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“Starlight Hotel in October” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Starlight Convention Center Thalasso & Spa

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Starlight Convention Center Thalasso & Spa
Ranked #12 of 324 Hotels in Manavgat
Sudbury, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Starlight Hotel in October”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2011

We arrived in the early hours of Monday morning. Check in very quick and they upgraded us to a two room jacuzzi bungalow. We were a group of four with two teenagers so this put my mind at rest.
The hotel itself is positively palatial, excellent facilities, the spa is fab, the Thai girls who do the treatments very polite. The indoor pool large and warm during the conference tho heating was off before and after which was not quite so comfortable. The food was very nice, the salads lovely, soups very tasty, desserts scrummy. If you are looking for hot chips, spag bol and pizza you wont find it here but you can always go to the sunrise next door who apparently do some fab English food....
We had fantastic weather- hot sun every day so we spent our days on the beach. Paid for jetskis and flying fish ride, both 100 TkL which were fun. The photographers were abit of a pain for the girls .
Got a taxi to Side one day for our shopping, found the shopkeepers very polite and quite friendly.
Ok, having read previous reviews was a bit worried but on the whole found it a pleasant place to stay, rooms clean, mini bar stocked daily with coke, fanta and water. Grounds beautiful, very well maintained, food fine.Drinks ok though too strong - takes the enjoyment out of a G&T if it 90% gin!
Against: found the bar staff not rude but not warm and happy - cld be end of season but tough! Reception very changeabkle, some helpful others verging on rude. Pick up was 23.30, nearly had to pay $100 to check out late but in the end they charged me nothing but the young couple who were also with us were charged!
Spa expensive but they gave discount
There were only about 40 people in the hotel for the first two days then 1200 arrived for a doctors conference - very busy then, we were definitely second class guests although least the pool was warm then! They stayed until Saturday night. On Sunday, everything was being put away around us and we were moved along the beach so they cld collect the sun beds around us.
Entertainment was absolutely DIABOLICAL!!

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Bradford, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2011

We arrived at the airport at around 1 in the morning (turkish time) and we were told by thomas cook that the transfer would be an hour transfer, but due to all the drop offs and starlight being the very last drop off we were in the bus for around 2+ hours and it was just plain stressful.

Upon entering the hotel at the early hours the reception looked amazingly grand with well financed features and worthy of a five star rating. The hotel staff seemed rather quiet and we just put it down to the early hours of the morning and they may have been as fed up and tired as we were (we were wrong there).

The room was lovely (no kitchen area) but was cosy and the bathroom was nice and spacious with walk in wardrobe and a medium sized balcony. nice touches such as bathroom sets, dressing gowns and slippers ect... we were very pleased.

NOW THE DOWNSIDE STARTED.

In the morning we had no idea where anything was so we decided to go to the reception staff, they were still horrid and did not even look at you as they didnt want to speak to you, when we finally did flag them down they didn't understand English and we got very limited information out of them and in the end just had to investigate ourselves.

We slowly realised that 95% of the guests staying at this hotel are Russian (something which is not advertised or spoken to you about before going to the resort by Thomas cook), who are loud, ignorant and disrespectful to other non Russian guests. To get served at the bar was a nightmare for anyone who was not Russian as the Turkish staff (who speak great Russian by the way) always served the Russian people first. Russians do not understand the British concept of a line and pushed in at the bar shouting to be served. By the end you feel yourself turning Russian as you push and shout along with them.

The food was mediocre but there was a vast amount of choice and was well set out. There were many a la carte restaurants available and we chose the Chinese option. We got our own private room with a real Chinese feel to it and the food was amazing and FINALLY we got a very pleasant and nice ENGLISH speaking Turkish waiter.

The weather was miserable for the first four days so we didnt get to go out much and the entertainment was all in russian so we began to get cabin fever but once the sun came out we went on 2 excursions around turkey and suddenly the holiday seemed great.

VIP pool with cushioned seating is nice.

I could go on and on about this huge hotel but I would just like to warn English guests that if you go here you are made a second class citizen to the Russian guests and the staff are VERY rude at times.

Thomas Cook also didn't have us on their lists for transfer home on the day we were flying and if we hadn't have rang them to ask why they were half hour late to pick us up they would have forgotten us as they were just pulling up outside the airport...

Thomas Cook let us down dearly with this hotel.

Turkey was beautiful though and their were many positives that sometimes just felt a bit outweighed by the negatives... (go to turkey but not to this hotel!)

Please message me if you have further inquiries

Travelled as a young couple and first time in Turkey.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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12 Thank Gavin W
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Drogheda, Ireland
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2011

I agree with all bad reviews.
- not 5 star
- very rude staff, can't speak English
- bungalows rooms are like 3 star hotel
- cleaning service very bad. Every day floor was dirty in the room, never wash bathroom, towels were missed, etc
- food very disapointed
- 90% rude Russian people
- Location - small poor village
We never gonna come back there and never gonna recommend that hotel !!!!!

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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7 Thank Anna M
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2011

The Starlight Hotel is part of a large complex which consists of the Starlight hotel and its sister hotel the Sunrise next door. Both hotels also have small villa style club rooms spread throughout the grounds. You can use the facilties in both hotels as there are no wristbands or anything to identify which hotel you are from even though one is 5 star and one is 4 star.

The good points of the hotel:
I cannot fault the actual hotel itself. It is very grand and spotless at all times. The rooms are a good size with big balconies and walk in wardrobes in all the rooms. There are slippers, robes, wine and fruit baskets provided in all the rooms for guests which was a nice welcoming touch.

There is quite a lot to do to keep you entertained i.e belly dancing lessons, pool games, zumba etc in the daytime and there is always a show at the ambitheatre at the sunrise in the evening and a disco at the Starlight or a live band etc. The entertainment was quite watchable considering some of the other hotels I have been to in Turkey for example Samba dancing shows and a chinese circus. The only problem is becuase the compex is so big is does take a while to walk from one hotel to the other if you want to watch a show. The starlight also has a bowling alley, games room and cinema.

The location of the hotel is good. It has its own private beach which is clean but stoney. Five minutes walk from the hotel there are lots of little shops and market stalls. You can also get the mini bus from the road outside the hotel to the local towns of Manavgat or Side.

The bar staff are very friendly and will try to serve you as quickly as possible. Most of them speak fairly good English and are always up for a litlle chat and banter at the bar

The bad points:
Like may other people have said this is a hotel primarily aimed at and visited by russians. I dont know why they choose to push in at dinner and pile their plates full of deserts so that there is none left for anyone else only to leave it all uneaten just because they are on holiday but unfortunately they do and it is hard not to get annoyed at the rudeness especially when there are so many with this being such a large hotel.

Dinner is set up as quite a strange arrangement with some food in the main dining room, some in the corridor and some outside so you may have to walk round with food on your plate getting cold before you can put a meal together. The food was exactly the same every night and quite nice but nothing special compared to other 5 star hotels I have stayed in. Also if you dont get to the dining room quite soon after dinner starts you will find it hard to get a table and even when you do find a table you will find it hard to get the attention of the waiters to get a cutlery or a drink.

The hotel grounds are very big and it takes a long time to walk round and it is easy to get lost. I would not want to stay in one of the club rooms as it would take ages just to walk to get to dinner.

The air conditioning is rubbish. It was on and working it just wasnt cold at all. I went in late September and imagine the heat in the rooms would be unbearable in hotter months as the air con is so poor.

The final minor gripe is that the pool bar staff only seem to like playing one CD so be prepared to hear Duck Sauce and Rhianna played over and over about 50 times a day while you are lying by the pool.

All in all this is a nice hotel in a good location but its just a little to big for me with too many people and far too many russians.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank teacakesandjam
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2011

THIS IS NOT A 5*. Whilst we expected something more in lines with a 4, much is not worthy of 4*, maybe 3. We have just returned home and wish we could book another holiday - but not here. The service is terrible with mainly very unfriendly, very unhelpful staff. The food is mediocre at best, and the same every day. The restaurant arrangement is terrible - no management whatsoever, just a free for all. You'll be lucky to find a table without wandering around the whole area at least twice, same in the 'cave'. Don't try any chicken as it was often still pink and my husband had food poisening. The hotel is soleless and the VIP access was annoying. We were not told of this and so expected to use the infinity pool,as advertised. Poor. We tried to make the most of it but will not be going back. On the plus side, the room was good though bed not comfortable, and the pools were clean.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2011

We have just come back from 2 weeks at this hotel, there is a few things that i will say and want to be as honest as i can as some reviews have been silly.... When arriving at the hotel we were put into a seperate apartment outside of the hotel nice but not what we had asked for. At 5 in the morning you just want to get in the room and relax, we rang the desk in the morning and they moved us into the hotel where we had asked. Being a hotel that is for Thomas Cook travelers i would have expected a better service in the hotel. We were VIP and found it very hard to try and ask for drinks,also the staff dont really speak much English which makes life very hard after all most hotel staff speak English but not here. There were loads and loads of Russians which we found very rude and arrogant and you would be lucky to get any food if they got there 1st... Not our cup of Tea... The food was cold and not very tasty lack of flavour but as i say ok if you are Russian as they like it. Dont get any Burgers as its made from some meat dont know what!! I have to say our room was clean and very nice cant fault it at all aircon is turned off at night so very hot. The hotel was amazing very clean and i can say the cleaning staff are spot on... VIP pool the towel guy is a diamond cant speak English but that didnt stop him from being nice. I cant say we would go back as it is out of the way from anything and also the staff not speaking English and to many Russians.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2011

Do not be put of by the lack of reviews this hotel is gorgeous!

This was mine and my friend's first visit to Turkey, don't panic when the bus vears of the main road down a side street as once you pull up in front of the grand reception you will feel very much at ease.

Check in was easy, no problems at all and a bell boy took as to our room and showed us how to work both the keypad on the safe and the lock on the walk in wardrobe. The room was gorgeous, decent sized for the two of us with plenty of room in the wardrobe for clothes for 2 girls and the bathroom was beautiful with plenty of complimentary toiletries and bathrobes and slippers to use also. Within 10 minutes of us arriving in the room, a bottle of wine and platter of fruit was delivered to our room as a gift from the hotel. I did leave a "note in tips for a good room" as there are different levels of guests in the hotel and it wasn't very clear what was and wasn't included. We were originally in a normal room in the main building to then receive a phone call mid week that we were in the wrong room and we were then moved to a junior suite!

The overall complex is very big and does take some getting used to, keep the map (you are given at checkin) with you at all times as it is very handy if trying to find where you want to go along with times that the bars and resataurants at both the Starlight and Sunrise are open too.

The buffet restaurants always had plenty of choice and everything that i tried was very tasty. However my only complaint was if you didn't make it to the restaurant until an hour after service had started it was very difficult to find a table that was clean and had cuttlery on it. We also tried the Mexican a la carte restaurant, the food was amazing and the service was excellent.

Entertainment at night was very laid back, generally always a singer however if you walk across to the sister hotel, Sunrise, they have a lot more happening, beach/foam parties, discos etc. Although you will notice a big difference between the 2 hotels, Starlight being the 5 star was always immaculate whereas the Sunrise is a little rundown and the toilets do need a good clean!

As all other reviewers have commented about the British being the minority of guests in the hotel and the majority of guests being Russian - yes the hotel is full of them but we never experienced any problems with them pushing or being rude. Only once did the step in front of us at the bar. But being honest the a lot of them time they would actually try to have a conversation with you, and i have to say their English is a lot better than my Russian!

Last but not least there were a few people complaining about the service they were receiving at the bars, restaurants etc. I have to say we never experienced any problems - a lot of peoples response to this was that is because you are both girls, but that wasn't the case. If you wait your turn and aren't ignorant to the staff they will be more than helpful and yes giving them a tip also helps, but we always just tipped after being served. Give a tip when deserved!

Overall, yes I would return to Turkey and definitely to the Starlight Hotel. Cannot complain after a week of sunshine, eating great food and plenty of cocktails too!

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Starlight Convention Center Thalasso & Spa
Address: Kizilagac Mevki Manavgat Merkez, Manavgat 07600 , Turkey
Location: Turkey > Turkish Mediterranean Coast > Antalya Province > Manavgat
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#8 Business Hotel in Manavgat
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Manavgat
#9 Spa Hotel in Manavgat
#11 Luxury Hotel in Manavgat
#49 Romantic Hotel in Manavgat
#60 Family Hotel in Manavgat
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Starlight Convention Center Thalasso & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 811
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated on the Mediterranean shores, this luxurious hotel features 4 outdoor pools, private beach area and a spa centre. There is an indoor pool, 30 tennis courts, Golf fields Driving Range and Putting Green and a fitness centre. Free Wi-Fi is accessible with limited use.A TV, minibar and a balcony are standard in all of the air-conditioned rooms at Starlight Convention Center Thalasso & Spa. A bathrobe(only main building), hairdryer and slippers are provided in the bathroom.The hotel has several restaurants serving buffet or 12 à la carte menu options. The breakfast, lunch and dinner are offered in buffet style with a wide range of tastes to choose from. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages can be ordered from one the bars on site.Guests can play a game of bowling, go for canoeing or ride a horse. You can join one of the meditation sessions of yoga, pilates or tennis classes. Work out in the fitness centre and relax in the Turkish bath, sauna or massage rooms. Water sports facilities, children’s pool and a playground are available.Antalya Airport is 80 km from at Starlight Convention Center Thalasso & Spa. ... more   less 
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