I am reviewing a 4 star hotel against other similar hotels I have visited. I am not reviewing my holiday which in all honesty was down to the people we met and not the hotel.
We did not Greg off to the best start with the transfer from Thomas Cook. The rep left after 5 minutes to get another flight. The driver then took us into Antalya to get fuel which put at least 20 minutes onto our journey. Finally when we arrived he dropped us off on the wrong side of a dual carriageway to where the hotel was.
After this things improved. The check In area was small but very pleasant and we were swiftly checked in and taken to our room.
Was large but a slightly strange shape which meant the dressing table doubled as a bedside cabinet one side and the other had nothing and was close to one of the double wardrobes. The safe was free. There was a mini bar restocked regularly. Bathroom was fine with only a shower which suited s fine. A small balcony which had a view of the restaurant roof and part of the pool. The maids were brilliant often tidying up our clothes that had been left on the floor. Flat screen TV with a couple of English channels. Hair dryer in the bath room. Pool towels can be exchanged for clean weekly without charge and are in reasonable condition. No complaints from us about the room.
Limited space due to layout of the hotel. Every two beds had a sunshade. Usual problem with people getting up at stupid o'clock to get their favourite place. There are notices forbidding this but we're never enforced during our stay. However if you were there as a couple you could generally find a couple of beds. The pool is fairly deep so not so good for those who are a bit scared of being out of their depth.
About a ten minute walk. Coarse sand to start with and shingle at the waters edge. Wether you wear water shoes is a personal preference,we did and had no issues. Water was quite clear and it shelved quite quickly but you did not fall off a cliff out of you depth. Loads of sun beds with shade revved for pashas princess guests. Also beach bar serving soft drinks,beer,teas and coffee. Lunchtime there was a cut down menu of the main hotel restaurant.
This was open air and doubled up as the area used for relaxation in the evening. The food in my opinion was average. There was not a vast choice and all to often was mis labeled. For instance we had steak and onion "pay" three times and each time there was no steak only chicken!! The grill was at the far end of the restaurant and items were freshly cooked. So normally what ever you had was hot but some times you had to wait which meant your warm food was getting cold. You will not get anything approaching a full English breakfast. You can have eggs cooked anyway you want and a large variety of continental breakfast items. Drinks are either self service teas,coffee and juices or alcohol is from the bar. You will not be served any drinks. I am conservative in my meal choices but managed to find something to eat for the entire two weeks.
There is only one bar in the hotel opened for 12 hours,11am to 11pm. I only drink beer or diet coke both of which were fine. I am told by others who we made friends with that most of the "local" spirits were fine to drink. I don't think they were watered down because the people we socialised with all managed to get happy frequently.
Enis and as his aides provided the usual daytime activities of water aerobics,water polo,water volleyball,darts and boules. They never varied whilst I was there. They did not badger you to join in merely giving the option to do so. The evening entertainment well at times it was so poor that it was hilarious. They are great personalities trying to entertain us on a very small budget but they are not gifted entertainers by a long chalk.
This is a mainly Russian area. The local shops price everything in DOLLARS so if you have any take them with you. They do take lira,euro and pounds but be aware of the exchange rate. If you book a trip with a local agency chances are you will be the ONLY Brits on the trip the rest will be Russians. Leon's in Kemer is worth a shout for a nice steak speak to the rep who will book a table and you will be picked and returned for free. The trip there was in a lovely air condition Mercedes people carrier on the main roads. The trip back was in a beat up Peugeot 207 with so many warning lights on the dash I thought it was Xmas,and he went the back roads whilst talking on the phone on the wrong side of the road.
This is adults only for the uk so there may be some children. I thought the hotel was excellent value for money. A lot has been said about the staff,they are indeed excellent BUT so are the staff in virtually every hotel I have been to in turkey. We had an excellent holiday and made some good friends at the newbies table,sue&john and dave & jan. Usual questions would I recommend it? Answer yes. Would I go back? Probably not because we met a lot of people who made our holiday and we would always compare it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Pasha's Princess has the appearance of Ottoman-Style building. It is an excellent choice for couples, singles seeking high standards of service combined with a lazy beach or pool holiday with sunshine in stylish atmosphere. Attention to detail is paramount of the hotels priority lists and provides many facilities for our guests to enjoy, making a very special holiday recipe. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pashas Princess Kemer
- Hotel Pashas Princess
- Pasha's Princess Hotel Kemer, Turkey - Antalya Province