We chose La boutique hotel in Antalya firstly as we wanted to seek a hotel that was away from the hustle of the big resorts in Antalya. This was our first time in Turkey and the decor and design of the hotel caught our eye, and that they also advertised a private beach area and terrace when we were looking for hotels online.
Our first impression of the hotel when we arrived was that it was beautiful and was right on the sea front, with fantastic views of the mountains, the hotel itself looked very grand inside and outside. So far so good until we had difficulties with management on front desk... firstly employees spoke very little English, and our Turkish was just as bad... well... we were asked to pay for our 4 nights stay upfront, at this point i was rather confused, and showed the person at the front desk, my booking confirmation and receipt that i have already paid. At this point the man at the front desk was even more confused and insisted that we paid now as he never received payment from expedia and that this was just a confirmation to hold our room not a payment cinfirmation , after much debating we agreed as it was late and assumed that they were most probably right, as they would have to deal with this on a daily basis, and to be honest we just wanted to put our bags down and relax after a long journey...
We then asked where their private beach area was and how we would access this facility, only be told that is has not been built yet!! at this point my partner and i were pretty fed up, as most of the major booking agencies for hotels state that La Boutique has a private beach area ( So people ,take note, this hotel does not have their own PRIVATE BEACH AREA, it has not even been built or not even in the process of being built) we were then told there would be a shuttle bus that leaves at 10am every morning to take people to a man made built sun platform at another separate hotel down the road called Bilem Class hotel, this is not a beach at all,but a platform built on top of the mountain rock... well anyway we decided to try this out, but found out that you can walk for 5 minutes down the road, so we did!!! .... )
Our room = We booked into a Junior Suite, which in our eyes is just a room that has a small piece of wall going down the middle that splits the room, there is no living area or lounge like you would expect if you booked a suite, so rooms are very small.... La Boutique also claims to have a walk in wardrobe!!! this is incorrect, its just a wardrobe with a sliding door!!
There is also no balcony, but just sliding doors with view of the sea, no pool or sun terrace as they also claim.
Although Antalya uses Turkish Lira, they will charge you in Euros for hotel costs and also Euros is used for their spa facilities downstairs.I would really not recommend their spa facility, £70 euros for a 40 min massage, where there seems to be only 2 ladies working from Indonesia, their customer service is awful and totally not professional, i went downstairs to inquiry about their costs, only to be met by 2 very unhelpful women, who seemed more interested within their conversation to each other, or sitting with their feet on the tables using their mobile phones. Was a total put off!!!
Breakfast was included, but this was not a buffet, you could not chose what you wanted...everyday was the same, a few bread rolls, a plate of olives, cold meat and cheeses were taken to your table .... we asked for some eggs, only to be told it was at extra cost.... after 2 days, we could no longer stomach their breakfast.... no juice too, juices were also at extra cost... just tea and coffee were given....
Also location is rather away from the old town, 15 min taxi drive.... but also as this hotel is new, it was very hard for taxi drivers to find the hotel.... even when we gave directions they said they knew of la boutique, only to drive further away and costing us even more when we got lost.
To sum up La Boutique,,,, I would defiantly not go back to this hotel..i have stayed at many hotels in Europe and this was quite a dissaponitment , the decor and the design was stunning,that i cannot fault... it just looked like it should have been built in Paris or Venice not Antalya where its surrondings were still in development ..... i think customer service needs improving.... not very friendly staff... and their breakfast is a big put off..... if you want a quiet area away from resorts full of families and noisy night life, then la Boutique would a good place to just come back to sleep at night,nothing more....nothing special.....xxx
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- La Boutique is located in Lara region within walking distance from city's popular shopping centers, cafes and bistros. Our luxury boutique hotel with 62 perfectly decorated rooms and suites is situated on the cliffs of Antalya with magnificent views of the Mediterranean and Taurus mountains and welcoming our precious guests who are looking for first class tailor-made service. We are waiting for you to feel high standarts of La Boutique, to enjoy selective world cuisine and elegant decor of the "Massimo Bar & Restaurant" and to indulge in the Turkish bath and SPA centre to relieve daily tiredness and stress. You are invited to experience this quality. ( Blanch Beach (The Platform beach) is open from May to October . Opening and closing dates may vary acoording to the wheather conditions.) ... more less
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