Just recently returned from a week's holiday at the Barut Andiz Hotel in Side. I was accompanied by my sister and this was a first visit to Turkey for us both. For some reason or other, it had never appealed to us before so this year we decided to give it a go. Having stayed at this lovely hotel in the great resort of Side and had our best holiday ever, we are planning to return next year plus I now have plans to return again with my husband and stay for two weeks as one was not long enough.
On arrival, after midnight, the check-in was quick and a welcome drink was offered.
A snack was plated for us in the room fridge with water and beer plus a hospitality tray with tea and coffee choices.
Our room was larger than most standard twin bedded rooms and had a decent sized balcony overlooking the pool which caught the afternoon sun.
The bed was extremely comfortable with a great duvet and pillows. We've never enjoyed a better night's sleep whilst on holiday and in fact slept in one morning and missed breakfast - that's a first !
Housekeeping was very good and the hotel in general is spotless.
We had a minor issue with the air conditioning and this was quickly rectified by the in-house technician.
The restaurant is spacious, the food is good, plenty of variety and amazing desserts all beautifully presented.
Exceptionally friendly and attentive staff throughout the hotel.
Beautiful Spa plus a small shop and a hairdresser within the hotel. Both my sister and I treated ourselves to a hairdo and a pedicure.
The Thomson Rep. Eloise and Entertainment Fun in the Sun Katie were so friendly plus the resident acoustic duo Chris and John, known as Hatty & Oz all worked tirelessly to ensure guests were looked after and duly entertained. Their programme of events was well received.
A special mention to Serkan, Reception Manager who was extremely helpful. Also the lovely young Guest Relations girl, Uskal.
For a hotel to be this good, it has to be well managed. All credit for this must go to the General Manager, Izzet Bekir. He seemed to be on duty 24/7. His passion for the smooth running of the hotel and the guests' satisfaction was obvious. His contribuition and overall attention to detail were second to none.
I can't wait to return to this lovely hotel where guests are treated like VIPs.
Long may it continue.