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Review of Barut Acanthus & Cennet

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Barut Acanthus & Cennet
Ranked #7 of 228 Hotels in Side
manchester
1 review
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“brilliant hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2009

This was a great location, set right on the beach with lovely tended gardens. The hotel and beach were very clean, the service was very good, with friendly staff. We felt the food was high standard. The only fault we had about the whole holiday is that the air conditioning is centrally controlled by reception and you are only able to turn it on at certain times of the day or night. July became very humid and we would have liked to decide ourselves when we wished to use the air conditioning.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank stevengManchester
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lincoln
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2009

This is an ok hotel if you want a quiet holiday, not recommended for young adults or families with young children. Rooms quite spacious with plently of storage space, bathroom fairly large had bath and shower, but tiny balcony and rooms with sea view very limited, so get used to looking at the driveway. Swimming pool shared with the Cennet hotel next door (not in the brochure!) and you have to cross the driveway to get there, not ideal if you have young children as fairly busy traffic. Saying that the pool was a decent size and there was never a shortage of umbrellas and sunbeds.

Hotel was clean and the cleaners did a good job of the rooms and the restaurant and bar staff were friendly (unlike the frosty reception staff). You are allocated a table for the whole of your hol which was good, no scramble looking for tables, all soft drinks, water and local wine free with the evening meal and frequent top ups. Open buffet on 2 nights the rest of the nights was a choice of 3 options, no child option which was poor. Open buffet was good, set menu poor quality. Breakfast, good range of choice from cold meats and cheese, cereals, wide selection of pastries and bread, omelettes and fried eggs cooked to order.

This hotel is really a 3 star hotel, it is ok if you don't pay too much for your hol. Beach was nice and clean. Side is a 45 min walk or 10 min taxi ride, shops there are all touristy, the theatre and ruins worth a visit. Mangvat is 15 mis by taxi, bigger town with "normal" shops and some touristy shops. The market there is every Monday, very large and humid and although under cover I would suggest going early morning or late afternoon, prepare to be hassled! The waterfalls are woth a visit.

Entertainment very poor, even by Turkish standards. Mini disco for kids 9 - 9.30 pm, then the animation team drag people up on stage to entertain the audience. 2 bought in shows, folk dancing and a belly dancer which were good, the rest awful, a few early nights were had by all!

Turkey has better hotels to stay in than this one, my advice, book elsewhere.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank lincolngirl26
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s wales
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2009

We're recently back from our first trip to Turkey for around 20 years and stayed for a week at the Barut Acanthus. . We picked the Acanthus based on reviews on this site and brochure descriptions and were not disappointed. We didn't want a big hotel resort with continuous entertainment. Rather, we were looking for a simple but comfortable hotel on the beach, which would give us a relaxing holiday and that is exactly what we found here.
The clientele is predominantly German and middle aged although there were all ages and nationalities there. Most of the guests seemed to be on all inclusive deals but UK operators offer half board . I think we could have upgraded locally if we wanted.
All the staff were very friendly and welcoming although some of the waiters weren't too good at speaking English. Then again, as most of the clientele is German there wasn't much need, and I can't speak either Turkish or German.
The hotel has 110 rooms so is not too big and opens onto a patrolled private section of beach with plenty of loungers. Ok, some people were up at the crack of dawn to reserve their spot but we were never up early and could always get loungers even in the afternoon. There are also loungers around the garden and up at the pool area (shared with the hotel Cennet next door. The hotel provides beach towels (can be changed on demand for 2L. likewise mattresses for the loungers are 2L
The rooms are simply furnished but comfortable with TV (not that we used it), mini bar and a/c. One adverse comment I would make is that the a/c wasn't up to much. You need to inset your key fob into a wall socket to get power to the room. this meant the air con was only working when you were in so it was not possible to chill the room down. Mind you temp was in the high thirties and rarely dropped below 25 at night so I guess most a/c units would struggle.
The balcony was fairly small but big enough for a couple of chairs to sip a Raki as the sun went down.
We stayed on a half board basis and had no complaints about the food. Breakfast was a good selection of fruits, breads, cereals and hot choices with omelettes cooked to order. Dinner selection offered soup, pasta, salad buffet a choice of main course, (selected at breakfast ) and sweet buffet. Wine, soft drinks and water were included. You are allocated a table for the duration of your holiday, so unless you speak german,(we don't) or end up sat next to some of the few brits don't expect much in the way of conversation from your neighbours at meal times. For lunch both the beach bar and pool bar offer a good selection of reasonably priced snacks.
Evening entertainment is very low key, with not much more than the occasional singer/ guitarist and this finished by midnight. The Cennet next door offered a bit more but if you want somewhere with lots going on this hotel is not for you.
Just outside the hotel, there is the usual selection of tourist shops and a couple of bars. Side town is about twenty minutes walk along the beach or 5 euro in the taxi.
In our opinion, the Acanthus offers a good quality ,no frills , peaceful holiday. If you go there expecting full on entertainment and the bling of some of the larger 5 star resorts you will be disappointed. However if you want a quiet, clean, comfortable hotel on the beach with good friendly service, give this hotel a try.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank andandlor
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WEST COUNTRY, ENGLAND
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2009

The Cennet is real find. Right on the beach, with plenty of sun beds and large brollies. Sea is shallow and warm and all sand, no pebbles/stones. Hotel also has lovely gardens, and the choice of food every night was overwhelming. Free wine and water included with evening meal. Great choice for breakfast also, if you wanted , freshly made omelettes or eggs sunny side up. Has a good snack bar for lunches. Just leave your sun bed for an hour and relax in the garden with a beer and snack, before finishing the afternoon back on the beach. Or work your lunch off with a game of volley ball/boules/beach football if you feel so inclined. Evening entertainment not the greatest, but OK. If you want more action, then Side it self is only just down the road.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank MIKEG10
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scotland
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2009

im just back from hotel acanthus, was there with my two children, mum, dad and my sister have been going to Side in Turkey for over 4 years now. i have stayed in acanthus three times half board and hemera once.
i really love Hotel acanthus and have booked for next year! if you are looking for a relaxing holiday then its the place to go! There are not many british there, more german but that dosnt bother us. The staff are friendly and really helpful, some speak really good english.
the hotel itself has a small pool which is shared with its sister apartment cennet, the kids love it and every year i have been it has never been busy, no need to put towels down at the loungers as there are always spare, the beach is also at your doorstep i do however put towels down at my favourite spot but same as the pool there are always loungers available. You can buy mattresses from the hotel beach bar for i think 2 euro and when you arrive at the hotel, in your room there are blue towels which are for the beach and pool, you can also change them for clean towels at the beach bar for a small cost.
There is a breakfast buffet every morning open from 7am - 10am and dinner is at 7.15pm till 9.30pm. When you first arrive for food you will be allocated a table in which you will use for the full time of your stay. The breakfast buffet is great and plenty to choose from and at breakfast you will be asked what you would like for dinner, there is plenty to choose from! You also get free soft drinks and wine with your dinner and tea, coffee and some juice with breakfast.
The entertainment isnt great but the kids loved the mini disco and there is a show on most nights at the cennet bar and live music at the acanthus bar, we spent most nights at the cennet bar.
There are a row of shops at the entrance of acanthus we used the supermarket straight across from the hotel, (not the cennet market which is part of the hotel) it is the cheapest one to use. There is also two restaurants up the road where we had lunch some days.
For a Good night out i recommend Alremu bar which is 2 minutes along the beach from acanthus, great for the family then later on becomes more of a night club i have found this better than anyware in the town, always busier.
You can get a taxi into town there are always a few waiting in acanthus to hire, the town is full of shops and places to eat, the ruins are also great for sightseers.
Overall i loved it and am going back if you have any questions feel free to ask i will be happy to help.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank darellex
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London
Level Contributor
16 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2009

My partner and I chose the Acanthus hotel for our first two-week holiday in Turkey primarily because it seemed more secluded than the other hotels in the area. We were immediately disappointed on arrival having passed a range of swanky all-inclusive resorts on the coach journey.

The hotel shares it's grounds with the sister hotel the Cennet and there is only one pool between the two hotels which is located in the Cennet rather than the Acanthus. The pool area certainly isn't big enough to accommodate two hotels, and it's not made clear that you share these facilities on booking. It also means walking across the car park/driveway from the Acanthus to get to the pool.

We were greeted in German at the reception, and although the staff spoke English we couldn't help but think they didn't welcome Brits as much as the Germans. The staff generally weren't very friendly, rushing through details at reception before we had a chance to take it in!

Our room overlooked the driveway, as most of them did. You'd be very lucky to get a sea-view room. We did return to reception and ask for one, but again, they weren't very helpful. The room itself is very dated - old furniture and TV, basic bed and bedding and the bathroom is very dingey. I don't think the pictures on Trip Advisor represent the double rooms well at all - perhaps the family rooms are different. The air conditioning was useless in 40 degree temperatures!

The dining experience seemed a bit of a shambles really. You are allocated a table which you have to remain at for the duration of your holiday. My partner and I were allocated a table for 4 which we had to share with another couple for the entire stay - so don't expect any privacy during meals. And if you don't get on with the people next to you, you're in trouble! The waiters didn't speak any english whatsoever, which didn't help because we didn't have a clue what was going on ie. you had to order your evening meal at breakfast, and because we'd only arrived that afternoon, we weren't sure what to expect!

The food itself seemed very German oriented and not traditional Turkish cuisine. It was all outdoors and not covered, so you just had to accept that it was being attacked by flies, birds... you name it!

The hotel is definitely not a 4 star - I'd say a 3 maximum. In fact, we were so unhappy with this hotel, we phoned Thomsons the same night we arrived and asked to upgrade to the Hemera (also a Barut hotel) which we'd seen advertised on the hotel tv channel. We were very fortunate that they had one room available - which is apparently unheard of for this resort as it's so popular. We paid an extra £800 more for a 5* all inclusive experience which was worth every penny - see my review on the Hemera.

I'd say if you're looking to book in Turkey, don't scrimp on budget and go for the 5* all inclusive resorts. Food and drink is very expensive in the area and you'd probably end up spending more on eating out anyway. You definitely get what you pay for.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank xina1981
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heywood lancs
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2009

just spent aweek at the cennet hotel with my daughter the hotel is one of the cleanest i have ever stayed in,the rooms are very basic but for the price we payed we couldnt complain the hotel has its own privete beach with plenty of sunbeds .afew words of warning when you arrive you are issued with a hotel credit card as no cash is excepted at any off the bars so keep an eye on your spending ,dont expect gomet food but the choice is ok and we enjoyed what we ate,while you are there dont miss the trip to the turkih baths its great fun and good value at £17 pound we had a scream all in all its a budget holiday and i have stayed in 5star hotels that dont give the standards that you get at the cennet [ go there relax and enjoy]

  • Stayed May 2009
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank cazHeywoodLancs
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Property: Barut Acanthus & Cennet
Address: Turgut Ozal Cad, Side, Manavgat 07600, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Turkish Mediterranean Coast > Antalya Province > Manavgat > Side
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#4 On the Beach Hotel in Side
#6 Spa Hotel in Side
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#41 Family Hotel in Side
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Hotel Class:4 star — Barut Acanthus & Cennet 4*
Number of rooms: 149
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