The accommodation at the Zeynep is arranged in two hotels (the old and the new) with 'bungalows' around the old hotel. The ‘bungalows’ are separate buildings; a few with just one floor but most with two or three. General opinion was that the best rooms are to be had in the new hotel. We stayed in the old hotel and our room was fine with a lovely balcony and a great sea view. Our only complaint was that the air conditioning was not on at night (just the fan blowing) so we slept with the door open and were not troubled by insects. The room was kept spotlessly clean by our maid who came in every day and tidied up our mess.
In total the hotel has a total capacity of 1800 and was fully booked but we never had a problem getting a sun bed around the pools or on the beach. We preferred to be on the jetty as there was a nice breeze.
The food is of a good standard and there is plenty of choice although the some of the dishes on offer can be surprising - brussel sprouts and cauliflower - even at breakfast, but there is plenty of traditional western European food too and some nice touches like providing guests with bacon (very unusual in this part of the world) on Sunday. The self service concept works well but you do need to watch out for little children running around under your feet when carrying hot food and drinks. We ate in the new hotel every evening as the restaurant there was smaller a bit quieter than in the main hotel. For our a la carte night we ate at the Italian and we had a really good meal.
As others have said there are a lot of Russian holiday makers and they don't bother with some of the very English traditions like waiting for the person in front of you to serve themselves before reaching across and filling your plate but on the whole they fine and always said "Spasiba" if you held open the lift door.
Also as mentioned in other reviews the woman on Guest Relations was very snappy and engaged in several arguments with English people who after queuing for 20 minutes were surprised to be told (in no uncertain terms) that they were only allowed to book at one of the a la carte restaurants all week (not once at each restaurant as is more common).
We had no problems getting a drink at the bar although we learned that tipping early during your stay will result in far better service than waiting until the end.
The beach and sea is lovely and we swam several times a day.
Overall I would certainly recommend the Zeynep for good quality and fantastic value.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The SENTIDO Zeynep Resort is enwrapped in magnificent pine trees and allows direct entry to the Carya Golf course. Experience your holiday in a magnificent location surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens.The SENTIDO Zeynep Resort is located in Belek and directly to the beach. The airport of Antalya is 40 km away from the hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Zeynep Hotel Belek
- Otium Sun Zeynep Belek
- Otium Sun Zeynep Hotel Belek