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Corolla Hotel
Ranked #93 of 228 Hotels in Side
harrogate,yorkshire
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7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“not quite what we expected”
Reviewed September 17, 2006

having read other reports we were not sure about the hotel.we arrived at 3 in the morning tired,thirsty and hungry there was nothing to eat and had to pay for a bottle of water. The room was clean but basic and every thing nearly worked, the fridge didnt and the air con only worked now and then.some of the staff were pleasant but most wernt and some were even very rude and most didnt speak any english but every one of them spoke german. All of the entertainment was in german as were all of the signs and most of the music.The grounds and pool area were realy nice and tidy if not a bit cramped. At breakfast there was no toaster at all no fried eggs but plain omelettes thrown into a steel container if you like them like that.If you like butter with your bread we had to get it at breakfast and stash it in our fridge(that didnt work) because you dont get any for any other meals.We didnt have a midday meal in the restaurant so i cant comment.Evening meals were o.k. the salads were great!!!
It was about 500 yards to the beach where the hotel has its own beach bar where food can be got.Here we met the worst member of staff who insisted for some reason putting the food out in open containers sometimes before 12 o clock and fighting people off until 12.30,but it didnt matter because the flies had eaten half of it by then. the beach was o.k. but we felt a bit like battery hens under the shade nets all together, we prefered the beach to the east of Side next to the ruins which was a short bus ride away for 2 euros each.Car hire is expensive in Turkey so we hired a taxi for the day for 50 euros, most taxi drivers do set trips to different places but try and find one that speaks some english because it was really interesting seeing the real Turkey.Side was a really nice place and close by and we would go back but not to the Corolla .

  • Liked — nothing
  • Disliked — attitude of staff
  • Tips/Secrets — dont go there
  • Stayed September 2006, traveled as a couple
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6 Thank jabawoki
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seaden h, Halkla İlişkiler Müdürü at Corolla Hotel, responded to this review, February 16, 2015
Dear guests,

We would like to thank you for your review. We are not happy that you dont enyoing your holiday. But we think everybody need a second chance and we can give our best for you to your next holiday.We will happy to see you again in our hotel and for the negative comments, we will evaluate them also too.

Best regards
Seaden Side Corolla
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BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed September 10, 2006

After reading previous reviews on the Corolla Hotel, i went with a very open mind. However, I was pleasantly suprised ! The hotel itself was very clean and tidy, the rooms were cleaned daily, the pool was absoloutly fantastic and sunbeds for everyone. The food was very varied and plenty of it, although not really hot enough and maybe a few more english labels may have helped ! however there was a massive choice of salads and meat dishes. The drinks were really good, we were half expecting cheap nasty wine and lager but again were more than happy with both, also had plenty of Vodka (dont think they know what a small vodka means !)
It is true to say that the hotel is mainly Germans but this did not bother us at all, besides in my opinion you dont go abroad to be with hundreds of "Brits" We did however find several British couples which we spent several evenings with and had really good laugh, especially at the German Entertainment ! After midnight (when your all inclusive ends) we went to a Cocktail bar directly opposite where the Turkish Staff were a really good laugh and looked after us well.
The staff in the hotel were friendly, some more than others, their English was a little "broken" but then our Turkish was appalling ! We did however learn to say please and thankyou in Turkish before we went and this really humoured the Turkish people and they loved us for trying !
The beaches were fantastic, was a little more like a 45min walk to town centre rather than 20 minutes but the walk along the beach was beautiful and plenty of places to stop for a cheap beer.
I would also recommend taking euros rather than turkish lira, everywhere takes euros and you seem to get a much better deal. Side town itself was beautiful.
Would also recomment that you book your excursions in town rather than through your holiday rep, works out about quarter of the price!
Overall I would rate this hotel as a 3* but would not give it a poor review at all, if you want a British holiday stay at home or go to Benidorm
I would be more that happy to answer any questions regarding the Corolla Hotel and Side, you can email me at TANYADENNETT@MSN.COM

  • Liked — The pool
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Tips/Secrets — Take Euros, book you excursions in town not through your holiday reps
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled with family
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3 Thank TANYADENENTT
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seaden h, Halkla İlişkiler Müdürü at Corolla Hotel, responded to this review, February 16, 2015
Dear guests

We would like to thank you for your review. We are happy that you enjoy your holiday in Side Corolla Hotel
We hope we see you again.

Best regards
Seaden Side Corolla
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Middlesex, England
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed August 11, 2006

We were told that this hotel was 'international' however, we didn't realise exactly what that would mean to our stay. It actually meant that everything within the hotel is catered for the Germans. The food, entertainment, language absolutely everything. The only thing about this hotel that we enjoyed was the pool and the slides.

There were seven in our party and six had terrible diarrhoea. We were there for seven nights and six of them were spent on the toilet! My husband and I have travelled the world and never had this problem before.

So our advice to you is if you are English then don't go. I am sure parts of Side are lovely but avoid this hotel.

  • Liked — Nothing
  • Disliked — The food and that no-one spoke English
  • Tips/Secrets — Don't go if you are British
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled with family
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5 Thank Toni1998
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seaden h, Halkla İlişkiler Müdürü at Corolla Hotel, responded to this review, February 16, 2015
Dear guests,

We would like to thank you for your review. We are not happy that you dont enyoing your holiday. But we think everybody need a second chance and we can give our best for you to your next holiday.We will happy to see you again in our hotel and for the negative comments, we will evaluate them also too.

Best regards
Seaden Side Corolla
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London
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed August 2, 2006

The air condition worked only a few hours a day (not between 8:30 to 17:30)! The room was clean but the mini bar was empty and didn't work very well.
The food was allways the same and not quality at all. The cereals did not have taste, they didn't have toasters machines. They only had watermelons and grapes, I expected more fruits in a beach hotel (at least some bananas!). They didn't have natural juices (only orange, but you have to pay for it 1.5 euros a glass).
All the signs of what you were eating were in german. The tea time was terrrible, they only put bread and cheese.
The entertainment was bored and allways the same silly songs... The night shows did not exit and the "miniclud" for children didn't work.
I used to travel to Caribbean all inclusive hotels (Punta Cana, Cuba, Santa Lucia, Tobago, Barbados) and never in my life saw something like this hotel. Corolla is not a 4 stars hotel. It is a 2/3 stars hotel with a nice swiming pool an that's all.

So, avoid this hotel!!!!! There's a lot of good options in Side and Corolla hotel is not one of those.

  • Liked — Swiming pool (the only thing)
  • Disliked — The NO air conditioner and the food
  • Tips/Secrets — Avoid the hotel
  • Stayed July 2006, traveled with family
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6 Thank Vdor
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seaden h, Halkla İlişkiler Müdürü at Corolla Hotel, responded to this review, February 16, 2015
Dear guests,

We would like to thank you for your review. We are not happy that you dont enyoing your holiday. But we think everybody need a second chance and we can give our best for you to your next holiday.We will happy to see you again in our hotel and for the negative comments, we will evaluate them also too.

Best regards
Seaden Side Corolla
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed May 16, 2005

+After reading reports about this hotel we had concerns about our holiday. We had booked a last minute cheap 'girls break'. We discovered we were needlessly concerned and had excellent value for money. The room was basic but more than adequate for us, we only wanted to sleep and shower there. The maids provided a daily service, even arranging our nightwear prettily!! The staff at the hotel were courteous and friendly and at no time did we find they were rude. As visitors to the country we did make some attempt to speak in Turkish, much to their amusement and delight, but most were able and willing to talk in English, they also spoke German.
We found the food to be typically Turkish - what else would you expect in Turkey? A large range of superb salads were provided in the main restaurant for both lunch and dinner, as well as hot dishes. Breakfast very continental, mixed hot and cold dishes and eggs fried to order. To my delight we only discovered chips once in the main restaurant, but I believe they are served in the pool and beach bars.
Pool & Beach bar lunch has a much smaller range but OK. We did not have a problem with the food. Afternoon tea is a must with wonderful freshly baked feta & spinach baked breads & olives (we saved this for 'cocktail hour').
The pool was very clean, and the water refreshing although warmed up very quickly!! We did not have a problem finding a sunbed - ever. You do have to pay for the mattress but I used my lilo so no problem.
We were not interested in the entertainment but looked the usual stuff. We tended to sit at the pool bar, and met some lovely people, from Britain and Germany.
The four stars need to be taken in a Turkish context not to be compared with the British star ratings. Personally I would visit this hotel again, especially for a cheap last minute getaway, but not in high season I would imagine it would be very busy and possibly overstretched. We were there early May, it was fairly quiet and very pleasant. The hotel caters to mainly German and Russian tour operators, so there were only a few British staying there - if you have a problem with this then don't book here.

Helpful?
23 Thank jackieh61
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seaden h, Halkla İlişkiler Müdürü at Corolla Hotel, responded to this review, February 16, 2015
Dear guests

We would like to thank you for your review. We are happy that you enjoy your holiday in Side Corolla Hotel
We hope we see you again.

Best regards
Seaden Side Corolla
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UK
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14 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed September 6, 2004

We were sold a holiday to the Side Corolla by a UK travel agent but they neglected to tell us the hotel was predominanlty marketed to Germany. All the staff spoke German and no english. The food was really bad and the "All Inclusive" had so many limitations they need not have bothered. The pool was crowded and full of surf boards, lilos and volley ball matches. The evening entertainment was bad, featuring one night a leather coat fashion show!!

Helpful?
9 Thank royalgala
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seaden h, Halkla İlişkiler Müdürü at Corolla Hotel, responded to this review, February 16, 2015
Dear guests,

We would like to thank you for your review. We are not happy that you dont enyoing your holiday. But we think everybody need a second chance and we can give our best for you to your next holiday.We will happy to see you again in our hotel and for the negative comments, we will evaluate them also too.

Best regards
Seaden Side Corolla
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Reviewed August 25, 2004

This hotel is terrible more 2* than 4*. Charged for pool towels and cushions for sun loungers. Too crowded with c.1000 guests so more like a departure lounge than a relaxing hotel. Staff extemely rude and unable to speak English. No beach volleyball or beach football as stated in their sales blurb. Standard of food poor especially at the beach bar. Drinks availbale on all inclusive basis poor and thrown at you rather than served. Even ran out of rum on our visit and didnt give a damn.
Swimming Pool too crowded impossible to swim without obstruction from other people. Many rooms over look the noisy road or car park and aren't of a good standard. The lifts are slow and unreliable and numbered incorrectly. There is little breeze and the aircon is ineffective. This place is a bad experience.

Helpful?
17 Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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seaden h, Halkla İlişkiler Müdürü at Corolla Hotel, responded to this review, February 16, 2015
Dear guests,

We would like to thank you for your review. We are not happy that you dont enyoing your holiday. But we think everybody need a second chance and we can give our best for you to your next holiday.We will happy to see you again in our hotel and for the negative comments, we will evaluate them also too.

Best regards
Seaden Side Corolla
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Property: Corolla Hotel
Address: Kumkoy Mevki Bingasik Sok, Side, Manavgat 07330, Turkey (Formerly Side Corolla Hotel)
Location: Turkey > Turkish Mediterranean Coast > Antalya Province > Manavgat > Side
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#73 Luxury Hotel in Side
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Hotel Class:4 star — Corolla Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 400
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