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“Very Good 4 stars resort not deserve to be 5 star”
Review of Barut Lara

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Barut Lara
Ranked #1 of 232 Hotels in Antalya
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 4 September 2013

When you visit 5 star hotel awarded as number 1 in tripadvisor, your expectation are very high, but the reality in this case is that this hotel should be categorized as 4 star hotel, not 5.

We stayed in the hotel for 3 nights, in a deluxe room during the Independence Day celebration in Turkey, and our balance is average. Good and bad things of the hotel.
Good things:
- Very clean, it seems to be one of main targets of the hotel.
- Patisserie
- Swimming pool
- Beach area
- Spacious room
- Room views were great

Bad Things:
- Bad quality and variety of food is not enough (despite there are 6 restaurants) the main one is a buffet with very restrictive timing, if your lunch time is not according to Turkish standards then no option.
- We got stomachache the last two days (eating normal quantities), but we are not fully sure if it was due to the quality of foods or something else…
- Staff seems in hurry to finish. If a restaurant opens only two hours (for instance from 19:30 till 21:30) so, why at 21:00 they start to clean and collect foods??. Its bothering people and you find less foods.
- They tried to cheat us with the transportation to the airport. When we asked for a taxi, an official taxi, they brought the car service of the hotel (without the letter of taxi) so when we asked the price the guy said 20euro, which is the official tariff of the hotel to the airport (price by the way to cheat foreigners). But we asked for a Taxi!, we came by taxi and the cost was 35 Turkish lira, more or less, 13 euro, so we were aware of the cost. After a fight finally the brought a taxi (all of this it was done by the receptionist guy "maybe thinking in getting a commission") and the final cost was 37 Turkish lira, almost 14 euro.
- The issue is that they take advantage of foreigners, by offering a smile in front of you but trying to cheat you if it's possible.
- Someone may think, it's normal in all the world this things happen, but I was not expecting to see this from tripadvisor number 1.
- Very old furniture and facilities. However it was good maintained.
- Towels service is not available during one hour 12 to 13. Incredible for a 5 star hotel. And also very restrictive with the usage. Arguing ecological reason, on which they have gold level, sacrificing customer comfort and options. In other 5 star hotels they have already towels in the deck chair.
- Room cleaning service time is late, every day we were in need to ask to be done around 2pm

In summary, if you are used to five star hotels consider this one as 4 with a reasonable price. If you are used to 4 stars you will enjoy this one. However I will never go again.

And finally, I´m wondering how they get tripadvisor award…

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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BarutCRM, Manager at Barut Lara, responded to this reviewResponded 7 October 2013

Dear JBTrips6,
Thank you very much for taking the time to share your hotel experience. We were disappointed to read that our hotel "doesn't deserve to be 5-star". Our goal is to provide a comfortable, relaxing and enjoyable stay to all our guests and we are sorry that we failed you. We have taken note of your valuable comments on the quality and variety of food, the service and room interior. Please know that our hotel will undergo a significant renovation by the end of the year, so that most areas will be refurbished as well as the hotel concept will be revised. Thank you again for your feedback because this helps us make the necessary changes to our hotel and improve our services. We would love another opportunity to provide a great stay for you and your family and hope you will consider us again in the future.
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

My wife and I had a fantastic experience at Barut Lara. I normally don't look for all-inclusive resorts, but we wanted to get away and have a relaxing long weekend on the coast. Barut Lara was ideal - clean, comfortable, quiet, and helpful staff. The food was delicious. The breakfast and lunch buffets had something for everyone. The a la carte restaurants featured fresh ingredients and very good service. This is an excellent destination for anyone looking to get away from it all for a few days.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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BarutCRM, Manager at Barut Lara, responded to this reviewResponded 6 October 2013

Dear FischerPJ,
We are delighted to read that you found your vacation with us enjoyable and even fantastic. We appreciate you taking the time to write a review regarding our attentive staff and delicious food. We would be happy to have another opportunity to welcome you to our hotel in a future.
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Reviewed 2 September 2013

This was our first visit to Turkey & it definitely won't be the last! This hotel was recommended to us & it didn't fail to deliver. We (my husband, myself & daughters aged 15 & 11) spent 2 weeks in the Barut Lara & really enjoyed the whole experience! We were given a one bedroomed apartment on the 3rd floor overlooking one of the hotel's smaller pools & apart from soft drinks & fresh fruit supplied each day, we were also given a bottle of champagne & chocolates on my husband's & daughter's birthday! We ate most of the time in the Divan - buffet restaurant - where the choice & quality of food was very good but we were also allowed to eat once in each of the other a la carte restaurants which you have to book in advance. We enjoyed the BBQ where you have to cook your own, the Turkish restaurant which was on the way to the beach & another which was next to the Divan where we were entertained by a very good flautist & clarinet player & a guitarist. The staff throughout the hotel were efficient, helpful & courteous & the animation team who ran the many activities, were full of energy & good fun plus rather talented when performing in the evening shows! We spent most of our time in & around the main pool where we had to turn up quite early to get a sun lounger however it was high season! When we first arrived the temperature was 39 degrees & although it took us a few days to acclimatise, we did get used to it - going indoors for lunch & sitting in the piano lounge for a couple of hours afterwards definitely helped! For the first time ever the whole family agreed that we had had a great holiday so thank you Barut Lara!

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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BarutCRM, Manager at Barut Lara, responded to this reviewResponded 6 October 2013

Dear EezyIslandLife and Family,
Thank you for your review. We are very happy to read that you found your first stay with us comfortable and enjoyable. We will definitely share your comments with our entire staff regarding the guest service you received. We appreciate your positive thoughts towards our general facilities, dining options and the staff. Thank you so much for your time. We look forward to welcoming you back next year for another wonderful holiday.
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Reviewed 1 September 2013

Best hotel we have ever stayed in, only advice I would give is that there are mosses about and you should go prepared other then that hotel food staff site everything was superb. Ok need more words, bar great beer great animation very good beach great weather excellent loved it

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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BarutCRM, Manager at Barut Lara, responded to this reviewResponded 6 October 2013

Dear greatscot,
We would like to thank you for your stay at the Barut Lara and for sharing your feedback with us. We are delighted to hear you had such an amazing time during your stay! We cannot wait to see you again in the future!
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Reviewed 1 September 2013

We stayed at the Barut Lara in July. Can't praise the hotel and staff highly enough. The hotel appealed to all ages. There was lovely mix of nationalities which was great. All of the staff were friendly and helpful but we must thank you in particular to the lovely Sefika and Miray. They looked after us in the lobby bar. This hotel definitely deserves being number 1 on trip advisor.

Room Tip: We would recommend the junior suite which overlooked the pool.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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2  Thank Hicks2013
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BarutCRM, Manager at Barut Lara, responded to this reviewResponded 6 October 2013

Dear Hicks2013,
We are delighted to read you had such an amazing time during your stay at the Barut Lara. Thank you for recognising and mentiong our Sefika and Miray. We will inform them how they helped to make your stay unforgettable. We can't wait to welcome you again in the near future.
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Reviewed 29 August 2013

Stayed at this hotel from the 3rd August for 2 wks. Stayed with my husband and 3 kids (8,12,14). Emailed the hotel prior to arriving as this holiday turned out to be out honeymoon.
On arrival we were met by a lovely guest relations lady who took us to our room. We had champagne, chocolates, flowers and fruit awaiting us in a beautiful residence room. We we also told that breakfast would be delivered to our room the next morning. Really appreciate the effort the hotel went to for making our stay extra special.
We had a ground floor residence room with a lovely terrace and pool straight infront of us, stayed around the pool most days across from the pool was a lovely resturant which served breakfast lunch and evening meals, this you had to book if you wanted to eat at night. Let me say the waiters and bar staff even the chiefs that came out to serve drinks were so friendly and would have a conversation with you and kids.
Walked down to the sea most days for a couple of hours, again lovely beach and friendly service from the bar on the beach.
Cat house was lovely and they were well looked after by Ahmet who obviously cared alot about them.
Overall the hotel is amazing, my only niggle was the evening were boring! After paying over £7000 for 2 wks i expected the entertainment to be alot better. Couple of the shows were ok but it was after in the Meltam bar, their was either live music or disco!!! Both played and sang the same songs everytime. I went to lykia whos evenings was out of this world different parties excellent music faultless. If Barut to cater for families/teenagers/couples rather than 60+ then this hotel would be the best in the world, after beautiful days and lovely food the evenings are a complete letdown. The foam party was the best night out of the 2 wks. Some entertainment staff did make an effort and talk to you others would just walk past.and not even acknowledge you. Cleaners are amazing and deserve the highest mention worked really hard.
I would come back and would love to if the evenings were alittle bit more lively and appiled to all guests not just senior citizens.
2 out of our party suffered ear infections, there are chemist along the shopping malls go there! They will provide antibiotics for a fraction of the price the doctor in hotel wil charge and they speak very good english.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Reviewed 29 August 2013

We knew it was going to be good from reading all the previous reviews, but were really taken aback by just how good it was. There were five of us - two adults and three teenagers and we were given an apartment overlooking one of the smaller pools on the resort. We were so lucky as being on the ground floor meant we could pop in and out of the patio doors from our room to sit by the pool or take a dip.

The cleaners were great and managed to clean even with stuff scattered everywhere and even did lovely decorative things with the bed sheets and towels.

The bar staff are all fantastic - it is table service at the bars and they manage to get round everyone at double quick speed and even remember what everyone is drinking and offer another one as soon as your glass is empty.

Wifi good - you do have to keep logging in again, but that soon becomes second nature.

The food was fantastic - the main restaurant had such a wide range there was always something for everyone (usually ended up having two plates worth as wanted to try it all!). We ate at three of the a la carte restaurants too and they were great as well - the BBQ restaurant was great fun as you choose your meat from the counter and do it yourself on a BBQ by your table. The meat was so well seasoned, it was lovely!

The evening entertainment was good too - one of the nights they have a garden party and it must take them hours to set it all up with so many tables and chairs - it looked like an outdoor wedding party with all the tablecloths ands chairs with fancy covers on them. There was a huge stage and a very good show with several different acts coming out and performing acrobatic routines and the like. Brilliant!

I could rave for hours about how good it was and I can see why so many people return year after year (sadly we can't afford a holiday like this very often, so we won't be).

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this resort.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Address: Guzeloba Mahallesi, Yasar Sobutay Bulvari, No:30, Antalya 07235, Turkey
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Region: Turkey > Turkish Mediterranean Coast > Antalya Province > Antalya
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Antalya
#1 Luxury Hotel in Antalya
#1 Family Hotel in Antalya
#1 Romantic Hotel in Antalya
#24 Business Hotel in Antalya
Price Range: £75 - £350 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Barut Lara 5*
Number of rooms: 401
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