We were a couple in our 30s who stayed on a B&B basis for a week in mid June. We arrived into Antalya airport at about 2am. Opted for a shuttle that promised no more than 4 drops as we'd read that the transfer was long. Well... we didn't end up getting to the hotel til gone 6am and the return took us 4 hours too.
We were checked in swiftly enough and we stayed on the 5th floor in the South wing. We had a generous sized room, huge bed, sofa, a lovely bathroom (including massive jacuzzi bath) and a balcony which looked over the huge pool and had expansive sea views. Needless to say that our expectations on that front were most definitely exceeded, and in some ways hopes raised!
We like to sleep with the door open and aren't fans of air-conditioning. If you're a light sleeper then try not to get a room any lower than the 5th floor with a pool view as this is the hub of the hotel and where people congregate right up until the small hours of the morning. Luckily that's not something that affected us and we were more than grateful for the views.
The breakfast buffet, on first look, is huge. If you enjoy cheese and salad for breakfast you'll be more than catered for. Cereals though tasted old as did the dried fruit. I love watermelon so was able to get my fill of that. My boyfriend was pleased with the fried eggs cooked to order and if you're feeling indulgent the Pisi (doughnuts) are cooked fresh in front of you and are amazing. We were up early most days so didn't experience the free-for-all experience at lunch & dinner. If you're English and used to queuing then be prepared that not all cultures are...
We had lunch in the buffet on one day and wouldn't repeat it and we couldn't find somewhere to have a simple salad or bar snack, sandwich or something simple like that for lunch and didn't want to pay the 35 Lira for lunch each day. There is a convenience store on site which is helpful as the nearest shops are a 10minute drive away, however not really suited for lunch produce. Most days we had an icecream and that was lunch.
We did dinner for 45 Lira each on our last day before heading to the airport and it was much the same as lunch so not 100% sure of the reason for the 10 Lira increase.. Both my boyfriend and I agreed that we were glad we'd done bed and breakfast as 7 days of the breakfast/lunch/dinner buffet would have got tedious.
This hotel is massive, and looked to be extremely popular with Eastern European and Nordic families with children under 5. Which meant there was no moment by the pool where there wasn't a little person crying. As mentioned we were a couple and were looking for a chilled out relaxed break and purposely traveled outside of school holiday time to try and avoid this. If you're a family - it looked like a brilliant place to go. It is worth noting that there is a fair amount of jostling for sun loungers too. They were practically reserved (standard towel on sun lounger technique) by 8.30 in the morning, It would have been great if there had been an adult only pool (there is a quieter/shadier pool on the other side of the hotel - and this would have been perfect).
Whilst impressive on the approach, when you look a bit closer at the hotel, you see that the cracks are now starting to appear. Our experience with the lifts was extremely frustrating. There are so many people staying in the hotel and only a handful of lifts to service the entire building. There was a power outage one morning and I ended up getting stuck in one. The spa had tiles missing and was starting to smell a bit dank.
We had 2 reasons to call for a technician. Once when our key card wouldn't open our room, this took about an hour and a half to fix and needed us to go back and forth to reception 3 times to prompt (with the annoying lifts thrown in for good measure). The other because our lights in our room wouldn't work. This time the technician arrived in about 10 minutes.
We had a night flight and were allowed to checkout but still use all of the facilities until our transfer came to pick us up which was great. We needed to shower and change using the spa facilities.
The beach is about 10 minutes shuttle away and this is provided free. I'm not a beachy person, but my boyfriend is. I was actually pleasantly surprised. We didn't need to pay for sun-loungers and they were decent. The beach isn't the prettiest and is part sand/part pebbles, so can be a bit tender on ya feet. There is a pier which has a ladder which you can use to lower yourself into the sea and by-pass the pebbles which was great and if you're brave, you can jump off it - which we were and did!
We stayed B&B because we like to get out and about of an evening. Alanya is a good 35minute bus ride away which the hotel provided but you needed to pay 3.50 Lira each way for. The last bus was at 11.30pm and we'd read that taxis back to the hotel cost quite a bit, so didn't opt to stay around in Alanya for any later than that. 11.30pm did feel quite early, given that places only started to liven up around 11pm. Alanya is very neon..
We love Turkey but both agreed that we'd not return to Alanya or Goldcity any time soon. Instead preferring to look at heading back to Olu Deniz which is much more to our liking.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A world of its own that sits on an area of 211.677 M². On the top of the hill sits the impressive luxury hotel which comprises Deluxe Rooms and Luxury Hotel Apartments / Suites. Within the hotel grounds there are clusters of beautiful villas and apartments. Goldcity is equally appealing for holidays and for residential use and we have a variety of freehold property types available for sale, including Detached Villas with private pool, Apart Villas & Penthouses or Luxury Hotel Apartments in the main building. Goldcity is a perfect place to holiday or to invest in your own holiday home. Real estate sales are being continued.Our luxury family suites provide unique opportunity to experience hotel and apartment living at the same time. GOLDCITY offers 5 star luxury family suites, with a choice of one, two and three bedrooms and penthouses.They are superior first class fully furnished suites which consist of generously oversized and luxury living accommodation with sea and/or mountain view. These suites equipped with upscale comforts and modern amenities and all have household appliances and cooking facilities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Goldcity Tourism Complex Hotel Kargicak
- Goldcity Tourism Complex Alanya
- Goldcity Tourism Complex Hotel Alanya
- Goldcity Tourism Complex Turkey/Antalya Province