The hotel is located outside of Side, it is actually the first hotel coming from the airport in Antalya. Transfer time from the airport is approximately 45 minutes, Side takes approximately 20 minutes and a taxi costs 20 Euro. The surrounding area is not very nice as it is vast land, some dunes to the beach and the closest houses of local residents is approximately 1.5km away. Currently, a new house/hotel is built just next to the hotel, so you hear some construction noise when at the pool area. However, it is not that much to destroy the relaxing atmosphere. Next "shopping" possibilities are some very tiny supermarkets where you can buy some soft drinks and sweets. When we were there, some sweets already passed there best until date, so please beware before boing.
The hotel was opened in early summer 2008, so everything is brandnew. However, you are already seeing some signs of usage at some places. While we were there, the hotel staff was busy painting houses, balconies etc.
The hotel has a large indoor pool and a very large outdoor sweetwater pool. There are approximately 20-30 sunloungers at the pool and two loungers sharing a parasol. Please be cautious as some parasols tend to fall when there is some wind.
Small mini market where you can buy Turkish and German newspapers and magazines and also one English newspaper from Turkey. The mini market also offers sweets, suncream and some other items (e.g. toothbrush, toothpaste, cigarettes etc.). It does not offer any drinks ! Those must be purchased from one of the bars at rediculous prices for water (0.5 litre 2 Euro, 1.5 liter 4 Euro).
There is also a doctor at the hotel, which is there two times a day for approximately 30 minutes, except for Sunday. During the rest of the day, a nurse is present, which can call the doctor when needed. However, we heard from other guests that the doctor is trying to send every patient to the private hospital he is working for.
Additional shops are a hairdresser (appointments must be made at the reception), a spa and a carpet dealer. All of them are rarely used.
The gym is open everyday from 8 to 8 and a personal trainer is there, which is free of charge. The gym is the best I have ever seen in a hotel, it is really as good as one of the large fitness chains.
The hotel has approximately 150 rooms. The standard rooms are approximately 60sqm and the balcony approximately 20sqm. Rooms are equiped with a huge shower (about 5-6sqm) and an open space bathroom and a walkin-closet (including make-up facility). It also has a 40 inch LCD TV with 8 Turkish channels, approximately 15 German channels. The only English speaking channel is CNN, however, there is the Turkish version of CNBC, which also broadcasts TV series at night in English and Turkish subtitles. The prices for the minibar are exactly the same prices as in the restaurants. A can of soft drinks costs 3 Euro. The hotel provides two half litre bottles of water per day, however, if not used, there are not replaced. So use them everyday.
The hotel offers half-board, which is not typical for Turkey where all-inclusive is more common.
For breakfast, some hot dishes, which change daily, are offered. In addition, boiled eggs, omelettes, fried eggs. They also make pancakes, crepes and some turkish dishes. The rest is common things for breakfast as cereals, some sweets, selection of bread, croissants, sausages, cheese etc. As drinks, a cheap orange/apple juice is offered and black/green tea and coffee. We were a bit disappointed that no fresh orange juices were offered for breakfast and that there is only filter coffee and no espresso, cappucino etc, but all can be ordered. However, it must be noted that cappucino contains filter coffee and not espresso. In addition, water must be purchased for breakfast, which is is something a two star hotel in Germany has for breakfast as a standard. So the choice for drinks for breakfast is low.
The selection for dinner changes also daily, but the buffet for starters and dessert become monotone after some days. The kitchen is also offering freshly made bread and pides. The kitchen chef is also running around the restaurant every day and asks the guests about the food and fulfills every extra wish of the guests. It was a really great service from the kitchen.
The kitchen staff speaks only some German and nearly no English.
The general level of service is great. Especially the service at the beach must be mentioned. The beach is approximately 300-400 metres away and it can either be walked or the hotel offers a shuttle service. Every guest is asked whether the small car shall be called if not currently available. However, walking takes only little time, so we mostly walked.
Service in the restaurant is sometimes not so good as guests are ignored. But his was the only downside.
Overall, we can totally recommened the hotel.
- Also Known As:
- The Kumul Hotel Side