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“Don't Stay at the first floor”
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Melas Lara Hotel
Ranked #10 of 230 Hotels in Antalya
Certificate of Excellence
Israel
Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
27 hotel reviews
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“Don't Stay at the first floor”
Reviewed January 11, 2014

We stay two couples at the hotel. We received room at the first floor and we have a hard time to sleep because a noise that came from the ground floor was very disturbing.
At our last night they finally change our rooms to higher floor and that solve the problem.

Other then that: the room are large, the food is great and we enjoy our stay

Room Tip: Rooms at the first floor are very noisy at sleep time
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Surrey
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40 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
Reviewed December 29, 2013

We got an extremely good deal on this hotel which we just couldn't refuse. Our room was on the 10th floor and whilst it was extremely clean we did find it a little small, the balcony overlooked a building site, fortunately it didn't interfere with our enjoyment at all. The balcony was far too small for the large wooden patio chairs and table. The towels and bedding were always very fresh and clean. One gripe would be that the pool towels in your room have a charge of 1 Euro each if you want to change them for clean ones. If you had 3 children and spent 2 weeks on the beach in the summer it would cost a lot of money to be able to change sandy wet towels for clean dry ones, if they were changed just once a day there would be a charge of 40 Euros added to your room bill. I really don't agree with this, eco friendly or not.

There were 3 lifts and they were all fast.

The food was plentiful and tasty, always something for the fussiest eater and the waiters were very attentive with the wine, which was very nice and your dirty plates were cleared immediately. In most 5 star hotels we have stayed in there were always water glasses on the table, but I had to ask for water at the Melas. Maybe this was because it was winter and the hotel was quiet. The fish restaurant on the 12th floor is fantastic and we were made to feel very special with flowers decorating our table. The food was wonderful a main course choice of Sea Bream, Sea Bass or Salmon, filleted at the table by our fabulous waiter. Huge wine glasses, we thoroughly enjoyed eating there. Special thank you to Cokan and Zafer.

There is a huge lawn outside with a tiny crazy golf on it, we passed 20 minutes doing 18 holes there a couple of times. There were plenty of sunbeds on the lawn area too. The beach bar was open every day and it was lovely to sit and have a beer while chilling and chatting in 20+ degrees.

The bar staff were so friendly and very helpful and enjoyed laughing with us, we have to say that our favourite waitress was Demet, she just couldn't do enough for us. Although we didn't really come across any International spirits during our week, the local vodka and gin are fine with Schweppes mixers!! I usually drink Bacardi and Coke but after a try of a local one decided to stick with Vodka.

There is a patisserie with savouries, cakes and biscuits available almost all day and delicious ice cream whenever you wanted it.

If this hotel became available around the same price next winter, then we would definitely go back again but would ask for 9th floor.

Room Tip: Bigger balconies below the 10th floor, all rooms have a sea view.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed December 26, 2013

Our first time to Turkey, so wasn't sure what to expect. We spent a week at this hotel just before Christmas and were amazed. We got a fantastic deal thru Thomas Cook, wanted a break from the regular Christmas stuff, and so glad we did. This hotel from start to finish could not put a foot wrong. The staff were very welcoming, smiley and always very polite. Food - Excellent, lots of choice, something for everyone and always available. Great selection of drinks and snacks. In December, the pool bar is closed, and did not see one person in the pool all week, but go down to the beach and there is a nice little beach bar serviced by the hotel. Lots of sunbeds, clean, safe beach. In December, entertainment minimal and mainly aimed towards German clients, and without anything else to do in the resort, if you need to be entertained, this is not for you. If you are happy to amuse yourselves, go for it. We loved it and will go back without a doubt. Finally, weather fantastic, not below 21C all week, chilly nights, but hotel very comfortable.

Room Tip: Land view rooms overlook a building site at the moment but do have a full sea view too, will probabl...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed December 21, 2013

I have just returned from the Melas Lara hotel in Antalya, Turkey and words cannot describe just how excellent it was. It was an all inclusive holiday and I cannot find anything negative to say about this hotel. The food was absolutely superb and catered to every nationality the entertainment was also brilliant. The staff were so obliging and did everything to make the stay as comfortable as they could. I would like to mention a couple of the staff who were with the entertainment section, Olga and Esta, they spent most of their day communicating with the guests and they certainly made me feel comfortable and special. The guest relations lady, spent time to make sure we got to all the attractions around Antalya as we chose to venture out on our own. The rooms were large and brilliant and I will certainly be going back. Although this hotel is a 5 star, in my opinion it deserves 10 stars if that was possible.

If you are looking for an absolutely excellent hotel, don't look any further.

Room Tip: I would recommend this hotel to anybody who wants a great holiday with everything as perfect as all...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Manchester
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136 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
Reviewed December 19, 2013

We booked a Thomas Cook special deal for a 5 Star, All Inclusive. It turned out to be the cheapest holiday we have ever taken...including stays in Youth Hostels !!! Without exception, the staff were genuinely friendly and helpful. Nothing was too much trouble. The Young entertainment team socialized well and produced an entertaining "Mamma Mia" show. On the first night there was a superb magician ( although with the electric shocks we wondered if Health an safety teams would have tried to stop it in the UK) . Nevertheless best magician I have ever seen. They also provided daily Turkish lesssons, which we were pleased to attend. The bedrooms were luxurious, the bathroom perfect, and the balcony was spacious and not overlooked by the immediate neighbours. Throughout the day drinks and snacks were available. The patisserie section was a work of art, although by the end of the week, we were ready for good old home made apple pie and custard. The salad area was also perfectly presented. My only criticism of the hot food was that it was not always hot.
If you are a holiday maker who is content to just stay on the premises and make daily use of the superb indoor swimming pool, gym and sauna, then this is for you. Tightwads like to explore but this resort is totally purpose built and wherever you look there are buildings going up, fly tipping and unfortunately the bird population may have found other homes.In other words characterless. We took lire with us but Euros are the currency they mainly want the tourists to part with. For Mrs Tightwad and her friend Betsy Beat My Price, we quickly discovered that clothing was not cheaper than where we live. It was a cold day and I wanted to buy a woolly hat. Pleasant Turkish sales person quoted lire but when I went in to pay, management insisted on euro price....so my head stayed cold for the rest of the day. Each day we took ( for something to do) the bus into Antalya. We thorougly explored the old town which was not as authentic as other European old town we have visited. Once again the touts try to sell. We went to the harbour and the haggling began. We walked away.not having a boat trip. We did visit the wonderful Antalya Archelogical museum. Nearby there is a good long promenade to walk along.
I spoke to other people in the hotel, who all said that they wished they could watch a film or other channels on the television. Only World news available although we did eventually discover a film channel but out of date films. The hotel management should consider providing more channels which visitors would be pleased to pay for.
Tightwads had a brilliant deal for the money we paid, but for the reasons stated, would not return.

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed December 14, 2013

My husband and I went here on 26th November. The hotel was lovely. The food was very good and the Staff were really friendly and helpful. The rooms were large and kept spotlessly clean,and the hotel overall was clean and spacious. on the down side..... You do get a flat screen Tele in your room but you only get 2 channels in English and thats the bbc news and cnn news. all the other channels are in German or Turkish. On the subject of Germans expect to share your holiday with 90% of Germans..and the first words that anybody greets you with are German.The animation team are really bad. we only managed to stay for 5mins at their shows,which were spoken in German. In fact it was obvious that the Germans were favoured at this hotel. The mini bar in your room was stocked every day with water soft drinks and beer. but you dont really need it as there is food and drink aplenty throughout the day. There are also beach towels in your room and free safe. The only thing you have to pay for is the wi.fi

Room Tip: Ask for a sea view room the scene from our balcony was beautiful. especially at sunset.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Level 5 Contributor
43 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed October 27, 2013 via mobile

This was our first time to turkey & what can I say AMAZING!!!!!
AIRPORT
Antalya airport was fine & collected the private transfer with no problem & the driver was really friendly.
HOTEL
Arrived at the hotel after 20 mins, porter collected bags & checked in & was given a overview on the hotel by guest relations & also a fruit cocktail. Lovely hotel, smaller then the rest on Lara beach. Rooms were lovely, tidy & modern. Views were stunning.
Mini bar was topped up with soft drinks, water & beer everyday.
POOL & FACILITIES
The pool was lovely, maybe a little cold but once you were use to it it was fine. Darts, air rifle shooting, table tennis, crazy golf, football, volleyball, boules or boccia plus many more. Pool bar was great bear, soft drinks, ice cream & food all inclusive.
BEACH
Lovely beach, a little bit of pebbles near the waters edge. Loads of water sports.
FOOD & ENTERTAINMENT
As a chef always keen on the food, it was amazing something for everyone. Fish restaurant was nice with great views" maybe not for you kids but the did do pasta if you let them know. Entertainment was ok, a bit cheesy but the team worked hard trying to get everyone to enjoy theirselves. Also a disco/club till 2am if you want more. Main bar always has music.
STAFF
The staff are great from reception, bar staff, waiters, managers, doormen,cleaners, gardeners etc. always friendly wanting to help, we tipped quite often 10 lira(£3) always had a great table at dinner & extra nibbles etc in the bar.
Hope this covers everything enjoy your holiday.

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Melas Lara Hotel
Address: Kemeragzi Mevkii Lara-Kundu, Antalya 07330, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Turkish Mediterranean Coast > Antalya Province > Antalya
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 230 Hotels in Antalya
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Melas Lara Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 264
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Opening date April 2009 Languages spoken Turkish, English, German, French, Russian Pension Ultra All Inclusive Operation period 12 Months Number of floors 12 Number of lifts 4 Growth of the complex Approximately 15.000 m2 General atmosphere: Elegant, silent, suitable for couples and families Distance to the airport:12 km. ( Antalya International Airport) Nearest city center: 15 km. ( Antalya ) Beach: 0 m. Nearest busstop: 100 m. Nearest historical places: Side Antique City, Aspendos theatre,Perge Antique City, Sillyon,Termessos,Olympos Sightseeing: Hadrianus Gate, Clock Tower, Republican Square, Duden Waterfall,Kursunlu Waterfall,Antalya Archaeological Museum, Kaleici ancient city and yacht harbour, Koprulu river national park-rafting centre Transportation: Minibus, taxi ... more   less 
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