Where to start?!
Just back from an incredible 10 day stay at the Paloma Grida in Belek. Not normally one to write reviews but such was the holiday we had I thought it was the least I could do.
Initial impressions - as stated previously on here - were not great of the hotel. The four we dropped off at on the way were all greeted by bellboys and cold drinks, our arrival we had to get our bags ourselves and make our own way to reception. Not a problem whatsoever, just thought it would be worth interesting if management read this, could be a nice little touch.
Room - we probably had the best room in the entire complex. 18.02, right opposite the fantastic kids pool and adjacent to the plaza area with amphitheater and restaurants etc. Had no problems with the room and its location made a fantastic difference to our holiday, only a short walk to kids play area too. The only complaint I would have is the Mojito Night party the noise was absolutely ridiculous until 2am, although I'm pretty sure wherever you were that night the noise wouldve been a problem. Definately something the management need to address. Apart from that - perfect. Satellite TV, great terrace, good air-con, decent wi-fi connection, kettle and lovely bathroom.
Pools - incredible. The new kids one is absolutely fantastic, only 30cm deep so ideal even for toddlers. Plenty of loungers although you do have to get up before 8 to reserve your spec. The slides and open 10-12 and then 2-5. One slight issue is that during our ten night stay three pools were closed for 24 hours at different times do to human excrement found in them. I've never encountered anything like this before on holiday so cannot decide whether it says more about the guests or the hotels cleanliness?
Food - fantastic. Both the international (pasta) one and the Turkish one were lovely (both free) and the steak and the Chinese one were spot on too (€15 p/p, book the day before). Buffet restaurant near main pool food was great altough was a problem finding a clean table and especially a clean high chair at peak times. I'd suggest they need more staff on hand to clear tables at busier times. The food itself was fine however.
Beach - only visited once, mainly because the pools were so good and the fact that the water was choppy and the sand made up of pebbles, shingle and sand.
Drinks - my only criticism of the hotel and the holiday. First off the draught lager - Tuborg - is poor. Should really go with Efes like most other Turkish hotels, would make a massive difference. Seconldly the bar staff are critically understaffed and more often than not you would have to queue for a drink. Thirdly the quality of the drinks were poor. Not due to the hard working staff I hasten to add, just the rubbish plastic cups, lager only in half measures etc. Don't mind local branded vodka etc but I do object to drinking out of a cheap plastic cup. Definately an area they need to address.
Kids entertainment and shows - great. Our 18 month old loved the kids area, full of mini cars, toys, books, pens and paper, cinema, everything you could wish for, and outside the waterpark on a rubber surface, great fun for splashing about. Of an evening the kids disco was super and the shows were good too - particularly the professional dance ones, rather than 'lotto' and 'miss paloma' which were a bit poor to be honest. For older kids there are two internet cafes, pool tables, table football and an actual football pitch on grass near the beach.
Can't think of anything more to add really. Just a great all round family hotel. Staff very hardworking, good mix of guests - British, Polish, Russian, Dutch, German, Turkish etc. Great talking to different nationalities, all the guests we spoke to over the holiday were really nice and welcoming.
We will definately consider coming back to this hotel. It is not a 5 star compared to others in Belek such as the Voyage or Cornelia but it is still well worth considering, if only for the kids facilities alone. They do however need to upgrade the bars and the drinks, particularly the awful Tuborg. (Please get Efes!). Just to add the town of Belek is within walking distance from the hotel - 10 mins max. however it isnt great for restaurants and bars as a lot of the hotels in the area are all inclusive. Mainly cheap shops selling the usual tat. Maybe worth a look if you're at a loose end one night but don't break a neck if you can't make it, you aren't missing much.
Many thanks for a fantastic holiday.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Paloma Grida Village & Spa is in the middle of a natural wonder with over 100 bird species. Village owns sandy beach and palm shaded romantic gardens and offers spacious accommodations with balcony, five a la carte, one buffet service (total seven restaurants) and four bars that cater every taste and four outdoor, one heated indoor (total 5) swimming pools including water park and separate kids pool. Live music, live shows and disco club available for evening entertainment. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Paloma Grida Village And Spa
- Paloma Grida Village Belek
- Paloma Grida Village Hotel Belek
- Grida Village Belek