First of all I would like to say I have no idea what the previous reviews are raving about. We stayed at the Alta Beach at the same time as the last reviewers yet feel it must have been at a different hotel than them as I would not agree with any of their complaints.
When we arrived at 5am we were greeted with a very warm welcome and shown our rooms immediately. There was a problem with one room as we had booked 2 rooms - 1 for a couple and the 2nd for 3 people. Both rooms had a double bed so we told reception that we would not accept the 2nd room and were told the hotel was fully booked but that another room would be ready for us by 2pm. True to their word we were offered a 2nd room with 3 single beds which was very suitable. Although most of the staff spoke little English, we had no problems communicating with any of them considering we spoke no Turkish and always found them very helpful, pleasant and good humoured.
The rooms: They were basic but very clean and were cleaned on a daily basis with fresh towels. The airconditioning worked perfectly in both rooms. Both had telephones which worked. Although it was advertised that hair dryers were in the rooms this was not the case but that didnt bother us as the weather was so hot our hair dried very quickly. The only problem we found was the small step leading into the bathrooms but it didnt take us long to remember they were there. One of our rooms had sea and marina views with small balcony. The 2nd room was nearer the nightclub but none of the people in that room found any problem with noise.
Food: The food was very varied and hot unless it was salad in which case I would have worried if the salad had been hot. Our daughter is a vegetarian and had plenty to choose from. The breakfast was not English but we were staying in TURKEY and suggest if you feel so strongly about wanting an English breakfast then maybe you should consider staying in England or maybe Spain. A good selection of deserts though we were surprised at the lack of fruit but the deserts more than made up for that. Tables were cleared very quickly for any guests that arrived later for their meals.
Drink: We have been on many A.I. holidays and always find the alcoholic drinks watered down but this was not the case at the Alta Beach. Wine was on tap day and night and, although it wasnt champagne standards, a person would be a fool to expect that at an A.I. hotel. The beer and spirits were of a good standard also. The soft drinks may have been a cheap brand but how many of us buy "named" products at home for the kids.
We booked our one week holiday through Travelrepublic for 5 of us and it cost 800 euro without the flights. We are from Ireland and had to book our flights separately. To expect the "Ritz" standard for that amount of money would be ludicrous and I have no doubt we probably paid more than anyone from the U.K. How anyone could blame the hotel for a 2 hour journey from the airport is amazing. Surely you should be taking that up with your travel provider. We had researched the holiday and found that the only way to travel from the airport was by a private taxi which cost 104e return for the 5 of us and took less than an hour. I am also surprised that the presence of a nightclub next to the hotel is somehow the hotels fault as this was only opened this year. There were certainly more than 20 sunbeds around the pool but the fact that greedy guests decided to put their towels on the beds after staff had cleaned around the pool at 7pm every night surely cant be the fault of the hotel. The only critisism we would have is the lack of entertainment especially for teenagers but the town is only a 10 min walk away and has plenty to do there.
We found the Turkish people very pleasant, friendly and respectful and would definately return to Turkey another time.
I would like to point out that I have no connection with the Alta Beach hotel other than being one of the guests that stayed for a week from 3rd-10th July. I have not been paid to write what I consider to be the truth and would like to add that if anyone expects a 5 star service for the price they will pay at the Alta Beach then they need to get real. We would definately recommend this hotel
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