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Royal Dragon Hotel
Ranked #20 of 229 Hotels in Side
Reviewed September 16, 2013

Just got back from 2 weeks in the Royal Dragon (31sept-14Sept 2013). This really is a fabulous hotel which has everything for everyone. The Beach is amazing and the Pool are is really spectacular with plenty of sunbeds for everyone and plenty of places to relax. The food in the buffet is really really good (we have been doing ALL INC for over 10 years and this is the best buffet food by far). We ate in the Italian and the Chinese A la Carte and both were gorgeous - just a shame your only allowed 1 visit to an a la carte per week - more should be included - although for 12 euros per adult (kids free) you can book extra. There is a food court for lunch time serving snacks or a restaurant on the beach. Theres plenty of bars for the evening the loby bar, pool bar, ampi theatre bar, beach bar - the place is so vast you can vary your evening each night. The beach party held each Thursday is brilliant with a great lights show and tasteful podium dancers. Our kids are 6 and 9 and they loved it and found plenty to do with the Aqua park and the Fairground rides.

Room Tip: We got a free upgrade to a duplex room which was amazing
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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2  Thank lisa s
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Reviewed September 12, 2013

Everything Was Good: food, beach, aqua park and luna park.

We had some problem with locking the door, they didn't fixed and the room was opened all this time.

The guy from reception was VERY annoying with tip, I regret that I forget his name.

You have nothing to do after 22.00

Good hotel for family but not for a couple.

All in one it was the best stay in Turkey.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 11, 2013

Ignore all the bad reviews about this hotel because it is nothing short of fantastic, let me start by saying that the food is absolutely brilliant . Hotel itself is just out of this world, no trouble with the air con,rooms lovely with king size beds .the kids club is great the pool is great ( MASSIVE), the beach is really clean . I could go on and on and on, do yourselves a favour and visit this hotel. YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED, we went as a family of three(9) year old boy and we all felt like crying when we had to come home, we will definitely be going back. Money well spent. Pete, Tracey and Kristian from Eccleston

  • Stayed: August 2013
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3  Thank Peterbrucehaslam
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Reviewed September 9, 2013

Me and my boyfriend stayed here for 10 nights in August. It was my second time at this hotel and it was just as fantastic as the first time. The staff are great all very friendly and welcoming and they definitely do not favour the Germans or Russians... We are English and they were great with us so I don't understand why some reviews say they favour others over English.. As long as you are polite and happy they will be exactly the same with you, as they do run round making sure everyone is okay and seated with drinks ASAP.. I noticed some families did not say please and thankyou to the waiters which I thought was very rude as they are hard workers.
As soon as we arrived the bellboy quickly carried our cases to the room and explained how everything worked. However they do expect to be tipped. The room was great, very big and clean with a lovely bathroom.
The pool area and the beach are out of this world it's like paradise! And all the animation team make the place very fun and lively. There is water aerobics in the day lead by 2 young girls and also belly dancing etc in the water park which is also great for all ages especially kids. Ronaldo and Oscar are lovely members of the team they are hilarious always making everyone laugh and feel welcome. They also run lots of the beach activities throughout the day which lots of people get involved with.
The bar staff are so friendly and also stop for a quick chat to see how you are, and they always bring new drinks over before you even ask. All bars are open until 12 at night and the club is open till 3 in the morning.
There is a never a time throughout the day when you can't get food.
Breakfast 7-10.. Late breakfast 10-11... Dinner by the pool 12-2.. Dinner in the resteraunt 12-1:30... Beach snack bar 12-3 and Turkish tent 11-4.. There is also afternoon snacks by the pool 4-5 followed by tea 7-9:30 and mightnight snack 12 at night till 7 in the morning. The food is out of this world everything is so clean and fresh and the chefs cook it right in front of you.
There is a foam party of a Thursday on the beach which we loved and its very lively. There are also many shows and live music which can be entertaining.
There is a man who cleans up all the cups and plates off the beach all day everyday keeping it looking extra clean and he is great always has a smile on his face. The water sports are also clean and the staff always go out of their way to say hello.
I could sit here forever talking about how fantastic this hotel is. The shopping centre across the road is great and there are buses and taxis which can take you to side town and the markets. The staff can speak fluent in many languages which I was amazed at and they are always happy to help. We did not want to go home we had a great holidays and would definitely go back again. Reccomend for all ages.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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6  Thank Jessg94
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Reviewed September 7, 2013

We stayed as a family of 4 for 2 weeks in August. We had one of the duplex rooms, great set up if you have children. The downside is that there is no blind covering the feature circular window, so the room does get bright early!

Food: There is not a minute of the day when food is not available. We arrived at 23:00.and snacks / cakes were on offer in the brasserie, there is even food available from 00:00 to 07:00 if you really need it. Pool bar food was perfect for lunch, great variety & quality

Drinks: Local spririts & ok cocktails. Wine was available outside the AI, but quite expensive. Efes beer was ok, and nice & cooling.

Staff: Everyone we met was helpful & accomodating. Never any favouritism to the Germans / Russians, I cannot understand that in some of the other reviews.

Public Areas: huge does not describe them. Loads of seats, waiter service for drinks

Pool: Need to be up early for sunbeds. Ignore the signs, some people were out at 7:00 to get beds. Down near the beach, by the Olympic pool was great, nice & quiet and some space to move around. Pool area was always clean & tidy. They even come round with drinks / fruit / ice creams during the day

Beach: Hot hot hot. Wear shoes! If you are up early, wallk down to the beach and when you leave the hotel, turn right. Walk up to the bridge into the marina, and about 7:30 you can see Sea turtles swimming under the bridge. They are partial to a bit of hotel bread roll!

Overall: The best AI hotel I have been to, by a very long way. Would definitely go back.

Room Tip: Duples is great for families, high floor best.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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5  Thank SalesGuy2006
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Reviewed September 5, 2013

What a great hotel !!!!! Spent a very relaxing week here with my husband and 2 children aged 5 and 12. They too loved it xx do not agree that the staff prefer the Germans, we were never made to feel inferior, also we sat on the terrace every night and at no time did we see ant waiters reserving tables. They were always polite. They are not openly flamboyant like other countries but I really liked that because after a few days of having to have polite conversations it gets boring, however if you talk to them they will talk to you. At no time did we have to tip to get better service. You can wear shorts in the resteraunt, which did get a little busy but it was bearable and the food of a good standard. Sunbeds we did get up earlyish about 8:00 as there was a spot we liked but it wasn't an issue, however the pool area could be quite slippery. The hotel including the pools were spotless, the cleanest I've seen. The beach foam party on Thursday was an experience and great fun x all in all this hotel is great value for money, clean, plenty to eat and not a lot to grumble about, I've stayed in lots of hotels and this is great in my opinion and I would return.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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3  Thank roobydoo
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

Just joined tripadvisor because I wanted to tell everyone how great the royal dragon hotel is.

As always mixed reviews but we have just returned and booked again - this time taking another family with us.

Food / pool / duplex room / beach / cleanliness of the hotel / weather / staff / shopping complex opposite / water park / mini theme park - all fantastic.

We have 3 children aged between 11-8 and probably one of our best all inclusive hotels and we've been fortunate to try many. Yes it's not cheap but holidays are important and if you get what you paid for then I'm happy.

One of our main reasons for booking this hotel was on the food and we certainly wasn't disappointed. Secondly was the duplex room arrangement which is great when you have 3 children. Basically all in 1 room but on split open plan levels so all together but with some privacy.

Yes certainly out numbered by the Germans and Russians but most of them very polite and we had no problems. Which brings we onto the towels on sun beds - actually no issue - plenty of beds and we stayed during peak. Don't get me wrong people still reserve at silly o'clock but as long as you came down before 9am then no problem.

Beach fantastic - all sand and very safe for the children.

Next time I would take euro rather than lira - they take anything but everything is pretty much priced in euro.

Entertainment is pretty much like all hotels these days - a mixed bag of local acts, but some good nights like Michael Jackson tribute and circus performances.

We've booked again so pretty much speaks for itself....

Room Tip: We booked a duplex room as we have 3 young children - perfect
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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3  Thank Darren G
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Address: Evrenseki Mevkii, Side, Manavgat, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Turkish Mediterranean Coast > Antalya Province > Manavgat > Side
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#11 Family Hotel in Side
#14 Romantic Hotel in Side
#16 Spa Hotel in Side
#17 On the Beach Hotel in Side
#18 Luxury Hotel in Side
Price Range: $88 - $444 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Royal Dragon Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 568
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