We did 5 days at this hotel. It was our first holiday together and first time in Turkey. We arrived in the early hours of the morning and were quickly shown our room by helpful English speaking staff. There was nothing we could complain about the whole trip, we loved every minute.
Clean, simple. Fridge with water in, nice balcony, bed was fine. Bathroom had a shower and a bath. Air con/heater worked fine. TV was mainly German/Turkish but we could get CNN and a channel showing shows like Ellen, How I Met Your Mother, Family Guy, etc in English. Lots of wardrobe space. Have to pay for the safe though.
Outsanding selection of food to cater for all tastes. The food changed every day (except the breakfast which was mostly the same). Breakfast was things like fried/boiled egg, pancakes, cereal, German meats, hot dog, omlette, breads. Lunch and dinner were things like soup, huge selection of salads, spagetti with a sauce, hamburger, chips, kebab, fish, chicken, stews, curry (which has no spice in whatsoever), interesting vegetable dishes.
Free drinks included soft drinks (coke, diet coke, spite, fanta, lemonade), fruit juces (orange,apple, peach, cherry), coffee, tea, Turkish tea, white/red wine and rose in the restaurant (I particually enjoyed the white), local beer (very nice and I'm not a big beer fan), vodka and a selection of other spirits which they serve in large portions. Drinks you can buy are branded spirits, cocktails, a selection of wines in the restaurant. Note, that after 23;00, drinks stop except in the disco but you have to pay for them.
Really the only downfall, as it's all German. A group of us crashed the disco and managed to get some English songs played which made a good night, but if you're not too bothered about entertainment, it's not a problem.
Love the English, they're friendly and try their best with speaking English. Most, if not all, can get by with English. Some are very good, like the night manager.
Beach is a short walk (5 minutes). There is a section of the beach which is for Diamond Beach hotel guests with a bar on it. Over the road is a huge market with all the designer knock offs you can want. There are some shops (selling cigarettes, snacks, alcohol, etc) open until very late nearby. ATMs, a bank, pharmacys, a couple of bars (very quiet in the winter), a few kebab restaurants, optitians, hairdressers. There are some tour guides which will do you a MUCH better deal than your rep (who will probably find you in the hotel). We were warned our rep promised to take a couple somewhere are do it all in English for them but they wound up on a German tour and the rep said nothing. The guy over the road from the hotel, Freddy...he set us up on a tour for half the price. The audience was mixed German and English and the lady guide did her best to say everything in both languages. We had a fantastic time on the tour we went on to Antalya.
Indoor pool, steam room, sauna, Turkish bath, ourdoor pool (not open in winter), massage (costs), ping pong, darts, arcade, a la carte restaurants (one free meal per trip), doctor, shops, several bars (pool bar not open in winter). There is a professional photographer who will take a lot of amazing photos (posed) and photoshop them all for you. You get one free photo but mention it as he probably won't. We only bought 3 (including the free one) as they're 5 Euros each and he looked a bit annoyed, but nevermind. You can also buy the CD of all the photos but that costs a lot.
All the markets and shops quote Euros as Germans tend to take Euros with them. You can pay in Lira too, but personally I think Euros is easier as the price is so similar to pounds. This was the case where we stayed and in Antalya city centre. The centre of Side had more things labelled in lira but I'm sure they would have taken either.
Go on a tour! See the roman ruins, or the stunning waterfall in Antalya. In you go to a jewellery factory, be prepared to say "I can't afford anything in here" a million times. That was the only part of the tour we went on that we didn't like.
Try a kebab. Titanic bar outside the hotel and Fizz bar on the beach both had great kebabs. the latter was even better as we could sit on the beach as we ate. Amazing quality food, you'd never expect it from looked at the place.
Take an umbrella if you go in winter, but also pack for sunbathing. We went in February, had one day of raining, several days of warm to hot and one where I could have happily sunbathed on the beach.
If you need to exchange over there, find a bank. There is one nearby. Don't do it at the hotel. You will be chared to take money out the ATM or use your card.
If you like designer knock offs like Bench hoodies, Ugg boots, Addidas tracksuits, D&G t-shirts...don't pack much in your suitcase, there's loads out here to buy at a reasonable price.
There are a lot of cats around the hotel and dogs around the local area. 99% are very friendly and well looked after. If you like animals, be prepared to want to bring a few home.
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