The hotel is situated around 20 minutes from the airport which is very handy when you’ve had a long tiring journey especially if you have kids. Check in was fairly swift and quick and the staff at the desk did a good job. I’d like to say a big thank you to Tonsu at the main desk. A very approachable, helpful and friendly gentleman.
The room we got was a little on the small side with a king size bed and single bed for our daughter. In general it was comfortable and you had the option of selecting a different type of pillow if it wasn’t for you which was a nice touch. The view from the balcony is fantastic. Try to ask for a room away from the Amphitheatre as on certain nights it can get quite noisy particularly from the hotel next door. The room was cleaned on a daily basis by our maid Nalan. Not only was she extremely friendly and did a sound job but my baby daughter really enjoyed her fun loving character.
The one major let down of the room was the air conditioning. Even though we set the temperature to the lowest possible it was still extremely warm. We asked for it to be looked into but the engineer found no fault so we asked to move room the next day. This did make a difference as we got a room on the 3rd floor as opposed to the very top one. Later on we were told that the hotel have a centrally controlled Air Conditioning system which I found difficult to grasp. I’ve never come across this and I’ve stayed at many other hotels.
The Main restaurant has a good selection of food but can get very busy at times. I suggest you get there for 12:30 for lunch and just after 7pm for dinner to ensure you get a table without much difficulty. You do have the option of eating at the bar area between the hours of noon till 6pm I think. There is a small hut on the way to the beach where they make fresh pizzas daily which is definitely worth trying as well as the ice cream and fresh fruit. Personally I avoided eating the burgers as I simply didn’t trust the meat and I read some earlier reviews of people having upset stomachs. The quality of the food at the main restaurant is ok. Nothing great but not too bad either. Having said that im a very fussy eater! They have different themed dinners- the Italian night was by far and away the best one.
Also, staff at the restaurant need to smile a bit more. The majority just seemed fed up and at times I found it difficult communicating with them. I would advise hotel management to give them some training on some basic English words\phrases. This would improve the level of service which at the moment is average at best.
Due to the location there are limited things you can do on Lara Beach. It also depends on what kind of holiday you’re after. Personally, I like to get out and about and explore a little so it wasn’t ideal for me as Antalya city centre was 45min bus ride away but I put the little ones needs before mine. If you wish to go down there to visit the harbour and the bazaars, catch the LC38 bus from the opposite side of the road. It costs 1.75 lira each, young kids go free and it stops more or less anywhere. They don’t do bus stops in Turkey! If possible get on one of the longer more modern red buses as these are better air conditioned. They come every 10 mins so you wont have long to wait. Also note -only take the same bus back to the hotel. We made the mistake of taking a different one as there are several that go to Lara Beach but it dropped us off at small station which was situated a couple of miles away.
In terms of other things to do apart from the beach, make sure you visit Duden Falls Selalesi (upper Duden). Don’t confuse this for lower Duden Falls which is a waterfall that plunges into the sea and is no where near as good. It’s a fabulous place with amazing views. You can even have a picnic there if you want. Try and go there during a weekday as it is quite a popular destination for the locals. It’s a 20 minute bus ride away from Antalya centre. I think you’ll need to get on bus VC30.
To conclude, this hotel isn’t a 5 star as it claims to be. However, its a solid 4 star which could improve with some basic staff training. All in all a pleasant stay.
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- Concorde Hotel Antalya
- Concorde Hotel Turkey
- Hotel Concorde Turkey
- Concorde Turkey
- Concorde Resort Turkey
- Concorde Spa
- Concorde Resort And Spa
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