Just returned 2 weeks ago from Miray. Great place.
Arrived at the Miray Hotel at 5am after some hassle at the airport with the transfer – there was no-one there to pick us up! Got this sorted out eventually but this added 3 hours to the journey, which we could have well done without.
It is an older style Turkish hotel, as you can see from the pictures. The hotel reception staff were very efficient and pleasant. Our room was on the side of the hotel, and overlooked another lower building, you could see the sea from the balcony if you stood up, but we were quite happy as we weren’t there to spend too much time in the room, and it was too hot to sit out on the balcony much. In some brochure/website pictures, it looks like there aren’t any buildings on either side – there are! If you are desperate for a pool view, ask and they will try and move you if one becomes available. The rooms are a good size, clean, with comfy beds. They were fairly basic but we had no complaints. They were cleaned every day, and there was some nice towel art from the maids. As usual, towels in the shower tray means please change them, or hang them up on the rail if you will use them again.
TV had BBC World news and a variety of other language channels. Fridge available for rental at £3.20 a day – they only have 5 though! We got one for the second week to have cold drinks at night in our room and keep the milk fresh for our tea (kettle goes everywhere with me). The best thing here was the air-conditioning – it was free and believe me it was needed! Everywhere else I’ve been in Turkey you had to pay for it. It was extremely humid at night in Alanya – if you’re the type who sweats a lot, you might want to carry a flannel round with you.
Big TV in the lounge downstairs if you wanted to sit there, hubby watched some football there and some Slovenian channels. Also a pool table and internet, 2 euros for an hour for either, couldn’t grumble at that. There was a bookshelf where people left their books they had read for others to use.
The pool was a good size compared to most you see in Turkey. There were about 30 sunbeds, and we got one without difficulty. People did put towels down to reserve them, but a lot go out to the beach and we always managed to get a bed when we wanted one.
The pool was very clean, and cleaned every day. Waiters cleaned up around the pool area throughout the day, and although some people may have found it irritating, I liked the music that was played around the pool. Staff would turn music down on request, so if you did find it a bit loud, you only had to ask.
The pool bar sold lots of different ice-creams, all the usual drinks (Cappy Orange was favourite) and snacks: burgers and chips which were fine, pizzas – good – toasties – not so good ( a bit dry and the cheese is a bit tasteless – stick to burgers) and a good range of other food. Service with a smile from Ramazan, Nuri and the others, and some very entertaining antics with a squeaky chicken!
There were lilos – wasn’t sure if they belonged to people or were for general use, but people just seemed to use them when they wanted. Not too many kids there, which was good, although there were a few arrived the second week, but it wasn’t too bad apart from 2 German kids who really got on my nerves one day with their shouting, screaming and running around/jumping in. Bar staff then told them off as they’d had enough too.
The pool is at the front of the hotel, so close to the road, but the road noise didn’t bother me, I hardly noticed it. It was a pleasant atmosphere around the pool, very laid back and chilled most of the time. There is a massage salon at the hotel, but didn’t try it I’m afraid.
The Kleopatra beach – went one day, didn’t like it, very crowded and the sea was so rough, I couldn’t manage to get in, although hubby did, and he walked over there every couple of days for a dip. Apparently it drops sharply as well once you’re in, so take care with that. It is only 5 minutes away, but there is a busy road to cross, so be careful. If you do decide to go, pay for your beds and brolly at the hotel before you go, it’s 1.5 lira cheaper, so 10.50 instead of 12. There is a beach bar, and it’s No. 10 – with orange and white striped brollies. Personally, I’d rather stay by the pool and spend the money on drinks there.
Hotel clientele was varied – English (6 groups during our 2 week stay), and Germans, Serbians, Bosnians, Czech, Hungarians and probably others too. Everyone was pleasant and mostly spoke either English of German. Hotel staff could speak both but some were more fluent than others. Alanya as a whole is very varied with a lot of Scandinavians around, although none in the Miray.
Breakfast was usual Turkish fare – feta cheese, tomatoes, cucumber, cold meats of dubious origin, plenty of fresh bread, tea, coffee and the dreadful juice they seem to have in all Turkish hotels which has a really metallic aftertaste – better off with water. Freshly squeezed orange available for 1 euro 50. Also cereals, yogurt, an assortment of very runny jams and honey available, and boiled eggs, and freshly cooked omelettes and fried eggs. Not bad, but found it a bit annoying that the waiters didn’t replace things before they ran out. That’s an improvement that could be made and the other thing was not very cold milk – please start to keep the milk in the fridge overnight then it’s cold for the cereal!
Evening meals at the hotel – not brilliant, mostly a stew, some fish and a wide selection of salady stuff plus a few desserts. The bar snacks at the pool were better. It was 10 lira each, we tried it once but so many places to eat, it really isn’t worth it. Don’t go half board, you’ll miss out on exploring different places to go eat.
The restaurant is on the top floor - there is a lift - and the sea views from here are lovely.
The food in the restaurants around Alanya was good – we didn’t have a bad meal anywhere, and they were usually about £20 - £25 for the two of us. Wine is quite expensive, anything from 25 lira a bottle and up , so careful with this and check the prices before you order.
One place which we really liked was the Panorama – phone 512 6282 – get reception to call them, they will pick you up and bring you back for free. Lovely views from up near the castle and food good too. Lots of steps down to the terraces where you eat though, so not good if you not good with steps!
A lot of places offer this free pick up service too.
Plenty of decent eating places with in minutes of the Miray, turn right and cross the road for The Big Horn, nice but a bit more expensive. Turn right and walk for 5 minutes for the Blue Knight – good special offer deal, starter, meze, steak and a cocktail for 14 euros.
Turn right and first right for Summer Love, turn left and first left for the Viking and Scandinavian Corner, cross the road, turn left and go behind the Grand Okan Hotel for a load of bars and restaurants, all offering similar menus as similar prices, you can’t go wrong. Hasir was a good laugh. Also Green Beach just across the road was nce. Can’t remember the names of all of them, but Panorama was visited 4 times.
Jeep safari was enjoyable with Sherlock Holmes Tours, Turkish Night wasn’t brilliant but we met some really nice people on it.
All in all, a really good hotel for the price; Rahmi, (reception) Ramazan and Nuri (bar) were great, Ramazan even came in on his day off to say goodbye.
Jess, the Hotels 4 U rep was lovely too, we didn’t have any problems but I have no doubt she would have sorted them out straight away if we had.
Would not hesitate to book here again. It felt just like home and look forward to going back - shame it will have to wait until next year.
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