Just returned from a two-week vacation at Side Star Beach Hotel with my family.
The hotel has a great location on the beach and within a walking distance from the Roman ruins in Side. Very good all-inclusive offering - the buffet had enough of variety during the two-week stay - nice fish and chicken offering, good veal and vegetables as well, good salad incredients. Some of the hotel evening programs were nice (Turkish night, African show). The sunbeds around the pool were mostly reserved by 10 am, but there were still available sunbeds at the hotel beach at that time.
The biggest negative issue we encountered was that the hotel limits the hours of the air conditioning. Provided we were in the room (and had our room key inserted to a slot that turns on the electricity in the room), the system operated from about 10 pm to about 8 am and then also short stints during the day, around midday and before dinnertime, roughly 5:30 pm to 7 pm. We like to eat dinner at 7 and then retire to the room to read around 8:30-9 pm, and we found the wait for the aircon to come on at about 10 pm very sweaty and frustrating.
Another somewhat negative issue for us was that the hotel is very German/Dutch oriented. Many waiters spoke mainly German, but little or no English, and sometimes we did not get what we ordered (drinks were served to tables during lunch and dinner).
The hotel evening programs were very loud (and some of them too geared to the German/Dutch clientele) - so even if you do not wish to watch them, be prepared to listen to them every evening from 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm if you have a sea view room.
The family room we had was pretty small, with a sliding door between the two rooms. The second room was only big enough to accommodate two single beds (about 6 m2). With a family of four, it was adequate, but not quite meeting our expectations. The hotel has bigger family rooms available as well, based on the floor plan, but the number of those is smaller. Our view was great though from our fourth floor room that was facing the sea, and we could watch the evening programs from our windows and balcony when we did not want to stay down in the pool bar area to watch the shows.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Star Side