Stayed at the a Barut Lara for 11 nights at the end of June with my husband and 3 kids. I booked it over any other hotel in Lara Beach solely on the #1 trip advisor rating on here so had high expectations. First let me say we had a good holiday, the hotel is nice and we had no major complaints but certainly didn't feel like a 5 star luxury resort. After reading all the rave reviews on here I was expecting the hotel to be outstanding.
Pros- lovely grounds with plenty of open areas, great kids club facilities. Food was good, in line with other AI we have visited. Drinks were very good with most international brands available. Entertainment staff were good, not too pushy if you didn't want to join in. Our family suite was modern and spacious with comfortable beds we also had a bath an separate shower which was handy. The cake shop was nice with lovely coffee and good quality cakes. We rented a beach pavilion €50 for a day and you get cookies, fresh fruit, wine and cocktail service plus waiter service every hour so it is good value and the pavilions are new and very nice. Some of the shows in the amphitheatre were very good, Moscow State Circus being one. The Turkish delight in the restaurant was amazing lol, well you are in Turkey ! While people do reserve sun beds early there were always empty ones still at 13.00 everyday. Pool areas nice and not too crowded. Cat house fun to visit with kids.
Cons- reception desk not very welcoming, arrived late at night with 3 kids, no welcome drink, no info on if restaurant was open to get any food or drink, just handed key and map, goodbye. Got to room which was family suite for 5 and the 5 the bed wasn't made up, the sofa bed wasn't even pulled out so back to reception to ask for it to be made up while we tried to find something to eat for the kids. Got back to room 40 mins later, bed still not made, phoned reception and they sent a cot? Eventually got it made up after another phone call to reception who didn't seem to see the problem, but if I book a room for 5 I expect there to be 5 beds ready when I get there at 22.30 with 3 tired kids !?! Decor of the hotel inside is modern and clean but not luxurious or what I'd expect from 5 star at all, supposedly just been renovated yet main staircase in the reception badly scuffed and shabby looking. Food in the kids buffet area awful, dried up sausages, cold pasta, cold veggies left uncovered for hours and not replenished. Meant to be themed nights in buffet restaurant but we couldn't tell the difference on any of the nights. It was my youngest sons 3 rd birthday while we were there he had his birthday badges and t shirt on all day yet not one member of staff even acknowledged him, yet out in Lara strip that night he got lollies in shops and made a fuss of. Small complaint I know but all theses small things are what makes 5 star service. Maid service in our room was shocking. Only the beds were made each day, bathroom wasn't cleaned, floor wasn't cleaned and the dust was thick by the time we left and yes, we left plenty of tips for the maid. No towel art either. TV in room only had 2 English channels both news, I know you don't go on holiday to watch TV but with a young child you do spend some time in your room. We where there for 11 nights late June yet there was no Gala night, beach party or fireworks which we heard going off at other hotels nearly every night. Apart from the 3 or 4 really good shows it was just a variation of dancing shows each night. Teen area was very poor although it was renovated on our last day, surely it could have been done during the 4 month shut down for renovations over the winter?
We met a few couples on holiday who had been to other Lara beach hotels ( Delphin Palace, Royal Holiday Palace etc) and had tried this one due to its #1 status and they were very disappointed and couldn't understand why it's number 1 at all.
That said we enjoyed our holiday and if I hadn't had such high expectations I wouldn't have been disappointed at all, but it's definitely not the 5 star luxury ultra AI resort it's made out to be on here. I booked through an online travel agent and got a good price for the 5 of us, had I paid the £6-7000 the high street travel agents were quoting me I would not have been happy!
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- Also Known As:
- Barut Lara Resort Spa And Suites
- Barut Lara Hotel Antalya
- Hotel Barut Lara
- Lara Resort Spa
- Barut Lara Turkey