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Royal Holiday Palace
Ranked #16 of 235 Hotels in Antalya
Reviewed April 29, 2013 via mobile

Another great trip to the Royal Holiday Palace.

Myself and my wife Lisa had a fantastic time at the hotel where we stated for a fortnight from 15/04/13.

The a la carte restaurants are all excellent and I would recommend using these. You get 1 free a week or it is £10 a head after that but well worth it. If you have been to the hotel 3 times you can get unlimited use of the a la cartes which is a bonus.
We made full use of this!!! :-D

Good points:

1. All staff can't do enough to help you, they are a credit to the hotel.

2. Food and drink to a very high standard with excellent selection including branded drinks which is also free.

3. Wide range of snack bars and restaurants.

4. Rooms very spacious and very high standard of cleanliness.

5. Fresh towels and bedding everyday.

6. Mini bar free and stocked daily.

7. Ample seating and entertainment for night time at lobby bars etc.

8. Girls on roller skates constantly serving you drink and ice cream round the pool which is handy!!

9. Free wifi around hotel, pools, restaurant etc. It isn't great but good enough for being free but there is an option for €3 to connect to fast wifi.

10. Guest relations has improved 100% since last visit. They were very helpful with anything that I asked about or had to book.

Bad points:

1. Reception very rarely had any small change to swap with larger notes for tips for the staff.

2. Children in the a la cartes not behaving and running round tables etc, I know this isn't hotels fault but maybe hotel can implement no children or no children after 8pm in the a la cartes.

3. The entertainment team coming round in groups of 5 and 6 to try get you involved. This isn't nice to have to put up with and can be quite uncomfortable when you are just trying to have a quiet drink.

4. Possibly could be a couple more toilets scattered about the hotel as you can be walking quite a distance sometimes.

Staff that deserve special mention for making holiday special: Onur Ozturk, Bulent Sonkur, Vedat Kara.

Also the bar woman at piano lobby bar fantastic but unfortunately didn't catch her name.

To finish off, I have probably missed lots of things out as usual but WE WILL DEFINITELY BE BACK as we love the hotel and the Stone Group Hotels in general.

If you have any questions about this hotel or the Royal Wings then feel free to private message me.

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Reviewed April 26, 2013

We stayed for a week from 11 th of April. Our room was spotless and very spacious . The hotel is fantastic, the staff work very hard and go out of their way to assist you in whatever you require. The food in the main restaurant was lovely couldn't fault it , plenty of choice and it wasn't too busy either. The outside lunch restaurants are also nice for a quick snack. I enjoyed the choice of drinks ... Plenty of wine and baileys on tap! We did go to the Chinese restaurant one evening and it was ok but not as good as the main restaurant . As we arrived early in the season the pontoon on the beach wasn't open which was a shame. Outside of the hotel there isn't much to do but if your looking just to lay by the pool relax and have fantastic food and wonderful hotel staff then u won't be disappointed with this hotel . We will defiantly be returning ;)

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3  Thank Clareharri
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Reviewed April 22, 2013

This hotel is the reason why I would visit Turkey again. A week after returning we still wish we were there and I am already planning to re-book for a second time this year.

Arriving at 3am, you don't get to realise till the morning just how grand this hotel is and makes the surrounding hotels just appear normal. When lit up in the evening the hotel stands out even more among the Lara Beach strip of hotels and makes you feel glad this is the one you chose.

From the minute you walk into the hotel, you can see and feel its 5 star status. The decor is tasteful and of high quality with marble and chandelers in the impressive, large lobby area with plenty of seating areas and very attentive and friendly bar staff.

The place is spotlessly clean and is kept so 24/7. The staff all seem happy to work there and the ones I spoke to very easily become your friend for your duration of stay. Special mention goes to Ayse, Ebru, Farehteen and which ever waiter you get at meal time.

The room was large and well equiped and it is well worth paying the small supplement for a sea view room. The side views are just facing the neighbouring hotels and the front view is just of the main road.

Their is food and drink 24/7 and its is high quality and some of the dishes are made fresh in front of you. I see some people saying the food was repetitive, but there was so much choice there was enough to have something different every day of your stay, there is nothing to complain about with the food and drink. There are 4 al a carte restaraunts, a large buffet restaraunt and small eatieries by the pool.

There is very large impressive pool with a small childrens area and slides, with slides for the big kids too. There is also a small selection of fairground rides and trampolines, which is sufficient to keep young ones happy.

Treat yourself to the wellness centre, with its indoor pool, 2 jacuzzi pools, steam and sauna rooms its a nice place to relax. If you want ulitmate relaxation, its worth paying for a few massage treatments and turkish bath scrub.

The only negatives are minor but if you rely on using the internet, wifi is available, but it is frustrating to keep having to find a connection and having to re-log in frequently. I saw a lot of people complaining about being unable to get online, there is a nack to it, just ask at reception.
The only other negative, again minor, is the quality of the animation/entertainment team, its more Butlins than 5 star.

But overall I can't see how anyone could have a bad time here or be disappointed about staying. It really is that good. If you are undecided which hotel on Lara Beach to stay in this has got to be the best value for money 5 star hotel.

Room Tip: Sea View room worth paying for, the sun shines onto your balcony from sunrise to sunset and of cours...
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2  Thank Pavan P
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Reviewed April 21, 2013

This was our third visit to Lara Beach but the first time to the Royal Holiday Palace. Our first impression of the hotel was amazing, so big and very plush. We had booked a sea view room and when we got to it, it was a side sea and pool view on the left hand side of the hotel. We knew from being in Lara Beach before we wouldn't get the sun on the balcony in the evening. We went back to reception and were told that as we had e-mailed about the room, we had been given a large room (which it certainly was, although standard rooms were large as well). We explained the room was fab but could we have one on the opposite corner. The reception checked and we were immediately changed to what we had asked for!

The lounge areas are huge and ornately decorated. The Palace restaurant is also huge, with plenty of places to sit. The food was plenty of choice and good quality. The pool area is huge with plenty of sunbeds. Food choices for lunch are excellent although as the hotel was quiet all the food corners weren't open at the same time, a bit disappointing if one wanted a kebab and someone else a jacket potato!

There was always somewhere to eat and drink 24hrs a day in this hotel.

The staff in all areas of the hotel were extremely efficient, extremely professional and extremely friendly.

We would definitely go back to this hotel!

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank kathcrowe
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Reviewed April 13, 2013

Stayed on a weeks family break in February, with two adults and three teenagers. And WOW what a place to unwind, great accommodation, great food, great staff, and all within half hour travel from the airport. We were given a family suit, with two large double bedrooms, a massive lounge, two bathrooms and a whirlpool juccuzi bath. The hotel has been finish to a very high standard, and is extreamly well kept, though only being two years old. The restaurants are all top notch, with a very good and wide mix of options to chose from, along with excellent service. As far as things to do go, there is a good combination of swiming pool/steamroom/sauna and a Turkish Bath all included inside, and lots of outdoor pools and slides for summer use. Would we return again, yes we would as an out of season break, but I guess the summer could get very busy.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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5  Thank Grahame B
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Reviewed April 13, 2013

We stayed at the RHP from 28/03/13 until 11/04/2013 in a large group of adults and 3 children. Just 15-20 minutes from the airport, almost at the end of the hotel strip, lies this fabulous majestic hotel. From the moment you walk in you are made to feel very special. Check in was very efficient and because there were a lot of us, our rooms were shuffled around to get us all on the same floor.
The opulence and elegance of this hotel is outstanding. As are all the staff we met, and there are plenty.
We have stayed all over the world from the Caribbean to Las Vegas each time staying in 5 star establishments and have never encountered the consistent quality, quantity and presentation of food that was available at the RHP. As it was the beginning of the season, we were fortunate enough to experience everything except the Fish Restaurant, as it was an outdoor open air restaurant. However, I could rave on forever about the various restaurants and food stations but I have to say, my favourite nibble around 3pm was a jacket potato cooked in a "Spud-u-Like" oven. We ate in the Italian Restaurant which was my favourite and the Mexican, also very very good, the Chinese was a complete disappointment, but other people seemed to like it. If you wanted to it would be possible to eat 24 hours here!!!
The International brand drinks only appeared to be Bacardi, as far as I could see, there were lots of International brands in the lobby bar but at an extra charge. Needless to say we drank the local spirits and they were as good. The wine was also very nice, there was fruity sparkling wine, dry sparkling wine, dry red wine, sweet red wine, dry white wine, sweet white wine and rose wine. Dark Effes beer at 6.1%, Light Effes beer at 40% lower calories and normal Effes were available.
The rooms in the RHP are immense. we had a king size bed and a single bed and we could have held a party in the rest of it. Mini bar is filled every day, 2 beers, 2 Pepsi, Lemonade, Orangeade, 2 fruit juices, 4 small bottles of water and 2 large bottles of water for the kettle. Coffee and Whitener is topped up every day too.
We would like to say a huge thank you to the staff that looked after us all so well. Soner thank you for introducing us to your Bailey special, you brightened Joseph's day each time he saw you. Hamdi thank you for such efficient and pleasant service. Cem Karaca thank you for looking after us in the beach bar, with your ready smile and always so helpful. Dilek Eren (Wish) for your lovely welcome at breakfast and efficient service. And last but not least our lovely Guest Relations friend Nehit. We miss you all and hope to come back soon.
Also a thank you to Selcuk Ersoy, Operations Manager, for being such a nice gentleman and always available for a chat.
This hotel is spotlessly clean and very well maintained.

Room Tip: E-mail the hotel about a week before you go if you have a room preference, i.e. low floor or high fl...
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3  Thank DotDarian
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Reviewed April 12, 2013

10 of us stayed, 7 adults and 3 children ranging from 1 year old to 74 for 14 nights between 28/03/13 and 11/04/13. As you pull up you appreciate the size of the hotel and how it is by far the best in the long line of hotels. You walk into the grand reception and you think you have seen the best of the hotel but you just don't appreciate the hotel until you have been all around it. We stayed in room 1866 on the 8th floor a family room with 2 bedrooms, a double in one bedroom and 2 singles in the other bedroom, it had the best view in the hotel. Our rooms were big but having seen a standard room it is the biggest I have ever seen. A double bed and a single bed and still room for two more beds at a push. The hotel was just gearing up for the high season and we had most things open. The slides are really good and as the holiday went on they got more addictive. The Italian restaurant is the best a la carte I have ever eaten in during an all inclusive it is a must (the fillet steak is a must) the Mexican and Turkish was a close second, the Chinese was nothing to write home about. The buffet restaurant had so many different options.
The staff here are excellent a lot better than we have had before.
They had a children's play area on the beach which is a great idea with slides and different things to play on.
The shows weren't amazing but it might be the time of year not being in the amphi theatre but I like the bands in the lobby bar.
Couldn't help but play connect four with the animation lady that wheels the giant connect four game around.
We also had a look at the duplex, not suitable for a toddler to be in but if you have the choice go for that rather than a family room it is soooo big.
Cem Karaca one of the waiters had our drinks ordered before we even sat down and hamda was very attentive as well.

Room Tip: 1866 great family room with a sea view. 1910 duplex with sea view
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1  Thank Toddy245
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Address: Lara Tourism Center, Antalya, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Turkish Mediterranean Coast > Antalya Province > Antalya
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Antalya
#12 Spa Hotel in Antalya
#16 Luxury Hotel in Antalya
#17 Family Hotel in Antalya
#19 Business Hotel in Antalya
Price Range: $187 - $604 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Royal Holiday Palace 5*
Number of rooms: 500
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