Lets get th enegatives out of the way as they are few. As in most of the other reviews I think it is worth commenting on the A La Carte booking system. The computers for booking open at 0845 every morning and you can only book for the following night. You need to get to the computers early ie 40mins before opening to get in the queue as they fill up quickly. On one occasion when I was first in the queue one of the restaurants was already full, not sure how that happens? You need to do this every day if you want to go to the A La Cartes. There is also an automated phone line which opens at 0900 for you to use. This system means that if you arrive on say Monday at 1300 you won't be able to go to an A La Carte until Wednesday evening as you would on be able to book on the morning of the Tuesday. This differs to many all inclusive hotels I have been to where you can book a few restaurnats at the start of your stay. The main gripe I really have with this system is that I am on holiday, I don't want to have to get up early just so I can go to an A La Carte restaurant I do enough of that whilst I am at work! The other minor issue I had and this is probably very personnal and would be classed as picky by many others but apparently it is hotel policy not to let you have an iron to iron your clothes. This is the first hotel I have been to that has such a policy. I can understand not putting an iron in every room due cost etc but when requested not to supply one seems odd, perhaps this is just me I don't know. Either that or it is so they can make some money from charges for laundry services? That's really it for me on the negatives, minor ones really and nothing to spoil your holiday.
The enterance and lobby area of the hotel are very grans with glass lifts and an enourmous chandelier to light it. The furniture was to a high standard and there were plenty of seats to be found. Off of the lobby is the main buffet, the Patisserie, a lobby bar and an outside bar. On the basement level were some shops, most of the A La Cate restaurants, another bar, th enight club and bowling alley. It is on this level that you find the Spa and exit to the pool area.
We had Requested a land side room as we were led to belive they were bigger and weren't to interested in having a sea view. On arrival we were allocated a room on the 8th floor and weren't disappointed. The room was decorated in a modern style with a (I think) super King bed which was very comfortabel and also had a single bed as well. I think the only other thing to mention about the bed is that the duvet supplied seemed a little small for the bed as it only just covered the bed with no one in it and therefore didn't cover the whole bed when occupied. There is a tv and minibar in the room with beer, soft drinks, water, nuts and chocolate which is replenished everyday. The hanging space is adequate and should meet most peoples requirements. The bathroom is spacious with a large shower, no bath, with a drencher shower head and also a normal shower head. Hair and body wash is also supplied and replenished if neccessary. The room was kept spotlessly clean and on occasion the obligatory towel birds etc with petals were to be found. Whilst we were staying they also notified us that they were going to spray a pesticide in the room, a nice touch I thought to keep those pesky biters away. The view from the balcony wasn't very pretty but didn't bother us as we weren't in the room much.
The food is mostly to a high standard whith a couple of exceptions. The Buffet restaurant is quite large and has a wide variety of choice for breakfast, lunch and dinner with something for everybody. The only disapointing aspect is the layout. When you arrive at the main restaurant you are straight in to the food area which means you have alot of people crossing each other all of the time which is a bit hectic. The food isn't laid out in the most logical order either ie. starter the mains then desserts, as aspects of all of these courses are found throughout the buffet area even going outside.
We went to two A La Cartes the Lalazar Turkish restaurnat which was superb, nice to eat dwon by the beach and the food was excellent. We also went to the meat and wine restaurant which on the whole was nice although you weren't asked how you liked your steak and when it came out my rib was over cooked and dry. The other point to note is that you need to ask your server to give you a break between courses other wise they come at you one after the other.
The pool areas are lovely with five pools, childrens, indoor, normal, activity and relax pool. All of ther pool areas are spotlessly clean with people walking around constantly emptying bins etc. You are served on your lounger but girls on roller blades who work very hard and come round on a regular basis. There are two bars near the pools both of which serve food, one a buffet and the other has pizza, hot dogs, waffles and ice cream. Outside there is also a small "hut" which has throughout the day kebabs, meat wraps, smoothies and baked potatoes all of which are great. There are some water slides and a small funfair near the activity pool and although the "animation team" do come around to get you involved in the activities they aren't pushy.
The evening entertainment was good although the gala night on a Friday seemed a little flat in comparison to the normal evening shows.
The beach is a mixture of dark sand and shell with loungers in rows and a kids activity area. There is also a pier bar which is lovely to sit at during the day and especially in the evening. There are also loungers on the pier.
The Spa is lovely and the turkish bath which is free to use is definatley worth a visit to unwind.
In summary the hotel is luxourious with wonderful service and pleasant staff. It does have a few areas that need to ironed out to make your stay truely wonderful but this will probably come with time. Definatley worth considering if you are going to Lara Beach.
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- Delphin Imperial Hotel Lara - Antalya Staying at Delphin Imperial Hotel Lara Imperial actually makes you feel that you are at home just by the magnificent shore of the Mediterranean Sea, Lara Beach.From our facility which is far about 15 kms from Antalya , 10 kms from the airport, the transportation for the shopping centers and going sightseeing is pretty much easy. ... more less
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