O.K., the two strong suits of this hotel? A huge swimming pool, set in a lovely landscaped garden area. All of this overlooks the lovely sea, as the hotel is set on a clifftop. Second, is the fact that one can walk down the cliff to go swimming in the sea... which is delightful. That said, everything else about the Nazar Beach Hotel is incredibly negative. Unfortunately, despite the spectacular setting, this hotel is run-down, neglected and terribly miss-managed!
The room that we stayed in, which did NOT face the sea, was poorly furnished with third-rate, broken and chipped, wood-laminate furniture. The room was on the front of the hotel, on the corner, overlooking the kitchen entrance and asphalt. To start with, upon checking in, the air conditioner did not work. Despite the heat and repeated calls to the front desk, they could not fix it, when they finally showed up hours later. We had to sleep with the windows open, in order not to suffocate.
Notwithstanding the uncomfortable mattress, cheap polyester sheets and thin pillows, there was a huge wedding party going on downstairs with a live band, which played on and on.. into the wee-hours of the morning! I am sure, even with the air conditioner and windows closed, that one could not sleep on that side of the hotel!
When we went to take a shower, the showerhead didn't fit on the cord (European cord thing-ie) properly, so it sprayed water everywhere, no matter what we did. Needless to say, there was water-water-everywhere in the bathroom! We just started to laugh... what next?! (And, no, the hotel staff did not fix the shower, despite several calls for same. No one really cared!)
The front desk staff were not at all friendly, nor were any of the hotel staff-- either in the breakfast area or by the swimming pool. Not only was the staff not friendly, they were almost surly. Obviously, the concept of "personal service," the hallmark of most hotels, is non-existent at the Nazar Beach Hotel! (Having stayed at lots of other hotels all over Turkey, I can tell you, that "service" and hospitality is something the Turks do especially well. NOT at the Nazar Beach, though.)
While the breakfast is lavishly huge, there wasn't much to say about the quality of any of the individual items. Lots of food, but most of it inedible, unless you like hard-as-rocks, unripened tomatoes, or bland, under-ripe and not-even-sweet cantaloupe, for example! Nothing tasty to eat, really. We stuck to the yoghurt and olives. Oh, and I think I had a hard boiled egg and a piece of bread. Even the coffee was mediocre.
Lastly, everyone (but us!) at this hotel, seemed to be on a package tour from Russia or somewhere from Eastern Europe. That in itself isn't unusual, however. What WAS interesting, is that they all seemed to be by the swimming pool earlier than 9.00am. If you hadn't claimed a chaise lounge or beach towel by then, forget about laying out by the pool, or getting a towel for the beach! (In two days there, we couldn't get a towel or a chaise! The pool staff were no help at all and said simply, "..no more towels." End of conversation.) We only swam in the sea and had to use one of our bathroom towels!
If you want a nice time in Antalya, avoid the Nazar Beach Hotel, until it is sold and renovated. I wouldn't stay there if they gave me a free suite with unlimited caviar and champagne.
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