We stayed at the Royal Holiday Palace at the beginning of July 2013. This was our fourth visit to Lara and once again we had a lovely holiday. We particularly like the short transfer time from the airport to the hotel.
Nice big clean rooms. We liked the space. We were very happy with the room: airco worked perfectly, cleaning was done properly, beds were hard but they seem to be like that everywhere in Lara, minibar restocked daily, plenty of space to store your clothes and other belongings.
Best pool we’ve had so far. We like the fact the pool is so big which results in there being plenty of sunbeds around for everyone. The superb waterslides were a big hit with the kids and the hotel was very safety conscious. They have excellent staff on duty at the bottom and top of the waterslides. We witnessed no accidents whilst we were there due to the diligence of the staff. Big thumbs up!
You may like to avoid the waterslides in the afternoon though as the water can get quite hot and several in our group got ear infections.
It is amazing how hard all these people work to give you an enjoyable holiday. We never saw any of them not doing their jobs properly and we found all staff to professional and friendly at all times: from the waiters who always seemed to remember what drinks you liked, to the two ladies making us the most delicious chocolate pancakes in the sweltering heat in the Turkish tent, the diving instructors, staff at the hamam, etc.
An extra special thank you to Ramazan who made our stay extra special.
Reservation of sunbeds:
No reservation of sunbeds before 9 o’clock. Perfect! We all got to have a longer sleep, nobody wants to get up at 6 am on your holiday every day. We loved it!
The food is not on par with other hotels in Lara like the Limak Lara and the Delphin hotels.
Breakfast was OK (we missed having milkshakes).
We chose lunch from the stalls by the pool. I once queued 45 minutes for three toasties! (yet the poor man serving us was working as hard as he could)
You could only get certain foods at certain times which was annoying as on holiday you don’t want to be checking your watch all the time. The kids were really disappointed they could only get ice creams for such a short time.
Our biggest disappointment was dinner. There is plenty of choice (mainly cheap choices like chicken and turkey in every form and shape) and we always managed to find something nice to eat but we missed the show cooking, the outside cooking, the chocolate fountains, the mashed potatoes (only twice in 10 days), the fresh fish. There was some choice of fish most days but always dry and over-cooked.
I read in the reviews about the queues and didn’t realize how annoying I would find them until I was actually there. This has to do with the poor lay-out of the dining hall (see next item). The frustrating thing was that if you chose like pasta and queued to have f.e. some chicken to go with it the pasta would be cold by the time you got to the chicken.
Did like the choice of dry and sweet wine though.
The dining hall:
All the food is one side of the dining hall, all the seating the other side. Result: it often felt like you had to walk for miles to get to your table.
Secondly the furniture is bulky, the ceilings are low, on one side there is no natural light, which makes it feel dark, overcrowded not cosy.
The food that needs replenishing the most is put out in one long line. Which results in everyone forming a queue. So if you want some fries, which are halfway down the line of food, you feel obliged to join the back of the queue. We also would have liked the restaurant to stay open at least half an hour longer in the evenings.
The evening entertainment:
We found only the shows done by outsiders worth watching. Music at the pool bar was repetitive. We ended up in the lobby bar most evenings where the service was slow but at least it was cool. Strange opening times of the kids fairground (no popcorn or candy floss like other hotels)
It drove me mad that a hotel of this quality asks you to pay extra for internet. When logging on to the hotel Wi-Fi you were asked if you wanted the ‘free slow internet’ or if you wanted to pay extra for ‘faster internet’. Well 90 per cent of the time the ‘slow’ internet is non-existing. Totally wrong!
Conclusion: give me the food of the Delphin hotels, the swimming pool and bedroom of the Royal Holiday Palace and the entertainment of the Limak Lara and it will be the Perfect holiday.
We had a fantastic time at the Royal Holiday Palace and would definitely recommend it!
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- Also Known As:
- Royal Holiday Palace Hotel Antalya