I will assess this hotel from the perspective of a person who usually stays at 5/ 4+ star hotels. In my opinion, this hotel deserves 5 stars, despite not being too luxurious. It is so to say at the bottom level of 5 star hotels. The hotel is not the newest.
Location: in the centre of a tourist village. Next to the hotel there are two passages with shops for the tourists. There are no restaurants or pubs. The village is small and in the evening there is nothing to do outside of the hotel. Anyway, there’s not much to do in the hotel either as the leisure programme in the hotel is very poor. Next to the hotel, there are two 5 star hotels with a much better leisure programme but it is difficult to get there in the evening. I managed to get there several times, but a couple of times I was not let in. The hotel is next to the beach and it has a private beach.
Appearance: from outside the hotel does not seem to be very attractive. The drive looks fine, which is typical for 5 star hotels. The lobby is spacious and air conditioned, one can rest there or use free wifi. Next to the lobby, there is a drink bar and a terrace. The hotel looks fine from the side of the garden.
Service: unfortunately, the staff is nice only when everything goes smoothly, while solving any problem seems to be a trouble. Additionally, apart from the reception, not many people speak English. Most of the staff speaks Russian or German, English was a problem. Nevertheless, generally the service was good.
Rooms: the hotel is a U-shape building; there are no rooms with a view of the street. I do not recommend the rooms on the highest floor because you can see the roof of the first floor and during the day it is very hot in these rooms as the air conditioning there is pretty poor. There are no such problems on the lower floors. All the rooms have the view of the see, some of them directly, others from some angle. The rooms are very nice, even though not new. The cleaning service was ok. Mini bar was supplied daily free of charge. The safe broke down twice, which left me with no access to cash for all evening, because it could have been fixed no earlier than in the morning. If I had been leaving on that day, it would not be that funny.
Hotel attractions: the hotel offers a lot of attractions such as a tennis court, table tennis, darts, etc. Additionally, every now and then there are aerobic classes and other leisure activities. However, the evening programme is very bad. There were some shows, but in my opinion their level was more than disappointing, however the Russians enjoyed it. So it might be just a matter of taste.
Swimming pools: the swimming pools are big, and the water is clean. There’s a lot of place for sunbathing around the swimming pools. You can even lie on the grass. There is a drink bar too. Unfortunately, the quality of cocktails is deeply disappointing. The cocktails are made mainly to satisfy the Russians, they contain no more than two ingredients. When I ordered a pinacolada, the bartender didn’t even know what it is. Moreover, they didn’t even have a blender for ice.
Beach: the hotel is situated right next to the beach. The sand is very thick, full of small stones. The beach chairs are free. Instead of umbrellas, there is a wide roof, which is kind of difficult to describe. Even if it was not high season, there were problems with beach chairs. The beach was clean and not noisy. You could get to the water from a pier, using a kind of a ladder as the coast was stony. But it was very deep there so you had to be able to swim. In general, I liked the beach. You could pay for many water attractions. I tried water parachuting and the views were fantastic, while the adrenaline greater before the start than during the flight, so there is nothing to be afraid of.
Food: good and diverse, however nothing fantastic. The food was changed often enough. The biggest problem was with the Russians, who as the main clients of this hotel, were standing at the cafeteria door half an hour before the dinner and then ran to the food and packed full plates as if they hadn’t eaten for months. And so the best food was eaten ten minutes after the beginning of the supper. In order to get a table outside during dinner, you’d have to come 15 minutes before opening. The best meals were served on the tables outside of the restaurant.
All inclusive was OK, apart from alcohol. Food was being served all the time, but cocktails were terrible, both in the bar at the swimming pool and in the lobby. Apart from vodka + cola, the bartenders knew no cocktails. When I showed them that they had pinacolada in the drink card, they were surprised and prepared the cocktail based on the menu. Even in the lobby bar, they didn’t have an ice blender. When I ordered a mojito, after long consultations they said I had to pay for it, despite having the higher standard of all inclusive. On the whole, cocktails were bad.
Generally, I would recommend this hotel to people who are not too demanding.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Let yourselves go into the arms of the Mediterranean... Our hotel, which is located in Antalya, Göynük - one of the reflections of heaven on earth - is 9 km from Kemer, 30 km from Antalya city centre and 45 km from the airport. You will feel as if you are holidaying inside the rainbow, surrounded by all imaginable colours: from the blue of the sea and the sky to the green of the pines, from the multicoloured flowers to the bright yellow of the sun. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel Goynuk
- Kilikya Palace Goynuk Turkey/Antalya Province