we queried why, it's because Lovely Tours' price does not include entrance fees into the Kursunlu waterfalls (which is a National Park) and Aspendos. We booked the K.A.S. with Nico at Elkay Tours (he normally sits under the shade of the trees just nextdoor to the Kleopatra Supermarket mentioned above). You pay him only a small deposit and then pay the balance to your tour guide on the coach on the day of the trip. We found Nico to be a very friendly and honest guy, we only did that one trip with him but spoke to him most days, he was lovely to us and offered many a cup of apple tea. Please try it if you are offered some, it's quite nice and not like herbal tea at all, plus it may offend them if you say no! On the day of our trip, other couples on the coach had booked with Lovely Tours and were very surprised and annoyed to find that the price they paid did not include admission fees, so this is further proof that Nico was a little more accurate with his information than others. If you go elsewhere and get a price of about 60YTL per couple for this trip, please note that this is VERY unlikely to include the entrance fees, and you will have to pay extra on the coach if you want to gain access to both sites.

There is another trip to a waterfall at Manavgat, which is a long broad wier-like fall with a small drop, as opposed to the 8 or 9 waterfalls at Kursunlu which are around 14m to 18m drop. They looked much better in the brochure pictures than Manavgat, but there are quite a few steps to go up and down at Kursunlu so it might not be suitable for those who have mobility problems.

The Turks are extremely proud of their nation and it pleases them if you have taken a bit of time to learn a few words or phrases. We researched on the internet and found a useful site where you can listen to and write down the pronounciation etc as you go through it. We took a list of words with us and found it fun trying them out.

We only ate out twice for lunch, both times at the Sedir Restaurant down the road from the Kahya, it's really friendly and they do the most gorgeous flat bread with dips as an appetiser whilst you wait for your meal. Most of the restaurant staff away from the hotel speak fairly good English, and like to speak to the Brits as they told us the Germans ignore them. Reviews from last year recommended Dolly's restaurant which was supposed to be 20m from the hotel, but we didn't find it. There is a sign for Dolly's up on the side of a clothes shop just down the road, but no restaurant so can only assume it's no longer there.

Beware of being overcharged for drinks from the hotel bar. You cannot 'pay as you go' for drinks, you are given receipts for what you've had and it's added up at the end of your stay. Other Brits had a certain number of receipts to prove what they had had during their stay, but on check-out, the male receptionist tried to tell them they had had much more, and so to avoid confrontation, they just paid the extra. This happens often according to other reviews so we were prepared - we took NOTHING from the mini-bar in our room and NOTHING from the pool bar the entire 2 weeks. We were discreet about taking water, sprite or beer in from the supermarket, especially when walking back to our room through reception, and as we didn't flaunt it, we were never tackled over it. We kept our own drinks in the mini-bar fridge to keep them cold, and had no problem with having items removed during our stay.

We were pleased to learn from other reviews before we went away, so hopefully you will pick up a tip or two from this. It sometimes seems that the locals want you to part with as much money as possible, but they are not all the same and we had no problem when out and about, day or night. We found the Turkish to be very friendly and inquisitve - they will ask where you are from so they can speak your language. If anyone does try and stop you when you just want to pass by, give them a friendly but firm 'no thank you' and walk on.

We had a fantastic time in Alanya and found it be to be a really beautiful place. Don't be put off by other bad reviews about this hotel, now we are no longer there, we wish we still were! Having heard others talking about their hotels on the way home, it sounded like we definitely landed on our feet with the Kahya. The highlights of our stay were the fantastic castle views (especially at night, which we will never forget), plus the beautiful gardens and beach across the road and the friendliness of the locals. We would stay at the Kahya again, but probably not for a while as we like to try different places each year.

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled as a couple
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14  Thank ClioQueen
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Reviewed April 30, 2010

Having booked our holiday, we had a look at this site for advice etc, and we were a little bit alarmed by some of the comments regarding the hotel, service, food and international clientel, Well I am pleased to say we had a very enjoyable stay, the food was always fresh and with a good choice of hot or cold, the service was very polite,efficiant and above average, remember a big smile breaks the ice in any language, we met and spoke with a lot of the different nationalities there, and as most spoke good english we had no problems mixing, and they enjoy practicing their english, the standard of cleanliness through out the whole hotel was excellent, the location was brilliant, and in our opinion possible one of the best in the resort about 100yds to the best beach in resort, and within reasonable walking distance of the marina, main shopping area etc, also the area is very cycle friendly, a pleasant way to explore the resort (cost us 3 euro a day for week rate) can recommend Martin Rental in Alanya 500yds from hotel, eating out prices about the same as UK, some good day time offers,
The Big Horn steak bar and restaurant 300yds away, is also highly recommended good food and friendly service, prices depend on which type of meal you go for, they do a good day time special. Taxis can be a bit of a rip off, ask price before getting in, if they recommend a restaurant, be careful they are probily on commission, as we fell for the hard sell tactics (only the once), ie best views half way up to the fort, lovely food, very romantic evening, turned out a disaster, expensive taxi/evening, cold food, poor service, only two other tables eating in a very large area, we were offered a small coffee and tea as compensation Ha!, yes the view was ok, but you can see that anytime by bus on the way up to the Red Fort for less that a euro each way, the Red Fort has lovely views, but is not recommended for anybody with walking problems, as it is uneven, steep and spread over 3 seperate levels. Our verdict on the hotel and resort go and have a great time, we loved it. But If you just want the same food as home, and don't want to be with other nationalities maybe you should think about staying home.

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Address: Saray Mah. Guzelyali Cad. no: 24, Alanya 07400, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Turkish Mediterranean Coast > Antalya Province > Alanya
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#20 Best Value Hotel in Alanya
#55 Luxury Hotel in Alanya
Price Range: $51 - $147 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Kahya Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 250
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