Before reading this please understand that the British are hard to please!
The Hotel Itself
The hotel itself is clean, pleasant, and on the large side of life. We were lucky and had a room on the first floor, right opposite the lift! When we arrived (about 9/10pm when it was dark) we had no idea how to turn our lights on (by putting your room key in the little slip by the light switches), or use the air con and we had to wait for the member of staff who was bringing our suitcases up to show us.
House keeping came every day, and would always return later if we asked her to.. Although one of my friends that I was travelling with noticed that her bedding still had the same dirty mark on 2 days after the mark had appeared.
Commenting in a previous review, there is quite a bit of walking involved to and from your room to the pool, beach etc.. However, after spending all day/night eating and drinking the walking was a good thing!
Being a bit of an exercise freak, I did make use of the gym on several occasions.. It was not to the standard of a gym I would use at home, but then I never expected it to be. The only fault I have about it is that it did not have any air con in the room designated to the gym.
The pools were all in good condition + the general maintenance of the hotel was good.
The Food and The Alcohol
For value for money, you can not complain about the food or the alcohol. The food was outstanding and every night there were always a variety of options that were available! The alcohol servings were at least 3 times a normal serving to a British serving.. We were drunk every night! I spent most of my time by the pool thinking about what I would be eating next!
The Animation Team
The animation team worked tiredlessly hard all day to keep guests happy. One of the team members "Zhan" was outstanding and always put a lot of effort into everything he did! The evening entertainment always provided us with something different, however, the day time entertainment was very repetitive.
We ventured out to the "biggest night club in Antalya" one night with a member of the animation team and several other guests of the hotel! It was awful! The place was overpriced, dead, and full of creepy looking men. The rep that came along with us also was refusing to allow us to get a taxi back to the hotel or even move around the club! The next day the rep from the animation team that was with us that night, approached us about a pool party that evening that was starting at 2am, he told us to bring our bikinis! It turned out he was arranging a private pool party for himself, the three of us and one of his creepy friends.. We did not attend!
The animation team also mentioned words like "beach party" or "pool party" or "white party" but every type of party they had after the evenings entertainment was simply a DJ playing music in the outside disco area, so don't get to excited!
The Hotel Staff
The staff really have no limits, and would be fired if they worked in the UK. The bar staff may appear to be friendly but really don't take no for an answer, this then becomes pervish! The receptionist came to our room with our transfer information, walked in (uninvited) and started making arrangements for taking us out for the evening. Other members of staff were also over friendly, and wanting to know to many details about you + wanting to meet up with you! This was the biggest off put of the holiday!
Finally... The Location
Well basically its lucky the hotel has 3 massive pools, a beach, lots of bar choices, tennis courts, football courts etc as the location is awful! All the hotel is surrounded by is other hotels or abondoned shack like houses. There are some local shops further down the road, which had nobody in them at all, just the business owners outside trying to leer you inside.
We also took the hotels shuttle bus into Antalya, we were dropped off in the middle of nowhere, everything around us was in derelict condition and we ended up getting a taxi back to the hotel several hours before the bus was due to pick us up.
Overall.... This would be a good family holiday if you just planned to stay in the hotel, but don't make the journey here if you are a young British Female wanting a bit of atmosphere and to shop with her friends!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Kervansaray Lara Convention Center & Spa with a view to the enchanting blue of the Mediterranean sea and the monumental presence of the Taurus mountains...Kervansaray Hotels display all the colors of life and the Lara Convention Center & Spa represents "burgundy", which is the "power of the soul", explaining why each and every detail including the features and color of the stone is meticulously elaborated...The fact that the glass covering 80% of the building converts everything into a transparent beauty is not a coincidence.Kervansaray Lara Convention Center & Spa, located on an area of 110.000M² , right at the shore of Lara, was awarded the "Best Building" reward in 2006 among National Architecture Projects with its extraordinary architecture and interior design. Our hotel where the light, water and glass are used together and the day and the night are experienced differently with its post-modern architecture, is surrounded by decorative ponds located on a land of 1500m². Our 9 storey building has 16 elevators, each of which is surrounded by transparent glass.While the precious stones used at every point in the architectural design dazzle your eyes under the night illumination, you will feel that our "U" shaped rooms take you closer to the enchanting view of the Mediterranean Sea. Our hotel building is surrounded by green fields such as orange trees, botany gardens and walking paths, with a landscaping architecture complementing its conceptual theme. Located at a distance of 12 km. From Antalya city center and 9 km from Antalya Airport, Kervansaray Lara Convention Center & Spa is honored to accommodate its guests who are enchanted by its prominent unconventional architecture, in a friendly atmosphere with best quality service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Kervansaray Lara